Reflections on the End of the Acts of the Apostles

I’ve been reading Acts 28, Paul’s arrival in Rome, how the narrative peters out, and it has got me thinking. The final scenes of Luke-Acts might seem like an anti-climax, no miracles in Rome, no trial before Nero, no dramatic account of Paul’s martyrdom. But we have to remember that Luke has completed his task: [Read More…]

Why Systematicians Really Need to Use the Old Testament

A week ago, Rick Brannan of Logos’s LAB blog, did an analysis of all the scriptural texts used in systematic theologies, and he noticed there an absolute dearth of references to the Old Testament. Over at CT, Caleb Lindgren, has enlisted several scholars – including myself – to reflect on these statistics, in a piece [Read More…]

Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under

Over at CT I have an article called “Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under,” which is basically about how the Benedict Option is not really an option in Australia, and instead we need another approach, what I call the Thessalonian Strategy. I conclude: Remember, the center of gravity for secular progressives is the belief [Read More…]

Was Jesus Wrong about the End of the World?

Christopher M. Hays et al When the Son of Man Didn’t Come: A Constructive Proposal on the Delay of the Parousia Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016. Available at Amazon.com [Read more…]

Matthew 18:1-14 and the Abuse of Children

I just read an interesting article by Lorne Zelyck, “Matthew 18,1-14 and the Exposure and Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman World,”Biblica 98.1  (2017): 37-54. Normally the “little ones” are taken to refer to new disciples, who should not be lead astray by mature believers. However, Zelyck argues that: The context of Matt 18,1-14 suggests [Read More…]

Paula Fredriksen’s New Book on Paul

Forthcoming from Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (Yale Uni Press) – available in late August. Often seen as the author of timeless Christian theology, Paul himself heatedly maintained that he lived and worked in history’s closing hours. His letters propel his readers into two ancient worlds, one Jewish, one pagan. The first was incandescent with [Read More…]

Josh Jipp Reviews John Gager on Paul and Judaism

There’s a great review of John Gager, Who Made Early Christianity? The Jewish Lives of the Apostles Paul (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015) by Joshua W. Jipp, “Is the Apostle Paul the Father of Christian Anti-Judaism? Engaging John Gager’s Who Made Early Christianity,”HBT 39 (2017): 83-92. Gager offers a “Paul within Judaism” view, and I think Jipp is [Read More…]