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...]

Palm Sunday – The Skit Guys

The Skit Guys do a funny Palm Sunday video: [Read more...]

With God on our Side – Do Watch!

Along with Jim West, I whole heartedly endorse watching or purchasing the documentary With God on our Side, now only $3.99 (USD). It is an evangelical critique of Christian Zionism. All the more pertinent given Barack Obama’s recent visit to Israel. It is about treating Israel and the Palestinians according to a proper biblical theology rather [Read More...]

Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh

The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh has announced a post-doc research fellowship in biblical/theological studies. Go here for the details. Sounds like a great place to do some extra research and writing after your doctorate!   [Read more...]

New Archbishop of Canterbury Enthroned

The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral. God bless him, he’ll need it. He has an impossible task of trying to keep the Anglican communion together!   [Read more...]

Why We Need More Doctorates in the Pastorate!

In the latest issue of ExpT there is a very good article by Gerald Hiestand on A Taxonomy of the Pastor-Theologian: Why PhD Students Should Consider the Pastorate as the Context for Their Theological Scholarship. The blurb reads: The bifurcation of theological scholarship from pastoral ministry has led to a twofold problem in contemporary church/academy [Read More...]

Two Positions in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University

The Australian Catholic University has two positions in biblical studies going in its Sydney and Melbourne campuses. Here’s the description of the posts: Australian Catholic University is a public university open to all, with six campuses located in Brisbane, Sydney (2), Canberra, Melbourne and Ballarat. As the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, you will join [Read More...]

Dan Wallace rips into the New New Testament

On his blog, Dan Wallace gives a fairly scathing critique of the New New Testament. In short, the New New Testament is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The council that put these books forth is a farce. It has nothing to do with the councils of old, yet implicitly seeks to claim authority on the basis of [Read More...]

More on Michael Jensen’s Apology for Sydney Anglicans

Michael Jensen’s Sydney Anglicans: An Apology has prompted some more reviews by insiders and outsiders. Arthur Davis, a missionary in Tanzania, reviews it over at Jesus Creed. Sydney Anglicanism’s shrillest detractors don’t seem to be conversant with real live Sydney Anglicans. For the non-Sydney, non-Anglican reader, the great value of An Apology is in hearing a Sydney Anglican [Read More...]

More on Pope Francis

In the NYT, Ross Douthat writes on What the Church Needs Now about what the RCC really needs from Francis I. I particularly liked these words: Religion without renunciation has obvious appeal. But its cultural consequences are not all self-evidently positive. Absent ideals of chastity, people are less likely to form families. Absent ideals of [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Quest for the Trinity

Stephen R. Holmes The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History, and Modernity Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012. Available at This semester I’m teaching “Doctrine of God and Work of Christ.”  I do two lectures on the Trinity. I enjoy teaching on the topic, esp. because so many students are, [Read More...]

Michael Barber on the Priesthood

My good friend Dr. Michael Barber (John Paul the Great Catholic Uni) has a Catholic response to my earlier post about an evangelical conception of priesthood. In fact, he has a six part response in mind! The introduction and his first post on the priesthood of all believers can be read on his blog. Also, I [Read More...]