Gospel of Thomas: The Movie

Just came across this very engaging 47 min performance of the Gospel of Thomas. My friend Nicholas Perrin (Wheaton College) provided the translation that was used and the producer is one Das Abra. See more about the project at gospelofthomas.tv. Really does underscore the esoteric nature of Gos Thom as a literary work. The more I [Read More...]

Happy Reformation Sunday!

I always have mixed feelings about Reformation Sunday. On the one hand, it is a great occasion to remember and celebrate the best of the Reformation, the recovery of the apostolic gospel, returning the church to its catholic faith, and recognizing the Holy Spirit as the source of our renewal. That said, Reformation Sunday is also celebrating [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer is the Gospel

I posted on the Lord’s Prayer being the Gospel a while ago. I gave a talk to our college students on the topic. I hope it challenges you to be the answer to the Lord’s Prayer. [Read more...]

The Gospel as Canon within the Canon

Over at TGC, Trevin Wax interviews Jonathan Pennington about his new book Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction (which I should say is a cracking good book!!) Importantly, Pennington argues for a “canon within the canon based on the Gospels. He writes: My point with the “canon within the canon”  language is that we [Read More...]

Two Historical Theology Books from IVP

Here’s two sweet books from IVP on historical theology. Bradely G. Green (ed.) Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy: Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010. Available at Amazon.com This book covers Irenaeus (W. Brian Shelton), Tertullian (Gerald Bray), Origen (Bryan Liftin), Athanasius (Carl Beckwith), Three Cappadocians (Robert Letham), Augustine (Bradely Green), Anselm [Read More...]

J.I. Packer on Divine Impassibility

According to J.I. Packer, we need to re-think the meaning of divine impassibility (note that this was before the “Open Theism” wars). He writes: “This conception of God [as impassible] represents no single biblical term, but was introduced into Christian theology in the second century. What was it supposed to mean? The historical answer is: Not impassivity, [Read More...]

Gary Burge on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Part Two)

More from CPX on the interview with Gary Burge (Wheaton College) about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read more...]

William Lane Craig “Eastwooding” Richard Dawkins

In this three minute video William Lane Craig does an “Eastwooding” of Richard Dawkins. No wonder Dawkins refuses to debate Craig, he’d get his bum handed to him on a platter! Craig “Eastwoods” Dawkins on other arguments too, find them here. [Read more...]

Gary Burge on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Part One)

Over at CPX is a great interview with Gary Burge (Wheaton College) about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   [Read more...]

New “Left Behind” Movie Might be Coming

According to Variety, Nicholas Cage is in talks to star in a remake of the Left Behind movie. The books were cheesy, shallow, and contain very bad theology. The first Left Behind movie with Kirk Cameron was so lame that it could qualify for Obamacare. Now is the time to start praying imprecatory prayers against [Read More...]

The Local Church

Christ Church Stellarton

What is the “local church”? Of course by the term I don’t mean a building, a denomination or the clergy. The church is often equated with something like these, but this is a mistake. The church is, quite simply, the company of Jesus’ followers, a band of believers in Jesus. Also, I’m not here referring [Read More...]

Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline

Thanks to Jason Hood, I just came across a cool article by Michael Williams of Covenant Theological Seminary on biblical and systematic theology. Michael Williams, “Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline,” in All for Jesus: A Celebration of the 50th Annivesary of Covenant Theological Seminary, eds. R.A. Paterson and S.M. Lucas (Fearn, Ross Shire: Christian Focus, 2005), [Read More...]

Justin and the “Memoirs of the Apostles”

Over at Unsettled Christianity, Joel Watts has a post about Justin Martyr and his references to the Gospels as “memoirs of the apostles,” in relation to Xenophon’s Memorabilia. I’ve been working on this topic in my own research of late, and here’ what I’ve surmized. Justin was acquainted with the Socratic tradition. He explicitly cites Plato [Read More...]

New Review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views

Over at Gaudete Theology, Victoria Gaile Laidler has a nice review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views, from an ecumenical perspective. [Read more...]

The Lethal Philosophy of Peter Singer

Over at Quadrant, James Franklin has a great piece on “The Lethal Philosophy of Peter Singer,” critiquing the well known Philosopher. He concludes: The essence of his [the editor of Journal of Medical Ethics] defence is that Peter Singer’s views on the permissibility of infanticide of healthy babies are now widely accepted in ethical discussion. [Read More...]