The Benedict Option – Responses

When it comes to the Church’s place in the surrounding culture, many have advocated an approach called “The Benedict Option.” This view is largely associated with conservative journalist Rod Dreher, who, taking his cue from moral philosopher Alasdair McIntyr, argues that we are approaching a new dark age which requires new forms of local community [Read More…]

Book Review: Reading the Bible Missionally

Michael W. Goheen (ed.) Reading the Bible Missionally  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Amazon.com By Mark Simon The book is structured in five section, the first concerned with definitional issues presented from a diverse range of perspectives. The second and third sections contain chapters on missional readings of the Old and New Testaments respectively, [Read More…]

Faithlife’s Forthcoming Video Course on the Father and Son Relationship

Faithlife (i.e. Logos) has done a great job in bringing together Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, Millard Erickson, Kevin Giles, Fred Sanders plus a cameo by myself and Scott Harrower, to discuss the Father-Son relationship within the triune Godhead. In this course, the participants discuss: eternal functional subordination, eternal generation, divine essences, Nicene Creed, etc. See some promo [Read More…]

Justification by Faith as the Answer to Racism

Over at the new Houston Graduate School of Theology blog, I have a guest post on Justification by Faith: A Resource for Confronting Racism. To practice any form of ethnic or racial exclusion means that one either does not understand or does not believe in justification by faith. Let me be clear. The denial of [Read More…]

Robert Gundry Nails the Purpose of Mark’s Gospel

Robert Gundry’s 1993 Mark commentary remains one of my favourites. In particular, I think he nails the purpose of Mark’s Gospel: An apologetic purpose with regard to the Cross provides a comprehensive explanation of all elements and, more especially, of the ways in which those elements are presented. Fitting together to form an apology for the [Read More…]

Introduction to the New Covenant Commentary Series

See below a video by myself and Craig Keener about the New Covenant Commentary Series published by Cascade (Wipf & Stock). [Read more…]

Rudolf Bultmann versus the Jesus Mythcists

Nice words from the old Marburger against Jesus mythicism: Of course the doubt as to whether Jesus really existed in unfounded and not worth refutation. No sane person can doubt that Jesus stands as founder behind the historical movement whose first distinct stage is represented by the oldest Palestinian community. But how far that community [Read More…]

The Spirituality of Wine

I’m again reading through Gisela Kreglinger’s book The Spirituality of Wine, and it is a terrific read. The chapter begins with the words, “Wine is a great mystery and a profound gift.” And while one might think that the Bible would speak against the desire and temptations of wine, it speaks far more of its enjoyment. [Read More…]

An Anomalous Jew – The Musical

Here is a Hamiton spin-off I shot with Eerdmans’s Rachel Bomberger about my book An Anomalous Jew. See here. Good fun! [Read more…]

My New Novel – The Divinity School – Now Ready for Order

Okay, my novel, The Divinity School, is now ready for ordering for Australian and New Zealander readers! Not yet on Amazon.com, but available at the Morning Star’s Home Page. Here’s the blurb: The Divinity School follows the lives of four of faculty members at an interfaith studies centre at the fictitious Hamilton University. A widower now [Read More…]

Martin Hengel’s Verdict on Rudolf Bultmann

I’m reading a lot of Rudolf Bultmann these days, as part of a particular research project, and as much as I try to like Bultmann – even with David Congdon’s help – I just can’t. In the end, I agree with Martin Hengel’s verdict on Bultmann: After I became Stiftsrepetent [i.e., a student instructor] in [Read More…]

Book Notice: John Stackhouse on Partner’s in Christ

John G. Stackhouse Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism Wheaton, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2015. Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Felicity Clift In the conservative evangelical world (and perhaps beyond) it seems that conscientious evangelical women pursuing ministry, beyond the realms of feminine and infantile pedagogy, are expected to give some thought – preferably [Read More…]

Nijay Gupta on 1-2 Thessalonians

If you don’t have Nijay Gupta’s Thessalonians commentary, why not, you should, it’s great. I reckon it is one of the best around, up there with Mahlherbe and Fee (though John Byron is good too in the SGBC, esp. for preachers). Here’s an interview Nijay did about the volume! [Read more…]

Mega Archaeological Find: New Cave Discovered at Qumran

This is not a drill, over at theLab, Craig Evans writes on a new cave discovered at Qumran, including some new parchments! This is known as Cave 12 with a possible Cave 13 still to be found. [Randall] Price and his team made a truly significant discovery. Although the cave that the archaeologist and his [Read More…]

Another Review of What Christians Ought To Believe

Glad to see another positive review of What Christians Ought to Believe, this time by Donnie Haflich over at Solid-State Apologetics Anyone who thinks that the practice of orthodox doctrine in one’s life is a pursuit of stale, boring, and dusty thinking from ancient people who were not as technologically advanced as we, has not read [Read More…]