N.T. Wright is Surprised by Inerrancy

Over at RNS, Jonathan Merritt interviews N.T. Wright about the Bible and Inerrancy. He answers one question saying: I don’t think I’ve ever said “I am not an inerrantist.” But the controversies which gave rise to that label were strongly conditioned by a shrunken post-enlightenment rationalism, and I would hate to perpetuate that. It’s possible [Read More...]

More Reviews of Ehrman on Jesus as Divine

More reviews of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God are doing the rounds: Larry Hurtado reviews Ehrman here and then gives an amendment here. Ken Schenck looks at Ehrman and Jesus’ self-understanding here. James McGrath has comments on both. [Read more...]

Reflections on Rom 7:7-25 – Part 5 (Final)

Thesis 5: You’ll Never Understand Rom 7:7-25 Unless You’ve Seen Les Miserables There’s an amazing line in Les Miserables where Jean Valjean says, “I remember those nineteen years, a slave of the law.” Perhaps Rom 7:7-25 is meant as a speech-in-character, where the character now realizes with the hindsight of faith the futility of their life [Read More...]

Mission Czech Republic Summer 2014

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I’d like to invite you to partner with me as I serve this July in the Czech Republic. For our longterm blog readers you may remember that I have come to love deeply our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Czech. Over the course of the last three years, I have had the privilege [Read More...]

The Eschatological tension in Sanctification (from Michael Horton)

I’m currently re-reading sections of Michael Horton’s helpful volume The Christian Faith and thought his remarks about the eschatological tension in sanctification – esp. in light of certain TGC controversies – was quite apt: If taken to an extreme, the “not yet” emphasis can lead to a kind of quietism in which this world remains untouched [Read More...]

Did Jesus Make Mistakes?

Mark Driscoll gave a sermon on Acts 6 where he suggested that, as a child, it is possible that Jesus made mistakes. Mars Hill deleted some of the scenes in Driscoll’s sermon on that point, but you can see the video here, and a it has caused a little stir. Well the good folks at [Read More...]

Hell as Myth

Over at HuffPo Religion is a good piece by Jon M. Sweeney on “Hell Is a Myth – Actually, a Bunch of Myths.” Sweeney shows that much of what people believe about hell is attributable to Dante rather than to the Bible. So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell [Read More...]

Guest Post: Jason Hood


It was an awkward an email to get: my primary supervisor was leaving the school where I had only recently registered as a young doctoral student in New Testament. There are several possible steps; muddle through with a departed supervisor; change schools; or stay at the school and try a new supervisor. The college authorities [Read More...]

Reflections on Rom 7:7-25 – Part 4

Thesis 4: Rom 7:7-25 is an “Open” Text I want to suggest here that a little dose of reader-response criticism might actually be helpful for understanding this passage. Since Paul does not explicitly nominate the identity of the speaker in the speech, the identity of the “I” remains quite “open,” perhaps deliberately. The open-endedness of [Read More...]

Reflection on Marlena Graves’s New Book: A Beautiful Disaster


The doctor opened the door for a second time while I waited in a small examination room. She apologized for delay; I’d been sitting in the empty room for 15 minutes waiting. Apparently the Infectious Disease specialist was in a meeting. She sighed with force, “Of all days he had a meeting!” My chest X-ray [Read More...]

Working for Theological Education and Religious Reconciliation in Nigeria

Over at the Aussie Bible Society website, my Ridley student Sophie Timothy has an interview with my former HTC colleagues Fraser and Dawn Jackson about their ministry in Jos in northern Nigeria. A great read if you want to know about what is happening in Nigeria and what it is like for a missionary working there. [Read more...]

Twenty-Five Blogger in One Sentence

Over at Think, Andrew Wilson sums up 25 bloggers in one sentence. Even yours truly gets a mention: Mike Bird: “You should all be Anglicans, but you can still be both biblically faithful and good-humoured about it, sport.” Plus these: Scot McKnight: “Hey, here’s an interesting leftish quotation that I’m not going to comment on [Read More...]

Book Notice: David deSilva on the Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude

David A. deSilva The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha Oxford: OUP, 2012. Available at Amazon.com David deSilva (Ashland Theological Seminary) has produced a book that achieves two key functions. First, it is a great introduction to apocryphal and pseudepigraphal literature (i.e., Ben Sirach, 1 [Read More...]

Larry Hurtado Reviews Bart Ehrman on HJBG

Over at his blog, Larry Hurtado reviews Bart Ehrman’s HJBG with some juicy points of affirmation and criticism. On these and a few other matters, in short, Ehrman’s discussion is misinformed, which is curious given that the jacket promotional blurb describes the book as the product of eight years of research and writing.  But, notwithstanding [Read More...]

Reflections on Rom 7:7-25 – Part 3

Thesis 3: The “I” is a composite character. There are echoes of Adam, Israel, and especially God-fearers who tried to live under the law but see in hindsight that they had always failed to keep it. To begin with, there are some striking parallels between Genesis 2–3 and Rom 7:7-25. For instance: “The serpent deceived me, [Read More...]