The Historical Jesus: Four Theses

In light of the Anthony Le Donne saga , I thought I’d repost, “The Historical Jesus: Four Theses.” 1. The Historical Jesus is not … a. The untheological Jesus. Our only access to Jesus is through the faith and theology of the early church. The Gospels contains a mixture of fact and faith, history and hermeneutic, [Read More...]

“This Jesus”, Early Christianity’s Innovation

What was truly innovative about the beliefs of the early Jewish believers in Jesus? Daniel Boyarin’s provocative thesis in the second chapter of his new book The Jewish Gospels suggests only that they claimed “this Jesus”  to be the Messiah (Acts 2:36; 17:3). Jews at the time of Jesus had been waiting for a Messiah [Read More...]

Evangelical Confessionalism and Academic Freedom

Earlier in the week I heard the news about the dismissal of Dr. Anthony Le Donne from Lincoln Christian University. I was gob smacked because I had just finished reading Le Donne’s very fine book The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David, which I thought was a very solid thesis, well-argued, and [Read More...]

Pauline Theology Quizz

For the Paulinists among you, here is a quiz testing your knowledge of Paul’s letters. There are ten questions, see how well you do! 1. Complete this phrase, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’—  so that [Read More...]

TGC Review of Justification: Five Views

I just came across Matthew Barrett’s review at TGC of Justification: Five Views. It’s a good review, covering the book well, focusing mainly on the Protestant vs. Catholic issues.  Barrett comes down on the side of Horton in the end (I like Horton, but I’m rubbing my face with my hands in frustration). I was [Read More...]

Mariam Kamell Appointed to Regent College

I am excited to announce that Dr. Mariam Kamell (Ph.D St. Andrews Uni) has been appointed as Assistant Professor of NT at Regent College in Vancouver. Mariam is a fun person, great communicator, written some funky stuff on James, and we await her forthcoming book on social justice too. [Read more...]

I Wish I was in Princeton

I wish I was in Princeton right now. This is why: [Read more...]

A New Reformed Confession

This week I’ve been happy to host my former colleague Rev. Prof. Andrew McGowan (University of the Highlands and Islands and Senior Minister at East Church Inverness). Andrew is also involved in the doctrinal commission of the World Reformed Fellowship (WRF). The WRF has completed a monumental task of writing a new confession of faith. [Read More...]

Prayer for the Fourth Week of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Readings: Psalm 23; Acts [Read More...]

N.T. Wright – Look at Jesus

Good stuff from N.T. Wright on the Gospels. Incidentally, I’m hoping to deliver a lecture in a North American Reformed Seminary next year on the topic: “Not by Paul Alone: Why the Reformed Churches Need more Gospels.” [Read more...]

NT Greek Resources

Danny Zacharias, IT guru and NT padawan, has a cool webiste called NT Greek Resources which highlights several of his Greek learning tools like The Singing Grammarian and ParseGreek. Good stuff, esp. if learning Greek on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad is your thing. [Read more...]

Scot McKnight Says Farewell to North Park

My colleague and friend Scot McKnight is leaving North Park. Read his post Farewell North Park. I am personally sad to see him go. But wish him great blessing in the next phase of his ministry. Scot’s been a significant influence in my life over the last 7 years. Thank you Scot for your friendship [Read More...]

Celebration of St. Mark


Today the Church celebrates the life of St. Mark. He’s known as John Mark and tradition tells us that he was the author of the Gospel after his name. He was the companion of both Paul and Peter. We also learn from tradition that he founded the Church in Alexandria Egypt. His mother was named [Read More...]

Book Notice: How to Read the Bible Through a Jesus Lens

Michael Williams How to Read the Bible Through  Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focuses Reading of Scripture Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Available at This is a charming little book that gives an overview of every book of the Bible and how it relates to Jesus. Williams says: “Reading the Bible through the Jesus [Read More...]

Biblical Languages and Preaching


Our friend Jim Hamilton has a useful post on the importance of biblical languages for the ministry of preaching and teaching in his post “What helps me most when I prepare to preach“. I was in at least one of those Hebrew classes at DTS with Jim that he speaks about. I find languages very [Read More...]