Book Notice: Ken Bailey on Psalm 23

Kenneth E. Bailey The Good Shepherd: A Thousand Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament  Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2014. Available from By Jill Firth The late Kenneth Bailey needs no introduction to most readers because of his expertise in Middle Eastern culture after spending 40 years in Egypt and the Middle [Read More…]

My Interview with American College Students about Donald Trump

I wrote an article for ABC News about what American College students think, fear, and hope for in relation to Donald Trump’s presidency. What the students had to say might surprise you! How American College Students Feel About a Trump Presidency Are all millennials hiding in their safe spaces and hugging a therapy bear, or [Read More…]

Review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Over at Books at a Glance is a very, very positive review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul which is a series of responses to N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The review is by Mark Baker who’s conclusion is probably the best sales pitch for the book one could make: It seems fitting [Read More…]

Book Notice: Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian

Michelle Lee-Barnewall Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Debate Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016. Available on Reviewed by Felicity Clift When people enter the complementarian/egalitarian debate most people are looking for an answer. Most want a definitive answer: ‘Yes, women may hold positions of authority in the church’, or [Read More…]

Why Be Anglican? Let Me Count the Ways!

Scot McKnight has a great post on Why Be Anglican? referring primarily to the beauty and wonder of the liturgical year. It’s a great post and Scot talks about his own journey into Anglicanism as well. In addition, for my own amusement, and perhaps even yours, I have included a further list of ten reasons for [Read More…]

Book Notice: Basics of Classical Syriac

Steven C. Hallam  Basics of Classical Syriac: Complete Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. Available at By Jill Firth Steven C. Hallam has taught Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Syriac at a graduate level. He has written a clear and practical text welcoming new students into the Syriac language. Syriac is a dialect of [Read More…]

Book Notice: Preaching Christ from the Psalms

Sidney Greidanus  Preaching Christ from Psalms: Foundations for Expository Sermons in the Christian Year  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available from Preaching Christ from Psalms builds on Greidanus’ foundational book, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (1999) and further volumes on preaching narrative (Genesis), wisdom (Ecclesiastes) and prophecy/apocalyptic (Daniel). Greidanus settled on a lectionary approach, [Read More…]

Douglas Campbell’s Critique of N.T. Wright’s PFG

Over at the journal Scottish Journal of Theology, Douglas A. Campbell has published a further critique of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Campbell offered his initial review of Wright’s book at Marginalia on N.T. Wright and the Lutheran-ness of Paul (2015), but he has more to say in a new article “Panoramic Lutheranism and apocalyptic ambivalence: [Read More…]