Why Bart Ehrman is Good for the Church!

Greg Monette has an interesting post on Why Bart Ehrman is Good for the Church. If you don’t know who Ehrman is, read his wikipedia entry here. He concludes: Bart Ehrman is showing evangelicals where their weaknesses actually are. We should thank him for this rather than berate him. Yes, he pushes the envelope. He’s [Read More…]

Truth and the Fourfold Canonical Gospel

During SBL back in November, I had one of the most memorable and sweet times of conversations deepening friendship with Jonathan Pennington. On a whim, and quite by accident, we ended up spending a few hours hanging out in conversation. I’m so thankful for God’s providence. Our conversation ranged from Messianic Judaism to Matthew and [Read More…]

Marcan Priority without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis

Just saw this advertized through Joel Watts: John C. Poirier and Jeffrey Peterson (eds), Marcan Priority without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis.  The blurb reads: This book discusses the composition of the synoptic gospels from the perspective of the Farrer hypothesis, a view that posits that Mark was written first, that Matthew used Mark as [Read More…]

N.T. Wright’s New Book on the Bible

Now N.T. Wright is not one to court controversy (with straight face), but his latest book is called Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues (New York: HarperOne, 2014). Or is it called The Bible Says, its a bit confusing on the HarperOne webpage. Due out in March 2014. Here’s the HarperOne blurb: A thoughtful and provocative collection, in [Read More…]

Romans 5:12-21 – Paraphrase

Therefore, even as evil invaded the world through Adam, bringing death with it, so that death became a universal experience, because all are given over to sinning – In terms of evil and law, obviously evil was well and truly present in the world even before the law was given to the Israelites by Moses. [Read More…]

Women and Church Ministry: Relational Orbit

Late last year I wrote a post on women and church ministry and particularly my full embrace of the mutuality position otherwise known as egalitarianism, the view that women are gifted and called for every ministry of the church.  In a subsequent post, I followed up with a brief reflection on how my thinking about [Read More…]

More Anti-YRR Stuff in a Provocative New Book

As a follow up to the last blog post, just heard about this new book which is just out! Austin Fischer  Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014 Here’s the blurb: Does it really matter? Does it matter if we have free [Read More…]

Paul Owen on What’s What’s Wrong with the YRR Crowd

Over at SBC Tomorrow, there is a scintillating piece by Paul Owen (Montreat College, NC) about What is Wrong with the Young Restless and Reformed Movement? An Interpretive Essay. Owen himself is a Calvinistic Anglican (huzzah!) but he notes something about the psychological profile of the YRR: Calvinism today seems to appeal mostly to a [Read More…]

My Dual Baptism Proposal

Over at New Leaven, T.C. Robinson ponders about the merits of my proposal in EvTh about a dual baptism view whereby churches could accept or even practice both modes of baptism. Robinson concludes: It’s a valiant proposal.  But some Baptists will not find Bird’s proposal satisfactory, concluding that he has fallen short.  Why?  Because a [Read More…]

Book Notice: Scott Swain on The God of the Gospel

Scott R. Swain The God of the Gospel: Robert Jenson’s Trinitarian Theology Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. Available at Amazon.com The legacy of Karl Barth’s is how to correlate God’s immanent being within-himself with God’s action as narrated in the event of the gospel. Or, as Scott Swain asks, what is “the relationship between God’s [Read More…]

Top Books for 2014

What will the top books for 2014 be? Here’s a few suggestions, guesses, and self-promotions. Michael F. Bird (ed.). Secret project that I can’t talk about until Monday, but will be more awesome than a kung fu panda. You will want this!!! Michael F. Bird, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote [Read More…]

Colorado’s Legal Problems are Biblical Literalism

Why has the God-fearing state of Colorado simultaneously passed laws legalizing both gay marriage and the use of cannabis? I think the answer is too much biblical literalism. Consider the following verse: Lev 20:13 says: “If a man lies with another man they should be stoned.” Just saying … HT: VirtueOnline [Read more…]

My Top 5 Books for 2013

Okay, in keeping with fashion, I thought I’d post my top five books for 2013. 1. N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. No surprises here. This book is to theology what Star Wars is to sci-fi. We’ve been waiting for this since 1991 and it has not disappointed. Bigger than Ben Hur, denser than [Read More…]

The Australian Greens Have a Problem with Religion

The Australian Greens could easily be the preferred party of Christian voters, so why aren’t they? Christian voters – I think here of Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Catholics – represent about 2-5% of the population depending how you define it. They are highly sympathetic to the Greens on taking a compassionate approach to asylum seekers (Jesus [Read More…]

Dale Allison on the Christology of Jesus

I’ve been reading some Dale Allison lately, re-reading in fact, always good to re-read his stuff. One thing I find frustrating and yet utterly arresting bout Allison’s style is how he’ll write about something and lay out a rigorous case for scepticism and uncertainty, be entirely sympathetic, and then turn around and say words to [Read More…]


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