Things to Do at ETS, IBR, and SBL in 2016

As this year’s convention season approaches I have my annual list of tips of things to do, see, and look out for! ETS Bring  your Donald Trump hat, sweater, and badges and get a 20% discount at the B&H book exhibit. Attend the book review session on Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the [Read More…]

Book Notice: Stephen Wright on Jesus the Storyteller

Stephen Wright Jesus the Storyteller London: SPCK, 2014. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015. Available at By Chris Porter The area of parables research has been an ongoing area of interest for many scholars seeking to see the thought world behind the Synoptics, and also highlight some more of the picture of Jesus as [Read More…]

Dear America, Time to Read John Inazu on “Confident Pluralism”

Dear America, it is over, like it or not Donald Trump is your new president, but at least the malicious campaign season is over. Now at the moment I know you all probably feel like you’ve just woken up from a bad dream with a hang-over that could kill a small child. If that is how [Read More…]

Remember, God is King, No Matter What

My good friend Jason Hood (Gordon-Conwell) has a great article at CT on God is King, No Matter What. A nice read ahead of the coming US election day. Seen from the throne room, Election Day and Inauguration Day are opportunities to remember the unelected King, regardless of whether they produce the outcome we desire. [Read More…]

Epic eBook Sale on NIVAC Volumes – Win Craig Keener’s Revelation Commentary

Sale Right now, every NIV Application Commentary eBook is just $4.99. See the deals here. About NIV Application Commentaries The value of the NIVAC series is two-fold: you will understand the Bible’s ancient message, and see how it speaks powerfully today. This series features the work of many world-class scholars, including: Douglas J. Moo on [Read More…]

Book Notice: Paul’s New Perspective

Garwood P. Anderson Paul’s New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journey Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016. Available at Back in 2007 I wrote a book called The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies in Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, where I tried to bring some sanity and sobriety to what was then some very fractious debates [Read More…]

The Bibliotheca Bible is Done … But Don’t Forget the Biblica Hipsteria

Anyone remember the Bibliotheca Bible project that raised over a million bucks on kickstarter? Well, it is finished and soon ready for purchase.  Read about it on CT. But don’t forget my own niche Bible, the Biblica Hipsteria, which you can learn about below: [Read more…]

Russell Moore’s Erasmus Lecture on “Can the Religious Right be Saved?”

I have to say that Russell Moore is now officially #2 in my list of favourite Southern Baptists (Timothy George is still locked in at #1). Below is his Erasmus Lecture delivered in New York at First Things on the topic “Can the Religious Rigth be Saved?” Now you might be thinking, why would anyone want [Read More…]

N.T. Wright and Oliver Crisp Caption Contest

In the photo is N.T. Wright (NT scholar, St. Andrews) and Oliver Crisp (Theologian, Fuller Seminary), this so calls out for a caption! Here’s my captions: “Analytic Theology sounds like a baby made by Charles Hodge and A.J. Ayer. Olly, seriously bro, do you even exegesis?” “No offense Oliver, but you are fruitier than that [Read More…]

Good News: Joint Statement by IVP and SBL

Following constructive discussions between IVP and SBL, I’m very glad to report that these two organizations have issued a joint statement which demonstrates that IVP has satisfied concerns that were raised by SBL about IVP’s commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry. What this means, is that IVP will be – as it should be [Read More…]

Make Them Change Their Religion! Unmasking Civic Totalism

I’m reading some political philosophy these days and I’m coming across books that really do say that the state should be allowed to force people to change their religious beliefs. How on earth did it come to this? In my mind, the political left is no longer characterized by a broad and inclusive platform, but [Read More…]

Epic Ebook Sale on Reformed Theology – Win Bird’s What Christians Ought To Believe

The Deal On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent the Ninety-five Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz. In remembrance of this important day, Zondervan Academic is running a special Reformation Week eBook sale October 31 – November 6. Readers can save up to 77% on titles including the following: –       What Christians Ought To Believe by Michael [Read More…]

Eschatology in 1 Corinthians

The latest issue of ExpT includes some good articles on 1 Corinthians, including one by my former PhD student David Wenkel on “Kingship and Thrones for All Christians: Paul’s Inaugurated Eschatology in 1 Corinthians 4–6.”  Here’s the blurb: The central argument presented here is that 1 Corinthians 4–6 reflects a single eschatological vision of the [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Church, Media, and Public Life

See the plenary by N.T. Wright at a conference on Christians and Media, it was on Church, Media, and Public Life in a Post-Rational World. Here’s my favourite quote from the talk. As long as the countries of the Enlightenment could keep the rest of the world at bay, sending the occasional gun-boat to sort [Read More…]

Oliver Crisp on Incarnation Anyway

Just read a great article by Oliver Crisp (Fuller Seminary) for a version of the “incarnation anyway” argument, i.e. even if Adam and Eve had not sinned, the incarnation would have happened. Crisp concludes: The aim of this paper has been to commend one particular incarnation-anyway argument, namely, the christological union account. If the christological [Read More…]