Coming Soon – Romans (SGBC)

There’s a few good Romans commentaries coming out soon. Richard Longencker (NIGTC), Frank Thielman (ZECNT), and Beverly Gaventa (NTL). For those interested, February 2016 will see the release of my forthcoming volume on Romans in the SGBC series.   I’ll be honest, this is not a technical volume. I was not trying to write something to compete [Read More...]

Book Notice: Richard Horsley & Tom Thatcher on Gospel of John, Jesus, and Israel

Richard Horsley & Tom Thatcher John, Jesus & the Renewal of Israel Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at This is a bold book about how the Gospel of John contributes to the picture of the historical Jesus as a prophet of Israelite restoration hopes. The authors “offer a new reading of the Gospel [Read More...]

What Makes the Earth Just Right for Life?

Over at the OUP blog is a great piece by Karel and Iris Schrijver on What Makes Earth ‘Just Right’ for Life? There is nothing religious or theological about it, however, it looks like a great piece of evidence for intelligent design. The earth just happens to be the one place in the galaxy we [Read More...]

Book Notice: Richard Horsley on The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel

Richard Horsley The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Diversionary Debate Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Available at An old nutty debate in historical Jesus studies was whether Jesus was a Cynic-like teacher of Jewish wisdom traditions with an anti-apocalyptic gloss (e.g. John Dominic Crossan) or more like an apocalyptic [Read More...]

Book Notice: Vernon Robbins, Who Do People Say I Am?

Vernon K. Robbins Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at This is a helpful summary of the portraits of Jesus in Q, the canonical Gospels, and even in non-canonical writings including the Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospel of James, [Read More...]

New NIV Study Bible

Here’s a nice video about the making of the NIV. Also, a new edition of the NIV Study Bible is out edited by D.A. Carson. [Read more...]

How to Spot a Forgery?

Simon Gathercole has a great piece in CT on 5 Reasons why the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is a Fake. Stephen Carlson also has a great follow-up on Red Flags of a Forgery. And who says biblical studies is boring? Its like Myth-Busters meets Indian Jones! [Read more...]

Book Review: Aaron Chalmers on Interpreting the Prophets

Aaron Chalmers  Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophets  Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth Aaron Chalmers is head of the School of Ministry, Theology and Culture at Tabor College in Adelaide, Australia. He has published articles based on his PhD (Flinders, 2006) on [Read More...]

Can you guess who wrote this?

Therefore although Peter, Paul, and the other apostles were indeed children of God, righteous according to the Law, and, finally, even ministers of Christ, they were not declared righteous in the sight of God on this account. For if you bind all these together into one bundle – the law, its works and righteousness, circumcision, [Read More...]

Off to Israel, Greece, and Italy

I’m now off on my first trip to the Holy Land, Corinth, Athens,and Rome to join Tom Wright to film a DVD about the New Testament and the early church for Zondervan. If you need me, I’ll be cruising the eastern Mediterranean, eating souvlaki, and drinking Tuscan wine! Yes, its a hard slog life! [Read more...]

Yoda Summarizes How Evangelicals and Catholics Feel About SCOTUS SSM Ruling

I’m sure many feel like this right now: To my American friends, instead of lamenting that Zion has fallen, or thinking about how to rebuild it, time to wise-up and realize that you’re living in Babylon, and she ain’t in a repenting mood. This ruling will have some slow but inevitable spin-offs. Religious freedom is going to [Read More...]

Book Review: Ordinary

Michael Horton Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. Available at Review by Kara Martin This morning my family went to church in a different suburb, a different state, to our usual church. We were inspired by the service. It was not the awesome worship: there were just three [Read More...]

On My Bookshelf – Interview with Eerdword

I did an interview with Eerdword as part of their On My Bookshelf series. I list five books that have influenced me or that I have really, really enjoyed.   [Read more...]

The Pastor-Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision


I’m very pleased to introduce to you the brand new book by my friends Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision. For those who know they have a vocational call within the church, but have felt oddly shaped in the role because of the “theological bent” you have – sorta of [Read More...]

N.T. Wright’s Talk at Google on “Simply Good News”

N.T. Wright gives a “Talk at Google” on his book Simply Good News. [Read more...]