Book Notice: Summoned

David Allen Summoned: Stepping Up to Live and Lead with Jesus Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014. Available at Summoned is intended as a call for Christians to live vocationally; to consider the holistic way in which following Jesus should transform our lives. The book aims to inspire and to encourage reflection on how this [Read More...]

UK Greens Open to Polyamorous Marriages

In an article in the Telegraph, UK Greens leader Natalie Bennett has declared the party open to affirming polyamorous marriages. Let me say that I think polyamoury is very, very wrong … because it combines a Greek prefix with a Latin suffice. It should be either poly-philia or multi-amory. You can’t combine Greek and Latin, [Read More...]

Gambling Addiction as Suburban Slavery

Gambling as Slavery (Color)

Gambling Addiction as Suburban Slavery The word “slavery” is one of the most emotionally evocative words we know. It reminds us about the women and children who are trafficked into sexual slavery to service the perverted lusts of the men who use them and to satisfy insatiable greed of their captors who abuse them. The [Read More...]

Book Notice: Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods


David A. Fiesny and James Riley Strange Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society Fortress Press, 2014 I am excited to promote this new and important book on Galilee. For anyone interested in the social world of Jesus and early Christianity, this is a go to source [Read More...]

How Should a Christian Think About Work?

Kara Martin of the Ridley Marketplace Institute has a great piece over at TGC-Australia on A Letter To Myself as a Young Worker which she talks about what she wish she thought about work when she was younger. I constantly find new examples of how God uses ordinary Christians to both sustain his creation through [Read More...]

Would you bake a cake for a gay wedding? The Perspective from Aussie Christians!

Over at the Aussie Bible Society is an article about a number of Christian leaders who were asked, “Would you bake a cake for a gay wedding?” The responses are divided and include those who would and those who wouldn’t! Here is what I wrote: Yes, I would bake one. If you are going to live in [Read More...]

God, Pastries, and Religious Freedom

The Problem I have to admit that a $135 000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding is a bit steep. That’s what happened to one couple in Oregon when they refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding (see here). So what can be done about it? I think we can [Read More...]

The Eerdmans Commentary Club

Eerdmans publishers has some great commentary series like TNTC, TOTC, NICOT, NICNT, NIGTC, Pillar, Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series, and others. Indeed, it is often hard to keep up with all the commentaries that are coming out in all the various series Now there is the Eerdmans commentary club which provides a once-monthly email from Eerdmans featuring exclusive discounts, [Read More...]

People of the Land Conference at Georgetown University

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in an important discussion on the question of Israel and the Land. The conference was sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Democracy in D.C. and the conference was held at Georgetown University. Here is a segment of the day long conference which included [Read More...]

Raised from Obscurity: Women in Luke-Acts

My colleague Scott Harrower and his co-author Greg Forbes have a great new book out about women in Luke-Acts called Raised from Obscurity: A Narrative and Theological Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015). Luke-Acts contains many and diverse female characters, many of whom play significant roles in the unfolding drama of God’s [Read More...]

Book Notice: Christianity in Roman Africa

J. Patout Burns & Robin M. Jensen Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at This is a detailed and documented history of the Christian church in North Africa. Its a great amalgam of literary and archaeological evidence about the Donatist controversy, Decian and [Read More...]

An Anglican Theologian Has Five Questions for Rachel Held Evans

I’ve always found author/blogger Rachel Held Evans to be an interesting person who could probably hold up a good conversation in a cafe. She has an interesting story of wrestling with what it means to be a Christian, combined with some contrarian sass and social media savyness. She has successfully cultivated a following out of disenfranchisement with the American evangelical scene while trying [Read More...]

What Christian College Students Are Saying About Sex . . . It May Surprise You


Every semester in my Jesus of Nazareth course, I have students read through Scot McKnight’s book One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and write a one page response to each chapter.  The book describes what life looks like when you are following Jesus. Students really like it. It is great to see even the less than interested [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology

Anthony C. Thiselton The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at This is a one man theological dictionary by Christian theologian Anthony C. Thiselton. It covers topics from “Abba” to “Zwingli” and everything in between. There are over 600 articles and they vary in length from a paragraph to 20, 000 [Read More...]

The Arab Spring and ISIS

A great article from ABC Religion and Ethics by Khaled Abou El Fadl on “The End of the Arab Spring, the Rise of ISIS, and the Future of Political Islam.” Why was the Arab Spring aborted? Because a democratic Middle East would have been a poor habitat for the survival of the parasitical military regimes [Read More...]