Romans 1:1-17 – A Paraphrase

Here is my attempt at a paraphrase of Romans 1:1-17. Does it make people cringe any where? NB: Before people rag on paraphrases, remember this, for me, paraphrases are not substitutes for translation. They are, rather, more like interpretive triage; paraphrases are like the first line of interpretation that we can undertake. Paul Introduces Himself to [Read More...]

Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist is the name of Con Campbell’s new book. It is about evangelism to and through the creative arts. Con himself – heading to TEDS I should add – is NT scholar and an accomplished jazz musician. The video below gives a cool explanation of the book and what it is about. [Read More...]

My Brittle Bones by Phil Burcham

Well, I think First Things is my new favourite journal. In the latest issue, Prof. Philip C. Burcham, Professor of Pharmacology in Perth, Western Australia, has a piece on My Brittle Bones. Burcham documents his life growing up with a brittle bone disease and what happened when his daughter was diagnosed with the same condition. This [Read More...]

The Atonement – Three Views on the ABC

There is an excellent Good Friday discussion on The Cross and the Atonement on ABC Radio with my good friends Ben Myers and Michael Jensen, plus some philosopher dude named Chris Flemming. Anselm cops bit [Read more...]

Best April’s Fools Day Joke Ever

Congrats to Ben Myers for pulling off the best April’s Fools Day joke ever about the discovery of a new Barth manuscript. I think April’s Fools Day jokes need two elements: (1) Believability; and (2) People wanna believe it! Ben does both. Oh, and see his gloating here! [Read more...]

Paul Barnett on the New New Testament

Rt. Rev. Prof. Paul Barnett (former archbishop of North Sydney) has something to say about the New New Testament … he doesn’t like it. Read here.   [Read more...]

New Commentary on John in NCCS

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The latest installment in the New Covenant Commentary Series (NCCS) is on the Gospel of John by Jeyaseelan Kanagaraj (a.k.a. “Jey”). Jey J. Kanagaraj is a Professor of New Testament who served a number of years at the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, N. India and who was the Principal of Bethel Bible Institute in Salem, S. India. [Read More...]

Easter Sunday Thought: Raised for our Justification

Since it is now Easter Sunday, I thought I’d rehearse one of my favourite Easter themes: justification by resurrection. One of my most treasured Pauline texts is Rom 4:25, “He was handed over for our sins and raised for our justification.” I’ve invested a lot time studying and meditating on this verse. I wrote my Honours Thesis [Read More...]

The Easter Story for Children in Four Minutes

Great little cartoon on the Easter story from the Bible Society of Australia, great for children, just four minutes long, love the Narnia music too! [Read more...]

My Favorite Easter Flash Mob

I posted this a few years ago, but it is worth posting again because it is so cool! Αύτη ημέρα ην εποίησεν ο Κύριος, αγαλιασώμεθα και εφρανθώμεν εν αυτή. Χριστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας. Και τοις εν τοις μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος. [Read more...]

The Mysterious Victory of the Cross Over Evil

This semester I’ve been teaching a course on The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ, and we’ve had lectures on the death of Jesus in the last two weeks. During the lectures we’ve looked at the various modes or images of the atonement with a view to expositing the many things that the [Read More...]

The Cross, More than A Religious Symbol

Here’s a good video about the cross from Lifetone Media! Happy Good Friday!   [Read more...]

Six Views on the New ABC Justin Welby

Over at ABC  Religion and Ethics is an article assessing the prospects for Archbishop Justin Welby and what his ministry might do for the Anglican church in contrast to the former ministry of Rowan Williams and the concurrent ministry of Pope Francis I. Contributors include Andrew McGowan (no, not the Scottish one), Michael Jensen, Bruce [Read More...]

The Trouble with Atheism

Over at THEAGE.TV is a British documentary by journalist Rod Liddel on The Trouble with Atheism, which is a great critique of the modern atheist movement with Richard Dawkins and co. I saw it several years ago, glad it is now available in Australia and perhaps elsewhere. [Read more...]

Ravished by Beauty – Reformed Spirituality and Nature

Thanks to my good friend Cameron West, I’ve been reading through Belden C. Lane’s book Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality. The book deals with a neglected theme in Reformed spirituality, the awakening of a desire for a God of ravishing beauty mirrored so generously in the world of nature, a beauty that evokes [Read More...]