Martin Hengel’s Verdict on Rudolf Bultmann

I’m reading a lot of Rudolf Bultmann these days, as part of a particular research project, and as much as I try to like Bultmann – even with David Congdon’s help – I just can’t. In the end, I agree with Martin Hengel’s verdict on Bultmann: After I became Stiftsrepetent [i.e., a student instructor] in [Read More…]

Book Notice: John Stackhouse on Partner’s in Christ

John G. Stackhouse Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism Wheaton, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2015. Available at Reviewed by Felicity Clift In the conservative evangelical world (and perhaps beyond) it seems that conscientious evangelical women pursuing ministry, beyond the realms of feminine and infantile pedagogy, are expected to give some thought – preferably [Read More…]

Nijay Gupta on 1-2 Thessalonians

If you don’t have Nijay Gupta’s Thessalonians commentary, why not, you should, it’s great. I reckon it is one of the best around, up there with Mahlherbe and Fee (though John Byron is good too in the SGBC, esp. for preachers). Here’s an interview Nijay did about the volume! [Read more…]

Mega Archaeological Find: New Cave Discovered at Qumran

This is not a drill, over at theLab, Craig Evans writes on a new cave discovered at Qumran, including some new parchments! This is known as Cave 12 with a possible Cave 13 still to be found. [Randall] Price and his team made a truly significant discovery. Although the cave that the archaeologist and his [Read More…]

Another Review of What Christians Ought To Believe

Glad to see another positive review of What Christians Ought to Believe, this time by Donnie Haflich over at Solid-State Apologetics Anyone who thinks that the practice of orthodox doctrine in one’s life is a pursuit of stale, boring, and dusty thinking from ancient people who were not as technologically advanced as we, has not read [Read More…]

Book Notice: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer

Leslie Williams Emblems of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Thomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the tumultuous reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I. In this short biography, Leslie Williams provides a great overview of the life and significance of [Read More…]

Win a Copy of Paul’s Triumph

Christoph Heilig is my favourite German Neutestamentlich Aussenseiter and you can win a copy of his new book Paul’s Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context published by Peeters. In his second (canonical) letter to the Corinthians, Paul makes an assertion about his and his co-workers that has led to quite different, even opposing, [Read More…]

N.T. Wright Interviewed Books and his New Book

N.T. Wright gets interviewed by Krish Kandiah on Three Book that Changed N.T. Wright’s Life (his picks will surprise you!) and Eric Metaxas also interviews Wright on his show about The Day the Revolution Began. [Read more…]

The Council of Nicea Rap Battle

As some of you may know, before I was a theologian I was a soldier and before I was a soldier I was a budding lyricist for musicals. Below is my attempt to write a hip-hop style rap between the Arians and Homoousians at the Council of Nicea. Note, not quite historically accurate, Athanasius was [Read More…]

The Bultmann Smackdown

I’m reading Rudolf Bultmann’s 1952 essay “On the Problem of Demythologizing,” where I noticed this backhand jibe by him at the criticisms of E. Stauffer: I think I could amicably part with Stauffer if only we could each make a confession: I, that I understand nothing about “Realtheologie,” and he, that he understand nothing about [Read More…]

Great Video on Story of the Old Testament

From The Gospel Project, is a great little video, only three minutes, which provides a short but able summary of the Old Testament. I like resources like this for two reasons: First, for most lay Christians, the stuff before Jesus is a bit of a blur of names, places, and dates, with no conceivable narrative unity. [Read More…]

Interview with Eerdword about An Anomalous Jew

Here is my interview with Rachel Blomberger from Eerdmans about my book An Anomalous Jew. I’m a bit slow out of the blocks, but I hit full stride eventually. Gives you a good overview of what the book is about! [Read more…]

Book Notice: Ken Bailey on Psalm 23

Kenneth E. Bailey The Good Shepherd: A Thousand Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament  Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2014. Available from By Jill Firth The late Kenneth Bailey needs no introduction to most readers because of his expertise in Middle Eastern culture after spending 40 years in Egypt and the Middle [Read More…]

My Interview with American College Students about Donald Trump

I wrote an article for ABC News about what American College students think, fear, and hope for in relation to Donald Trump’s presidency. What the students had to say might surprise you! How American College Students Feel About a Trump Presidency Are all millennials hiding in their safe spaces and hugging a therapy bear, or [Read More…]

Review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Over at Books at a Glance is a very, very positive review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul which is a series of responses to N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The review is by Mark Baker who’s conclusion is probably the best sales pitch for the book one could make: It seems fitting [Read More…]