For me, it was reading Romans 16, noting all the women that Paul mentions, noting what he describes them doing, that brought me to the egalitarian position. A couple of great things on the women of Romans 16 has just been published. First, over at Commonweal, Michael Peppard has an article on Household Names: Junia, Phoebe, and Prisca in Early Christian Rome. After analysing the women mentioned, he points out: “For those keeping score, that’s five evangelistic “workers” and one “apostle”… Read more

Over at Missio Alliance, Karina Kreminski has a great article on Should Men Mentor Women Ever After the #MeToo? At one level this should not be a problem, since men teach, coach, and train women all over the place, in various contexts, and this should be normal. However, I must say, that I am drop dead paranoid about avoiding any situation where I can ever be accused of harassing a female student. The mere accusation of impropriety or harassment is enough… Read more

I’ve always been intrigued by argument to the effect that something is good/right because it is “natural” or wrong/bad because it is “unnatural.” People have tried to argue for the validity of all sorts of things based on its authorization of “nature. To begin with, the very notion of “nature” is polyvalent. The vocabulary we use for the external world is freighted with various connotations. What we call “nature” often has romantic connotations of tranquility without toxicity; while “creation” implies… Read more

Michael Gorman (ed.) Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2017. Available at This is a great introductory volume on biblical interpretation by interpreters from a variety of denominational and global perspectives. I especially enjoyed the essays on Africa, Africa-American, Latino/Latina, and Asian approaches to biblical studies. Hard to give a survey of each article, but there are some gems here, very good intro to the Bible for students, or anyone… Read more

Just saw this from Prof. Grant Macaskill of Aberdeen Uni The Centre for the Study of Autism and Christian Community hosts interdisciplinary research into the blessings and challenges associated with the presence of persons with autism in the Christian church. Autism is now recognized to be a common condition, and most Christian communities or families will have experience of it, in some form or another. It is easy to assume that autism can be considered in isolation from the faith… Read more

Did you know that you can study, very cheaply, a lay-level course on the Reformation filmed on site in Wittenberg, Geneva, Cambridge, and London. Discover the origins and meaning of Protestantism with Ridley College’s own Rhys Bezzant. Great for individuals or groups, adult Sunday school classes, or even anyone wanting a bird’s eye-view of the Reformation. Read more

The best thing about reformed theology is that it recognizes that God has one plan and one purpose across redemptive-history and that covenant is the formal and material means of establishing the unity of redemptive-history. I believe in covenant theology, I think what we call a covenant of grace is God’s plan for taking people from being “in Adam” to being “in Christ.” But I reject the binary covenant of works vs. covenant of grace view, also called bi-covenantalism. So… Read more

With the recent publication of N.T. Wright’s biography of Paul (which is better to give lay people than his massive Paul and the Faithfulness of God), there’s been some good publicity on this with Tom interviewed by two people: First, the Paulcast Second, the Eric Metaxas Show. Read more

Patrick Gray, Paul as Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle Paul and His Critics through the Centuries (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2016), x + 262 pp, $21.05, ISBN 9780801048838. Available at This is easily the best book I’ve read this year! Patrick Gray’s volume is a documentation of the history of anti-Paulinism. Paul has been much maligned in theology, literature, cinema, and by political leaders. Gray is neither Paul’s advocate, nor his defender, but aims “to report on… Read more

Todd Wilson Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017. Available from Review by Andrew Judd Competing visions of sexuality are now simply taken for granted in mainstream western culture, and so Todd Wilson addresses timely questions. What is the core living tradition about human sexuality which Christians of all sorts, through all ages, have embraced? And why is that tradition precious, plausible, and worth preserving? Just as in Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis… Read more

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