June 29, 2018

Aimee Byrd Why Can’t We Be Friends: Avoidance is Not Purity Philipsburg: P&R, 2018. Available at Amazon.com Fresh from her takedown of Trinity and marital subordination, the latest offering from Aimee Byrd (aka, The Housewife Theologian) is about male and female relationships. In an age of pastoral sex scandals, #MeToo, and #ChurchToo, is following the Billy Graham Rule (where men don’t dine alone with women other than their wives), the only game in town concerning how Christians can have platonic relationships… Read more

June 27, 2018

Mark Brett from the University of Divinity has a great video on “Settler Colonialism and Freedom of Religion” where he talks about the use of the exodus narrative by religious pilgrims to America and other European colonies, its negative impact upon indigenous populations, and how Roger Williams, a Baptist, was an exception who objected to the use of state power to enforce religious uniformity and the exploitation of first peoples. “The exodus story supported colonial aspirations for religious freedom, but… Read more

June 25, 2018

My Logos Mobile course on The History of Heresy is now available for purchase through Faithlife. You can a preview here and here. I originally wanted to call the course “Heretics-R-US: From the Judaizers to Joel Osteen,” but that would be too controversial, because, you know, Paul’s opponents were not really judaizers – only Gentiles strictly can judaize – better to call them proselytizers. Any ways, here is the outline. Course Outline Introduction Introducing the Speaker and the Course Unit 1: What… Read more

June 25, 2018

I’ve been reading Seneca’s On Mercy and noting certain themes in his praise of mercy as both virtue and a necessity for rulers. Seneca is, of course, trying to persuade the young Nero to be a merciful emperor. A few things stand out: Seneca believes that mercy should be in some part deserved or based on one’s capacity for reform: Therefore a wise moderation should be exercised which will be capable of distinguishing between curable and hopeless characters. Neither should we… Read more

June 22, 2018

Ian Paul Revelation TNTC; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2018. Available at IVP Ian Paul has written a fantastic intermediate commentary on Revelation as part of the reboot of the Tyndale commentary series under the editorship of Eckhard Schnabel. Paul has done a good job of writing a commentary on one of the hardest books of the NT to write a commentary on that is informed and yet not bogged down in detail, so it’s readable and useful to students and pastors…. Read more

June 19, 2018

Nearly every theologian has their own book on the Apostles’ Creed. I have one (What Christians Ought To Believe), so does Barth, Pannenberg, McGrath, and Horton too. And now Ben Myers also has one, except, well, his is quite good. Ben’s book is beautifully presented by Lexham Press, it’s a small and neat hardback, wonderfully designed cover and interior. This book is a mixture of theological exposition and devotional reflection. The chapters are just the right length to give you… Read more

June 18, 2018

Many have been outraged with US attorney-general Jeff Sessions using the Bible to justify the Trump government’s policy towards illegal immigrants. This policy includes separating parents and children at the border as a form of deterrence to border crossings. Sessions alludes to Romans 13:1-7, which he calls the Apostle Paul’s “clear and wise command,” which he paraphrases as “to obey the law of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” Here is the text that Sessions… Read more

June 16, 2018

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (16.1 (2018) includes these articles: Editorial Anthony Le Donne Simon J. Joseph Exit the “Great Man”: On James Crossley’s Jesus and the Chaos of History James Crossley A Chaotic Jesus: A Response to Simon Joseph Rafael Rodriguez What is History? Reading John 1 as Historical Representation Andrew Gregory Memory as Method: Some Observations on Two Recent Accounts Bruce Chilton Implications and Prospects of Jewish Jesus Research: A Review Essay Read more

June 13, 2018

Larry Hurtado has a new book out, Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice (ed. M. Bird; Snapshots Series; Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2018). Available on 27 June! Pre-order here! Probably the best short summary of what Hurtado has argued in a life time of study on Christology and Christian origins. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of early Christian origins and scholarship on New Testament Christology, Hurtado examines the distinctiveness of early Christian worship by comparing it to both Jewish worship… Read more

June 11, 2018

Stephen J. Chester Reading Paul with the Reformers: Reconciling Old and New Perspectives Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017. Available at Amazon.com This book by Stephen Chester is a terrific effort at showing the relative differences and parity between the Reformers (esp. Luther, Melanchthon, and Calvin) and modern scholarshipship typified by the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) and apocalyptic Paul interpreters. It was a worthy winner of the Christianity Today book of the year award in biblical studies. Chester takes issues… Read more

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