September 13, 2018

It is imperative that anyone training for Christian ministry seriously starts wrestling with a theology of disability. If you are going into pastoral ministry, you will be in a church where there will be many people who are either born with a disability, acquire a disability by illness or accident, or else age into disability. As shepherds of the flock you need to know how the word of grace speaks the disabled and their carers, and how the churches can… Read more

September 9, 2018

The internet is buzzing with responses to the (supposedly-)Evangelical statement on Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel by John Macarthur’s circle in California. Not everything in the statement is bad, it does affirm justice as a social good, it rejects racism in principle, it urges people to walk justly, it reckons that justice is rooted in God’s character rather than the flux of cultural fads, it makes some affirmations and denials that are sensible and biblical even if they… Read more

September 5, 2018

When it comes to the divine inspiration of Scripture, 2 Tim 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:19-20 are the go-to text that people normally discuss. However, I think Amos Yong makes a good point when he identifies John’s Apocalypse as arch-typical of divine revelation since “God reveals himself in Christ and the Spirit in multisensory ways, through a range of signs, sounds, images, and genres … providing information surely, but also assuring, emboldening, and inspiring. Divine revelation lodges itself not only in… Read more

September 3, 2018

Given the clergy sexual abuse scandal that is currently rocking the Catholic Church about what Pope Francis knew about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, I thought I’d post this quote from St. Basil. A cleric or monk who seduces youths or young boys or is found kissing or in any other impure situations is to be publicly flogged and lose his tonsure. When his hair has been shorn, his face is to be foully besmeated with spit and he is to be bound… Read more

September 1, 2018

A new ecclesial phenomenon we have to deal with in the twenty-first century is that of multisite churches. According to research I’ve seen, as many as 10% of all American Protestants now worship in a multisite church and 10% of all Americans rely exclusively on the internet for their religious experiences. Like it not, it is true that “the multi-site phenomenon is growing dramatically among churches of all sizes, bringing it soon to every city, every denomination, and every style… Read more

August 29, 2018

From Unbelievable, watch this great video between Tom Holland (the historian and novelist, not the actor) and N.T. Wright about how Christianity, especially Paul, gave the western world its values.   Read more

August 26, 2018

Robert L. Hubbard Jr. and J. Andrew Dearman Introducing the Old Testament Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. Available from I recently took on responsibility for our first year introductory Old Testament subjects here are Ridley College. One of the first things I did was look back over the reading lists from previous lecturers and raid the library for the textbooks. When it comes to Introductory Old Testament textbooks, turns out there is a dizzying array of great options on the… Read more

August 23, 2018

I recently preached on 1 Thess 4:13-18, the famous rapture text, and in my study I came across a great quote from Gene Green, recently retired from Wheaton College, and now Academic Dean of North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, in his 1-2 Thessalonians commentary in the PNTC series. I really liked his comments about what this passage does and does not mean: This teaching was presented to comfort those in grief by connecting the confession of the creed… Read more

August 16, 2018

A few weeks ago, Ridley College hosted a great conference called Finding Her Voice about and for evangelical women in Christian academia. Keynote speakers were Katya Covrett (Zondervan) and Katy Smith (Church Missionary Society). You can listen to their talks here, and I suggest you do, and please pass them on to any women you know who are in academia or do graduate work in Bible, theology, or Christian Thought. Read more

August 13, 2018

Over at the Church Times is an excellent interview with Prof Judith Lieu, The Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, about scholarship, her own career, Paul, Marcion, and what people should know about church history. People’s ideas about the Early Church can be a fantasy, ignoring the realities of slavery, which even early Christian writings take for granted, or the restricted roles available for women; and, although we appeal to ideas of family, family meant something very different in that… Read more

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