The Four Most Important New Testament Words?

What if I told you that the Paul provides the key themes of the New Testament in his letter to the Galatians by means of a specific grammatical structure? In Galatians, four times Paul modifies an abstract noun with the genitive Christos. Notice the list we end up with: The Grace of the Messiah (1:6) The [Read More…]

Book Cover for How God Became Jesus

Here is the book cover for How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature: A Response to Bart D. Ehrman. Will be available in both paper back and on kindle. The official release date is 25 March! Oh, here’s the blurb for those who haven’t seen it: In his recent book How Jesus [Read More…]

What is the Mission of the Church? – Jürgen Moltmann

A few years ago, Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert published the book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. At that time I wrote an extensive review of the book on this blog. The general premise of the book was that the church’s mission is [Read More…]

Is Schism Ever Justified?

The other day I was reading and reflecting on the theme of schism in the New Testament. I read over the famous passage 1 John 2:19: “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going [Read More…]

Book Notice: Coffee with Jesus

David Wilkie Coffee with Jesus Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. Available at As you all known I’m not adverse to a joke or a bit of a laugh. And David Wilkie’s Coffee with Jesus is hilarity laced with genuine reflections on Christian discipleship. I confess that I was having a rather bad day, feeling drained, stretched, [Read More…]

To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism

The Anglican Communion of North America has produced To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism, written by several folks including J.I. Packer, Mark Galli, and Justyn Terry and others. It includes an exposition of basic tenets of faith, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments. I love the first item in the [Read More…]

Advocating for Jewish Ethnic Identity Within the Church

Over at First Things Mark Movsesian has responded to my post about the growing support among medical professionals and politicians for a ban on circumcision in Scandinavia. I believe he has not only missed the point of my post, but has falsely characterized my response to him and others like him. I would like to address his [Read More…]

Review of “Are You the One Who is to Come?”

All of my books have a special place in my life and memory, but my volume Are You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question is among my favourites. It feels kind of like my Habiltation and I think I made a solid scholarly case for Jesus as a messianic claimant. [Read More…]

Paul on Sin in Romans 5-6

For Paul, “sin” is not just behavior, but more akin to force and dark power that holds sway over people. While the doctrine of “original sin” gets a hard time (I prefer talking about original “guilt” and original “death”), G.K. Chesteron famously said, original sin is the only Christian doctrine that is empirically verifiable. All [Read More…]

Luther on Paul and Judaism

On the phrase “The right hand of fellowship” in Galatians 2:9, Luther comments as follows. There is only one and the same Gospel for Gentiles and Jews . . . There is no partiality; but the Word and its teaching are one and the same for all men, no matter how diverse the mask or [Read More…]

Book Notice: R.T. France on Luke

R.T. France Luke  Teach the Text Commentary Series Eds. Mark Strauss and John Walton Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2013. Available at The late R.T. France was one of the great British evangelical scholars of the twentieth and twenty-first century. A great commentator especially of the Gospels. His commentaries on Matthew (TNTC and NICNT) and [Read More…]

New From Crossway “The Final Days of Jesus”

Justin Taylor and Andreas Koestenberger have teamed up to create a wonderful book for Lent called The Final Days of Jesus about Holy Week. You can find out more about the book here and watch the video about it. Here’s my blurb for the book: “Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor provide a simple yet eloquent survey of the [Read More…]

Fifth Sunday Epiphany Prayer

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen! [Read more…]

Bart Ehrman Humour

Just saw this thanks to James McGrath I’ll give a free copy of How God Became Jesus to anyone who can come up with the funniest meme of Bart Ehrman and Jesus’ divinity.   [Read more…]

Banning Circumcision: Scandinavia Merely Following the Legacy of the Gentile Church

There was a recent news report, perhaps you’ve seen it, that Scandinavian countries are seriously considering a ban on ritual circumcision. The Huffington Post reported: In September 2013, the Child Rights International Network released a joint statement from the Nordic Ombudsmen for children and pediatric experts which said, “As Ombudsmen for Children and pediatric experts we [Read More…]