Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 14

I am excited about the brand new volume of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works, vol. 14. The collection of letters, papers, sermons, lectures, and essays come from the Finenwalde years, 1935-1937. This is no small volume with a total of over 12oo pages! It will take a good while to read through this book, but I’m looking [Read More…]

SBL/AAR … and the Beer

Thanks to John Anthony Dunne and Chris Brewer there will be a beer reception at SBL/AAR. Sadly I won’t be able to make it. And FWIW, I actually like Heineken, cause when I drink it, I feel like a cross between Abraham Kuyper and James Bond! [Read more…]

A Tale of Two Notes Written in Books

I became a Christian in 1994 thanks to the witness and prayer of a group of Christians at Wattle Grove Baptist Church in western Sydney. Soon after I came to faith, the church appointed its first pastor, a young mid-twenty something guy named Craig Corkill, recently married to Carolyn, and still finishing off his B.Min [Read More…]

More on the DJG (2nd ed)

I’ve compared the articles and the contributors lists of the first and second editions of the DJG. I’m sorry to report that if you want an article on “Abiathar” the priest you’ll no longer find one in the second edition. Very sad! You’ll have to keep your first edition after all! Here are some data: [Read More…]

Protestant or Reformational Catholic

Over at First Things, Peter Leithart has an interesting piece on The End of Protestantism where he argues that we should think of ourselves not as anti-Catholic Protestants, but instead as Reformational Catholics. Protestantism has had a good run. It remade Europe and made America. It inspired global missions, soup kitchens, church plants, and colleges [Read More…]

Joel and Mike at SBL

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Preparation for ETS/SBL

I”m Getting ready for ETS (Paper on Global Evangelical View on Inerrancy) and SBL (Paper on Synoptic Problem). Here’s what I look like while I’m doing it: [Read more…]

Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels (2nd Ed)

I am excited about recently receiving the new edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. I am also pleased that these days I consider two of the editors (Nick and Jeannine) and many of the contributors as friends. Quite a different sense of things from when I first used the first edition of [Read More…]

The Church as the Public Face of the Gospel – Renewing An Evangelical Doctrine of the Church

A high view of Christ, should lead to a high view of the Church, that’s what I’m saying. [Read more…]

N.T. Wright on Beauty, Justice, and the Faith that Enhances Life

Simon Smart from the Center for Public Christianity interviews N.T. Wright about “Beauty, Justice, and the Faith that Enhances Life.” Here is the first video: Two other videos are located at the CPX website! [Read more…]

Christianity’s Dangerous Idea

Recently the “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” was held in Sydney featuring, among others, Peter Hitchens (brother of the late atheist journal Christopher Hitchens). Here is what Peter Hitchens is his dangerous idea: The most dangerous idea and philosophy in human history remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the son of God and rose from [Read More…]

Who is Reformed? Is John Piper Reformed?

Kevin De Young has a piece over at TGC on Is John Piper Really Reformed? I think De Young’s argument is basically correct and he gives helpful nuance to the diversity of Calvinistic and Reformed churches in North America But there are two issues here: First, the definition of “Reformed” is slippery. For some it [Read More…]

A “Configuration” of Judaism is Accurate, A “Re-configuration” Is Not

I’m still mulling over my post about my unease with the category of “reconfiguration” and the like so oft used today.  I’m currently writing on Galatians for my  commentary in the Zondervan Story of God Commentary Series which has been lunched this month with Scot McKnight’s Sermon on the Mount and Lynn Cohick’s Philippians. So [Read More…]

Michael Jensen’s Endoresment of Evangelical Theology

Rev. Dr. Michael Jensen, former lecture in theology at Moore Theological College, and current Rector at St. Mark’s Darling Point, was kind enough to write a blurb for EvTh: This is the one-volume theology text we’ve been waiting for. Bird’s Evangelical Theology is a model of a gospel-centred, genuinely biblical approach to systematic theology – [Read More…]

Early Comments on Evangelical Theology

I’m quite pleased that a few early reviews, mentions, and interactions of Evangelical Theology (EvTh) – or known to me as my baby girl “Evangeline” – have appeared. Here are a few. Over at TGC, Trevin Wax highlights a few of my more humorous moments in the book. Nate Clairborne, Brian LePort, and Marc Cortez [Read More…]