How Do We Tell One Story of Jesus?: The Plurality of the Four Gospels and the “So Called Historical Jesus”


I continue to struggle with how to factor in the plurality of the four Gospels when presenting the story of Jesus. On the one hand, I am uncomfortable with the harmonizing and minimizing tendencies of my evangelical tradition when it comes to alleged contradictions in detail. Francis Watson I think is right when he recently wrote [Read More...]

20 Years a Slave of Christ

I just realized that this  month it is 20 years since I became a follower of Jesus. So I’m a bit nostalgic at the moment. 20 years of following the Jesus who loved me and gave himself for me. 20 years of being part of the household of faith. 20 years since my adoption as a [Read More...]

The Pilgrimage of Commentary Writing

Origen (3rd century church father) spent three decades writing a commentary on the Gospel of John which remained incomplete at his death. In the preface to “Book 32″ of the commentary (an exposition of John 13:2-33) he wrote about the work utilzing the analogy of the wilderness wandering of Israel. These are encouraging words to [Read More...]

Rom 10:5-8 – A Paraphrase

I’ve been working through various Ph.D theses by David Lincicum, Guy Waters, J. Ross Wagner, Preston Sprinkle, and Matthew Bates on Rom 10:5-8. And whoa, let me say that it is one doozey of a text and it is a brave soul who tries to cover these verses in an academic monograph. That said, I’ve [Read More...]

The Story of Israel is “the story of the world’s redemption”

The story of Israel’s “fall’ might, after all, seem remote and scarcely interesting to gentile Christians in Rome. I sometimes wonder whether such imagined uncomprehending listeners are rally the coded presence of modern western scholars and preachers who are hoping that Paul will, in his every sentence, say something readily accessible to the deeply non-Jewish [Read More...]

James Crossley and the Criteria of Authenticity

Over at Harnessing Chaos, James Crossley comments on the value of the “criteria of authenticity” used in historical Jesus research. After assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various “criteria,” Crossley concludes: So what can we say in (what is hopefully) a post-criteria world? To some degree, we are simply left with an old fashioned [Read More...]

Gospel of John for Logos Mobile Education

I’m really excited to promote the soon-to-be-released bundle of courses on the Gospels from in Logos’ Mobile Education. Here’s the promo for my John course. Along with the John course there are 8 other courses by preeminent gospel scholars. Here is the list of individual title: NT251 The Sermon on the Mount by Jonathan Pennington NT252 [Read More...]

Book Review: The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

Can the Gospel compete with alternative worldviews? A review of The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas, P. Copan & K. Litwak, IVP, by Kara Martin Available at Earlier this year I preached about contextualising our gospel in response to popular culture, for which Acts 17:16–34 was the obvious model. Paul’s speech on Mars Hill [Read More...]

The Latest Issue of JSPL is an Extended Review of N.T. Wright’s PFG

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters is dedicated to a review of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The issue features responses by Thomas Schreiner, Michael Gorman, David Starling, Martinus de Boer, Markus Bockmuehl, and Beverly Gaventa, as well as a 15 page rejoinder by N.T. Wright himself. Its [Read More...]

A Solution to the Problem of the Historical Origins of the Bible and Jesus

I found this very interesting passage in Martin Kähler’s The So-Called Historical Jesus and the Historic Biblical Christ. Kähler offers his solution to the knotty problem of the historical origins of both the Bible and Jesus. Kähler places supreme value on the history of the effects of Jesus and the Bible as evidence for its reliability and credibility. The great reality of [Read More...]

Textbooks for the Fall Semester


The required textbooks for my three courses at NPU in the fall semester: 4th Year Seminar - Topic: Theological Interpretation of Scripture Introduction to the Bible Jesus of Nazareth [Read more...]

Paula Gooder on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Over at CPX, John Dickson interviewed the British Bible Society’s resident theologian, Dr. Paula Gooder, on the historical reliability of the Gospels. [Read more...]

The “never-ending screw”

Last week I was putting up a shelf using a molly bolt. These are bolts that you use to hold something in drywall. I took my drill put the 1/2 in. diameter hole into the wall, then put in the molly. Theoretically this is to hold the screw so then you can hang your self. [Read More...]

Book Notice: Rowan Williams on Being Christian

Rowan Williams Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at I read this book over the weekend. Its rather short at only 84 pages and written in a very easy going style. Williams, now Master of Magdalene College, covers the topics of Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer, and in each [Read More...]

Latest issue of Themelios

The latest issue of Themelios (39.2) is out and features D.A. Carson on “What are Gospel Issues?” A heap of stuff on Jonathan Edwards. Plus a review of HGBJ by Jonathan Huggins. Though admittedly biased, I do like his conclusion: The idea for this project is superb and certainly serves the church well. Bart Ehrman [Read More...]