Friday is for Ad Fontes – The Aeneid (Part 1)

Finally getting back into some serious primary source reading! Now working through Virgil’s The Aeneid. This was the propaganda narrative for Roman power. Consider this quote: Here then for thrice a hundred years unbroken shall the kingdom endure under Hector’s race, until Ilia, a royal priestess, shall bear to Mars her twin offspring. Then Romulus, proud [Read More...]

The Book of Common Prayer in Modern Reformation

In the latest issue of Modern Reformation, Lee Gatiss has a nice article on “The Book of Common Prayer” (see here for an on-line view if you have a subscription). Gatiss writes: The BCP is a prayer book, a service book, a book to aid us in our worship of the one true and living [Read More...]

Galatians 1.1-5: A Paraphrase

Paul, an envoy, sent not by any party faction, but by Jesus the Messiah and by God the Father, who brought Jesus back to life from the dead – and from all the brothers and sisters here with me. To the churches in the Galactic regions, may grace and peace flow to you from the [Read More...]

Libanius on Memorization in Graeco-Roman Education

I’ve been reading Libanius’ autobiography recently and stumbled across an interesting remark he makes about his education. Note: Libanius was a pagan teacher of rhetoric living in the newly Christianized Roman Empire. In his autobiography, he says this: I restrained my mind from composing, my tongue from speaking, and my hand from writing, and I [Read More...]

Sermons should be arguments


I agree with Stanley Hauerwas, “I believe sermons should be arguments” (Hannah’s Child). I’ve never thought of it this way, but I can’t agree more. Upon reflection sermons with the most impact, those that caused me to think and to live differently are those that contained a robust argument; one’s that argued a theological idea [Read More...]

New Pro-Life Group “Protecting Infants” and its blog “Remember Ashkelon”

I’m glad to announce the launch of a new pro-life initiative called Protecting Infants which is dedicated to opposing the introduction of infanticide into clinical practices. Protecting Infants is run by a number of people and includes a mixture of theologians, ethicists, medical professionals, and pastors. Protecting Infants will post information, debates, and resources on [Read More...]

Text and Artifact, Book and Spade


I’ve said this many times, but I’ll keep repeating it: if I could do my education all over again, I would have gotten an MA in archaeology. Here is an excellent quote from a now very dated, but excellent introduction to archaeology and the study of the New Testament; it captures the importance of approaching [Read More...]

Tossing Tridentine and Reformation Ships

Frank Matera, in his Galatians commentary (SP) writes that the alleged calm between Protestants and Catholics on Galatians has been broken by the New Perspective on Paul. He says: “[A] new storm has broken upon the Galatian sea, a storm so powerful that it is tossing both Tridentine and Reformation ships, laden with their traditional [Read More...]

Jesus in the Qur’an: Christology Outside Theology

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Was Jesus remembered in Islamic tradition? To what end was his memory used? What can be learned of the Jesus from the Qur’an? These are interesting questions particularly in our diverse pluralistic world today; but one to which, admittedly, I’ve given little to no thought. A few months back however I was having a conversation [Read More...]

Newsflash: Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament

The wonderful people at Textual Criticism House, whoops, I mean, Tyndale House, are developing their own edition of the Greek New Testament. It will be called Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament (THEGNT) and will be based on Tregelles’ edition with revisions. Here’s the full news: Tyndale House plans to release the electronic [Read More...]

Surviving in Seminary

My former Ph.D student, Danny Zacharias (Acadia Divinity College), has a cute little ebook out called: Surviving and Thriving in Seminary: A Practical Guide for the Wide-eyed and Mystified. I have to confess that I wish seminary students would come to college with a little more awareness of what they are going to do and how [Read More...]

Iskandar now available on Kindle

For those interested, my novel Iskandar, is now available as an ebook for Kindle. Anyone into fantasy novels heavily embedded with religious themes, might actually like it. [Read more...]

M.A. Intensive on Critical Issues in Paul

In a couple of weeks, I’m visiting my alma mater, Malyon College, to do an M.A. intensive on Critical Issues in Paul (link here). It is scheduled for 8-12 July, I think places are still available, and audit students are welcomed. Should be a great week looking at topics like Paul and Empire, Paul and [Read More...]

Endorsements for N.T. Wright’s big Paul Book

Thanks to Nijay Gupta for collecting these endorsements on Wrights PFG: “N. T. Wright’s long-awaited full-length study of St. Paul will not in any way disappoint. From the very first sentence, it holds the attention, arguing a strong, persuasive, coherent, and fresh case supported by immense scholarship and comprehensive theological intelligence. It is a worthy [Read More...]

Romans 2 … Again

I’m spending a lot of time in Romans 2 recently as part of some commentary writing. It’s really a case of deja vu, as I’ve been here before (see Saving Righteousness of God, chap. 7), but there is always so much to mull over. Along the way, I was struck by an interesting comment made by [Read More...]