Book Review – N.T. Wright on the Psalms

Tom Wright  Finding God in the Psalms: Sing, Pray, Live London: SPCK, 2014. Available at Amazon.com  By Jill Firth (Adjunct Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College) Reading Tom Wright’s new book on the Psalms is like taking a helicopter flight with David Attenborough. A panoramic view of the spiritual landscape of the Psalter is delivered [Read More…]

Cultivating International Biblical Scholarship

Larry Hurtado has a good post on A Vision for International Biblical Scholarship where he calls for more support for biblical scholars in the developing world: What we need, and desperately, are financial resources to allow talented scholars such as this one to be sprung free periodically from regular duties to pursue some major research and [Read More…]

Condemnation No More – Reflections on Romans 8:1-4

Someone should start a Christian rock band called “Condemnation No More” as a deliberate pun on the 90s rock band “Faith No More.”  The phrase “condemnation no more” comes form Rom 8:1 and its a great summary of the Pauline gospel. In fact, Paul’s whole sentence in 8:1-4 forms a perfect summary as any as to [Read More…]

SBL’s Bible Odyssey is Launched

SBL’s Bible Odyssey website has been launched. Its a great on-line encyclopedia for all things biblical. See my article on Bethlehem. [Read more…]

Jeremy Treat on the Cross and the Kingdom

Jeremy Treat’s essay in Christology Ancient and Modern about “Exaltation in and Through Humiliation: Rethinking the States of Christ,” is great, and includes this gem quote: While Many Christians either champion the kingdom or cling to the cross, Scripture presents a mutually enriching  relationship between the two that draws significantly from the story  of Israel and culminates [Read More…]

Surprised by N.T. Wright – The Podcast

Over at Mere Orthodoxy is a great podcast called Mere Fidelity: Surprised by N.T. Wright which features three bright chaps discussing N.T. Wright with a mix of huge accolades and critical reflections. Its quite a good discussion about why Wright is so popular, so controversial, what he does well, and what people find him less convincing [Read More…]

A Theological Reading of Colossians by Nijay Gupta

My good friend Nijay Gupta has posted on-line his article “Beholding the Word of Christ: A Theological Reading of Colossians,” Canadian Theological Review 2.1 (2013): 21-43. Its a good piece dealing with intra-canonical interpretation and theological exegesis, Nijay engages interpreters like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Torrance, and John Webster, as well as expounding themes like Israel, Incarnation, and [Read More…]

A Critique of N.T. Wright on Justification in Expository Times

In the latest issue of ExpT there is an exchange over justification between Richard K. Moore and N.T. Wright. Richard K. Moore (Vose Seminary, Western Australia) N. T. Wright’s treatment of ‘Justification’ in The New Testament for Everyone Expository Times July 2014 125: 483-486. N. T. Wright is a widely published author with a large following among those interested in his [Read More…]

Robert Jewett on Ethical Transformation

In light of recent sanctification wars, thought I’d post this quote I just read in Rob Jewett’s Romans commentary. “Honesty about the dilemmas of current Christian ethics should not be allowed to override the evidence in Paul’s own letters of an expectation of ethical transformation.” Amen. [Read more…]

Mere Anglicanism Conference in 2015

Wish I was going to the Mere Anglicanism Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, 22 January 2015. The line up of speakers includes: Ross Douthat, Mary Eberstadt, Os Guiness, Alister McGrath, Bishop Michael  Nazir-Ali, and N.T. Wright. The theme is: Salt and Light: The Christian Response to Secularism. Actually, come to think of it, I might [Read More…]

Happy Feast of St. Peter and St Paul!

Sunday 29th of June is the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul according to the martyrological calendar. Think I’ll celebrate by re-reading Markus Bockmuehl’s chapter on Peter and Paul’s “tense but vital” relationship in his The Remembered Peter in Ancient Reception and Modern Debate. [Read more…]

John Wesley on How to Preach the Gospel

In a letter to Ebenezer Blackwall, dated 20 December 1751, John Wesley explains his evangelistic method with a view to balancing law and gospel: I mean by ‘preaching the gospel’ preaching the love of God to sinners preaching the life, death, resurrection and intercession of Christ, with all the blessings which in consequence thereof are [Read More…]

Paula Fredriksen’s Verdict on N.T. Wright’s PFG

Through a friend I came across Paula Fredriksen’s review of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God, which includes this rather damning indictment of his work: [Wright’s] interpretive context is generated not by a critical sifting of primary evidence but by the requirements of his master narrative’s plot: how Paul invented a triumphalist, eschatologically realized Christian theology. In [Read More…]

Book Notice: Eddie Byun, Justice Awakening

Eddie Byun Justice Awakening: How Your Church Can Help End Human Trafficking Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at Amazon.com By Kara Martin Eddie Byun’s book, Justice Awakening, gives such a biblical response to this issue, as well as optimistically claiming to teach, “How you and your church can help end human trafficking”. That is [Read More…]

Christology is King

Gradually working my way through Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders (eds) on Christology Ancient and Modern. Thought Crisp and Sanders gave a great opening quote: “There can be no Christianity without Christ. There can be no Christian doctrine without Christology. And there can be no future for a church that does not take seriously the dogmatic [Read More…]