The 92-year-old Old Testament scholar Francis I. Andersen, known for his Anchor Bible commentaries, has made a submission to Australia’s Ruddock Panel on religious freedom and it is worth a read as it includes reflections on almost a century of life! ___ I am an Australian citizen by birth. I am 92 years old. My wife and I between us have 11 children, with spouses, 28 grand-children, 27 great-grandchildren (and counting). We are nearly all Christians, living and thinking in… Read more

Bart Ehrman argues in his most recent book, The Triumph of Christianity, that: Nowhere in his letters does Paul indicate that he spent time in Jerusalem trying to convert anyone; on the contrary he makes it quite clear that he understood himself to be the missionary to the gentiles. Maybe an evangelistic ministry in Jerusalem might not have been part of his ministry, however, I argue in An Anomalous Jew that Paul’s initial ministry was towards Jews (i.e., his time in Arabia… Read more

Here is a video of Mike Bird (Ridley College) and Walter Strickland (SEBTS VP of Kingdom Diversity) on the From the Lectern program talking about gender, immigration, refugees, and vegemite.   Read more

Brian Wright, my former PhD student, gives some practical insight from his PhD thesis about ancient reading communities and what we can learn from them, esp. in terms of reading the Bible together. See his piece at TGC on Don’t Just Read Alone and over at Baptist21 he puts an ice-cube in the soup of those who have erroneous views about the so-called uneducated and illiterate apostles of the early church. Question, is Baptist 21 anything like Forever21?   Read more

If you haven’t subscribed to OnScript yet, you are seriously missing out. The team have lifted the podcast to a whole new level of quality, esp. on the technical side, they even have an intro by a woman with an English accent, so very posh! Interviews you need to listen to are: Lynn Cohick & Amy Brown Hughes – Christian Women in the Patristic World Joshua W. Jipp – Saved by Faith and Hospitality   Read more

Lionel Windsor Reading Ephesians and Colossians After Supersessionism New Testament After Supersessionism; Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017. Lionel Windsor is an Anglican Minister and Lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Paul and the Vocation of Israel (2014), Gospel Speech (2015), and Gospel Speech Online (2017). In this volume, Lionel Windsor (Moore Theological College) offers a non-supersessionist reading of Ephesians and Colossians, influenced by Donald W. B. Robinson, Graeme Goldsworthy (and to me, Markus… Read more

My esteemed colleague, Tim Foster (Vice-Principal, Ridley College) has an interesting article in the latest issue of BBR on John 3:5 where Foster alleges that it contains exodus imagery. Foster concludes: The occasion of the meeting and the language of the passage suggest that the discourse ought to be interpreted against the background of the exodus. This raises the possibility that “born of water” refers to Israel’s passage through the Red Sea. Nicodemus is presented as an archetypal Jew, and… Read more

I don’t always give advice on how to be Trinitarian, but when I do, I tell folks to read and heed the Athanasian creed, and don’t interfere with all things Nicea. Legislate theological rights for divine persons who identify as homoousios. Put a copy of Andrew Rublev’s icon The Trinity in your study! Name your sons Tertullian, name yours daughters Melania, and call your dogs Arius and your cats Socinius. Start a campaign to rename Oregon as “Origen,” but with… Read more

If I had to summarize what are the salient features of Trinitarian belief, they could be summarized using the acronym TRIUNE: There is only one God, in three persons. God is one being, one indivisible unity, eternal and immaterial, yet this God subsists as three persons who are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Relations of origins are paramount. The divine persons are differentiated by relations of origin, i.e. the Father is unbegotten, the Son is begotten, and the Holy Spirit… Read more

As a man, I do find it hard to discuss abortion for the reason that I am, well, a man. I will never be in the position of having an unwanted pregnancy. So, in the very least, there is an asymmetry about men talking about women’s bodies and deciding how they should be treated. I also know that abortion is not a black and white issue. There are legitimate medical grounds for seeking an abortion, ranging from ectopic pregnancies to sexual… Read more




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