Baptists Beware of those Anglicans!

Over at WSJ was an article about two brothers, both brought up Southern Baptist, but one brother ended becoming a Catholic priest, and the other brother became an Anglican bishop. Al Mohler seized on this story  as reason for making sure that children growing up in Baptist churches have a good theological grounding, less they leave the [Read More...]

Stephen Young on the Faithfulness of Christ in Rom 5:1

Stephen Young has a recent journal article entitled, “Paul’s Ethnic Discourse on ‘Faith’: Christ’s Faith and Gentile Access to the Judean god in Rom 3:21-5:1″ in a recent issue of HTR but readable at  In a nutshell, Young claims that Rom 5:1 is about how Gentiles have access to the Judean god through the faithfulness of [Read More...]

Book Notice: Christian Political Witness

George Kalantzis & Gregory W. Lee Christian Political Witness Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at Reviewed by Graham S. Scott Christian Political Witness is a fascinating collection of essays extending from the 23rd Wheaton Theology Conference (April 2013), whose theme was the relationships between the Christian faith, the church, and the wider world. [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert on his Catholic Faith

A very interesting interview over at America: The National Catholic Review where American comedian Stephen Colbert is interviewed about his faith. [Read more...]

N.T. Wright’s Obituary of C.E.B. Cranfield

Tom Wright provides some wonderful reflections in his obituary for Charles Cranfield. My own personal gratitude to Cranfield dates to one evening in the early 1970s when I had been reading other writers on ‘Paul and the Law’, and had found myself increasingly uncomfortable with the idea, popular at the time, that Paul had seen [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman Video Series on How Jesus Became God

I know I’m late on this, but while scanning through the latest issue of BAR I saw an add for Bart Ehrman’s lecture series How Jesus Became God available through The Great Courses. The opening promo certainly does whet the appetite a bit … if you’re into that kind of thing.   [Read more...]

Domestic Violence and the Church

There’s a truly sad story about domestic violence and the church in the SMH. Ten years ago I was in the middle of a situation that an anti-domestic expert called “intimate partner terrorism” on Q&A this week. My then husband was supposedly a Christian, a very pious, rather obsessive one. He was a great amateur preacher, very [Read More...]

Passing of Charles Cranfield (1915-2015)

I just heard via the BNTC FB page the sad news that Charles E. B. Cranfield passed away. Cranfield will be best remembered for his two volume ICC commentary on Romans published in 1975-79. While some of you young whipper-snappers might not remember, once upon a time the only substantial Romans commentaries around in English [Read More...]

Jesus Mythicists Get Sucker Punched

There’s a great article over at Bible History Daily by Lawrence Mykytiuk on Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible. A depressing read if you’re a Jesus Mythicist. The only better thing to read is: Robert E. Van Voorst, Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000). HT: [Read More...]

Ana Marie Cox on Coming Out as a Christian

Over at The Daily Beast, journalist Ana Marie Cox has a piece on Coming Out as a Christian, where she wrestles with how to tell people she’s a Christian while worrying how the anti-Obama constituency will receive the news. She writes: My hesitancy to flaunt my faith has nothing to do with fear of judgment [Read More...]

D.A. Carson on How Should We Understand the Gospel?

In my theology courses, I often get students to watch several videos on what is the gospel? I’ll be adding this video to the list where D.A. Carson talks about the gospel, its entailments, and ministry.   [Read more...]

Book Notice: Mark L. Strauss on Mark in ZECNT

Mark L. Strauss Mark ZECNT; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Available at Mark Strauss’ commentary on Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series is a delight to read. The Gospel of Mark is my favourite commentary and I’m tad picky about which commentaries on Mark I read and use. But Strauss delivers the goods as [Read More...]

Paula Fredriksen on Paul and Justification by Faith

In the latest issue of JBL is an article by Paula Fredriksen on “Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Ten Commandments, and Pagan ‘Justification by faith,’” JBL 133.4 (2014): 801-7. Fredriksen attempts to understand “justification by faith” beyond its usual theological discourse and identify the meaning of the phrase in its original social context. Her starting point [Read More...]

Paul Holloway Responds to Michael Bird about N.T. Wright and Sewanee University

Over at Faith Forward, Paul Holloway responds to my earlier post about his denunciation of Sewanee University for awarding N.T. Wright an honorary doctorate. Thankfully Holloway’s response attempts some actual reasoning and tries to provide some kind of substance to his criticism of Wright rather than resorting to hyperbolic and vitriolic protest as he did previously. Let me say that [Read More...]

Steve Walton Reviews Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not

Steve Walton has a nice review of the book Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not, read it here. [Read more...]