Michael Pahl is Blogging Again

My Tim Horton-loving, Ice Hockey-watching, Medicare-supporting, Tooney-carrying Canajan buddy Michael Pahl, is blogging again over at Rustlings in the Grass. With his first post a response to my piece on the Genre of the Gospels. Welcome back Michael, we missed you! [Read more...]

Scot McKnight on Mark Nanos’ View of Paul

Scot McKnight continues his review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views, this time including Mark Nanos’ view. McKnight concludes: The big issue of this whole discussion can be expressed as questions: Did the apostle Paul think all Jews had to believe Jesus was the Messiah to be saved, or to enter the kingdom of God, or [Read More...]

Supper in Cell 92

Last week my M.Div students had to do a review of Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While they loved the story, they hated the length! But it was also a great learning curve for most of them, completely ignorant they were of the state of the church in Germany during the War. Any ways, [Read More...]

50th Anniversary of Geza Vermes’ English Translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Prof. Geza Vermes’ English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls (first made in 1962). There is an interview with Prof. Vermes on the BBC’s Heart and Soul with John McCarthy, which covers Vermes’ English translation of the DSS and his writings on the historical Jesus. You can listen to the [Read More...]

Review of Miroslav Volf’s Allah: A Christian Response

Guest Reviewer: Rev. Cameron West One of the most beautiful films I’ve seen is Xavier Beauvois’ Des hommes at des dieux (2010) about the nine Trappist monks of Tibhirine kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and martyred in 1996. The final testimony of Dom Chrisitan de Chergé finishes with these words addressed to his murderer: “May we [Read More...]

New EEC vols. coming out soon with Logos

The first batch of Evangelical Exegetical Commentaries are set to come out soon with Logos. Among the first volumes to come out is William Varner’s commentary on James. I’m no Jacobean expert, but Varner has produced a fine commentary, with a very readable introduction and sober comments throughout. He seems very much on board with [Read More...]

The Gospels as Biographical Kerygma

I’m working on Gospels and tackling the genre question in more recent days. Here is my interim definition (with obvious HT to Talbert, Burridge, and Aune): The Gospels are the textual imprint of the oral phenomena of Christian preaching and teaching about Jesus. Viewed this way, the Gospels are Christian documents related to the needs [Read More...]

Mark as Story by Marcus Story

Funny episode in teaching today. More anon. I remember years ago reading David Rhoads’ Mark as Story and absolutely devouring it, and then getting into Robert Tannehill’s The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts, and enjoying that one too. The brilliance of the narrative approach is that it treats the Gospels as a unified and coherent story, rather than [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on Doug Campell’s Post-NPP View

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight briefly discusses Douglas Campbell’s essay in The Apostle Paul: Four Views. Doug’s position was the hardest to classify since he is very eclectic in his theological pedigree. The most obvious description would be “apocalyptic” or “Barthian,” but those designations are not only broad in what they mean, but would be [Read More...]

The Case Against Peter Singer

Dr. Peter Singer the animal rights activist and infanticide advocate, was on TV again last night (Q&A), once more heralding the virtues and values of “selected infanticide.” He believes in killing babies with disabilities. There is a great response to Singer by a woman with a disability, Stella Young, over at the ABC website Ramp [Read More...]

New Volume on Luke-Acts

Two fine friends of mine, Michael Pahl and Sean Adams, have teamed up to organize a great collection of essays on Luke-Acts in a new volume called Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Blurb: This volume provides an introduction and engagement with the major critical issues in the study of Luke-Acts. As the study of Acts has become, [Read More...]

Nijay Gupta Reviews The Apostle Paul: Four Views

My JSPL co-editor, Nijay Gupta, reviews The Apostle Paul: Four Views, noting the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the volume. Nijay has a colorful turn of phrase, naturally I like this statement by him:  Strengths – this is a fun book. I practically read the whole book in one sitting because, thanks to the type of series, [Read More...]

Justification: Five Views – A Lutheran Response

Jordan Cooper, a Ph.D student at London School of Theology and minister in the AALC, who blogs at Just and Sinner, has written a Lutheran Response to Justification: Five Views. Interesting piece, worth having a glance at. He concludes: The differences between Luther’s approach to justification and these five views have been made apparent. The [Read More...]

The Amazing Summer of Bird Books

Last year was a quiet year on the publishing front, but this year I’ve had a flurry of books come out. Some of which were five years in the making, others that were put together in a few short months. So this (American) summer has seen the following books arrive:   The Apostle Paul: Four [Read More...]

Incarnational Ministry?

Over at CT, there is a great article by J. Todd Billings on “The Problem with ‘Incarnational Ministry’.” I like this quote: It’s important to offer a ministry of presence to those in need. But when the gospel is reduced to identifying with others, the uniqueness of Christ’s incarnation becomes an afterthought. [Read more...]


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