Meeting Michael Gorman

If you don’t know who Michael Gorman is, then you clearly haven’t kept abreast of NT studies. Gorman is a Pauline scholar, who makes the odd forays in Johannine literature, and he is always worth reading. His Apostle of the Crucified Lord is an excellent intro to Paul’s letters which I still use (and a second [Read More…]

Regent Review of Mike Bird’s Romans Commentary

I confess that I blushed when I read Jim Gordon’s generous review of my Romans commentary forthe SGBC series in the Regent’s Park College Review (a Baptist College in Oxford). Here’s my favourite paragraphs (forgive the shameless self-promotion): The exegesis is readable. This is not a banal or fatuous comment. A major strength of Bird’s [Read More…]

Everything Wrong with American Evangelical Civil Religion in one Picture

Talk about heresy. This picture not only exhibits binitarian Arianism but is combined with the deification of moral reprobate of a man, who some hope will create a theocracy on earth, by fixing every problem with bombs or walls. Picture from Rhyne Putman on FB. [Read more…]

Gospel of the Lord Now Available in Logos

Glad to announce that my volume, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus is now available via Logos. [Read more…]

Book Notice: How to Read Job

John Walton & Tremper Longman How to Read Job Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015. Available at By Lauren Weatherake John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III’s book, ‘How to Read Job’ provides refreshing new insights for its readers as these prolific Old Testament scholars go against the grain and reject the idea that the [Read More…]

Latest Issue of JSPL

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 5.2 (2015) is out and is a bumper issue including presentations from the HBU conference on Paul and Judaism: Ben C. Blackwell Paul and Judaism Nathan Eubank Justice Endures Forever: Paul’s Grammar of Generosity Daniel R. Streett Cursed by God? Galatians 3:13, Social Status, [Read More…]

Kavin Rowe’s Review of John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift

In the latest issue of First Things there is a great review by Kavin Rowe of John Barclay’s new book Paul and the Gift. Kavin Concludes: What this book does above all is show that the mainstream of Christian tradition is in fact a reasonable exposition of the heart of Paul’s writing. God’s grace in Christ is unmerited, [Read More…]

Good Book for Basic Discipleship

Brandon Smith and J.A. Medders have a nice book on Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Medders and Smith try to make theology practical for Christians who want to grow in their faith.Rooted covers areas like the Trinity, Scripture, redemption in Christ, and eternity. A helpful book for beginners to theology, teenagers, and those whose first language is not English. [Read More…]