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…]

Great Interview with Richard Hays by OnScript Podcast

Matthew Lynch and Matthew Bates of OnScript have a great interview with Richard Hays  on their iTunes podcast about his new book Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Hays talks about several things: his recent battle with cancer, the production of the book, methodology, divine christology, and it has a great quote from Rowan Williams in it! Do [Read More…]

Grape Juice at Communion is a Methodist Heresy

Great article over at CT on the late introduction nineteenth century invention of using grape juice in communion. That, in the end, is the beauty of wine: It’s new life, a living beverage. The grape dies, but it’s reborn through the yeast, just as Christ died and rose again—and just as the church is granted [Read More…]

Stan Gundry’s Open Letter to ETS on Lasts Year’s Resolution

Last year at ETS, four resolution were passed by the society pertaining to issues about gender and sexuality: (1) We affirm that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and thus possess inherent dignity and worth. (2) We affirm that marriage is the covenantal union of one man and one woman, [Read More…]

Reflections on the Ethics of Ephesians 5

As I read and wrote about Ephesians 5.3-20 for a NT Intro, these were the thoughts that formed in my head: Paul’s ethical vision here is not that of some geriatric prude fearful that somewhere somehow young people are enjoying tawdry pleasures, rather, he is calling a redeemed people to see their bodies, minds, and [Read More…]

Tom Holland: Why I Was Wrong about Christianity

Over at Newstatesman, British author Tom Holland writes an article on Why I Was Wrong About Christianity, where he acknowledges that his ethics are not Greek or Roman, but Christian! By the time I came to read Edward Gibbon and the other great writers of the Enlightenment, I was more than ready to accept their interpretation [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on the Day the Revolution Began

I’ve interviewed Tom Wright about his forthcoming volume The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Death, which will hopefully be published with CT sometime soon, but here’s one quotation from Tom that I have to share in advance: We have swapped our biblical heritage of new heavens and new earth for a form [Read More…]