Ben Myers – Faith Gives Fullness to Reasoning

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics, Australian/Greek philosopher N.N. Trakakis wrote an essay on Why I Am Not Orthodox which quickly becomes Why I am not Religious. He documents his journey from Greek Orthodoxy to Atheism. In response, Ben Myers has a great rejoinder on Faith Gives Fullness to Reasoning: A Response to Nick Trakakis. [Read More...]

The Best Selling Books at SBL 2015

SBL has produced a great little video of the bestselling books at the recent SBL conference in Atlanta. Now, even more, I wish I had been there! [Read more...]

Rudolf Bultmann, “Theologian of Perpetual Advent”


This morning I opened a package which contained the new book by David W. Congdon on Rudolf Bultmannwritten in the excellent Cascade Companion series published by Cascade Books. I read the introduction and briefly scanned the table of contents. My eye caught the title of the final chapter, “Advent.” It is of course the season [Read More...]

Themelios Review of my Gospel of the Lord

The latest issue of Themelios is out and it includes Mark Strauss’ review of my book The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Strauss offers a very generous conclusion: This is an excellent book, a perfect complement for seminary level courses in the Gospels or New Testament introduction. While avoiding technical [Read More...]

Book Notice: David Garland on A Theology of Mark’s Gospel

David E. Garland A Theology of Mark’s Gospel BTNT; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015. Available at David E. Garland (George W. Truett Theological Seminary) has written a superb Theology of Mark’s Gospel (in addition to his very fine and eminently readable Mark commentary in the NIVAC series). Garland provides an introduction to critical matters [Read More...]

Engaging Josh Jipp and his Christ is King, Chapter 2: Josh’s Response

In the last post I engaged Josh’s second chapter in his book Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology. This is Josh’s response. Largely In Agreement Thanks, Joel, for the substantive engagement of my chapter on the law of Christ in Paul! I enjoyed your response – I suppose, in part, because we find ourselves largely [Read More...]

Alternative Church Histories

I’ve been thinking what it would be like to set essay questions for students about alternative scenarios in church history. Students would answer questions on how would the history of Christianity and the Roman empire be different if … What if the Holy Family remained in Egypt? If Jesus grew up in the Jewish community in Egypt, speaking Greek [Read More...]

Engaging Josh Jipp and his Christ is King, Chapter 2: “King and the Law”

I am reading Joshua Jipp’s book Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideologyin dialogue with Josh. I’m so thankful Josh was willing and able to engage his work with me. This has been such an enjoyable way to review a work. I also have enjoyed that this has opened up lines of conversation and connection with [Read More...]

An Insider View on Gender and Academic Publishing

Over at Pilgrim in Narnia, Brenton Dickieson both opines and protests the lack of women in Zondervan Academic’s latest catalogue. Dickieson notes the absence of women from authored books, as contributors to books, and even as endorsers of books. In some categories, only 5% of authors are women. But then Dickieson goes on to theorize that [Read More...]

Please, Please Watch The Gender Conversation Now!

Morling College (a Baptist College in Australia) last year hosted a great event called The Gender Conversation with a variety of speakers and presenters from all over Australia. I gave a talk on the NT household codes, other people talked about egalitarianism, gender dysphoria, gender and ministry, and singleness, controversial stuff, but lots of perspectives [Read More...]

Book Notice: Renewing Christian Theology

Amos Yong Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. Available at This is an exciting volume by an Asian-American Pentecostal scholar about Christian theology (with much art and commentary by Jonathan Anderson). In this book Yong “seeks to provide a summary exposition of central teachings of the [Read More...]

Engaging with Josh Jipp and his Christ is King, Josh’s Response

In a previous post I began to engage Josh Jipp’s new book Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology. In this post, Josh responses to my post. First of all, let me say that it is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to reflect upon the arguments of Christ is King with Joel. I’m [Read More...]

Engaging with Josh Jipp and his Christ is King, Chapter 1


Joshua W. Jipp’s new book Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology perked my interest the moment I read the title. I picked up a copy at SBL last week and started reading it. Josh isn’t someone I know super well, but I have worked with him on a project and have a high respect for him [Read More...]

Pre-Order What Christians OUGHT to Believe

Following Romans (Feb 2016), my next book due out is What Christians ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed available in July 2016 from Zondervan. And it is now ready for pre-order at Here’s the blurb: Modern Christians have often hesitated to embrace the ancient creeds because of our “nothing but the Bible” tradition. In What [Read More...]

The Truth About Why I Wasn’t at SBL!

As many readers of Euangelion know, I couldn’t make it to ETS/IBR/SBL this year, but I’ve been coy with the actual reason why. Well, on Nov 28, I was ordained as an Anglican Priest with a cohort of 26 other deacons at St. Paul’s Cathedral by Archbishop Phil Freier. It was a joyous event, the culmination of [Read More...]