Leading Theologians Put Differences Aside to Enjoy Icecream

From the good folks at Zondervan, this is just hilarious! I think this could be the future ecumenism!! [Read more...]

Review of Lynn Cohick on Ephesians

I was glad to see a very positive review of Lynn Cohick’s NCCS volume on Ephesians posted at RBL. Cohick provides a very accessible, nontechnical commentary that is geared toward the nonspecialist. She rarely delves into the Greek text but occasionally has discussions of grammar that require some basic knowledge; the reader is expected to [Read More...]

Book Notice: Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

Anthony R. Petterson Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Apollos Old Testament Commentary; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015) Available at Amazon.com By Len Firth Anthony R Petterson’s Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi is a gem. It forms part of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series which seeks to meet the needs of those who preach from the Old [Read More...]

Book Notice: Gender Dysphoria

Mark Yarhouse Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Challenging Culture Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015. Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Chris Porter Gender dysphoria (GD) and transgender issues are currently a hot topic in the media and everyday discourse, thanks in no small part to the topic being thrust into the limelight by [Read More...]

Book Notice: Advances in the Study of Greek

Constantine R. Campbell Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015. Available at Amazon.com Time to get your Greek geek on cause there are two great books out about the study of NT Greek. The first is by my friend and TEDS professor Con Campbell. [Read More...]

Brendan O’Neill on the Intolerance of the Liberal Left on SSM

Brendan O’Neill, the editor of Spiked, by his own admission a “godless Brit,” argues that the liberal left is illiberal and intolerant on how it treats dissenters of same sex marriage. See his article at The Australian on The New Dark Ages, Where the Perfectly Normal are Branded Bigots. Plus, his superb monologue on the Aussie socio-political [Read More...]

New NIV Study Bible

I just got my hands on a new NIV Zondervan Study Bible. There are some great one’s around, the ESV Study Bible and the HCSB too. The new NIV Zondervan Study Bible is edited by D.A. Carson, it has the usual maps and charts one would expect, plus a great set of notes, but also [Read More...]

Russell Moore and Catacombs, Cathedrals, and the Kingdom

A great piece by Russell Moore on Catacombs, Cathedrals, and the Kingdom. There’s a lot in church history that went wrong. The people who build the majestic cathedrals were sinners deserving of hell. So were the martyrs of the catacombs. So are we. Lots of bad decisions were made, and some of them persist. But [Read More...]

Ridley Students Bound for Lambeth Palace


My interview with Rachael and Jonathan Lopez, who leave this weekend to join a monastic community in London for a year! How does a Filipino boxer and a Post-Pentecostal Anglican end up going on a one year monastic retreat in Canterbury? Jonathan – Well coincidentally there is a boxing gym on the same block as Lambeth [Read More...]

Trinity Book Fest – Part 5: The Birth of the Trinity

Matthew W. Bates The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and the Spirit in New Testament & Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament Oxford: OUP, 2015. Available at Amazon.com In a fresh approach to Christian trinitarian interpretation, Bates proposes that the doctrine of the Trinity emerged, partly, out of how NT readings of OT [Read More...]

Trinity Book Fest – Part 4: Paul and the Trinity

Wesley Hill Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available from Amazon.com This is a bold and and breath-taking volume that attempts to show that Paul was a genuinely trinitarian theologian, not merely binitarian with some charismatic worship. For a start, Hill take issues with the standard [Read More...]

Book Notice: Fool’s Talk

Os Guinness Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Kara Martin. Os Guinness is one of the most persuasive Christians I have heard, and his work amongst non-believers (for example through the Trinity Forum), means that I am confident he can practice what he preaches [Read More...]

Reflections on My Trip to Israel, Greece, and Rome

Group Photo

I spent most of July travelling around Israel, Greece, and Rome with N.T. Wright and four wonderful guys from Zondervan,  filming materials for a DVD about the New Testament and the early church. The DVD will go with a NT Intro that we’re working (don’t hold your breath, I’ve only finished the Jewish and Greco-Roman backgrounds and [Read More...]

Trinity Book Fest – Part 3: One God in Three Persons

Bruce A. Ware and John Starke (editors) One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015. Available at Amazon.com This volume contains a number of essays that deal with the theme of Trinity. But the single biggest problem with this book is that it is not [Read More...]

Trinity Book Fest – Part 2: The Holy Trinity Revisited

Thomas A. Noble & Jason S. Sexton (editors) The Holy Trinity Revisited: Essays in Response to Stephen R. Holmes Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2014. Available at Amazon.com Stephen Holmes’ book The Holy Trinity (UK edition) or The Quest for the Trinity (US edition) is a great volume that sets out the doctrine of the Trinity, its origins [Read More...]