My Newest Book In Production

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Reprieve for Incursions into Religions Freedom in Victoria … For Now

In the Australian state of Victoria (or the Socialist Republic of Victoria as its more fondly known in the current climate), the incumbent Labour Government has been defeated in the state legislative council with proposed laws which would inhibit houses of worship, schools, and charities from operating according to their faith, soundly defeated. There is [Read More…]

My Interview with Timothy George on the Beeson Podcast

At the ETS meeting in San Antonio, I was interviewed by Timothy George for the Beeson Podcast. It was a great time, Dr. Timothy George is my favourite Southern Baptist, I was very honored to be able to sit down and chat with Timothy about things I’ve been up to. I told a bit of [Read More…]

The Passing of Thomas Oden (1931-2016)

I just heard the news that American Methodist Theologian Thomas C. Oden has passed away. Oden was a former liberal who turned “orthodox” after discovering the church fathers. He was deep in liberalism, writing his dissertation on Freud and Bultmann – kerygma and counselling. But the church fathers turned him towards the light of the [Read More…]

Why Being a Woman in Seminary is Worth the Work

Over at CT, is an encouraging article by Marybeth Davis Baggett on Why Being a Woman in Seminary is Worth the Work, basically outlining why women should go to seminary, what they can get out of it, and how they can be enriched by it. Loved her conclusion: Christian women—no less than men—are legatees of [Read More…]

Book Notice: James Dunn on the Acts of the Apostles

James D. G. Dunn The Acts of the Apostles Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014 [1996]. Available at While there are several exhaustive multi-volume commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles, there is a certain strength to the brevity of any commentary that can do it in one volume, which James Dunn does in this [Read More…]

Why Social Progressives are Pro-Segregationalists When It Comes to Religion

Over at the Witherspoon Institute is a scintillating article by Steven Smith on Who’s on Which Side of the Lunch Counter? Civil Rights, Religious Accommodation, and the Challenges of Diversity. Here is the guts of his argument: In itself, the modern campaign for gay rights has been primarily inclusive in its aims. The goal has been [Read More…]

Christoph Heilig’s Article Review of Bruce Winter on Church and Empire

Over at Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Christoph Heilig has a review of Bruce Winter’s The First Christians’ Responses to Emperor Worship, which is a fine read and a good entree into NT and empire studies. Winter’s basic approach to research can both be regarded as giving rise to the strengths as well as the weaknesses, [Read More…]

God and the Faithfulness of Paul Ready for Pre-Order in Paperback

I’m very pleased that Fortress Press will publish a cheaper paperback version of God and the Faithfulness of Paul in March 2017 which is an amazing series of essays by an international cast of scholars evaluating N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God.  Seriously, the essays by folks like Larry Hurtado, Jorg Frey, Eckhard Schnabel and others are [Read More…]

Book Notice: Discovering Genesis by Iain Provan

Iain Provan Discovering Genesis: Content, Interpretation, Reception Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at By Lynsey Stepan Iain Provan’s Genesis commentary, Discovering Genesis: Content, Interpretation, Reception, addresses the difficult interpretive questions stemming from the narrative sections in an easy to understand format. Provan organizes his commentary by first laying out how Genesis has been [Read More…]

Was 2 Timothy written in Philippi?

I’m currently reading through Helmut Koester’s  History and Literature of Early Christianity, where I came across a new proposal on the provenance of 2 Timothy which I had never heard before. According to Koester, Paul’s second letter to Timothy – which he regards as pseudonymous – implies a Philippian provenance: The pastoral Epistles cannot be [Read More…]

Joel Willitts’ New Blog: Openhearted

My close friend Joel Willitts (North Park University) has launched a new blog called Openhearted: Following the Man of Sorrows on the Ancient Path of Lament. This is the place where Joel: writes stories that express the concreteness of a deep wound. The writing is a way to grieve what Evil has done in a [Read More…]

Rowan Williams – Mass Democracy Has Failed

Former Archbishop of Canterbury writes in NewStatesman on Mass Democracy Has Failed – It’s Time to Seek a Human Alternative. Williams laments that “Trump’s campaign succeeded in spite of the cast-iron demonstrations of his total indifference to truth (not to mention decency). It has offered not a connected strategy for national reconstruction, but an incoherent series of [Read More…]

Scott Rae’s Advice to Christian Communities Post-Obergefell

At the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting in San Antonio, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Scott Rae (Talbot School of Theology, California) speak at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary dinner about how to negotiate the future of the church in a post-Obergefell context. I like the four suggestions/exhortations he made:   1. Engage the [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters (2016)

The latest issue of JSPL 6.1 (2016) includes some great articles: John K. Goodrich Until the Fullness of the Gentiles Comes In: A Critical Review of Recent Scholarship on the Salvation of “All Israel” (Romans 11:26). Charles Lee Irons The Object of the Law is Realized in Christ: Romans 10:4 and Paul’s Justification Teaching Jeffrey W. Aernie [Read More…]