Docetists claimed that Jesus’s body only seemed to be real and was, at some point or other, incorporeal, spiritual, or morphed into a different state. Read more

“Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits?1 How can you want to be enslaved to them again?” (Gal 4:9 NRSV) I’m sure many of you have read J.I. Packer’s classic volume Knowing God, well now, Brian Rosner has written his own book on Christian identity entitled Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017). Known… Read more

Today Scot McKnight’s Commentary on Philemon is now available! I’ve read the manuscript, it is good, it rivals Joseph Fitzmyer’s epic commentary. And it is only $17.00! It is definitely one to have on your bookshelf and to use for a preaching series. Here’s the blurb: Paul’s letter to Philemon carries a strong message of breaking down social barriers and establishing new realities of conduct and fellowship. It is also a disturbing text that has been used to justify slavery. Though… Read more

N.T. Wright’s Paper delivered at the 2017 Theological Educator’s Consultation was on “Learning from Paul Together: How New Insights into Paul’s Teaching can Help Move us Forward in Mission,” available to read here. One would not know, from many Pauline interpreters, that the unity of the church was one of Paul’s overriding passions. The famous doctrine of justification, used in the sixteenth century and later as a means of dividing the church, was itself actually designed to affirm the unity of all… Read more

Prof. Markus Bockmuehl (Oxford Uni) has posted a great review of Paul books by Rowan Williams and N.T. Wright. The Paul Debate answers the critics of Wright’s Paul in considerable part by paraphrasing Wright on Paul. As a handy guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God, it is magnificent. As a “debate”, it features appreciably more give than take. Williams’s slender volume offers a deeply perceptive, theologically fertile and eirenic portrait that pays attention to critical and historical questions… Read more

From the CSCO blog is a great little video by Prof. Helen Bond on the Gospel of Mark as biography. Read more

The OUP Academic blog has an interview with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler on biblical studies, editing processes, and Jewish-Christian relations. The occasion for the interview is the second edition of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. Here’s a preview: In what areas, in your opinion, have Jewish-Christian relations improved, and where is there still more work to be done?  The greatest benefit is our recognition of our common histories: Jews are becoming increasingly familiar with the New Testament as… Read more

It has been a while since I’ve been quizzed on my thoughts about the New Perspective on Paul. But at the Overthinking Christian, Paul Moldovan interviews me for my thoughts on the New Perspective on Paul and if the NPP is quite the satanic spawn of heretical evil that some make it out to be. Here is a sample of the interview: Many Christian leaders are publicly and loudly denouncing the New Perspective as heretical. Do you think the New… Read more

Todd Wilson (Editor), Gerald L. Hiestand (Editor) Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016. Available at By Chris Porter This volume is a follow up to Wilson and Hiestand’s previous work on Pastor Theologians: The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision. Whereas the previous book–along with the corollary volume from Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan–set forth to reclaim a vision of pastor theologians, this volume is aimed at shoring up the claims. Stemming from a… Read more

At the Brisbane School of Theology – where I formerly taught, great college, wonderful faculty, and students – there is a position for a lecturer in Christian Thought and History. Here’s the details: Brisbane School of Theology invites expressions of interest and applications for the position of a full-time lecturer in Christian Thought and History, to begin Semester 1, 2018. BST is a gospel-centred, evangelical and interdenominational Bible college, which has been training men and women for ministry and mission… Read more

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