Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

Photo: RYGER / Shutterstock.com This article is part of our new Head to Head debate feature. This week, in concert with our Engaging Easter coverage, I will be debating the Progressive Christian Channel’s Mark Sandlin of “The God Article”. The question: What did Jesus’ death on the cross actually DO? Here is my opening post! [Read More...]

A Prison Chaplain’s Advice to Parents

I’m proud to say that my Ph.D student, Brian J. Wright, has an article on TGC on A Prison Pastor’s Advice for Parents. It includes stories from a White Supremacist, a Native American Gangster, and a Black Drug Dealer. Plus some sobering advice for parents. A great read! [Read more...]

The essential nature of the church as both the circumcised and uncircumcised

One of my many “novel” interpretations of the letter of Galatians as I work on the text for my commentary is to take Paul’s statement about the “truth of the Gospel” (2:5; 2:14) to name the essential nature of the church as comprised of both circumcised and uncircumcised. In both cases where the phrase is found, Paul is [Read More...]

Chris Tilling Reviews N.T. Wright’s Big Paul Book

Over at Anvil, Chris Tilling reviews Paul and the Faithfulness of God, see here. He concludes: Only a few scholars have ever had Wright’s learning or brilliance, something most of us cannot pretend to imitate. At the very least he models an energy and determination to find Paul that the wider scholarly community should attempt to replicate. [Read More...]

David deSilva’s Lebanon Lecture on Revelation

Recently David A deSilva’s Introduction to the New Testament (IVP) was translated into Arabic. To celebrate this project, David gave a lecture at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary on the Book of Revelation. It’s a great talk, listen to it below: [Read more...]

Ridley Course on Apologetics for Lay People

Ridley College has put together a great on-line unit for lay people about apologetics featuring speakers like John Lennox, Tom Wright, John Dickson, and Simon Smart. It is part of the Ridley Certificate which is a program designed for Christians and Study Groups to get together to cover materials to strengthen them and encourage them [Read More...]

Why I Endorsed a Book that Dissed Me!

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My Ridley Colleague Andrew Malone has written a book called Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament? A Fresh Look at Christophanies (Nottingham, UK: IVP, 2015). Note how the book begins:   Irrespective, its a great little discussion about the meaning of so-called “Christophanies” in the OT. So much so that I wrote this blurb for the book: [Read More...]

Latest Issue of JSPL

Here are the articles for the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 4.2 (2014). Now edited by Stanley E. Porter and Christopher D. Land. Editors’ Foreword Stanley E. Porter Christ as Creator: Implications for Ecotheological Readings of Paul J.J. Johnson Leese Letter Carriers and Paul’s Use of Scripture Matthew [Read More...]

Scot McKnight’s Fellowship of Differents

Just got my copy of Scot McKnight’s  A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together. A great piece by Scot on the nature of the church and what it means to really “be” the church. Great mix of biblical exposition, theological reflection, biting exhortation, and memorable illustrations. The chapters on “The Table of [Read More...]

Michael Bird’s Lecture on Romans Now Online

Here is my lecture for Lincoln Christian University’s Las Vegas extension campus professorial lecture delivered in Las Vegas in November 2014. My thanks to Paul Trainor for posting it on-line. [Read more...]

Book Review: NIDNTTE

Moises Silva (ed.) New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis 5 vols.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Available at Amazon.com When this behemoth landed on my doorstop I was little more excited than when I get most book packages. The  NIDNTTE is a terrific reference source for Greek words and their meanings. To give [Read More...]

Book Notice: Let Creation Rejoice by J. Moo and R. White

Jonathan A. Moo & Robert S. White Let Creation Rejoice: Biblica Hope and Ecological Crisis Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014. Available at Amazon.com. I know that any talk about the environment can elicit a sway of responses ranging from a new age-esque earth worship to the other extreme of advocates for environmental vandalism. In this book, Moo [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Text of the OT

Ernst Würthwein The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica. 3rd Edition. Revised and expanded by Alexander Achilles Fischer. Translated by Erroll F. Rhodes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 363 pages. Available at Amazon.com. By Jill Firth Würthwein’s classic Der Text des Alten Testaments was first published in 1952, and the fifth [Read More...]

Book Notice: Blenkinsopp Festschrift

Richard J. Bautch and J. Todd Hibbard (eds) The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew. Essays Honouring Joseph Blenkinsopp and his Contribution to the Study of Isaiah. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. 234 pages. Available at Amazon.com Joseph Blenkinsopp is the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Notre Dame. While he [Read More...]

Harold Attridge on Romans

I was poking around on you.tube where I found some interviews with Harold Attridge (Yale Divinity School) on Romans. There is a whole series of them, but particularly relevant for my students this week, is the discussion on Romans 5. Good discussion on stuff like: Original sin, universalism, grace and law, usefulness of the word [Read More...]