DJG Edition Comparison: Gospel of Matthew

Awhile ago I introduced the brand new second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (IVP Bible Dictionary)in a couple of posts. In the first I introduced the volume generally, and in the second I compared the article on the “Quest for the Historical Jesus” in the first and second editions, an important [Read More…]

The Perfect Introduction to the Perfect Tense Debate

Those of us who learned Greek were told that the perfect tense form denotes a past event with an on-going effect. However, these days, leading grammarians and linguists have successfully shown that in the Greek language verbs were not so much concerned with the time of action but with the type of action, called “aspect.” [Read More…]

Nijay Gupta’s Top Books for 2013

My good friend Nijay Gupta has his list of top books for 2013. Includes books by some good friends of mine like Brian Rosner, Paul and the Law and Alan Stanley (ed.), Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment, and Scot McKnight’s commentary on The Sermon On the Mount. Lucky for me that I [Read More…]

Martin Bucer and a Double Justification?

When it came to the nature of justification, the Reformers were far from agreed on everything nor monolithic. Luther, Melanchthon, Calvin, Zwingli, Bullinger, and Bucer each had their own particular take of understanding justification in relation to God’s righteousness, its forensic nature, moral transformation, regeneration, good works, the Spirit, and election. Peter Leithart gives a [Read More…]

The Scandal of Disunity according to N.T. Wright

Here is a short video by N.T. Wright about the biggest problem of the western church as “the scandal of disunity.” [Read more…]

The Passing of Birger Gerhardsson

Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism, Tommy Wasserman has a tribute to Swedish scholar Birger Gerhardsson. In my view, Gerhardsson is the grandfather of a lot of what goes on in studies in oral traditional and orality of the Gospels. The impact of his 1961 thesis Memory and Manuscript is still felt and being fleshed out. He challenged the [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado Clarifies Things about “Early High Christology”

Over at his blog, Larry Hurtado provides some clarification about key positions on how christology developed in the early church. A great read which summarizes some big debates about the origins of christology. He concludes: To be sure, there was further development across the first several decades, and then across ensuring centuries, particularly as Christians [Read More…]

Steve Walton is Now Blogging

British New Testament scholar, Steve Walton, is now blogging at Acts and More. Steve is a Luke-Acts specialist, working on two volume work on Acts for the WBC series, which we look earnestly forward to. He teaches at St. Mary’s University College and Cambridge Uni and loiters around Tyndale House as well. It’ll be a [Read More…]

Trevin Wax on Gospel Centeredness

Trevin Wax gives some good reasons why teaching and preaching should be gospel-centered. A conclusion close to my heart! 1. Because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. 2. Because the gospel is the power of God for sanctification. 3. Because the gospel provides the motivation for mission. Watch the short video: [Read more…]

Jonathan Edwards and the Church

My colleague, Rhys Bezzant, has a cracking good book on Jonathan Edwards and the Church. Although Edwards is not known for his ecclesiology, he actually had a rich and vibrant view about church, and was not reticent about getting into debates about the nature of the church. Anyways, here is a blurb about the book: [Read More…]

“Out of Egypt I have Called My Son”

This past weekend I preached a sermon at my church Christ Community Church. The sermon was the final in a series on the locations of the Christmas story. I give credit to Jim Nicodem, my pastor, for a creative take on the Nativity Story. By the way, Jim has his own blog, called Bible Savvy, [Read More…]

Was Bonhoeffer a Conspirator?

It is a foregone conclusion among many scholars, and certainly the wider public, that by the late 30’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer had changed his view on violence. While earlier in the 30’s he had articulated a perspective on violence that could be characterized as pacifism rooted in his interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount captured [Read More…]

My Therapist is Christ on behalf of Me

Over the course of the last six months I’ve been seeing a therapist. Besides trusting Jesus with my life, marrying Karla and a few other biggies, going to therapy has been one of the best decisions of my life. After my first session, I texted a friend “I love therapy! It’s safe, freeing, affirming, enlightening, [Read More…]

Tony Burke on the Christian Apocrypha

Over at Eerdword is a post by Tony Burke about his new book Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha, and it includes these colorful comments: I have seen in my students that their individual reactions to these texts are much like their reactions to biblical scholarship in general. Students from conservative Christian [Read More…]

Merry Christmas from Mike and Joel

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