The Virtues of Romans 5:3-4 – Part 3: Hope

“We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (CEB). Hope Paul says that character produces hope. Hope is not some ephemeral thing like that which might be, could be, or possible be. Hope can sometimes seem futile. Chicago Cubs fans will know [Read More…]

TGC Review of Evangelical Theology

Over at TGC is a review of Evangelical Theology by Matthew Barrett (California Baptist Uni). Barrett commends a few aspects of the book like it’s gospel focus, its use of historical theology, trying to bridge biblical and systematic theology, and attempting to incorporate redemptive history into a doctrine of salvation. However, he does have a [Read More…]

Epiphany Prayer

I found this week’s prayer in the Collect for the second Sunday of Epiphany particularly impactful: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and [Read More…]

The Virtues of Romans 5:3-4 – Part 2: Character

“We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance,  endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (CEB). Character Paul says that endurance produces “character” and the word for “character” is dokimē which means the quality of being approved.[1] I think it was Nancy Regan who said that, “I’m a lot like [Read More…]

And the Winner is Sydney: A Short Note on Australian Evangelicalism

Today I learned a very interesting fact. The TGC website was visited by more people from Sydney than from any other capital city in the world. According to the TGC FB page, the top 10 most-read cities are:    1. Sydney 2. Chicago 3. New York 4. London 5. Louisville 6. Los Angeles 7. Dallas 8. [Read More…]

The Virtues of Romans 5:3-4 – Part 1: Endurance

Endurance “We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance,  endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (CEB). Endurance was celebrated by moral philosophers of antiquity as one of the manliest of virtues. The ability to persist under adversity and hardship were marks of masculine and even kingly character. We [Read More…]

Mike Licona on the differences between the Gospel’s resurrection accounts

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A New Blog on the Reception of the Parables

My friend David Gowler is writing a book on the reception of the Parables for Baker Academic and he’s created a new blog called a Chorus of Voices: The Reception History of the Parables to complement the writing of the book. David has already written on the Parables with this book What Are They Saying [Read More…]

New 1 Timothy Commentary in the NCCS

Along with Craig Keener, I am proud to be an editor of the New Covenant Commentary Series. The latest volume to come out is by Aida Besancon Spencer on 1 Timothy (I should add that 2 Timothy and Titus are not far from release either!). Spencer provides a thorough and insightful commentary on Paul’s letter to his coworker Timothy, which [Read More…]

The Best Review of Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy so Far!

Gavin Ortlund (I’m guessing brother of Dane Ortlund and son of Ray Ortlund) gives the most thorough and fair review I’ve seen to date of Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy. See it on his blog Soliloquium. To be honest, I like any review of the book that does not call for me to be tied to [Read More…]

Latest issue of JSHJ

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 11 (2013) is out and has a focus on ideological criticism of Historical Jesus scholarship with James Crossley leading the charge: A ‘Very Jewish’ Jesus: Perpetuating the Myth of Superiority Author: James G. Crossley Jesus in Discourses of Dichotomies: Alternative Paradigms for the Historical Jesus [Read More…]

Test Your Knowledge about Global Christianity

The Pew Research Center has a great pop quizz about the world’s global Christian population. Test your knowledge, only ten questions, take the test here! [Read more…]

Current Readings in Christology

Here is what I’m currently reading over to get my christological juices flowing. These are four very different books, I’d love to know the best hash tag someone could give to each one! Here’s my go: Putting Jesus in his Place – #Jesusreigns Constructing Jesus – #memorablemessiah From Jewish Prophet to Gentile God – #Niceaisforninnies [Read More…]

Book Notice: Abraham Kuyper by James D. Bratt

James D. Bratt Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available from Abraham Kuyper  (1837-1920) was an amazing chap. He was a pastor, theologian, educator, journalist, and statesman in the Netherlands. During the course of his career he founded a leading newspaper, a political party, a university, and  a denomination. [Read More…]

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Apologist

William Lane Craig is the guru, swami, jedi master, ninja, seal team six, commando of apologetics. His work on philosophy and cosmology, God and time, the historicity of the resurrection, God’s middle knowledge, and worldviews are fantastic. His book Reasonable Faith is a classic. His website is a great resource especially for folks with questions or [Read More…]