Steve Walton’s Professorial Lecture on Doing Theology Lukewise

Great lecture by Steve Walton on “Doing Theology Lukewise” his inaugural professorial lecture at St Mary’s. [Read more…]

Reflections on the End of the Acts of the Apostles

I’ve been reading Acts 28, Paul’s arrival in Rome, how the narrative peters out, and it has got me thinking. The final scenes of Luke-Acts might seem like an anti-climax, no miracles in Rome, no trial before Nero, no dramatic account of Paul’s martyrdom. But we have to remember that Luke has completed his task: [Read More…]

Were the First Christians Socialists?

Now that Bernie Sanders has made socialism cool again, were the early church socialists? [Read more…]

Why Systematicians Really Need to Use the Old Testament

A week ago, Rick Brannan of Logos’s LAB blog, did an analysis of all the scriptural texts used in systematic theologies, and he noticed there an absolute dearth of references to the Old Testament. Over at CT, Caleb Lindgren, has enlisted several scholars – including myself – to reflect on these statistics, in a piece [Read More…]

Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under

Over at CT I have an article called “Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under,” which is basically about how the Benedict Option is not really an option in Australia, and instead we need another approach, what I call the Thessalonian Strategy. I conclude: Remember, the center of gravity for secular progressives is the belief [Read More…]

Was Jesus Wrong about the End of the World?

Christopher M. Hays et al When the Son of Man Didn’t Come: A Constructive Proposal on the Delay of the Parousia Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016. Available at Amazon.com [Read more…]

Matthew 18:1-14 and the Abuse of Children

I just read an interesting article by Lorne Zelyck, “Matthew 18,1-14 and the Exposure and Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman World,”Biblica 98.1  (2017): 37-54. Normally the “little ones” are taken to refer to new disciples, who should not be lead astray by mature believers. However, Zelyck argues that: The context of Matt 18,1-14 suggests [Read More…]

Paula Fredriksen’s New Book on Paul

Forthcoming from Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (Yale Uni Press) – available in late August. Often seen as the author of timeless Christian theology, Paul himself heatedly maintained that he lived and worked in history’s closing hours. His letters propel his readers into two ancient worlds, one Jewish, one pagan. The first was incandescent with [Read More…]

Josh Jipp Reviews John Gager on Paul and Judaism

There’s a great review of John Gager, Who Made Early Christianity? The Jewish Lives of the Apostles Paul (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015) by Joshua W. Jipp, “Is the Apostle Paul the Father of Christian Anti-Judaism? Engaging John Gager’s Who Made Early Christianity,”HBT 39 (2017): 83-92. Gager offers a “Paul within Judaism” view, and I think Jipp is [Read More…]

New Edition of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

There is a second edition of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017). There’s a nice forward by Simon Gathercole noting the significance of Bauckham’s book when it came out in 2006. The volume includes three new chapters on: Eyewitnesses in Mark (Revisited) – Furthering [Read More…]

The Fight for the Trinity: Second Video

Logos Mobile has released a second video I made with them about last year’s Trinity debate. The next video includes: – My account on how the debate got started. – My take on how this was actually good for the complementarian movement. – Plus pictures of me dressed as a 17-year-old infantry soldier. If you [Read More…]

Would You like to Read a Systematic Theology Written by a Nineteenth Century Ex-Slave and Pastor

I just heard the news that Lexham Press (Logos/Faithlife) will be releasing  Plain Theology for Plain People by Charles Octavius Boothe, who was ex-slave and founding pastor of a number of churches. According to Lexham Press: Boothe was born into slavery in 1845 in Mobile County, Alabama. Despite the oppressive circumstances he was born into, [Read More…]

Ben Myers Tweets the Trinity

Over at Faith and Theology, Ben Myers tweets the Trinity, it’s a must read! Here’s a few highlights #1. Start by abolishing Trinity Sunday, that fateful day on which preachers think they have to explain the Trinity. #10. How does Augustine differ? He takes just one principle of “Greek” theology (the inseparability of persons in [Read More…]

Reflections on SBL Statement on Academic Freedom

I have just read the SBL statement on Academic Freedom, Critical Inquiry, and Participation in the Society of Biblical Literature. All in all, I think it is a healthy and sensible statement. I particularly liked the core paragraph: Members participating in meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature contribute to the intellectual community of SBL, [Read More…]

A Little Book for New Bible Scholars by Randy Richards and Joey Dodson

E. Randolph Richards & Joseph R. Dodson A Little Book for New Bible Scholars: Why and How to Study the Bible Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2017. Available at Amazon.com This really is a charming and helpful little book about how to be a biblical scholar. It is necessary reading for anyone starting a PhD in [Read More…]