Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

Patheos is having a “Head-to-Head” discussion between the blogs Euangelion and The God Article on “What Did Jesus’ Death on the Cross Actually Do?” Here is my opening post! The question  “What Did Jesus’ Death on the Cross Actually Do?” can elicit a range of answers depending on whether one is interested in models of atonement, [Read More...]

A Prison Chaplain’s Advice to Parents

I’m proud to say that my Ph.D student, Brian J. Wright, has an article on TGC on A Prison Pastor’s Advice for Parents. It includes stories from a White Supremacist, a Native American Gangster, and a Black Drug Dealer. Plus some sobering advice for parents. A great read! [Read more...]

The essential nature of the church as both the circumcised and uncircumcised

One of my many “novel” interpretations of the letter of Galatians as I work on the text for my commentary is to take Paul’s statement about the “truth of the Gospel” (2:5; 2:14) to name the essential nature of the church as comprised of both circumcised and uncircumcised. In both cases where the phrase is found, Paul is [Read More...]

Chris Tilling Reviews N.T. Wright’s Big Paul Book

Over at Anvil, Chris Tilling reviews Paul and the Faithfulness of God, see here. He concludes: Only a few scholars have ever had Wright’s learning or brilliance, something most of us cannot pretend to imitate. At the very least he models an energy and determination to find Paul that the wider scholarly community should attempt to replicate. [Read More...]

David deSilva’s Lebanon Lecture on Revelation

Recently David A deSilva’s Introduction to the New Testament (IVP) was translated into Arabic. To celebrate this project, David gave a lecture at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary on the Book of Revelation. It’s a great talk, listen to it below: [Read more...]

Ridley Course on Apologetics for Lay People

Ridley College has put together a great on-line unit for lay people about apologetics featuring speakers like John Lennox, Tom Wright, John Dickson, and Simon Smart. It is part of the Ridley Certificate which is a program designed for Christians and Study Groups to get together to cover materials to strengthen them and encourage them [Read More...]

Why I Endorsed a Book that Dissed Me!

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My Ridley Colleague Andrew Malone has written a book called Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament? A Fresh Look at Christophanies (Nottingham, UK: IVP, 2015). Note how the book begins:   Irrespective, its a great little discussion about the meaning of so-called “Christophanies” in the OT. So much so that I wrote this blurb for the book: [Read More...]

Latest Issue of JSPL

Here are the articles for the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 4.2 (2014). Now edited by Stanley E. Porter and Christopher D. Land. Editors’ Foreword Stanley E. Porter Christ as Creator: Implications for Ecotheological Readings of Paul J.J. Johnson Leese Letter Carriers and Paul’s Use of Scripture Matthew [Read More...]


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