St. Andrews Here We Come!


I’m now in the third stage of my European trip. Justin Hardin and I are heading up by train to St. Andrews. Justin and I are both giving papers at the conference; the difference is he’s really a Galatians scholar! He’s wrote his thesis at Cambridge Galatians and the Imperial Cult (see now WUNT 2008). [Read More...]

Adam, Christ, and Star Wars

Over at Kingdomview, Joseph Torres notes my analogy of Romans 5.12-21 with the Star Wars Saga. Something that probably only GenXers will understand! [Read more...]

Origen: Blessed are the Harmonizers!

Just reading through Origen’s Commentary on Matthew and I noticed how he applies “blessed are the peacemakers” to harmonizing parts of scripture together: [He] becomes a …peacemaker as he demonstrates that that which appears to others to be a conflict in the Scriptures is no conflict, and exhibits their concord and peace, whether of the [Read More...]

Hans Bayer on Discipleship in Mark

Hans F. Bayer (Covenant Theological Seminary) has a neat little book on discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. Mark is my favourite Gospel and I’ve written on the discipleship theme myself elsewhere (see here). It is called: A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship (Philipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2012).  There is an [Read More...]

Lawrence Garcia reviews Justification: Five Views

Lawrence Garcia of Academia Church reviews Justification: Five Views. My favourite line was, of course, this one: Though all the contributors are to be commended for their work in this reflective-cornucopia on justification, the most persuasive presentation was Michael F. Bird’s Progressive Reformed view. And the angels wept! [Read more...]

Evangelical Identity Conference in Melbourne

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Brown of the Melbourne School of Theology for the heads-up on a two day conference on Recapturing Evangelical Identity to be held in Melbourne on 25-26 July. Recapturing Evangelical Identity is a two day mini-conference for pastors, teachers, students and engaged Christians  in late July at Melbourne School of Theology featuring  guest speakers [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Health Care (Updated)

I have to confess to always being perplexed not only by American opposition to universal healthcare, but to opposition to universal healthcare by evangelicals on purportedly theological grounds. I was simultaneously amused and confused by the image on TV of two pastors prostrating themselves before the Supreme Court and praying that Obamacare would be thrown [Read More...]

“Narratology”, “narratological”

narrative arc

I learned a new word this week during my meetings in Cambridge. The noun form of the word is “narratology” with the adjective “narratological”. Daniel Kirk used this word and it’s the first time I heard it. At first, I assumed he coined it because he’s such a creative thinker and knows how to turn [Read More...]

Back to 430 BC

Things don’t change much since 430 BC do they! [Read more...]

The Bantam Journal

Some students from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis have  launched their own journal called The Bantam Review. You need to read it just to find out why this is the only theological studied journal that has a rooster has its logo! Their first issue is on-line with some good stuff in their first issue, including [Read More...]

Gay Couples and Jedi Knights (Humour Alert)

The last Australian Census (2011) has some interesting statistics. Note the following (HT: Australia Incognita) Same sex couples: 33, 714 (so 67, 428 people); Jedi Knights, 65,000. So there are roughly the same number of gay and lesbians as there are jedi knights in Australia. Two implications: (1) Perhaps we should provide state sponsored ceremonies [Read More...]

German Court Bans Circumcision

In a strange and disconcerting turn of events, a German court has banned circumcision! Read about it at ABC News. The court said: “The child’s body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change runs counter to the interests of the child, who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.” I [Read More...]

Con Campbell’s New Website

My uber-talented friend Con Campbell -the  NT scholar, Greek expert, evangelist, and jazz musician- has a new website show casing some stuff he’s done in biblical studies, preaching, and music. Also, a must read is his forthcoming book on Paul and Union with Christ, this man knows his Greek, and I think he really cracks [Read More...]

Why No-one Robs a 7/11 in Israel

Certainly not your average 7/11 in Australia! [Read more...]

Rottenness to Apprehension?

I have a genuine question (and this is a genuine question): Does the Bible’s “explicit gospel” demand that humans acknowledge how rotten they are before they will truly apprehend how glorious Christ is? [Read more...]