Three Clips on the Apostles’ Creed

Here are three clips on the Apostles’ Creed: The funny: The musical: The youthful: [Read more...]

Christians Emptied from the Middle East

Interesting story in The Australian on Christians Emptied from the Middle East, featuring the testimony of a Syrian Greek Melkite Nun. [Read more...]

American cover for Jesus is the Christ


I just learned that IVP-USA will be the American distributor for my book, Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels.  And they have a really nice cover for it. Available in Yankie Doodle land in February.   [Read more...]

SBTS Panel on “Revisiting Inerrancy”

Last week at Southern Seminary there was a very interesting panel discussion on “Revisiting Inerrancy” featuring Al Mohler, Denny Burk, Bruce Ware, Gregg Allison, and Russell Moore. Quite an enjoyable segment, many references to Peter Enns and Kenton Sparks, the panelist obviously take a conservative theological approach to the matter, and the best part is that [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert on Pulpit Freedom Sunday

There is part of me that secretly aspires to be a comedy writer for the Stephen Colbert show! This clip is hilarious, however, I think Ps Dr Jim Garlow handles himself very well, and doesn’t come off as a right wing whacko, which on Colbert’s show, is a win!   [Read more...]

Introduction to Messianic Judaism

IMJ cover

This past week I received the page proofs for my forthcoming book with David Rudolph Introduction to Messianic Judaism. Here’s a description of the book: This book is the go-to source for introductory information on Messianic Judaism. Editors David Rudolph and Joel Willitts have assembled a thorough examination of the ecclesial context and biblical foundations [Read More...]

Should We Be “Red Letter Christians”?

My good buddy Dr. Denny Burk posts on Paul’s Rebuke of Red Letter Christians. He points to Paul’s denunciation of the various factions in 1 Corinthians 1:11-12, esp. the “Christ faction,” who – if such a faction really existed – seemed to think that they were more followers of Christ than anyone else. Perhaps even [Read More...]

Essay Writing Time

I love cruising around the library in the midst of essay writing season and paying timely visits to my little theologians as they wade through the slough of academic despond and embark on the ordeal of assessment. The smell of old and stale books being opened, the detective-style quest to find key resources, the aura of [Read More...]

Archaeology and the Bible

On Archaeology and the Bible, there’s a few new things to check out. First, over at Seven Minute Seminary, Sandra Richter talks about “The Role of Archaeology in Biblical Studies. Second, the ASOR Blog, has a good discussion about how the scholarly consensus on resurrection in the Dead Sea Scrolls changed over time. [Read more...]

New Book: Jesus in Continuun

A new book from Mohr/Siebeck on Jesus and early Christianity is Tom Holmen (ed.), Jesus in Continuum (WUNT 289; Tubngen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2012). One of the central characteristics of the latest historical Jesus research has been the attempt to locate Jesus plausibly within first-century Judaism. Less emphasis has been placed on the question as to whether or [Read More...]

Passing of Abraham Malherbe

I just learned from Yale University that Prof. Abraham Malherbe passed away unexpectedly at the age of 82. His Anchor Bible commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians is great on Graeco-Roman background and social aspects of early Christianity. Malherbe along with Wayne Meeks and Leander Keck formed a great triumvirate of NT scholars at Yale in the [Read More...]

Part 2 of Mark Garcia’s Review of Justification: Five Views

Over at Wince and Sing, Mark Garcia has the second part of his review of Justification: Five Views, with a focus on the issues raised by myself and Michael Horton. [Read more...]

Vaughan Roberts on Same Sex Attraction

Over at Evangelical News is a very honest, personal, and candid interview with Vaughan Roberts on Same Sex Attraction. Vaughan Roberts is the Rector of St. Ebbe’s in Oxford, probably the best preacher I’ve heard in the UK in the last ten years, and he gives an honest talk about the temptations that pastors face, [Read More...]

Winston Churchill on Writing a Book

Love this quote: “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and [Read More...]

Book Notice: What Are They Saying about the Gospel of Thomas

Christopher W. Skinner What Are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas? New York: Paulist, 2012. Available at There has been a salvo of Gospel of Thomas (GTh) studies recently with volumes by Simon Gathercole, Mark Goodacre, and now a helpful overview of scholarship by Chris Skinner. Skinner usefully looks at several areas and [Read More...]