Michael Holmes Appointed as Director of the Greens Scholars Initiative

Congrats to Mike Holmes who has been appointed as the executive director of the Greens Scholar Initiative. Assuming the role of executive director of the Green Scholars Initiative, Holmes will lead a team of researchers and student-scholars at more than 60 universities around the world advancing groundbreaking discoveries on artifacts from the Green Collection. Holmes holds [Read More...]

Interview about The Gospel of the Lord

I was interviewed over at Dunelm Road about my book The Gospel of the Lord. Thanks to  Jason Maston for the interesting questions! [Read more...]

Book Notice: Thinking Through Paul

Bruce W. Longenecker & Todd D. Still Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Available at Amazon.com There are a lot of good introductions to Paul out there (heck, I’ve even written one!). However, this one by Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still stands out. It is [Read More...]

What Do Rick Warren, N.T. Wright, and Russell Moore All Have in Common?

Well, it turns out, that the Pope wants to know what they think about marriage? The three have been invited to a Vatican Colloquium on marriage and family. Read the article over at CT. Very interesting! In other Catholic news, some wonder if there is going to be papal schism with Pope Francis proving too [Read More...]

The Karl Barth and Katy Perry Song Challenge

Okay peeps, as part of the Ridley Follies, I’ve re-written the lyrics to the Katy Perry song “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked it” to “I Read Karl Barth and I liked it.” Idea comes from Jessica Parkes, but execution is strictly my own. See the lyrics below. What I want to know is [Read More...]

Simon Gathercole’s New Book on Penal Substitution

Just saw this in the SBL catalogue from Baker! Simon Gathercole, Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul, 144 pp., due out in Feb 2015. In recent decades, the church and academy have witnessed intense debates concerning the concept of penal substitution to describe Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Some claim it promotes violence, glorifies suffering and [Read More...]

Review of Gospel of the Lord by Mike Skinner

Check out the swell  review of GOTL by Mike Skinner. Wish I could use this line as a blurb!! In the end, perhaps the highest praise I can give this book is to say that it stands in my mind as a close cousin to N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God. Bird mentions in [Read More...]

Wine, Halloween, and What I Learned About Romans 14

I’ve just finished my Romans commentary for the SGBC series. Had lots of fun, learned a bunch, and it made me think a heap about application in places like Romans 14. FYI, should be out Jan 2016, so don’t wait up for it! So it is Halloween right and I’m sitting here drinking some wine, and [Read More...]

Book Notice: Living Justification

Jonathan Huggins Living Justification: A Historical-Theological Study of the Reformed Doctrine of Justification in the Writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and N.T. Wright Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013. Available at Amazon.com Calvin, Edwards, and Wright all walk into a bar. If you want to know what happens next then you have to read [Read More...]

Reflections on The Voice Bible

Thanks to Thomas Nelson, I got a free copy of The Voice Bible (TVB). I’ve been periodically working through TVB in recent years and found it very readable, refreshing, and thoughtful. It is best described as a dynamic equivalence translation with some paraphrastic embellishments to help capture the sense of what is being said the text. That is [Read More...]

Bullinger on the Circumcision of Christ (Col 2:11)

My friend Joe Mock has a historical theological piece out on “Bullinger and the Circumcisio Christi,” RTR 73.2 (2014): 101-16. The exegetical debate about Col 2:11 pertains to whether the “circumcision of Christ” is an objective genitive (i.e., Jesus’ death) or a subjective genitive (i.e., spiritual work wrought by Christ). Mock does a good job here of pointing [Read More...]

Interview at Creative Theology about Evangelical Theology

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dave Dunham about my Evangelical Theology. Dave raised some good questions about the role of Scripture in theology and how to balance creativity and orthodoxy in theology. You can read the interview here. [Read more...]

Stan Porter on Hermeneutics, Interpretation, and Biblical Authority

A great read is Stanley E. Porter, “The Authority of the Bible as a Hermeneutical Issue,” Evangelical Quarterly 86 (2014): 303-24. Porter shows that a lot of debates supposedly about “biblical authority” are largely misdirected and are really about “biblical interpretation.” Many of the debates that court controversy are really about interpretation rather than hermeneutics or authority. He [Read More...]

Markus Barth Lectures on Colossians and Ephesians

Mark Goodacre links to newly digitized audio lectures by Markus Barth on Colossians and Ephesians put up by Matt Montinini. In my mind, Markus Barth is one of the most underrated NT scholars of the twentieth century. I’ve enjoyed his many works and every year I pick up at least one reprint of his works [Read More...]

Ben Myers’ on “Christology: 12 Grammatical Rules”

Ben Myers gives an overview of his course on christology and includes 12 Grammatical Rules on Christology. Well worth checking out. We should start a petition to convince Ben to turn this into a book. Unless some publisher wants to offer him a contract before anyone else does! [Read more...]