The Church and the Lure of Power

Just came across this interesting quote from Stanley Hauerwas: To be among those who praise God as the ruler of this world, however, has often tempted Christians to think they are or must be in control if this is in fact God’s world. Caesar’s throne can be or must be usurped to insure that justice [Read More...]

Leon Morris on Love

Ridley College’s celebration of the centenary of Leon Morris’ birth comes to a close with a final blog post by Rhys Bezzant which you can read here. It includes a link to a talk by Leon Morris delivered at the C.S. Lewis institute in Washington DC in 1979 on the theme of love.     [Read more...]

New Mini-Series “A.D.”

The creators of “The Bible” have a new TV mini-series coming out with NBC premiering on Easter Sunday in 2015 called A.D. which is about the first ten chapters of Acts. [Read more...]

Latest Issue of Themelios

In the latest issue of Themelios are a couple of good articles including: Andrew David Naselli, Three Reflections on Evangelical Academic Publishing. A review of John D’Elia’s biography of G.E. Ladd and S.E. Porter’s book Inking the Deal. I’m a big fan of Stan Porter, but Naselli pushes back on his publishing philosophy. This is a piece [Read More...]

Book Review: Os Guinness on Renaissance

Os Guinness Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at By Kara Martin Os Guinness has been a prophet for God’s people for more than 30 years. This book reminds me of The Global Public Square meets The Calling. It is a critique of our culture, and also a wake-up call [Read More...]

A Divine Son of Man?

I just got through reading an interesting piece b y Markus Zehnder, “Why the Danielic ‘Son of Man’ Is a Divine Being,” BBR 24.3 (2014): 331-47. Zehnder argues that Daniel’s Son of Man belongs to the “upper level” on the divine spectrum and notes the various features that make him divine like coming with the clouds of heaven, [Read More...]

Peter Leithart on Justification through Resurrection

Glad to see that Peter Leithart is reading through Markus Barth’s excellent book Acquittal by Resurrection. More people should read Markus Barth. Wipf & Stock do some really good imprints of his shorter volumes. Barth does a great job of showing that Jesus’ death AND resurrection is what constitutes the basis of justification … not just [Read More...]

Chris Tilling on Paul’s Divine Christology

My good friend Chris Tilling has a great interview with Eerdmans about his book, Paul’s Divine Christology. [Read more...]

Prayer for First Sunday of Advent


Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his [Read More...]

Fresh from SBL: Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics

Logos has recently published the first two of five volumes of Gerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics available at in print and electronically at Logos. It is translated and edited by Richard Gaffin. First two volumes are on theology proper and anthropology. My particular interest is Vos’ supralapsarianism and his integration of biblical and systematic theology. Proof of the [Read More...]

Why Do Pentecostals Keep Growing?

Excellent piece in CT about Why Do Pentecostals Keep Growing? by Ed Setzer. Of the 25 largest faith groups in the United States, the only two orthodox Christian groups on the list that are growing are the Assemblies of God and Church of God (Cleveland). So, what do all of the declining denominations have in common? Most [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards on Mentoring

Jonathan Edwards Had an Opinion about Mentoring Too By Rhys Bezzant (Ridley College) I heard a leading American evangelist preach a sermon recently in which Jonathan Edwards was never named but his signature theology was everywhere. Edwards’s views on creation as an overflow of the life of God, and his understanding of the Christian life involving [Read More...]

Review of Joseph Fantin’s Lord of the Entire World

See my RBL review of Joseph Fantin’s excellent study Lord of the Entire World: Lord Jesus, A Challenge to Lord Caesar? Here’s the blurb: How would the confession, ‘Jesus is Lord’, have been understood in the first-century Roman world? Was it more than a statement of one’s devotion to Jesus? Was it also an implicit challenge [Read More...]

Remember the Bart Ehrman Review Session at SBL

If you’re going to SBL in San Diego then remember, remember the 22nd of November. Here’s why: Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity 11/22/2014 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: Room 8 (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC) Theme: A Panel Review of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish [Read More...]

If You’re Near Las Vegas this Coming Monday, Then I’ll Be Here!

Grateful for the invitation from Paul Trainor and John Anthony Dunne to speak at this event: [Read more...]