Great Reviews of What Christians Ought To Believe

I’m really stoked with how What Christians Ought To Believe has done in a short time. It’s done fairly well in sales already and there’s been some great reviews. Here’s a few examples: Over at TGC, J.T. English reviews it: I’m thankful that What Christians Ought to Believe provides insightful and deep plunges into the history of the Christian [Read More…]

N.T. Wright’s New Book on the Atonement

N.T. Wright’s forthcoming book is about the atonement and it is called The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion (New York: HarperOne, October 2016). I’ve read some parts of this and it is a terrific read. Interestingly Wright has changed his mind on a few things like hilasterion and this book documents why and [Read More…]

Book Notice: John Christopher Thomas and Frank Macchia on Revelation (THNTC)

John Christopher Thomas & Frank Macchia Revelation THNTC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at This is a lengthy (670 pages) but thoroughly enjoyable commentary on the Book of Revelation in the Two Horizons series by two Pentecostal scholars in Chris Thomas (NT) and Frank Macchia (Systematics). I was hooked on the first line [Read More…]

Why Robert Jenson Believes in the Devil

I’ve just finished reading Robert Jenson, A Theology in Outline: Can These Bones Live? (Oxford: OUP, 2016). I really liked his comments about why he believes in the Devil or Satan: The existence of a tempter (i.e., Satan, the Devil, Lucifer, the Old Serpent, etc.) is an ongoing conviction not just of Christianity but also of [Read More…]

Wesley Hill on Homosexuality, Celibacy, and Spirituality

Wesley Hill is Anglican, a New Testament scholar, gay, and celibate. At the invitation of Ridley College, he is visiting Melbourne in July/August to speak at a series of seminars on pastoral responses to people with same-sex attraction. See details here. What is more, Hill has has just published a great article on this subject [Read More…]

James Dunn on John’s Logos Christology and Subordinationism

An interesting quote from the venerable James Dunn about how John’s Logos christology relates to his Son christology: That is, various aspects of the Son Christology should not be read independently of the Logos Christology, but rather as intended to serve the Logos Christology. I am thinking not simply of the accusation that Jesus was [Read More…]

Fleming Rutledge on Substitutionary Atonement

Fleming Rutledge, in her book The Crucifixion, makes one of the most robust and concerted defenses/explanations of substitutionary atonement in recent years (even “penal” substitution in a sense, though heavily qualified). All the more interesting because she is a mainline Episcopalian and outside the usual evangelical networks who like to espouse such things. She begins by noting: “It [Read More…]

Mary Eberstadt: It’s Dangerous to Believe

I’m reading through Mary Eberstadt’s It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies which makes for a concerning read. On the one hand, I am a bit sceptical that Christians are a persecuted minority in the USA. Let’s be real, every president at least makes the effort to feign some kind of faith. And Christians in [Read More…]