Faithlife Study Bible Give Away

Hey, I have five Faithlife Study Bibles to give away, which are great by the way, gorgeously pictorial and are very helpful. If you want to win one, post your answer to this question in the comments section: Describe a time when you were surprised to see something new in a passage of Scripture that [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado’s Lanier Lecture on Early Christian Distinctiveness

Great lecture below by Larry Hurtado, based on his book Destroyer of the Gods, about early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world. [Read more…]

How Beer and Bibles Killed the Marriage Equality Debate

The recent call to boycott Coopers Beer because of its association with the Australian Bible Society marks a shift in the marriage equality debate towards ensuring that no debate is even allowed. 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the Australian Bible Society, the oldest society in Australia. To celebrate the anniversary, Coopers Brewery generously planned [Read More…]

New Novel, The Divinity School, Now Available in the USA

To all my American friends, my new novel, The Divinity School, is now available in the USA! The Divinity School follows the lives of four of faculty members at an interfaith studies centre at the fictitious Hamilton University. A widower now Catholic priest tries to reconcile with his gay daughter. A Jewish rabbi confronts domestic violence and is [Read More…]

The Benedict Option – Responses

When it comes to the Church’s place in the surrounding culture, many have advocated an approach called “The Benedict Option.” This view is largely associated with conservative journalist Rod Dreher, who, taking his cue from moral philosopher Alasdair McIntyr, argues that we are approaching a new dark age which requires new forms of local community [Read More…]

Book Review: Reading the Bible Missionally

Michael W. Goheen (ed.) Reading the Bible Missionally  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at By Mark Simon The book is structured in five section, the first concerned with definitional issues presented from a diverse range of perspectives. The second and third sections contain chapters on missional readings of the Old and New Testaments respectively, [Read More…]

Faithlife’s Forthcoming Video Course on the Father and Son Relationship

Faithlife (i.e. Logos) has done a great job in bringing together Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, Millard Erickson, Kevin Giles, Fred Sanders plus a cameo by myself and Scott Harrower, to discuss the Father-Son relationship within the triune Godhead. In this course, the participants discuss: eternal functional subordination, eternal generation, divine essences, Nicene Creed, etc. See some promo [Read More…]

Justification by Faith as the Answer to Racism

Over at the new Houston Graduate School of Theology blog, I have a guest post on Justification by Faith: A Resource for Confronting Racism. To practice any form of ethnic or racial exclusion means that one either does not understand or does not believe in justification by faith. Let me be clear. The denial of [Read More…]

Robert Gundry Nails the Purpose of Mark’s Gospel

Robert Gundry’s 1993 Mark commentary remains one of my favourites. In particular, I think he nails the purpose of Mark’s Gospel: An apologetic purpose with regard to the Cross provides a comprehensive explanation of all elements and, more especially, of the ways in which those elements are presented. Fitting together to form an apology for the [Read More…]

Introduction to the New Covenant Commentary Series

See below a video by myself and Craig Keener about the New Covenant Commentary Series published by Cascade (Wipf & Stock). [Read more…]

Rudolf Bultmann versus the Jesus Mythcists

Nice words from the old Marburger against Jesus mythicism: Of course the doubt as to whether Jesus really existed in unfounded and not worth refutation. No sane person can doubt that Jesus stands as founder behind the historical movement whose first distinct stage is represented by the oldest Palestinian community. But how far that community [Read More…]

The Spirituality of Wine

I’m again reading through Gisela Kreglinger’s book The Spirituality of Wine, and it is a terrific read. The chapter begins with the words, “Wine is a great mystery and a profound gift.” And while one might think that the Bible would speak against the desire and temptations of wine, it speaks far more of its enjoyment. [Read More…]

An Anomalous Jew – The Musical

Here is a Hamiton spin-off I shot with Eerdmans’s Rachel Bomberger about my book An Anomalous Jew. See here. Good fun! [Read more…]

My New Novel – The Divinity School – Now Ready for Order

Okay, my novel, The Divinity School, is now ready for ordering for Australian and New Zealander readers! Not yet on, but available at the Morning Star’s Home Page. Here’s the blurb: The Divinity School follows the lives of four of faculty members at an interfaith studies centre at the fictitious Hamilton University. A widower now [Read More…]

Martin Hengel’s Verdict on Rudolf Bultmann

I’m reading a lot of Rudolf Bultmann these days, as part of a particular research project, and as much as I try to like Bultmann – even with David Congdon’s help – I just can’t. In the end, I agree with Martin Hengel’s verdict on Bultmann: After I became Stiftsrepetent [i.e., a student instructor] in [Read More…]