Nijay Gupta Reviews The Gospel of the Lord

Over at Sola Crux, Nijay Gupta gives a brief review of my The Gospel of the Lord. Glad to see that I am a proud recipient of the “Gupta bump,” I think Nijay needs to produce a trophy to be given to recipients. [Read more...]

Jesus the Zealot (Again)

Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth tried to give the zealot hypothesis a shot in the arm. Even more recently, Dale Martin has written a piece entitled, “Jesus in Jerusalem: Armed and Not Dangerous,” JSNT 37.1 (2014): 3-24. The substance of his argument is that: In debating the meaning of Jesus’ arrest and death at Jerusalem, [Read More...]

The Whackiest Thing Karl Barth Ever Said: The Weak in Faith in Romans 14

Look, I like Karl Barth, his christocentric theology, his trinitarian revelationism, and lots of  other stuff. However, I’ve been reading over his Romans commentary and as much as I try to appreciate him as a theological interpreter and all, some of the stuff he says is just whacky. When it comes to the identity of [Read More...]

Howard Marshall Remembers Leon Morris

The Leon Morris Centenary continues over at the Ridley Blog with a short post by I. Howard Marshall on In gratitude for Leon Morris. Great piece, do check it out! Quite simply he was one of the few really competent evangelical scholars who was able to take on the opposition and be recognised as a worthy defender by those [Read More...]

“The Righteousness of God” by Karl Barth

I’ve not read a more powerful statement on the “righteousness of God”. The righteousness of God is His forgiveness, the radical alteration of the relation between God and man which explains why, though human unrighteousness and ungodliness have brought the world to its present condition and are intolerable to Him, He nevertheless continues to name [Read More...]

When Conservatism Becomes an Idol

One thing that perplexes outsiders about American evangelicalism is why they seem so keen on impaling each other on secondary matters. I think I may have had an epiphany and I’m finally beginning to get a grip on this. I remember once watching a GOP presidential debate where Ron Paul boasted that he was “the most conservative [Read More...]

The “particularity of the Jew” according to Karl Barth

Here is the peculiarity of the Jew and the meaning of circumcision. God is known as the Unknown God, who justifieth the ungodly (4:5), who quickenteth the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were (4:17), on whom men can only in hope believe against hope (4:18). When the ‘Jew’ realizes this peculiar possibility, [Read More...]

Aussies Spearhead Global Poverty Initiative in NY

Interesting article in the Financial Review about a group of Aussies in NY city, spearheading the global poverty initiative. When actor Hugh Jackman, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and rapper Jay Z appear before 50,000 festival-goers in New York this weekend to help fight global poverty, lurking behind the scenes will be a contingent of Australians [Read More...]

Galatians and Christian Theology (Baker Academic)


In 2012 St. Andrews University hosted their fourth Scripture and Theology Conference. The focus was Galatians. I had the privilege of participating and offering a paper “Davidic Messiahship in Galatians”, which was eventually published in the JSPL 2.2. (79-96). The conference volume has just been released by Baker Academic: Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and [Read More...]

The Suburban Captivity of the Church

Tim Foster The Suburban Captivity of the Church: Contextualizing the Gospel for Post-Christian Australia Melbourne: Acorn, 2014. Available here or on kindle. Amidst all the talk of planting churches in highly secular cities of the west, my colleague Tim Foster has written a commendable volume on the strategies needed to engage a post-Christian culture. Although speaking primarily [Read More...]

On-line Course on “Knowing God”

Here at Ridley College we have an awesome on-line theology program for lay people called The Ridley Certificate. This multi-media program is a great way for you, your family, or your home group to do a six week course on topics like 1 Corinthians, Gospel and Life, Understanding Your Bible, Ministry Skills, Psalms and now, my own [Read More...]

Tomas Halik on Europe after Secularization

Very interesting article by Czech religious professor Tomas Halik at ABC Religion and Ethics on Europe after Secularization: What Future Has Christianity on the Continent. Halik writes: When religion made a global comeback on the political stage over the last three decades, many were shocked. Religion appeared to them like Samson, once blinded and chained, a [Read More...]

And There is A Time to Avoid Simplicity in God-Talk

In responding to a critic of his first edition of The Epistle to the Romans, Karl Barth offers a reflection on the relative importance of simplicity in his preface to the second edition (1921). One critic dismissed Barth’s first edition of the commentary with the line “Simplicity is the mark of divinity”. Barth’s reply is [Read More...]

Book Review: Evangelical vs Liturgical

Melanie C. Ross Evangelical versus Liturgical: Defying a Dichotomy Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Review by Dr. Rhys Bezzant (Ridley College) This book defies more than a dichotomy. It also defies the odds, as it ably brings together competencies in systematic theology, liturgical studies, oral history, with an evangelical heart. Ross has [Read More...]

Andrew Lincoln and the Virgin Conception

Andrew T. Lincoln Born of a Virgin: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology London: SPCK, 2013. Available at This book is an attempt to show that one can still maintain a high christology of the incarnation without believing in a literal virgin conception of Jesus. Lincoln argues that the oldest tradition in [Read More...]