Ben Myers has started a Video Series on the Apostles Creed

My good friend Ben Myers has begun a video series on The Apostles Creed. I just watched the first one and it is great, wonderful dramatic introduction, very well done, worth watching. I love reminding students that we had a creed before a canon and it was the “canon of faith” which determined which books [Read More...]

Congratulations in Order to Duke People

Congratulations to two great biblical studies people. First, congrats to Dr. Mark Goodacre of Duke University for his promotion to full professorship at Duke University (HT Jim West). Second congrats to Dr. Josh Jipp, a Duke grad, for winning the 2013 Achtemeier Scholarship for NT studies (HT Mark Goodacre). I’ve known Josh since he was [Read More...]

Rom 1:18-3:20 – A Summary

The overarching premise behind Rom 1:18–3:20 is that God will not allow creation to indefinitely wallow in corruption or permit Israel to forever languish in the mire of its covenantal curses. The world must be cleansed from evil and the ungodly and disobedient brought to account (Rom 3:6). But judgment is not the only part [Read More...]

Euthanasia as Elder Abuse?

Over at ABC News is an interesting piece about the euthanasia of Belgian Laureate Christian de Duve. Michael Cook writes: A man who had exhausted the best life had to offer decided in all lucidity and serenity that it was time to slip away, surrounded by those who loved him. Why shouldn’t everyone be able [Read More...]

Phoebe the Letter Carrier?

We know from Rom 16:1-2 that a deaconess named Phoebe carried Paul’s letter to the Roman churches. However, what was her role in undertaking such a task? Did she just hand on the letter like a FedEx delivery lady, did she read the letter to them, did she answer questions about the letter, or did [Read More...]

R.R. Reno on Religious Liberty

There is an excellent piece by R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, over at Hillsdale College on the present and future of religious liberty in America. It is quite a sobering and concerning piece about the threat to religious liberty by secularists. He ends with these words: In conclusion, I want to focus not on [Read More...]

Three N.T. Wright Conferences in Melbourne this Coming July!

N.T. Wright, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at St. Andrews University and former Bishop of Durham, will be in Melbourne in July and will be speaking at three conference events: 1. Jesus, Paul, and the Mission of God’s People. Tuesday, 16 July.  This event will focus on how Christians resource the teachings of [Read More...]

Christopher Bryan: The resurrection is not a community forming myth

Good quote from Christopher Bryan (The Resurrection of the Messiah,  on how the resurrection was not simply a community forming myth: “[T]he apostles’ contemporaries – Jew and Gentile alike – will have been just as aware as we are that the dead generally stay dead. Therefore the apostolic claim will have sounded initially just as surprising [Read More...]

News from around the Net

Sad news, last night we heard reports of the passing of Dallas Willard (known for his work on Christian spirituality) and Geza Vermes (known for his work on Jewish Roman history, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the historical Jesus). On the CBE blog is an interesting piece, Is Egalitarianism a Slippery Slope? I used to think this, [Read More...]

Infanticide Blitz

Okay, the news and net is flooded with stuff on infanticide. Here is some of it. Top of the list is that the Journal of Medical Ethics has dedicated a whole new issue to the infanticide debate which includes a range of views about infanticide. The journal editor Julian Savulescu writes in his editorial: In [Read More...]

What does “historical” mean when it comes to the Gospels?


When I was doing my Ph.D. on Matthew I remember having a conversation with my supervisor Markus Bockmuehl, I think it was in the accompany of others, about the question of historicity in the Gospels, particularly the Transfiguration. Markus has a high view of Scripture, but holds it critically. I was thankful for a mentor [Read More...]

Evangelical Faith and Historical Criticism

As a follow-up to my earlier post where I pointed out that the rhetoric of the new atheist’s does not bother college-age Christians as much as historical criticism does, I’m glad to announced a forthcoming book edited by Christopher Hays and Christopher Ansberry on Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism which is an edited [Read More...]

Gay NZ Man Takes Church to Court for Refusing to Ordain Him

We all knew this was coming. In this report a gay man in a partnered relationship in New Zealand is taking the Anglican Bishop of Auckland to the Human Rights Tribunal for discrimination because the diocese will not ordain him to the priesthood. Ironically, the Anglican Church of NZ is very likely to ordain open [Read More...]

SPCK Classic – Burridge on the Four Gospels

I’ve taught NT in three different theological colleges across the world.  In the Introduction to the Gospels course taught in all three colleges each one had Richard Burridge’s Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading on their reading list! There is a reason for that, Burridge has written a rather useful intro to the four Gospels. In [Read More...]

Orthodoxy is Winning

Interesting article in TimeIdea on In the War Over Christianity, Orthodoxy is Winning by Mary Eberstadt. As changing views on gay marriage, among others, go to show, secularization marches on. Traditionalists may be on the losing end of historic real estate, at least for now, as well as booed out of the public square for [Read More...]