Mark as Story by Marcus Story

Funny episode in teaching today. More anon. I remember years ago reading David Rhoads’ Mark as Story and absolutely devouring it, and then getting into Robert Tannehill’s The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts, and enjoying that one too. The brilliance of the narrative approach is that it treats the Gospels as a unified and coherent story, rather than [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on Doug Campell’s Post-NPP View

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight briefly discusses Douglas Campbell’s essay in The Apostle Paul: Four Views. Doug’s position was the hardest to classify since he is very eclectic in his theological pedigree. The most obvious description would be “apocalyptic” or “Barthian,” but those designations are not only broad in what they mean, but would be [Read More...]

The Case Against Peter Singer

Dr. Peter Singer the animal rights activist and infanticide advocate, was on TV again last night (Q&A), once more heralding the virtues and values of “selected infanticide.” He believes in killing babies with disabilities. There is a great response to Singer by a woman with a disability, Stella Young, over at the ABC website Ramp [Read More...]

New Volume on Luke-Acts

Two fine friends of mine, Michael Pahl and Sean Adams, have teamed up to organize a great collection of essays on Luke-Acts in a new volume called Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Blurb: This volume provides an introduction and engagement with the major critical issues in the study of Luke-Acts. As the study of Acts has become, [Read More...]

Nijay Gupta Reviews The Apostle Paul: Four Views

My JSPL co-editor, Nijay Gupta, reviews The Apostle Paul: Four Views, noting the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the volume. Nijay has a colorful turn of phrase, naturally I like this statement by him:  Strengths – this is a fun book. I practically read the whole book in one sitting because, thanks to the type of series, [Read More...]

Justification: Five Views – A Lutheran Response

Jordan Cooper, a Ph.D student at London School of Theology and minister in the AALC, who blogs at Just and Sinner, has written a Lutheran Response to Justification: Five Views. Interesting piece, worth having a glance at. He concludes: The differences between Luther’s approach to justification and these five views have been made apparent. The [Read More...]

The Amazing Summer of Bird Books

Last year was a quiet year on the publishing front, but this year I’ve had a flurry of books come out. Some of which were five years in the making, others that were put together in a few short months. So this (American) summer has seen the following books arrive:   The Apostle Paul: Four [Read More...]

Incarnational Ministry?

Over at CT, there is a great article by J. Todd Billings on “The Problem with ‘Incarnational Ministry’.” I like this quote: It’s important to offer a ministry of presence to those in need. But when the gospel is reduced to identifying with others, the uniqueness of Christ’s incarnation becomes an afterthought. [Read more...]

How To Write a Theology Essay

Michael Jensen, lecturer in Theology at Moore Theological College, has a short book How To Write a Theology Essay, available through both the Latimer Trust in the UK and at Moore Books in Australia. I would like to beg, plead, beseech, exhort, urge, recommend, and flat out demand that my students read this before writing their [Read More...]

What is the Gospel?


My good friend Jonathan Pennington has a new book coming out this year on the Gospels: Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction. This looks like it will be a great resource as an introduction to the Gospels. I look forward to its arrival later in the year. I was all the more [Read More...]

Latest issue of JSPL

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 2.1 (2012) includes: N.T. Wright “Rom 2:17-3:7: A Hidden Clue to the Meaning of Romans?” William O. Walker Jr. “Romans 8:29-30 as a Non-Pauline Interpolation.” Michael Kibbe “‘The Obedience of Christ’: A Reassessment of ten hypakoen tou Christou in 2 Corinthians 10:5.” Nijay K. [Read More...]

If Jonathan Edwards was Here Today!

The other day, in Church History class, we looked at the Great Awakenings in New England with a special focus on Jonathan Edwards. After this class a few things about Jonathan Edwards stood out to me: 1. Yes, Jonathan Edwards was America’s first and greatest theologian. But he was not in fact American as he [Read More...]

A Polite Bribe – The Movie Documentary

The documentary by Robert Olando, A Polite Bribe, about Paul’s collection for the Jerusalem church, featuring John Dominic Crossan, Richard Horsley, Douglas Campbell, N.T. Wright, Ben Witherington, and others. Here’s some previews: I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t comment on its historical value, or the arguments put forward. [Read more...]

Flash Greek on iTunes

Young New Testament padawan, Daniel Zacharias (tutor and IT guy at Arcadia Divinity College), has has released a new Greek learning App called FlashGreek. From his blog he writes: The evolution of the flashcard has just landed on the iTunes app store! This app has been in the making for many years and I’m really [Read More...]

Brian Rosner on the Missionary Character of 1 Corinthians

I’m slowly (oh so slowly) getting through the Howard Marshall festschrift New Testament Theology in Light of the Church’s Mission, and next chapter up is Brian Rosner on “The Missionary Character of 1 Corinthians.” Rosner comments on many illuminating things like Mission-Commitment in Corinth and the link between Church and the Mission of God. This quote [Read More...]