Congrats to Adam Copenhaver on passing his Viva!

I’m glad to announce that my Ph.D padwan Adam Copenhaver has passed his doctoral viva. His thesis was: “The Colossian Heresy? An Investigation of the Christological Polemics and Socio-Cultural Background in Colossians.” Adam boldly argued for M.D. Hooker’s position that there was no specific “heresy” or “heretics” in Colossae, and Colossians was written as a [Read More...]

RBL review of Jason Hood’s Ph.D Thesis

I am most pleased to see a relatively glowing review at RBL by M. Eugene Boring of Jason Hood’s published Ph.D dissertation The Messiah, His Brothers, and the Nations (Matthew 1.1-17). The opening line reads: This stimulating and well-written book is a revision of the author’s PhD dissertation accepted by Highland Theological College and the University [Read More...]

Sexegesis Promo in Sydney

Last week saw the Sydney launch of the book I co-edited with Gordon Preece called Sexegesis. There is a good write-up about the Sydney launch over at the Sydney Anglicans website. Bp Robert Forsyth, who launched the book in Sydney, stated: “What’s interesting is that this is not a book by the usual suspects. We [Read More...]

Is Gay Marriage Really About Marriage or Something Else?

I’ve always thought that the political left needs the climate change challenge because (1) it is the closest thing they have to religion, and (2) it enables them to cultivate a Messiah complex that they are our saviours. (Note I’m not taking any side here on the climate change debate, just saying how climate change [Read More...]

Best Picture of Infant Baptism

I’m sure Dr. Oliver Crisp could have used this photo for his baptism class (the seminar class, not the church class with a-view-to-baptism). [Read more...]

Renewal in the Church of Scotland

David Robertson makes some interesting comments about the exodus of evangelicals from the Church of Scotland. I like his attitude and his basic approach. However, I was disappointed by his failure to mention the Highland Theological College!  In light of the divisions in the COS and the issue of leave or don’t leave, the potential existence [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on the “Traditional SB Understanding of Salvation”

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight posts his response to the recent SB statement on what Baptist’s traditionally believe about salvation. Scot knows this “gospel” well cause it’s the one he grew up with, big emphasis on free will, make a decision, etc. He offers five points of reflection. The most penetrating point was # [Read More...]

CT on Baptist Wars

Christianity Today has an article on the Calvinism and Southern Baptist Convention debate. [Roger] Olson, a classical Arminian and author of the book Against Calvinism, is unaffiliated with the SBC, but has long asserted that most evangelicals—not just Southern Baptists—adhere to a sort of semi-Pelagian “folk religion,” whose origins can be traced to the Second Great [Read More...]

Who Were the “Evangelists”? (III)

For all you evangelists out there: [Read more...]

The Johannine Question: Preliminary Thoughts

At Passover Rabbi’s ask, “Why is this night different?” At Easter, Gospel scholars read the fourth Evangelist and ask, “Why is this Gospel different?” It’s a complex question and I am admittedly not a Johannine specialist. But here are my preliminary thoughts: D.A. Carson observes: “The thesis that John is literarily dependent on one or [Read More...]

News Flash! Paul thought being Jewish was “Terrific”

I came across a great line from NT scholar Paula Fredriksen in her essay “Mandatory Retirement: Ideas in the Study of Christian Origins Whose Time Has Come to Go”. Of Paul she writes: Paul thinks that being Jewish is terrific (Rom 3:1-2), and he also thinks that he is a terrific Jew (Phil 3:4-6) (p. [Read More...]

Bible Works 20th B’Day Contest Winners

BW has announced the winners of its birthday contest and listed some hilarious entries. Here are my favourties: I am a fraud. All my Greek expertise comes from Bibleworks, though no one knows this. Please consider. — D. Wallace – Andy H. Because there is something deliciously ironic about being able to read about the [Read More...]

Restless Heart: New Movie about St. Augustine

I can’t wait to see this (though I’m still waiting to see Blue Like Jazz). [Read more...]

Who Were the “Evangelists”? (II)

I’m reading over the new festschift for I. Howard Marshall and I came across this quote by James Dunn: “Even with careful discussion, there remains a danger of perpetuating a myth which idealizes the first Christian generation as the perfect church or golden age of the church by assuming that all Christians of that period [Read More...]

Who Were the “Evangelists”? (I)

Who were the “evangelists” in the early church and what did they do? My good friend John Dickson caused a bit of a stir when he argued that Paul did not expect all congregations to replicate his evangelistic activity as this role was limited to specially gifted individuals like himself (with responses from folks like [Read More...]


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