A Response to Same-Sex Unions by Ian Paul

A good little booklet in the Groves series about Same Sex Unions has been put together by Ian Paul which is worth checking out. See here. The debate about same-sex unions continues to dominate the media. Within discussion, it is often assumed either that the biblical texts have little to contribute, or that, rightly understood, [Read More…]

A Pilgrim Theology

Down the road from where I am at Ridley, the Uniting Church has renamed its theological college as Pilgrim College, which is rather appropriate in light of this quote from Ernst Kasemann on Rom 8:17: “[T]he Spirit  who makes Christ present on earth is the very one who imposes on them a pilgrim theology … Only he [Read More…]

Alan Torrance on the Priesthood of Christ

Just read the last chapter by of Christology Ancient and Modern by Alan Torrance on “Reclaiming the Continuing Priesthood of Christ” and noticed these powerful words: In January 2008, my wife, Jane, died of cancer. She was the most wonderful Christian woman, wife, and mother. Watching her die in pain as the cancer spread through out her [Read More…]

Ben Myers on Teaching the Primary Sources

Over at Faith and Theology, Ben Myers has a great piece on The Joy of Teaching Primary Sources. He writes: To read books from the past is also to encounter minds with their own prejudices, parochialisms, and blind spots. But students soon discover that they are able to discern these limitations and to address them. Such [Read More…]

Book Review: Robert Cotton on Discipleship

Reimagining disciples, or the gospel? A review of Robert Cotton, Reimagining Discipleship,  London: SPCK, by Kara Martin I started off wanting to like this book, since it references much of what I am passionate about: Christians being whole-life disciples, public actors of faith in the marketplace, and making God’s presence known with creativity and grace. However, I [Read More…]

Surprised by N.T. Wright – The Podcast Part II

Mere from the guys at Mere Orthodoxy about N.T. Wright, this time their podcast includes discussing his Reformed critics. [Read more…]

This I Believe (Hillsong)

Hillsong discovers their “inner-trinitarian-orthodoxy” in this wonderful worship song “This I Believe.” Dear Hillsong, do this more, encore, encore, encore! Next I hope they do something from the Second Helvetic Confession! [Read more…]

Thomas Schreiner Reflects on the Scholarship of Leon Morris

Thomas Schreiner joins in the centenary celebration of the life and work of Leon Morris with a guest post on the Ridley Blog about Morris’ influence upon him. Leon Morris influenced me with his commentaries. His careful work in 1 Corinthians and the Thessalonian letters helped shaped my understanding of those Pauline letters. But his [Read More…]

Book Review: John Goldingay on the Psalms

John Goldingay Psalms for Everyone, Part I: Psalms 1-72  London: SPCK, 2013 Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth (Adjunct Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley Melbourne) The book of Psalms includes ‘about 135 things you can say to God’ according to Goldingay, with four main ways of speaking to God. We can say, ‘You are [Read More…]

Does Religion Become More Intolerant as Society Becomes More Secular?

Over at The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch, has a piece on The Great Secession about the apparent exodus of religious conservatives from mainstream culture and even every day life. Its a good piece to read and gives good pause for thought in the culture wars going on the west between the gay and god-fearing. Rauch declares his main [Read More…]

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…]