The Bastardization of Sola Scriptura

I’ve been reading Michael Allen and Scott Swain’s book Reformed Catholicity and thought this quote was spot on: We do well, nonetheless, to acknowledge the drift away from a lively setting of sola Scriptura in the redemptive economy of the Triune God and amid the life of the communion of saints. Indeed, sola Scriptura has served for some moderns [Read More...]

Is Reformed Theology Still Relevant? (Michael Jensen)

Continuing the Michael Jensen festival, here we have Mike’s article from TGC-Australia on Is Reformed Theology Still Relevant? Here’s his answer: Is Reformed theology still relevant? Certainly, Reformed theologians may lose their relevance, and be lost in answering the questions that no-one is asking. But as far as it is Biblical theology and as far [Read More...]

Perhaps Feminism Is Not the Enemy! (Michael Jensen)

My friend Michael Jensen has a great post over at the Aussie Bible Society page on Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy. He opines that he’s heard more sermons against feminism than against domestic violence! Jensen states: One woman in Christian ministry told me: “I guess I’m feminist because the things I want for my [Read More...]

What “Render to Caesar” Really Means!

According to Mark 12:13-17 (CEB): They sent some of the Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you’re genuine and you don’t worry about what people think. You don’t show favoritism but teach God’s way as it really is. Does the Law [Read More...]

Book Notice: Connecting with Muslims

Fouad Masri  Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively  Downers Grove: IVP, 2014. Available at Reviewed by Charlie Fletcher, Dean of Global Mission at Ridley College, Melbourne. When I first dipped into Connecting with Muslims before Christmas, the Australian news was dominated by images of a sea of flowers in Martin Place in Sydney [Read More...]

Hugh Jackman to Star in Hollywood Movie as the Apostle Paul

Yep, you read it right. Hugh Jackman (aka “Wolverine” from the X-Men movies) is slated to play the Apostle Paul in a forthcoming movie. You can read about it in Variety and The Guardian. Jackman is a student of transcendental meditation rather than Christianity, having previously attended the international School of Practical Philosophy. But he told Parade [Read More...]

Bumper Issue of JSNT (2015)

There are some great articles in the latest issue of Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2015). Richard Last, “The Social Relationships of Gospel Writers: New Insights from Inscriptions Commending Greek Historiographers,”JSNT 37.3 (2015): 232-52. This is a good article that is another bullet in the body of the “Gospel communities” hypothesis because it argues [Read More...]

Michael Jensen on “A Meal to Remember”

My friend Michael Jensen has a great piece on the Aussie Bible Society website on A Meal to Remember Jesus and Why It’s so Contentious. But most of all, we need to recognise that the Lord’s Supper is an extraordinary gift from Christ to his people – and enjoy it. Symbols are never ‘mere’ symbols. [Read More...]

Is there a Future for Confessional Anglicanism?

This week saw the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans – Australia in Melbourne with an Anglican Futures Conference featuring several great speakers Rev Ashley Null, Rev Richard Condie, ++ Philip Freier, ++Eliud Wabukala, and ++Glenn Davies. I liked this quote from Null: “The very heart of Cranmer’s understanding of the mission of the church is to [Read More...]

Critical Realist Critique of Postmodernity

I’m currently re-reading through Tom Wright’s New Testament and the People of God especially the sections about critical realism and literature. Just to show that Wright was not out on a limb on this one, I found this great critique by José López and Garry Potter about postmodernity, “The alleged loss of hegemonic meanings in the social world [Read More...]

Book Notice: Into the World of the New Testament

Daniel Lynwood Smith Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts  London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Available at By Ben Sutton, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia. Dan Smith has provided a companion to reading the New Testament. As such he has intentionally diverged from traditional textbooks that provide extensive discussions of authorship, [Read More...]

Conclusion of “Head to Head” on Why Did Jesus Die?

This article is part of the new Head to Head debate feature at Patheos. This week, in concert with our Engaging Easter coverage, I’m debating Progressive Christian Channel’s Mark Sandlin of “The God Article”. The question: “Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?” Mark Sandlin put up his surrejoinder to my rejoinder where he affirms [Read More...]

Peter Oakes on the Curse of the Cross

I just received Peter Oakes’ Galatians commentary (Paideia) which is a neat read. Its got some great stuff in it, esp. on historical backgrounds, and sociology. Here is a good Easter-esque quote for Good Friday from Oakes: Galatians 3:13 represents a radical Christian theological appropriation of the general social phenomenon of the cursed criminal. Christ fulfills [Read More...]

Consider Preaching the Psalms at Easter!

How did the early preach about Jesus if they did not have a New Testament? The obvious answer is that they must have preached from the Old Testament! Of course, it wasn’t ‘old’ to them, it was the only Scripture they knew, the Law, the Prophets, and Writings were God’s Word to Israel. Even so, [Read More...]

Why Jesus Died on the Cross (Rejoinder)

This article is part of our new Head to Head debate feature. This week, in concert with our Engaging Easter coverage, Joel and I are engaging the Progressive Channel’s Mark Sandlin on “Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?” Sandlin has given his answer to the question where he talks about what Jesus’ death doesn’t do (atonement) and then concentrates on what [Read More...]