New Book by N.T. Wright: God in Public

I just learned that N.T. Wright has yet another book just out – in addition to his The Day the Revolution Began – about God and politics. N.T. Wright God in Public: How the Bible Speaks Truth to Power Today London: SPCK, 2016 [released in October]. Available at Amazon.com What has Christianity to do with power? [Read More…]

The Future of Evangelicalism is a Secular Age

I’m reading through Charles Taylor’s Secular Age with the help of James K. A. Smith’s How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor and I was intrigued by their predictions for the future. According to Taylor, our secular age stresses a closed order where meaning and activity are entirely immanent and this-worldly. However, because of suspicion and longing [Read More…]

Kevin DeYoung on the Trinity Debate

Over at TGC, Kevin DeYoung Chimes in on the Trinity Debate with a blog post on Distinguishing Among the Three Persons of the Trinity within the Reformed Tradition. After surveying several leading Reformed thinkers in the European and American traditions, DeYoung surmises: I find that some proponents of ESS answer Ursinus’s question—“How are the three Persons [Read More…]

Review of Timo Eskola’s Beyond Biblical Theology

Over at RBL is my review of Timo Eskola, Beyond Biblical Theology: Sacralized Culturalism in Heikki Räisänen’s Hermeneutics (Leiden: Brill, 2013). [Read more…]

Academic Freedom in Crisis

The Sage Publishing Group is hosting a great conversation about Academic Freedom in Crisis with an opening article by Daniel Nehring and Dylan Kerrigan. They post six questions and trends for discussion: 1) exploring the censorship of ideas and the erosion of universities as places of debate. What are the long-term effects of preventing alternative ideas [Read More…]

Great Interview with Richard Hays by OnScript Podcast

Matthew Lynch and Matthew Bates of OnScript have a great interview with Richard Hays  on their iTunes podcast about his new book Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Hays talks about several things: his recent battle with cancer, the production of the book, methodology, divine christology, and it has a great quote from Rowan Williams in it! Do [Read More…]

Grape Juice at Communion is a Methodist Heresy

Great article over at CT on the late introduction nineteenth century invention of using grape juice in communion. That, in the end, is the beauty of wine: It’s new life, a living beverage. The grape dies, but it’s reborn through the yeast, just as Christ died and rose again—and just as the church is granted [Read More…]

Stan Gundry’s Open Letter to ETS on Lasts Year’s Resolution

Last year at ETS, four resolution were passed by the society pertaining to issues about gender and sexuality: (1) We affirm that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and thus possess inherent dignity and worth. (2) We affirm that marriage is the covenantal union of one man and one woman, [Read More…]

Reflections on the Ethics of Ephesians 5

As I read and wrote about Ephesians 5.3-20 for a NT Intro, these were the thoughts that formed in my head: Paul’s ethical vision here is not that of some geriatric prude fearful that somewhere somehow young people are enjoying tawdry pleasures, rather, he is calling a redeemed people to see their bodies, minds, and [Read More…]

Tom Holland: Why I Was Wrong about Christianity

Over at Newstatesman, British author Tom Holland writes an article on Why I Was Wrong About Christianity, where he acknowledges that his ethics are not Greek or Roman, but Christian! By the time I came to read Edward Gibbon and the other great writers of the Enlightenment, I was more than ready to accept their interpretation [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on the Day the Revolution Began

I’ve interviewed Tom Wright about his forthcoming volume The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Death, which will hopefully be published with CT sometime soon, but here’s one quotation from Tom that I have to share in advance: We have swapped our biblical heritage of new heavens and new earth for a form [Read More…]

The Secularized Erastianism of the Daniel Andrews Government in Victoria

The Daniel Andrews State Government of Victoria has recently proposed legislation to remove the rights of faith-based organizations to insist on religious criteria for employment in any of their houses of worship, schools, or charities. While the legislation attempts to curtail the ability of faith-based groups to discriminate against persons on the basis of gender, [Read More…]

Book Notice: Paul Among the Apocalypses

Jamie P. Davies Paul Among the Apocalypses? An Evaluation of the ‘Apocalyptic Paul’ in the Context of Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature LNTS  562; London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2016. Available at Amazon.com I am naturally interested in the debate about the “Apocalyptic Paul” versus any concerns related to “salvation history.” In my soon-to-be-published book An Anomalous Jew I [Read More…]

An Introduction to Paul’s Three Asian Letters

I’m slowly but surely working on an NT Intro, now into the Pauline letters, currently working on Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians. Anyway, here are some things I’m scribbling for those inclined to read. —— I urge you to imagine Paul, sitting in an Ephesian prison, probably malnourished and suffering horrific illness, alone in the dark [Read More…]

Thomas Schreiner Reviews the Leon Morris Biography

Over at TGC, Thomas Schreiner offers a nice review of Neil Bach’s biography of Leon Morris. Leon Lamb Morris (1914–2006) stood out in his generation as one of the great evangelical scholars. He wrote 50 books and traveled extensively, speaking all around the world. His book The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, which has sold [Read More…]