Invitation to Ridley’s Preachers Conference on Romans

Make sure you come to Ridley College’s annual preachers conference, this year focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans! Tuesday 22nd August -Thursday 24th August, 2017 Speakers will be Ray Galea (Multi-cultural Bible Ministry in Sydney) and Mike Bird (Ridley College, Melbourne). Hope to see you there! [Read more…]

Video Book Review and Mike Bird Challenges Oliver Crisp to a Duel

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Simon Gathercole on the Historical Evidence for Jesus

Over at The Guardian (of all places!) Simon Gathercole has a great piece on What is the Historical Evidence that Jesus Christ Lived and Died? He concludes: These abundant historical references leave us with little reasonable doubt that Jesus lived and died. The more interesting question – which goes beyond history and objective fact – is [Read More…]

Video Book Review: Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources

From Ridley’s NNY! [Read more…]

Richard Hays on What Is Handed Over

Over at ABC Religion & Ethics, Richard Hays has a great Easter reflection: What is Handed Over: Maundy Thursday, Memory and the Gospel. When we remember the Lord’s death, we suddenly see that Jesus’s act of footwashing, like his self-emptying death on a cross, comes into focus as a revelation of the true character of [Read More…]

Ridley’s Conference on Evangelical Women in Academia

Ridley College is Hosting a Conference on Evangelical Women in Academia  Saturday 22nd July, 2017  9 am – 4 pm Speakers: Lynn Cohick and Delle Matthews Women’s writing and women’s voices are underrepresented in evangelical academia in Australia, and experience of women’s leadership is limited. This conference offers an opportunity for women theological students, graduates [Read More…]

Video Book Review: Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Matthew Levering

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New Story of God Bible Commentary Volumes on Ephesians and Johannine Letters

Look what is hot off the presses! Mark Roberts on Ephesians and Con Campbell on 1-3 John in the Story of God Bible Commentary Series. [Read more…]

Did first century Jews think they were still in exile?

One of the things that N.T. Wright has argued is that for most Jews living in the second temple period, their worldview, when one sums it up, is that they lived in a protracted state of punitive exile despite the return of the Jews to Judea in the sixth century. Wright has argued: Most Jews [Read More…]

Book Notice: A Shared Mercy by Jon Coutts

Jon Coutts A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth on Forgiveness and the Church Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Felicity Clift   ‘This is a book about forgiveness, and as such it is a book about the church.’ In this opening line of his introduction to A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth [Read More…]

Post-Colonial Interpretation of Mark 5:1-20

In recent times, the account of the Gerasene demoniac has proved to be fertile soil for liberation and post-colonial interpretations.[1] Generally speaking, in post-colonial interpretation, a text is studied with a view to challenging hegemonic western perspectives, exposing its sponsorship of totalizing agendas and imperialist regimes, identifying hidden protests embedded within a text, and hearing [Read More…]

Meeting the Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew was the church’s favourite book. It was the most quoted, most copied, most read, and the most preached Christian book of the early centuries. The immense popularity of Matthew can easily be accounted for. First, Matthew was a great instruction manual on the person of Jesus and the nature of discipleship. [Read More…]

Book Review: John Barclay on Paul and the Gift

John Barclay Paul and the Gift Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2015 Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Tim Foster, Ridley College John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift is the most significant contribution in Pauline theology since E. P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism (1977). That’s a big call given the proliferation of books in the past 40 [Read More…]

Faithlife Study Bible Give Away

Hey, I have five Faithlife Study Bibles to give away, which are great by the way, gorgeously pictorial and are very helpful. If you want to win one, post your answer to this question in the comments section: Describe a time when you were surprised to see something new in a passage of Scripture that [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado’s Lanier Lecture on Early Christian Distinctiveness

Great lecture below by Larry Hurtado, based on his book Destroyer of the Gods, about early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world. [Read more…]