The Dead Sea Scrolls

I was in Israel a few weeks ago and shot a number of videos. In this video I introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls and describe their significance for Christian faith. For an accessible introduction check out my book The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls: How They Were Discovered and What They Mean [Read More…]

What’s So Great About the Ascension?

Question: Why does God the Father always have to use his left hand? Answer: Jesus because is sitting on his right hand! That’s a corny joke I know, but a good opener to talk about Jesus’ ascension, the moment which marks Jesus’ departure from the earth and the beginning of his heavenly session. Sadly, the [Read More…]

Nijay Gupta on the Bird-Ehrman Round Up

Nijay has some good final reflections on the HJBG and HGBJ books. See here. On the positive side for Ehrman, he writes: Confession: I am using Bart’s book as a textbook for my NT Christology course, and I genuinely hope students will take his arguments seriously and engage his evidence as rigorously (and openly) as his [Read More…]

Female Voices, Sydney Anglicans, and Adelaidian Bishops

My friend John Dickson’s book Hearing Her Voice (HHV) caused a stir in Sydney Anglican circles with his book arguing for women preaching in church resulting in a response volume called Women, Sermons, and the Bible edited by Peter Bolt and Tony Payne (WSB). Bishop Tim Harris, an Anglican Bishop in Adelaide. is currently reviewing WSB and [Read More…]

How Luke Geraty Changed His Mind on Women in Ministry

Over at ThinkTheology, Luke Geraty describes how he changed his mind on women in ministry. He describes his journey and how it was shaped by reading scripture afresh, books that forced him to think things over, and experiencing the wonderful ministry of women around him. And glad to see that I had something to do [Read More…]

Brian Rosner on Why Did Jesus Rise?

We all know that Jesus died on the cross to procure our forgiveness through his atoning death, but why did he rise from the dead? Apocalyptic party trick? Proof of life after death? Something to use to mess up anti-supernaturalistic theologians? Well, Brian Rosner has a good little piece on why Jesus rose from the [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Pentecost

Its Pentecost Sunday, the one day of the year where we are all Pentecostal … to some extent or other. Any way, here’s a great quote from N.T. Wright’s Pentecost sermon from 2009: The claim of Pentecost, from Acts 2 and Ephesians 4 and Romans 8 and all those other great Spirit-texts in the New [Read More…]

N.T. Wright is Surprised by Inerrancy

Over at RNS, Jonathan Merritt interviews N.T. Wright about the Bible and Inerrancy. He answers one question saying: I don’t think I’ve ever said “I am not an inerrantist.” But the controversies which gave rise to that label were strongly conditioned by a shrunken post-enlightenment rationalism, and I would hate to perpetuate that. It’s possible [Read More…]

More Reviews of Ehrman on Jesus as Divine

More reviews of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God are doing the rounds: Larry Hurtado reviews Ehrman here and then gives an amendment here. Ken Schenck looks at Ehrman and Jesus’ self-understanding here. James McGrath has comments on both. [Read more…]

Reflections on Rom 7:7-25 – Part 5 (Final)

Thesis 5: You’ll Never Understand Rom 7:7-25 Unless You’ve Seen Les Miserables There’s an amazing line in Les Miserables where Jean Valjean says, “I remember those nineteen years, a slave of the law.” Perhaps Rom 7:7-25 is meant as a speech-in-character, where the character now realizes with the hindsight of faith the futility of their life [Read More…]

Mission Czech Republic Summer 2014

I’d like to invite you to partner with me as I serve this July in the Czech Republic. For our longterm blog readers you may remember that I have come to love deeply our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Czech. Over the course of the last three years, I have had the privilege [Read More…]

The Eschatological tension in Sanctification (from Michael Horton)

I’m currently re-reading sections of Michael Horton’s helpful volume The Christian Faith and thought his remarks about the eschatological tension in sanctification – esp. in light of certain TGC controversies – was quite apt: If taken to an extreme, the “not yet” emphasis can lead to a kind of quietism in which this world remains untouched [Read More…]

Did Jesus Make Mistakes?

Mark Driscoll gave a sermon on Acts 6 where he suggested that, as a child, it is possible that Jesus made mistakes. Mars Hill deleted some of the scenes in Driscoll’s sermon on that point, but you can see the video here, and a it has caused a little stir. Well the good folks at [Read More…]

Hell as Myth

Over at HuffPo Religion is a good piece by Jon M. Sweeney on “Hell Is a Myth – Actually, a Bunch of Myths.” Sweeney shows that much of what people believe about hell is attributable to Dante rather than to the Bible. So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell [Read More…]

Guest Post: Jason Hood

It was an awkward an email to get: my primary supervisor was leaving the school where I had only recently registered as a young doctoral student in New Testament. There are several possible steps; muddle through with a departed supervisor; change schools; or stay at the school and try a new supervisor. The college authorities [Read More…]