PFG, Just Got My Hands On It . . . Oh, My!

In the blogsphere, I feel behind the times already as I have only just now gotten hands on Tom Wright’s Paul book Paul and the Faithfulness of God. My initial impression of the book, having now held it in my hands and brought it up to my face, is it smells so good! More to [Read More…]

On the Virgin Conception

This time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a birth which, according to the biblical witness, is based on a virgin conception. Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight posts on Why a virgin birth? and gives a summary of my chapter on the topic in Evangelical Theology. An interesting thread of comments follows [Read More…]

Candida Moss on Pope Francis as Time’s “Man of the Year”

Over at Politico Magazine, Candida Moss has a good piece on Time’s decision to make Pope Francis, “Man of the Year.” Wednesday’s announcement of Pope Francis as Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” came as small surprise to anyone watching events in the Catholic Church over the past year. This pontiff is a media darling. His charismatic and photo-op [Read More…]

Reviews of Evangelical Theology

Over at Koinonia, there is a round up of the Evangelical Theology blog tour with a host of reviews listed. Some good interactions and comments given, very interesting for me to learn about the stuff people like and don’t like about the book.   [Read more…]

Keep the Nomina Sacra in Xmas

It is that time of year where New Testament scholars have to fight an uphill battle to keep the nomina sacra in Xmas! Happy papyrological abbreviations to you all this advent season. HT: John Byron [Read more…]

Sin and Death in Eastern Orthodox Theology

I introduced a nice book about Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth. In the first post I was describing the Eastern tradition’s view of sin, death and destruction. The two most important elements of this perspective I want to highlight now. Death First, Orthodox theology considers the question of Adam’s sin and its consequences from [Read More…]

Evangelical Post-Supersessionism

I explain in this video the approach we take in the Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations that can be called evangelical post-supersessionism. Supersessionism names a theological view whether explicitly or implicitly which believes the church has replaced ethnic Israel covenantally. Whereas evangelical post-supersessionism asserts that an evangelical view of Scripture [Read More…]

Historical Jesus as a Fifth Gospel

Many scholars (e.g., Scot McKnight) are  now pushing back on the whole historical Jesus project because it entails a rejection of the Gospel story of Jesus in favor of the Scholar’s Jesus as a kind of fifth and definitive Gospel. In terms of what they are objecting to, consider the following quote: The church, by [Read More…]

An Eastern Orientation toward Theology

I teach at North Park University. I love where I teach. I love where I teach mostly because of the colleagues alongside whom I have the privilege of serving. One of them is Bradley Nassif. Brad is one of the most humble men you’ll ever meet. But Brad is also an extremely courageous man. A [Read More…]

Biblical Theology at Trinity College in Perth

In this video, Matthew R. Malcom introduces some interesting developments about a new center for biblical theology in Perth, Western Australia. [Read more…]

Rom 5.1-11: A Paraphrase

I’m continuing my paraphrase of Romans, here is the latest part on Rom 5.1-11: Therefore, since we’ve are declared to be righteous by faith, let us have peace with God through the peace-making work of the Lord Jesus the Messiah. Through him we have acquired a backstage pass by this faith into God’s lavish grace, [Read More…]

Theological Engagement with California

The Theological Engagement with Californian Culture Project is having its next symposium on 24-25 April 2014 at UC Berkley. There is a call for papers until 15 December. Sounds like a cool place to go cowabunga for Jesus! [Read more…]

Ph.D Scholarships at Highland Theological College

Part Scholarships for PhD Studies Highland Theological College UHI The Highland Theological College UHI ( is pleased to offer two part-scholarships for applicants from outwith the EU applying for full-time, residential PhD studies at the College. These scholarships offer a 50% reduction in fees over the three years of full-time PhD studies.  We are particularly [Read More…]

A Coptic Christian Reads Candida Moss’ “Myth of Persecution”

Candida Moss (University of Notre Dame) created a bit of furor with her book The Myth of Persecution– see my earlier blog post here – where she claimed that many persecution stories, both ancient and modern, were entirely fictive. Moss’ concern is principally the martyr complex and martyr rhetoric of the political right in the USA. However, [Read More…]

Women and Church Ministry

I’ve been preparing a lecture on Paul and Women the last couple of days and I told Karla that I’m now definitely in the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) camp. I’m finally willing to come out and nail my flag on the mast of the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) position. This has been a direction I’ve been moving toward over [Read More…]