Alister McGrath Video on Adam and Eve

A short, interesting, and generous account of Adam and Eve by Alister McGrath: [Read more…]

Can We Have a “Church” with Clergy But No Actual Churches?

In the British Church Times, Linda Woodhead, a sociologist of religion, has been thinking what might happen to the Church of England if church attendance keeps declining. She ponders that even if all Sunday services closed down, leaving only clergy remaining, the church’s most significant activities could still continue through clergy doing weddings, funerals, baptisms, being [Read More…]

Book Notice: Michael Allen on Justification and the Gospel

R. Michael Allen Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2013. Available at Amazon.com In this book, R. Michael Allen (Knox Theological Seminary) engages a number of controversial theological issues about justification with a view to showing how the Reformed tradition has more than enough depth and diversity to [Read More…]

One of My Favourite Sermon Series: D.A. Carson, The God Who is There

I have to confess that one of the sermons series that I really enjoy listening to and reading over every now and then, is D.A. Carson’s series “The God Who is There” and the book that the sermons are based on The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2010). [Read More…]

Lament Words in Lent

The Lenten season reminds us that the life of faith is a complex ball of grief and joy. With grief always being the first in sequence. Walter Bruuggemann gives me food for thought: Much of Christian piety and spirituality is romantic and unreal in its positiveness. As children of the Enlightenment, we  have censored and [Read More…]

Michael Allen on Karl Barth

Michael Allen (Knox Theological Seminary) is interviewed by Logos about Karl Barth. Its a good interview and worth checking out, esp. if you’re curious as to what the “deal” is with evangelicals and Karl Barth. Allen has a new book coming out called  Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader, which no doubt will be [Read More…]

Join Me in Fasting for Lent

I would like to invite all of my co-bloggers, friends, students, colleagues, and well-wishers to join me in a spiritual quest to make the time of Lent – which begins today – more solemn, more holy, and more meaningful, by giving up coffee. I sincerely believe that by giving up that morning cup of expresso [Read More…]

Caption Contest for New Book

In this photo are my friends Con Campbell (TEDS) and Timothy Gombis (GRTS) in the Baker Bookstore reading How God Became Jesus. This calls for a caption contest. Might even arrange a free copy for the best suggestion! [Read more…]

My Radio Show Interview on Was Jesus White?

Last week I was featured in an on-line Radio Show, Real Talk with MVP, based in Atlanta where I had  a ten minute chat with Marcus about, “Was Jesus White?” Good fun, a few laughs, and talking about ideas on Jesus, race, ethnicity, and artistic license. I would sum it up as follows: Some people seem to [Read More…]

Simon Gathercole to Debate Bart Ehrman on UK Radio

Bart Ehrman, on his blog, Christianity in Antiquity, mentions our response book to his book about the origins of belief in Jesus’ deity. He also mentions a forthcoming debate between him and Simon Gathercole that will be recorded on the UK’s Premier Christian Radio station on the show Unbelievable hosted by the talented Justin Brierly. Will [Read More…]

Romans 12:15, A Poem by Miriam Dale

One of my students, young Miriam Dale, is a bit of a poet, and has written a lovely collection of poems called The Common Condition: Poems & Praise, with several moving pieces therein about God, suffering, injustice, and life in general. I particularly liked her poem on Rom 12:15, “mourn with those who mourn, weep with [Read More…]

Join The Lent Experience

Lent begins this Wednesday March 5th. My good friend Eric Ferris has designed a user friendly discipleship program for Lent called The Lent Experience. If you are looking for some guidance or creative ways to structure your worship and discipleship through a Lenten journey this year, I encourage you to check out TLE. Here’s a [Read More…]

Ecclesia and Ethics Conference Begins Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the St. Andrews Ecclesia and Ethics II conference begins tomorrow. My paper, “Blogging in the Name of the Lord: What is the Virtue and Value of Christian Blogging and other Social Media?” will be on approximately Saturday, 2 March, 1700 hrs Chicago time for those interested (1000 hrs on 2 March [Read More…]

George Athas on Abraham and Camels or “Camelgate”

There’s been a lot going on the internet about whether the account of domesticated camels in the patriarchal narratives is anachronistic. You can read a good intro piece over at Christianity Today on the subject and Peter Enns also chimes in as well. <— Photo is not George Athas! In addition, my friend, George Athas [Read More…]

N.T. Wright: Can A Scientist Trust the New Testament?

N.T. Wright gives the James Gregory Public Lecture on “Can a Scientist Trust the New Testament?” Watch the video here. [Read more…]