John Gager on Jewish Views of Paul

John G. Gager, “Jacob Taubes, Michael Wyschogrod, and radical Jewish approaches to Paul and ‘early Christianity’ ” John Gager’s audio presentation at the Philadlephia Seminar on Christian Origins is available in audio here.   [Read more...]

Ed Setzer on Christianity in Australia

For my Aussie friends, you might be interested in Church planting advisor/cultural commentator Ed Setzer’s observations on Christianity in Australia. Here at Christianity Today What are some of the best ways to teach the Bible in a secularised society? Are new ways of communication helpful? ES: The great things about a secular society is that the [Read More...]

Spectres of the Real Paul: Review of Benjamin White on Paul in Memory

Over at MRB, is a great review by T.J. Lang on Benjamin White’s book Remembering Paul. An approach to Paul which is attuned to social memory would attend more seriously to the broad impressions of Paul that are reflected in ancient Pauline traditions — whether authentic or inauthentic, whether by Paul or about Paul — rather [Read More...]

Kevin Vanhoozer – The Drama King

Over at CT is a great article (mostly behind pay-well) about Kevin Vanhoozer, his career, and theological significance. As I tell my students, I like my theology KJV-Only, Kevin James Vanhoozer!   [Read more...]

Amy-Jill Levine – Who Did They Say He Was? Jesus in Text and Context

Below, Prof. Amy-Jill Levine gives a lecture on Jesus from a Jewish and pluralistic perspective. It makes for an interesting listen as Levine is an eloquent speaker and she makes some points that will prove thought-provoking for all. [Read more...]

Daniel Boyarin on Jews, Christians, and “Religion”

I was surprised to get twitter and facebook notices that Daniel Boyarin had used me as a negative foil in his lecture on “Two Pharisees: Flavius Josephus and Paul the Apostle” recently given in Rome. See it here: He quotes a review (at 16:08) I wrote of Adam H. Becker and Annette Yoshiko Reed (editors) The Ways [Read More...]

Book Notice: Standing on Their Shoulders

Rhys Bezzant Standing on Their Shoulders: Heroes of the Faith for Today Melbourne: Acorn, 2015. Available at or Acorn Press. By Chris Porter We live in an age where many people in the church will know more about the heroes from Marvel or DC, than the historical heroes of the Christian faith. This small [Read More...]

“Brothers, We Are Not All Brothers” – Jen Wilken

I have to say that it personally irks me when a Christian speaker addresses a mixed congregation and addresses them as “brothers.” It makes the women there, even if they are a minority, appear invisible, irrelevant, and unwanted. If you don’t believe me, try asking them! So remember: “Brothers, we are not all brothers.” Now, [Read More...]

The Ridley/Gordon-Conwell Conference on “Known by God” in May 2015

“But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” (Gal 4:9) For those in Melbourne, or nearby, there will be a joint conference between Ridley and Gordon-Conwell on 29-30 May 2015. The theme is “Known by [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on the gospel

Scot makes some great points about the gospel in this interview for the regeneration project: I still think King Jesus Gospel is Scot’s most important book today! [Read more...]

Cyprian’s Call for Prayer for the Persecuted Church

I came across this exhortation by Cyprian that he wrote during an early stage of the Decian persecution, but it has obvious relevance for the churches of North Africa and the Middle East today! What we must do is beg the Lord with united and undivided hearts, without pause in our entreaty, with confidence that we [Read More...]

N.T. Wright on the Eucharist

A great N.T. Wright quote on the Eucharist: When we celebrate Jesus’ meal we aren’t just whistling in the dark. Bread and wine are taken up in the Eucharist into God’s future purposes, and become to us vehicles through which we can taste the fact that there is a new world, there is new hope, [Read More...]

Heading to Israel

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Today I’m heading to Israel for a couple of weeks. For some of the time, I will be leading a study tour of the Land with a group of students from Judson University’s Masters of Leadership in Ministry Program. This program is a cohort-based MA that combines online learning with intensive experiential learning courses. Students [Read More...]

Christians Booked Banned by an Australian State Educational Department

In Australia, the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, has banned Special Religious Education (SRE) classes from using three particular books. Those books are: You: An Introduction by Michael Jensen A Sneaking Suspicion by John Dickson Teen Sex by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon The story was broken by the Aussie Bible Society news [Read More...]

Is Phil 2:6-11 a Christian Hymn?

I thought I used to know, but now I’m not so sure. See these recent studies: Michael Wade Martin and  Bryan A. Nash, “Philippians 2:6-11 as Subversive Hymnos: A Study in Light of Ancient Rhetorical Theory,” JTS 66.1 (2015): 90-138. This study addresses the unsettled question concerning the genre of Philippians 2:6–11, long considered a poetic ‘Christ-hymn’, but [Read More...]