John 1.1-14 – A Paraphrase

A long time ago, even before the universe was made, there was the Word. The Word was right next to God, and everything that was true of God was also true of the Word. He was with God at the very genesis of the universe, from its very inception. And it was through him that [Read More...]

Robert Yarbrough’s Lectures on Adolf Schlatter Now On-Line

Dr. Robert Yarbrough (Covenant Theological Seminary) gave a series of lectures on Adolf Schlatter in 1995. Those lectures are now available on-line (HT Jim West). For those who don’t know, Schlatter was one of the leading evangelical NT scholars in Germany in the early twentieth century. Out of all the biographies of NT scholars that I’ve [Read More...]

350th Anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer

My students and I are halfway through a week of mission at an Anglican Church in Brisbane (St. Stephen’s Cooparoo) and we learnt that this year marks the 350th annivesary of the Book of Common Prayer. There is a whole webpage dedicated to celebrating the event (here) and you can learn more about the BCP [Read More...]

Wrightian Essay Question: Cross and Kingdom

In reading Tom Wright’s How God Became King, I think I’ve found a great essay question for students in a Gospels class in one quote from the book: “The cross serves the goal of the kingdom, just as the kingdom is accomplished by Jesus’ victory on the cross.” Discuss! Any one want to give me an [Read More...]

Michael Pahl is Blogging Again

My Tim Horton-loving, Ice Hockey-watching, Medicare-supporting, Tooney-carrying Canajan buddy Michael Pahl, is blogging again over at Rustlings in the Grass. With his first post a response to my piece on the Genre of the Gospels. Welcome back Michael, we missed you! [Read more...]

Scot McKnight on Mark Nanos’ View of Paul

Scot McKnight continues his review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views, this time including Mark Nanos’ view. McKnight concludes: The big issue of this whole discussion can be expressed as questions: Did the apostle Paul think all Jews had to believe Jesus was the Messiah to be saved, or to enter the kingdom of God, or [Read More...]

Supper in Cell 92

Last week my M.Div students had to do a review of Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While they loved the story, they hated the length! But it was also a great learning curve for most of them, completely ignorant they were of the state of the church in Germany during the War. Any ways, [Read More...]

50th Anniversary of Geza Vermes’ English Translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Prof. Geza Vermes’ English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls (first made in 1962). There is an interview with Prof. Vermes on the BBC’s Heart and Soul with John McCarthy, which covers Vermes’ English translation of the DSS and his writings on the historical Jesus. You can listen to the [Read More...]

Review of Miroslav Volf’s Allah: A Christian Response

Guest Reviewer: Rev. Cameron West One of the most beautiful films I’ve seen is Xavier Beauvois’ Des hommes at des dieux (2010) about the nine Trappist monks of Tibhirine kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and martyred in 1996. The final testimony of Dom Chrisitan de Chergé finishes with these words addressed to his murderer: “May we [Read More...]

New EEC vols. coming out soon with Logos

The first batch of Evangelical Exegetical Commentaries are set to come out soon with Logos. Among the first volumes to come out is William Varner’s commentary on James. I’m no Jacobean expert, but Varner has produced a fine commentary, with a very readable introduction and sober comments throughout. He seems very much on board with [Read More...]

The Gospels as Biographical Kerygma

I’m working on Gospels and tackling the genre question in more recent days. Here is my interim definition (with obvious HT to Talbert, Burridge, and Aune): The Gospels are the textual imprint of the oral phenomena of Christian preaching and teaching about Jesus. Viewed this way, the Gospels are Christian documents related to the needs [Read More...]

Mark as Story by Marcus Story

Funny episode in teaching today. More anon. I remember years ago reading David Rhoads’ Mark as Story and absolutely devouring it, and then getting into Robert Tannehill’s The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts, and enjoying that one too. The brilliance of the narrative approach is that it treats the Gospels as a unified and coherent story, rather than [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on Doug Campell’s Post-NPP View

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight briefly discusses Douglas Campbell’s essay in The Apostle Paul: Four Views. Doug’s position was the hardest to classify since he is very eclectic in his theological pedigree. The most obvious description would be “apocalyptic” or “Barthian,” but those designations are not only broad in what they mean, but would be [Read More...]

The Case Against Peter Singer

Dr. Peter Singer the animal rights activist and infanticide advocate, was on TV again last night (Q&A), once more heralding the virtues and values of “selected infanticide.” He believes in killing babies with disabilities. There is a great response to Singer by a woman with a disability, Stella Young, over at the ABC website Ramp [Read More...]

New Volume on Luke-Acts

Two fine friends of mine, Michael Pahl and Sean Adams, have teamed up to organize a great collection of essays on Luke-Acts in a new volume called Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Blurb: This volume provides an introduction and engagement with the major critical issues in the study of Luke-Acts. As the study of Acts has become, [Read More...]