Book Review: John Barclay on Paul and the Gift

John Barclay Paul and the Gift Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2015 Available at Reviewed by Tim Foster, Ridley College John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift is the most significant contribution in Pauline theology since E. P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism (1977). That’s a big call given the proliferation of books in the past 40 [Read More…]

Faithlife Study Bible Give Away

Hey, I have five Faithlife Study Bibles to give away, which are great by the way, gorgeously pictorial and are very helpful. If you want to win one, post your answer to this question in the comments section: Describe a time when you were surprised to see something new in a passage of Scripture that [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado’s Lanier Lecture on Early Christian Distinctiveness

Great lecture below by Larry Hurtado, based on his book Destroyer of the Gods, about early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world. [Read more…]

How Beer and Bibles Killed the Marriage Equality Debate

The recent call to boycott Coopers Beer because of its association with the Australian Bible Society marks a shift in the marriage equality debate towards ensuring that no debate is even allowed. 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the Australian Bible Society, the oldest society in Australia. To celebrate the anniversary, Coopers Brewery generously planned [Read More…]

New Novel, The Divinity School, Now Available in the USA

To all my American friends, my new novel, The Divinity School, is now available in the USA! The Divinity School follows the lives of four of faculty members at an interfaith studies centre at the fictitious Hamilton University. A widower now Catholic priest tries to reconcile with his gay daughter. A Jewish rabbi confronts domestic violence and is [Read More…]

The Benedict Option – Responses

When it comes to the Church’s place in the surrounding culture, many have advocated an approach called “The Benedict Option.” This view is largely associated with conservative journalist Rod Dreher, who, taking his cue from moral philosopher Alasdair McIntyr, argues that we are approaching a new dark age which requires new forms of local community [Read More…]

Book Review: Reading the Bible Missionally

Michael W. Goheen (ed.) Reading the Bible Missionally  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at By Mark Simon The book is structured in five section, the first concerned with definitional issues presented from a diverse range of perspectives. The second and third sections contain chapters on missional readings of the Old and New Testaments respectively, [Read More…]

Faithlife’s Forthcoming Video Course on the Father and Son Relationship

Faithlife (i.e. Logos) has done a great job in bringing together Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, Millard Erickson, Kevin Giles, Fred Sanders plus a cameo by myself and Scott Harrower, to discuss the Father-Son relationship within the triune Godhead. In this course, the participants discuss: eternal functional subordination, eternal generation, divine essences, Nicene Creed, etc. See some promo [Read More…]