Raised from Obscurity: Women in Luke-Acts

My colleague Scott Harrower and his co-author Greg Forbes have a great new book out about women in Luke-Acts called Raised from Obscurity: A Narrative and Theological Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015). Luke-Acts contains many and diverse female characters, many of whom play significant roles in the unfolding drama of God’s [Read More...]

Book Notice: Christianity in Roman Africa

J. Patout Burns & Robin M. Jensen Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Amazon.com This is a detailed and documented history of the Christian church in North Africa. Its a great amalgam of literary and archaeological evidence about the Donatist controversy, Decian and [Read More...]

An Anglican Theologian Has Five Questions for Rachel Held Evans

I’ve always found author/blogger Rachel Held Evans to be an interesting person who could probably hold up a good conversation in a cafe. She has an interesting story of wrestling with what it means to be a Christian, combined with some contrarian sass and social media savyness. She has successfully cultivated a following out of disenfranchisement with the American evangelical scene while trying [Read More...]

What Christian College Students Are Saying About Sex . . . It May Surprise You


Every semester in my Jesus of Nazareth course, I have students read through Scot McKnight’s book One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and write a one page response to each chapter.  The book describes what life looks like when you are following Jesus. Students really like it. It is great to see even the less than interested [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology

Anthony C. Thiselton The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Amazon.com This is a one man theological dictionary by Christian theologian Anthony C. Thiselton. It covers topics from “Abba” to “Zwingli” and everything in between. There are over 600 articles and they vary in length from a paragraph to 20, 000 [Read More...]

The Arab Spring and ISIS

A great article from ABC Religion and Ethics by Khaled Abou El Fadl on “The End of the Arab Spring, the Rise of ISIS, and the Future of Political Islam.” Why was the Arab Spring aborted? Because a democratic Middle East would have been a poor habitat for the survival of the parasitical military regimes [Read More...]

Peter Harrison on Science, Religion, and the Virtues of the Mind

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics is a great piece by Australian academic Peter Harrison, formerly of Oxford (who I used to play tennis with), on Virtues of the Mind: Mapping the Territories of Science and Religion. Part of the problem according to Harrison is that the meaning of the words “religion” and “science” changed [Read More...]

Latest Issue of Themelios

The latest issue of Themelios 40.1 (2015) is out with some good articles on Abraham, covenant, and baptism; Romans 4 and justification; plus book reviews on books by Jason Sexton, Jason Hood, Craig Koester, and Timothy Michael Law. [Read more...]

The Bastardization of Sola Scriptura

I’ve been reading Michael Allen and Scott Swain’s book Reformed Catholicity and thought this quote was spot on: We do well, nonetheless, to acknowledge the drift away from a lively setting of sola Scriptura in the redemptive economy of the Triune God and amid the life of the communion of saints. Indeed, sola Scriptura has served for some moderns [Read More...]

Is Reformed Theology Still Relevant? (Michael Jensen)

Continuing the Michael Jensen festival, here we have Mike’s article from TGC-Australia on Is Reformed Theology Still Relevant? Here’s his answer: Is Reformed theology still relevant? Certainly, Reformed theologians may lose their relevance, and be lost in answering the questions that no-one is asking. But as far as it is Biblical theology and as far [Read More...]

Perhaps Feminism Is Not the Enemy! (Michael Jensen)

My friend Michael Jensen has a great post over at the Aussie Bible Society page on Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy. He opines that he’s heard more sermons against feminism than against domestic violence! Jensen states: One woman in Christian ministry told me: “I guess I’m feminist because the things I want for my [Read More...]

What “Render to Caesar” Really Means!

According to Mark 12:13-17 (CEB): They sent some of the Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you’re genuine and you don’t worry about what people think. You don’t show favoritism but teach God’s way as it really is. Does the Law [Read More...]

Book Notice: Connecting with Muslims

Fouad Masri  Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively  Downers Grove: IVP, 2014. Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Charlie Fletcher, Dean of Global Mission at Ridley College, Melbourne. When I first dipped into Connecting with Muslims before Christmas, the Australian news was dominated by images of a sea of flowers in Martin Place in Sydney [Read More...]

Hugh Jackman to Star in Hollywood Movie as the Apostle Paul

Yep, you read it right. Hugh Jackman (aka “Wolverine” from the X-Men movies) is slated to play the Apostle Paul in a forthcoming movie. You can read about it in Variety and The Guardian. Jackman is a student of transcendental meditation rather than Christianity, having previously attended the international School of Practical Philosophy. But he told Parade [Read More...]

Bumper Issue of JSNT (2015)

There are some great articles in the latest issue of Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2015). Richard Last, “The Social Relationships of Gospel Writers: New Insights from Inscriptions Commending Greek Historiographers,”JSNT 37.3 (2015): 232-52. This is a good article that is another bullet in the body of the “Gospel communities” hypothesis because it argues [Read More...]