Follow: Christianity the Way Jesus Meant It (Part 1)

You may have noticed that the other half of Euangelion blogging team has not been very present on the blog in the last few weeks. This the result of the start of the fall with academic and ministry responsibilities. In addition to what is normally the case, I’m also the department chair this year. On [Read More...]

TGC, Jesus, Gospel, and Paul Round Up

Several other folks have stepped into the discussion raised on TGC,  reflecting on the issue (that I still cannot believe we are discussing), whether or not Jesus preached the gospel! See Michael Pahl, Patrick Schreiner, James McGahey and Geoff Smith. I have seven propositions on Jesus, Gospels, and Paul # 1: The Gospels are gospel, not [Read More...]

After the Sermon …

What do you do in church straight after the sermon? A. Sing the final hymn. B. Listen to announcements. C. Receive the benediction. D. Run out the door for the nearest Chik-Fil-A I’m starting to think that the moment after the sermon is a great time to confess our faith by reciting either the creed [Read More...]

Reading Scripture in Light of the Mission Dei

A nice quote from Ross Wagner: [T]he overarching narrative of the missio Dei provides the proper context for offering an account of the nature and function of Scripture in the church … While redemption is from first to last the work of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, it is a [Read More...]

William Tyndale on the Gospel

In his “Prologue to the New Testament,” William Tyndale movingly wrote: Euagelio (that we cal gospel) is a greke worde, and signyfyth good, mery, glad and joyfull tydings, that maketh a mannes hert glad, and maketh him synge, duance and leepe for ioye.[1] [1] Cited from Richard I. Deibert, Mark (Interp; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, [Read More...]

Did Jesus preach the Gospel? TGC Conference in 2013

Over at TGC is the announcement that the 2013 TGC conference will be His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. That is a great topic and one that I think anyone would be encouraged by hearing. The topics lined up to be spoken on look great. Colin Hansen introduces the rationale for the conference [Read More...]

John 1.1-14 – A Paraphrase

A long time ago, even before the universe was made, there was the Word. The Word was right next to God, and everything that was true of God was also true of the Word. He was with God at the very genesis of the universe, from its very inception. And it was through him that [Read More...]

Robert Yarbrough’s Lectures on Adolf Schlatter Now On-Line

Dr. Robert Yarbrough (Covenant Theological Seminary) gave a series of lectures on Adolf Schlatter in 1995. Those lectures are now available on-line (HT Jim West). For those who don’t know, Schlatter was one of the leading evangelical NT scholars in Germany in the early twentieth century. Out of all the biographies of NT scholars that I’ve [Read More...]

350th Anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer

My students and I are halfway through a week of mission at an Anglican Church in Brisbane (St. Stephen’s Cooparoo) and we learnt that this year marks the 350th annivesary of the Book of Common Prayer. There is a whole webpage dedicated to celebrating the event (here) and you can learn more about the BCP [Read More...]

Wrightian Essay Question: Cross and Kingdom

In reading Tom Wright’s How God Became King, I think I’ve found a great essay question for students in a Gospels class in one quote from the book: “The cross serves the goal of the kingdom, just as the kingdom is accomplished by Jesus’ victory on the cross.” Discuss! Any one want to give me an [Read More...]

Michael Pahl is Blogging Again

My Tim Horton-loving, Ice Hockey-watching, Medicare-supporting, Tooney-carrying Canajan buddy Michael Pahl, is blogging again over at Rustlings in the Grass. With his first post a response to my piece on the Genre of the Gospels. Welcome back Michael, we missed you! [Read more...]

Scot McKnight on Mark Nanos’ View of Paul

Scot McKnight continues his review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views, this time including Mark Nanos’ view. McKnight concludes: The big issue of this whole discussion can be expressed as questions: Did the apostle Paul think all Jews had to believe Jesus was the Messiah to be saved, or to enter the kingdom of God, or [Read More...]

Supper in Cell 92

Last week my M.Div students had to do a review of Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While they loved the story, they hated the length! But it was also a great learning curve for most of them, completely ignorant they were of the state of the church in Germany during the War. Any ways, [Read More...]

50th Anniversary of Geza Vermes’ English Translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Prof. Geza Vermes’ English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls (first made in 1962). There is an interview with Prof. Vermes on the BBC’s Heart and Soul with John McCarthy, which covers Vermes’ English translation of the DSS and his writings on the historical Jesus. You can listen to the [Read More...]

Review of Miroslav Volf’s Allah: A Christian Response

Guest Reviewer: Rev. Cameron West One of the most beautiful films I’ve seen is Xavier Beauvois’ Des hommes at des dieux (2010) about the nine Trappist monks of Tibhirine kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and martyred in 1996. The final testimony of Dom Chrisitan de Chergé finishes with these words addressed to his murderer: “May we [Read More...]