St. Paul and the Creation of the Individual

I’ve been reading Larry Siedentop’s Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism (UK: Random House, 2014), where Siedentop notes the role of Paul in the process: He says that Paul saw Jesus’ crucifixion “as a moral earthquake” (p. 58) and “Paul’s conception of the Christ overturns the assumption on which ancient thinking had hitherto rested, the [Read More…]

Vale Bill Dumbrell

I’ve just heard reports of the passing of William J. Dumbrell, an Australian biblical scholar known for his work in the area of biblical theology. Bill Dumbrell (Th.D., Harvard University) taught at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, Regent College in Vancouver, the Presbyterian Theological Hall in Sydney, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Trinity Theological [Read More…]

Free Book on the Month: Craig Keener on Romans

Folks, this is not a drill, Craig Keener’s Romans commentary in the NCCS is the FREE BOOK of the MONTH thanks to Logos. This is vintage Keener, his array of background sources is correct, and it not insanely long, but very readable. A must have! If you haven’t signed up to Logos, do so, just [Read More…]

New Book by N.T. Wright: God in Public

I just learned that N.T. Wright has yet another book just out – in addition to his The Day the Revolution Began – about God and politics. N.T. Wright God in Public: How the Bible Speaks Truth to Power Today London: SPCK, 2016 [released in October]. Available at What has Christianity to do with power? [Read More…]

The Future of Evangelicalism is a Secular Age

I’m reading through Charles Taylor’s Secular Age with the help of James K. A. Smith’s How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor and I was intrigued by their predictions for the future. According to Taylor, our secular age stresses a closed order where meaning and activity are entirely immanent and this-worldly. However, because of suspicion and longing [Read More…]

Kevin DeYoung on the Trinity Debate

Over at TGC, Kevin DeYoung Chimes in on the Trinity Debate with a blog post on Distinguishing Among the Three Persons of the Trinity within the Reformed Tradition. After surveying several leading Reformed thinkers in the European and American traditions, DeYoung surmises: I find that some proponents of ESS answer Ursinus’s question—“How are the three Persons [Read More…]

Review of Timo Eskola’s Beyond Biblical Theology

Over at RBL is my review of Timo Eskola, Beyond Biblical Theology: Sacralized Culturalism in Heikki Räisänen’s Hermeneutics (Leiden: Brill, 2013). [Read more…]

Academic Freedom in Crisis

The Sage Publishing Group is hosting a great conversation about Academic Freedom in Crisis with an opening article by Daniel Nehring and Dylan Kerrigan. They post six questions and trends for discussion: 1) exploring the censorship of ideas and the erosion of universities as places of debate. What are the long-term effects of preventing alternative ideas [Read More…]