What if there really were other inhabited planets somewhere else in the galaxy, what if we met an alien species, what if there really is a multi-verse where alternative realities existe? How would Christianity address this, could Christianity survive such a discovery, and how would we begin to make sense of such a thing? Well, this is not really a new set of questions. The discovery that we live in a heliocentric solar system and the discovery of the “new… Read more

In terms of the biblical narrative, I think it helps if we remember that we are consistently given a picture of God’s intention to make humanity his vice-regents who will reign with him and for him over the world. This was the role of Adam in Eden, Israel in Canaan, and the church in Christ’s kingdom is explicitly promised to reign on behalf of God (see Gen 1:28; Exod 19:6; Dan 7:27; 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 5:10; 11:15; 20:6; 22:5),… Read more

While the church fathers were far from monolithic in their atonement theology, the dominating idea seems to have been something along the lines of the Christus Victor model, albeit often combined with a ransom view, or some aspect of Jesus’s death as redemptive and generally salvific. It was often possible to combine Christus Victor and substitutionary atonement. Athanasius artfully combined the two together when writing about the incarnation: The Word, as I said, being Himself incapable of death, assumed a… Read more

Since 2012, it has been rumored that there exists a fragment of the Gospel of Mark which a leading papyrologist dated to the first-century. Read more

I’ve been re-reading some of Trevin Wax’s new book Eschatological Discipleship, a great book that could be best described as reading N.T. Wright with Russell Moore glasses. Wax nails the importance of eschatology for not only theology, but for discipleship too. The most important part of the book is where Wax shows how Christianity is different to rival eschatologies, including the Enlightenment, the Sexual Revolution, and Consumerism (I wish he did Islam, Marxism, and Postmodernism, but maybe in a second edition)…. Read more

Jerry L. Sumney Steward of God’s Mysteries: Paul and Early Church Tradition Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017. Available at Amazon.com In this book, Jerry Sumney critiques those scholars who suggest that Paul was a second founder of Christianity or even a radical innovator in creating Christianity. Sumney particularly has in his sights Hyam Maccoby, Barrie Wilson, and James Tabor. Sumney’s approach is to set up some criteria for what counts as traditional material and then to look at Paul’s use… Read more

I’ve read my Bible cover to cover several times, I have a PhD in NT, I’ve been to Jerusalem, and let me tell you that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is to the apocalypse what Kale is to Texas BBQ. Read more

I just found, thanks to Chris Woznicki on twitter, William Naphy, “Geneva: Hospitality and Xenophobia” in Calvin and the Consolidation of the Genevan Reformation (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2003), parts can be read on Google Books. Calvin himself was a French refugee to Geneva and many Genevans were concerned with the influx of more and more French refugees to who were flooding the city, especially those who could afford to buy citizenship. There were concerns about disease, inflation, food shortages,… Read more

Lynn H. Cohick and Amy Brown Hughes Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2017. Available at Amazon.com These days there are few books where I learn a lot I didn’t know about before. On women in the early church, I like to think that I have an above average knowledge of the topic, from Mary Magdalene to Thecla, to Perpetua and Felicity to Augustine’s mother… Read more

Here is Craig Keener and I talking about the new covenant commentary series: Read more

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