Torah as Interpretation and Paul’s Dying to the Torah (Gal 2:19)

We know the Torah, in this case I mean the book of Moses, was a central element of “Common Judaism” of the late Second Temple Period, the historical period of the New Testament. Jesus’ lifestyle was shaped by it as were the lives of the Apostles and earliest Jewish believers in Jesus. But something that [Read More…]

Rhyne Putman on the Development of Doctrine

Rhyne Putman (NOBTS) has a volume coming out on the development of doctrine from a distinctly evangelical perspective. It is called In Defense of Doctrine: Postdoctrinal Doctrinal Developments and Hermeneutical Phenomenon (Minneapolis: Fortress, forthcoming). This book is great with an important contribution and let me tell you why. On some accounts, the Bible contains “doctrine” [Read More…]

The Bible’s Attitude to Rape

My friend Dr. George Athas (Moore Theological College) has a great presentation on “The Bible’s Attitude to Rape.” The subject of rape is monstrous and disturbing. A lot of what the Bible says about rape in Pentateuchal case law and in narrative seems culturally strange and in some cases morally revolting. Thankfully, however, George gives [Read More…]

The Disinheriting of the Promise Land to Inherit the World? . . . “Wait what?!”

When Paul said “Inheriting the world” (Rom 4:13) did he universalize the Abrahamic blessing? Yes and no. I have read and heard commentators (e.g. Tom Wright – but many more) who think that Paul’s statement in Romans 4:13 means that the Land promise to Israel has been universalized to the exclusion of the concrete promise [Read More…]

I’m on Sabbatical … Huzzah!

After nine years of theological education on two different continents and in three different colleges, I am finally on my first ever sabbatical. No doubt the angels in heaven are weeping with joy and my students are moved with joy to the pit of the bowels knowing that they’ll be free from my antics for [Read More…]

Timothy George on Baptism, Sacraments, Unity, and Church History

Over at Trinity House, my favourite Southern Baptist, Timothy George presented the John Williamson Nevin Lectures. The topics are: 1. Recovering the Baptismal Theology the Early Church 2. Being Baptized More and More: Luther on Baptism and the Christian Life 3. How Calvin was wrong about Baptism and Right about the Lord’s Supper 4. John [Read More…]

Markus Bockmuehl Appointed as Dean Ireland Professor at Oxford

David Lincicum announced that Markus Bockmuehl has just been appointed as Dean Ireland’s Professor of Holy Scripture at Keble College in Oxford replacing Christopher Rowland. Congrats to Markus. He’s a great scholar. I still treasure his book This Jesus as a useful and highly informed volume. Plus his stuff on Jewish Law in Gentile Churches and [Read More…]

Andy Stanley, Revelation, History, and Faith Foundations

American Mega-Pastor Andy Stanley has courted controversy with a tweet he put out: “Why we must teach the next generation the FOUNDATION of our faith is a an EVENT not a BOOK” Strictly speaking, Stanley is right. According to Scripture the foundation of our faith is Jesus Christ. As Paul says, “For no one can [Read More…]

Todd Billings on Reformed Catholicism

In a recent article, J. Todd Billings (“Catholic and Reformed: Rediscovering a Tradition,” Pro Ecclesia 23.2 [2014]: 132-46) argues that the church can escape its cultural captivity by pursuing a biblical, Christ-centered renewal along the line of retrieval of its Catholic-Reformed tradition. According to Billings, the mainstream church is culturally enthralled to what some sociologists call a [Read More…]

Book Notice: Alister McGrath, Lord and Saviour

Alister McGrath Lord and Saviour: Jesus of Nazareth London: SPCK, 2014. Available at Amazon.com Alister McGrath’s next book in his Christian Belief for Everyone series is about Jesus. McGrath exposits the person and work of Jesus through a wonderful mixture of biographical anecdotes, scriptural reflection, and quotations from church history. Expectantly there is a lot of C.S. [Read More…]

Graham Cole Reflects on Leon Morris

Over at the Ridley website, Graham Cole (Prof. of Theology at Beeson Divinity School and former Principal of Ridley) reflects on the life and work of Leon Morris. He writes: Leon knew how to preach the cross too. I recall meeting folk in Melbourne who had been brought to Christ through a sermon on the [Read More…]

The End of Reformed Evangelical OT Scholars … Once More!

Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) has announced the “retirement” of Douglas Green from the seminary. His “retirement” is occasioned by the findings of the board of trustees that his hermeneutical approach to the NT use of the OT is no longer acceptable to the board’s interpretation of the Westminster Standards. Apparently Douglas Green’s article on a [Read More…]

Paul as Pastor: Conference at Ridley College in August 2014

Ridley College is hosting a two-day conference on Paul as Pastor to be held in Melbourne on 1-2 August. The conference will feature keynote speakers, Robert Yarbrough (Covenant Theological Seminary), Trevor Burke (UK), Sarah Harris (Carey College) and Brian Rosner (Ridley Principal). Along with Ridley Melbourne faculty there will also be speakers from five states of Australia, [Read More…]

The Dead Sea Scrolls

I was in Israel a few weeks ago and shot a number of videos. In this video I introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls and describe their significance for Christian faith. For an accessible introduction check out my book The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls: How They Were Discovered and What They Mean [Read More…]

What’s So Great About the Ascension?

Question: Why does God the Father always have to use his left hand? Answer: Jesus because is sitting on his right hand! That’s a corny joke I know, but a good opener to talk about Jesus’ ascension, the moment which marks Jesus’ departure from the earth and the beginning of his heavenly session. Sadly, the [Read More…]