The Myth of “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

What’s  your take on the clique “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin”? Here’s mine. One of the readings from the Lectionary for this third Lent Sunday is Romans 5:1-11. As I reflected on this passage this morning I was reminded of its power and the way it subverts the oft quoted bumper-sticker cliche [Read More...]

Prayer for Third Week of Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ [Read More...]

My RBL Review of Murray Harris’ Colossians and Philemon Commentary

Over at RBL is my review of Murray J. Harris’ Colossians and Philemon commentary. Quite positive, though a few criticisms abound, but glad that Broadman and Holman is picking up this series. [Read more...]

Gospel and Social Justice

I’ve not blogged on this topic in quite some time, but the topic of gospel and social justice continue to be a preoccupation of mine, and particularly the definition of the gospel and its larger context of the Kingdom of God. I was reading recently and came across some useful ideas from John Stott. Here’s [Read More...]

Lenten Worship

Orthodox Christians employ several elements in their Lenten worship. One of them is the Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. This prayer was written in the seventh century. In the hymn, St. Andrew contemplates the great history of salvation and applies its various images to the state of his sinful soul. This Canon [Read More...]

CSNTM Podcasts

Why am I only now just learning about the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts podcast series? [Read more...]

John Armstrong on Missional Ecumenism

Wish I could go to this! [Read more...]

Lenten Reflection for Week Two – Faith and Understanding


The second Sunday of Lent’s Gospel reading was John 3:1-17. It of course is the familiar story of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus. In the account Jesus implicitly required Nicodemus to deny his own notions of what it means to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus says, “Unless someone is born from water and spirit, they [Read More...]

Good News for Baylor Uni

This just in from Bruce Longenecker: “I’m very glad to say (although this isn’t an announcement) that Dr. Kelly Iverson will be joining the Faculty of the Department of Religion at Baylor University in August 2012. Kelly was one of my colleagues in St. Andrews before I came to Baylor, and he will be sorely [Read More...]

Spiritual Life of a Pastor

John Wesley has a moving reflection of where he was with God, at least in a sliver of a moment in time, caught in a letter written to his brother Charles. The selection is profound in its honesty and sense of feeling of God.  Can you relate to Wesley’s double-mindedness as a pastor? In one [Read More...]

An Evangelical and Critical Approach to the Gospels

When it comes studying the Gospels with a full assortment of scholarly tools like textual criticism, source criticism, genre criticism, literary criticism, narrative criticism, and redaction criticism, I find that many young evangelical students in their first few courses get rather edgy or even irritated when exposed to them. They seem very uneasy with things [Read More...]

John Wesley and the Ministry Advantage of a Bad Marriage

Here’s an argument for the upshot of a bad marriage for success in ministry. Wesley’s relationship with his wife continued to be distant and unhappy . . . According to an early biographer, Wesley “believed the Lord overruled this painful business for good; and that, if Mrs Wesley had been a better wife, he might [Read More...]

More on Infanticide Outrage

More articles on the infanticide controversy can be found at SMH, the Conversation, Eureka Street (highly recommended!), and also Front Porch Politics (very good too). [Read more...]

Michael Barber likes my BBR Article and Limericks!

Over at The Sacred Page, my buddy Michael Barber shows his interest about my forthcoming book on the Gospels and highlights, of all things, an amusing limerick about C.H. Dodd that I cited in a footnote in an old BBR article! [Read more...]

N.T. Wright Promotional Video on “How God Became King”

“New Testament scholar N.T. Wright reveals how we have been misreading the Gospels for centuries, powerfully restoring the lost central story of the Scripture: that the coronation of God through the acts of Jesus was the climax of human history. Wright fills the gaps that centuries of misdirection”. [Read more...]