The “particularity of the Jew” according to Karl Barth

Here is the peculiarity of the Jew and the meaning of circumcision. God is known as the Unknown God, who justifieth the ungodly (4:5), who quickenteth the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were (4:17), on whom men can only in hope believe against hope (4:18). When the ‘Jew’ realizes this peculiar possibility, [Read More...]

Aussies Spearhead Global Poverty Initiative in NY

Interesting article in the Financial Review about a group of Aussies in NY city, spearheading the global poverty initiative. When actor Hugh Jackman, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and rapper Jay Z appear before 50,000 festival-goers in New York this weekend to help fight global poverty, lurking behind the scenes will be a contingent of Australians [Read More...]

Galatians and Christian Theology (Baker Academic)


In 2012 St. Andrews University hosted their fourth Scripture and Theology Conference. The focus was Galatians. I had the privilege of participating and offering a paper “Davidic Messiahship in Galatians”, which was eventually published in the JSPL 2.2. (79-96). The conference volume has just been released by Baker Academic: Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and [Read More...]

The Suburban Captivity of the Church

Tim Foster The Suburban Captivity of the Church: Contextualizing the Gospel for Post-Christian Australia Melbourne: Acorn, 2014. Available here or on kindle. Amidst all the talk of planting churches in highly secular cities of the west, my colleague Tim Foster has written a commendable volume on the strategies needed to engage a post-Christian culture. Although speaking primarily [Read More...]

On-line Course on “Knowing God”

Here at Ridley College we have an awesome on-line theology program for lay people called The Ridley Certificate. This multi-media program is a great way for you, your family, or your home group to do a six week course on topics like 1 Corinthians, Gospel and Life, Understanding Your Bible, Ministry Skills, Psalms and now, my own [Read More...]

Tomas Halik on Europe after Secularization

Very interesting article by Czech religious professor Tomas Halik at ABC Religion and Ethics on Europe after Secularization: What Future Has Christianity on the Continent. Halik writes: When religion made a global comeback on the political stage over the last three decades, many were shocked. Religion appeared to them like Samson, once blinded and chained, a [Read More...]

And There is A Time to Avoid Simplicity in God-Talk

In responding to a critic of his first edition of The Epistle to the Romans, Karl Barth offers a reflection on the relative importance of simplicity in his preface to the second edition (1921). One critic dismissed Barth’s first edition of the commentary with the line “Simplicity is the mark of divinity”. Barth’s reply is [Read More...]

Book Review: Evangelical vs Liturgical

Melanie C. Ross Evangelical versus Liturgical: Defying a Dichotomy Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Review by Dr. Rhys Bezzant (Ridley College) This book defies more than a dichotomy. It also defies the odds, as it ably brings together competencies in systematic theology, liturgical studies, oral history, with an evangelical heart. Ross has [Read More...]