A Warning to My Students from Gandalf

For my Ridley College students during this exam/essay season, heed the LOTR wisdom: [Read more...]

The Ridley Certificate

I’m glad to announce that Ridley Melbourne has launched The Ridley Certificate which is a fully integrated on-line multi-media  course designed for interested students, lay people, and church groups to grow in their knowledge of the Bible, Christian service, and theological doctrine. Here’s the promo video:  The certificate has some great units such as “Bible Overview,” “Ministry [Read More...]

Good Candidate for Worst Sermon Ever

The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, preached a sermon in Venezuela about seeing the glory of others. In the course of her sermon, she says what I think is the strangest and stupidest thing I have ever  heard/read for a sermon. In her sermon, she recalls Acts 16 and [Read More...]

New Paul Intro: All Things to All Cultures

Coming out from Eerdmans around late November is All Things to All Cultures: Paul Among Jews, Greeks, and Romans edited by Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs. It looks to me very much like a “Macquarie Uni and Friends” project with several contributors from Macquarie University where the history department is known for its robust treatment of early [Read More...]

Religion, Americas Great Blessing

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics, Simon Smart of CPX has a piece on Count Your Blessings: A Religious America, where he looks at Rodney Stark’s book Americas Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists. According to Stark, religion makes America better socially, economically, and even improves fertility rates among the population (apparently the religious [Read More...]

Wycliffe Hall’s School of Preaching

I just got a brochure on my desk for the Wycliffe Hall (Oxford) School of Preaching for 2013 is on: “How to Preach the Gospel from the Gospels.”  A subject near and dear to my heart. Speakers include Steve Walton, David Wenham, and Justin Hardin. [Read more...]

Christ’s Faith – A Theological Reading

I have on my desk the book by Michael Allen, The Christ’s Faith: A Dogmatic Account, which I intend to review in the near future. In short, Allen offers a theological reading of the pistis christou passages, a good summary of the book can be found here. However, for those not wanting to read the whole book, Allen [Read More...]

Review of 1 Esdras in ExpT

The latest issue of ExpT has a positive review by Paul Foster of my (now probably forgotten) 1 Esdras commentary for the Septuagint Commentary Series. This is an important addition to the Septuagint Commentary Series, and makes a valuable contribution to scholarship on 1 Esdras. All three sections of the volume are helpful in generating [Read More...]

The Strangest Review of “Bourgeois Babes”

Beth Barnett offers what is one of the most polemical and oddest reviews of my ebook Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Hair-Cuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry over at her blog under the title Pricks, Jocks, and Princes. I thought my book would only annoy people more conservative than me on the gender issue, [Read More...]

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...]