Book Notice: The Quest for the Trinity

Stephen R. Holmes The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History, and Modernity Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012. Available at This semester I’m teaching “Doctrine of God and Work of Christ.”  I do two lectures on the Trinity. I enjoy teaching on the topic, esp. because so many students are, [Read More...]

Michael Barber on the Priesthood

My good friend Dr. Michael Barber (John Paul the Great Catholic Uni) has a Catholic response to my earlier post about an evangelical conception of priesthood. In fact, he has a six part response in mind! The introduction and his first post on the priesthood of all believers can be read on his blog. Also, I [Read More...]

Lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College

Moore Theological College is looking for a Lecturer in New Testament to start hopefully mid-year. See the advertisement here. You’d be joining a great NT department with Bill Salier, Peter Bolt, and Phil Kern! MTS is a Reformed, Evangelical, and Anglican College known esp. for its particular “school”‘ of Biblical Theology. [Read more...]

The Importance of the Narrative of Scripture

Here is a very important quote from Michael Goheen and Craig Bartholomew’s book Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in God’s Story: Many of us have read the Bible as if it were merely a mosaic of little bits – theological bits, moral bits, historical-critical bits, sermon bits, devotional bits. But when we read the Bible [Read More...]

Lecturer in Doctrine at Moore Theological College

Moore Theological College is looking for a new lecturer in Christian Doctrine. Details are here. [Read more...]

A New New Testament with New Additions … Not Kidding

 I can’t believe I stumbled across a book called A New New Testament edited by Hal Taussig and foreword by John Dominic Crossan. The publisher of the book includes this blurb: In February of 2012, a council of scholars and spiritual leaders,convened by religion scholar Hal Taussig, came together to discuss,debate, and reconsider which books belong [Read More...]

Timothy George – The New Pope Should be Catholic!

Over at First Things is a great article by my favourite Baptist Theologian, Timothy George, on The Next Pope Should Be Catholic. In particular I liked these two quotes: John Paul II invited Christians throughout the divided Church to advise him on how he could best carry out his office in faithfulness to Jesus’ prayer [Read More...]

Prayer for Lent

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I missed this last week. The prayer for the third week of Lent in the BCP is powerful: Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen [Read More...]

N.T. Wright on the Church, Sex, the Media, and Hypocrisy

Over at The Guardian, N.T. Wright has an article on The Church Maybe Hypocritical about Sex, But No-one Else is Guilty? He concludes: The Christian has a particular angle on virtue. Some Protestant traditions have frowned on it: doesn’t it mean we are trying to earn salvation by “good works”? Answer: no – it is [Read More...]

Congrats to Nijay Gupta

Congratulations to Dr. Nijay Gupta who has just been appointed to teach NT at Northeastern Seminary! Read the announcement here. [Read more...]

Why Priests?

Over at Stories Untold is an interview with Gary Wills about his book on Why Priests? A Failed Tradition. Wills objections to the idea of a priesthood on three grounds: (1) The theology of Hebrews prohibits it, (2) The negative historical impact of the priesthood in politics and socio-economics, and (3) It is symbolic for monarchial [Read More...]

Mariam Kamell on James and Ethics

The best two things about Canada are (1) Tim Horton’s donuts and (2) Mariam Kamell at Regent College. Mariam co-wrote a commentary on James with Craig Blomberg, and has some further works in the pipeline on social justice. She’s great value! Thanks to John Frederick, there is an interview with Mariam Kamell ahead of the [Read More...]

Paul’s Missionary Methods

Robert Plummer of Southern Seminary is co-editor of Paul’s Missionary Methods published by IVP and he offers four reasons why the book is important: 1. Rarely do you find a book that effectively brings together the disciplines of biblical studies and missiology as this book does. 2. Contributors to this book are some the best thinkers in [Read More...]

Forthcoming Book on Works and the Final Judgment

My good friend and former colleague Alan Stanley of Crossway College (Brisbane) is editing a book with Zondervan titled “Four views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment.” Looks like it will be one to read! Nijay Gupta has a description of it and it features some big stars like James Dunn, Thomas Schreiner, [Read More...]

Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)

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Probably one of the best courses I ever took in graduate school was a leadership course from Howard Hendricks in 1993 at Dallas Theological Seminary. I will always remember, and count it a privilege, having him for that class. I remember “Prof” teaching leadership by telling stories about individuals who became giants of evangelicalism in [Read More...]