August 4, 2018

Paul B. Duff Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. Available at Amazon.com This is a helpful book on how the churches were similar and different to the pagan context of the Roman empire. It includes a good summary of Greek culture, Jewish religion, and Roman power; the early years of the Jesus movement; and the spread of Christianity into the eastern Mediterranean. Duff also uses Gal 3:28 as a kind of hermeneutical to examine Judaism, Hellenism,… Read more

August 2, 2018

Now available for pre-order! The N.T. Wright and Michael Bird DVD, The New Testament You Never Knew, a series of talks about the New Testament! In this 8-session video-based study, leading New Testament scholars, N.T. Wright and Michael Bird, hope to take you on a tour of the New Testament Story, from Galilee to Golgotha, from Jerusalem to Rome. They will look at who Jesus is, the real meaning of his death and resurrection, the expansion of the church in the… Read more

July 29, 2018

David Smith On Christian Teaching: practicing faith in the classroom Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. Available at Amazon.com What does it mean to teach ‘Christianly’ (other than perhaps avoiding the use of words like ‘Christianly’)? In On Christian Teaching David Smith answers this question. His interest is not simply in teaching Christian content, or in teaching within a Christian ethos. Instead, Smith argues for an approach to teaching and learning, the pedagogical process itself, that is explicitly shaped by Christian faith…. Read more

July 26, 2018

Many theologians describe the dual divine-human authorship of the Bible through the analogy of incarnation. So it goes, the Bible is a theo-anthropic book, it is divine and human, and Christ’s incarnation provides us with an analogy as to how the Bible is simultaneously divine and human.  Gregory of Nyssa used the word anakrasis (mingling or mixing) to describe the relationship between the divine Logos and the words of Scripture, a term also used by the Cappodocian Fathers to describe the… Read more

July 23, 2018

Over at ABC Religion & Ethics, I have a piece on Franklin Graham is Coming to Australia: Here’s Why I Won’t be Attending. I’m a Billy Graham fan and I support the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization, but Franklin Graham has tethered himself to Trump in a way that is just not tenable. I’m not a hysterical anti-Trumpian, but I can’t stomach a syncretistic blend of Trumpism and Christianity. I argue, among other things: My opposition to Franklin Graham… Read more

July 20, 2018

In a recent Guardian article, Christina Rees offers her own diagnosis and prescription for how to revitalize the Church of England. As an Anglican priest and a British expat living down-under, I can relate to the issues that Rees raises because we face many of the exact same issues in Australia. I think Rees also points out a problem with an ecclesial system centred on the local parish. The reality is that the village church or suburban church was a… Read more

July 17, 2018

The dynamic theory of biblical inspiration sees a concursive operation of divine and human elements involved in the process of writing Scripture. The Spirit of God directed the writer’s thoughts and concepts, while allowing their respective personality, style, and disposition to come into play with the choice of words and expressions. Here inspiration is largely conceptual.[1] Bloesch states: “The writers [of Scripture] are assisted and led by the Spirit of God rather than being pens of the Spirit, who alone… Read more

July 16, 2018

Over at The Split Frame of Reference podcast, I get interviewed by the amazing husband and wife team of Allison and Nick Quient on Jesus, Coffee, and Gender. Lots of fun, Jesus and women, how my views have been shaped by my own complicated biography and by reading Scripture, and then a long, long psychotic rant on why I loathe, despise, and hate coffee. Do these kids a favour: subscribe to their podcast, write a comment, and give them a rating… Read more

July 14, 2018

It is common in evangelical theology to argue that the Holy Spirit’s influence extends to the very choice of words used, but falls short of dictation. On this theory, each word used is exactly the one that God intended. Inspiration is not a matter of guidance or assistance, but something given, imparted, conveyed to biblical authors as “sacred penmen,” and extending to the selection of words.[1] As such: “Each writer was guided so that his choice of words was also… Read more

July 12, 2018

From Biblegateway, here is the list I submitted on 5 books to help you understand the Bible better: Michael Bird: This is a hard task; so many good books out there; one’s I’ve learned from and benefited from. But, if I had to pick, I’d probably go with this fabulous five: Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright For me, reading this book was like leaving The Matrix. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of reading the Gospels,… Read more




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