Scot McKnight on Mike Bird’s Inerrancy Essay

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight gives a summary and evaluation of my contribution to the book Biblical Inerrancy: Five Views. I think Scot mostly gets where I’m coming from. My own “veracity” view can be correlated with a nuanced and generous view of inerrancy. Scot thinks I may have over played my card about inerrancy [Read More…]

Armin Baum on Inerrancy and Canon

Congrats to my friend Armin Baum (Freie Theologische Hochschule, Geissen) who has had a couple of decent articles come out in JETS and BBR which are worth checking out. “Is New Testament Inerrancy a New Testament Concept? A Traditional and Therefore Open-Minded Answer,” JETS 57.2 (2014): 265-80. A good piece on whether the NT teaches anything like “inerrancy.”  Baum thinks inerrancy [Read More…]

Review: The Songs of Jesse Adams

What did Jesus do in Melbourne in the 60s? A review of The Songs of Jesse Adams, Peter McKinnon (Melbourne: Acorn, 2014) by Kara Martin I am cautious about reviewing Christian fiction titles. Partly this is because I think our standards are lower than secular audiences when it comes to Christian fiction, while our standards for [Read More…]

The Last Days of Christianity in Iraq

Historian Philip Jenkins has a great piece over at ABC Religion and Ethics on The Last Days of Christianity in Mosul. Its got a short summary of the history of Christianity in the area and plus the current ordeal in a wider historical context. The fall of Christian Mosul loomed in the beginning of the [Read More…]

The Purpose of the Christian University

The Christian university does not simply deposit ideas into mind-receptacles, thereby providing just enough education to enable credentialing for a job. No, the Christian university offers an education that is formative—a holistic education that not only provides knowledge but also shapes our fundamental orientation to the world. A Christian education cannot be contnet to produce [Read More…]

N.T. Wright Awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies

Over at The Saint is news that N.T. Wright has been awarded the Burkitt medal for biblical studies. The Burkitt Medal was first awarded in 1923 to recognise special service to biblical studies. The medal is one of over 15 awards given annually by the British Academy for excellence in academic disciplines, such as political science, [Read More…]

North Park University Has a Solid Ranking Among Christian Colleges

There’s only about a week more of the summer. Beginning August 18th faculty at NPU are back at it, getting ready for the beginning of a new academic year. I’ve been on sabbatical so I’ve felt pretty disconnected from things at NPU. But we are opening a new science and student life building in the [Read More…]

Rom 12:1-2: Three Observations

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will [Read More…]

If you like J.S. Bach and Theology

The husband and wife team of Katherine Firth (Trinity College Melbourne) and Andreas Loewe (Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne) have put together a lovely commentary on J.S. Bach’s The Passion of St. John with a preface written by N.T. Wright. Here’s the blurb: This Theological Commentary is the first full-length work in English to consider Johann [Read More…]

Embodied Discipleship

I’m currently working carefully through James A. K. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies series (2 volumes – Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies)and Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works (Cultural Liturgies)as part of a small project I’m doing on Lament. The paper is a reflection on the importance of practicing Lament in discipleship. While [Read More…]

Lynn Cohick on Philippians

A great video from Lynn Cohick on what we would lose if we didn’t have Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. [Read more…]

Douglas Green Affirmed by New Life Presbyterian Church

An interesting follow-up to WTS-Philly’s decision to forcibly “retire” Douglas Green is that Douglas Green’s own church New Life Presbyterian Church, has investigated the matter and cannot find any grounds for supposing that Green was in violation of the standards. You can read New Life’s statement here, parts of it are below: As a result of our [Read More…]

A “Spring and Summer” Theology – A Grace Awakening

The talks on grace I gave in Czech provided me the opportunity to continue to deepen and sharpen my thinking. I call this sabbatical year a “grace awakening” for me, to borrow a title from Chuck Swindoll. I’ve undergone a theological transformation, one that would not have happened had it not been for the sabbatical year. I [Read More…]

UnCorinthian Leadership by David Starling

David I. Starling UnCorinthian Leadership: Thematic Reflections on 1 Corinthians Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014. Available at Amazon.com Hot off the press is this book by David Starling (Morling College, Sydney, Australia) which looks at leadership in light of 1 Corinthians. It covers the themes of kingdom, direction, wisdom, tradition, edification, motivation, and love. I like [Read More…]

Mount of Beatitudes

Here’s part 1 of the two part video on the Sermon on the Mount shot at the Mount of Beatitudes. If you are interested in Judson’s new MLM program check out the program website. [Read more…]