Romans 12 and Poverty

Thanks to Timothy Gombis, I came across this stimulating piece by Siu Fung Wu in Sight- Seeing. Listen to the opening biographical element: I was born in a relatively poor urban neighbourhood in Asia. As a child I had to work to earn money so that we could have enough to make ends meet. Everyone [Read More...]

New Book on Paul and Judaism

Paul and Judaism: Crosscurrents in Pauline Exegesis and the Study of Jewish Christian Relations Edited by Reimund Bieringer & DidierPollefeyt LNTS 461; London: T&T Clark, 2012. This is a funky volume of essays on Paul with contributions from Mark Nanos, Michael Bachmann, William Campbell, Thomas Blanton, Michael Bird, plus others, with an epilogue by James [Read More...]

Where Have All the Good TV Catholics Gone?

Over at an Australian on-line newspaper called The Punch, I have an article on Where Have All the Good TV Catholics Gone? It is about anti-catholic prejudice in the entertainment and news industries. Here’s an excerpt: I grew up watching the brightly Sally Field in The Flying Nun and was hypnotized by The Father Dowling [Read More...]

Gospels Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Gospels 1. How many verses are there in the Gospel of Mark? a. 545 b. 602 c. 661 d. 717 [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day – USA & Australia

I know Mother’s Day falls on different days in different countries. In the UK for example, I believe Mother’s Day was on March 18th. But in the US and Australia today, May 13th, is Mother’s Day. So I want to wish my mom Karen, my wife Karla and mother-in-law Mary a very happy Mother’s Day. [Read More...]

The Right Motive


Can you discern your motives? In ministry with college students I often hear this idea repeated in one form or another: “Before I do this thing or go in this direction, I want to be sure I’m doing it with the right motives”; “Is it only something I want to do, or is God really [Read More...]

Anglicans, Rom 1:26-27, and Homosexuality

Together with the uber-talented Rev. Dr. Sarah Harris of Carey College, we’ve written a short piece on Paul, homosexuality, Rom 1:26-27, and the Anglican Communion, for a forthcoming book tentatively called Sexegesis: An Evangelical Response to Five Uneasy Pieces on Sexuality and Scripture (title may yet change, but it’s due out mid-year). See the original [Read More...]

Eric Metaxas on Tolerance

Eric Metaxas gives a response to Dan Savage on bullying in a post called A Savage Attack, and he makes some insightful comments about tolerance: Tolerance used to be defined as a willingness to put up with the beliefs or practices of those with whom we disagree. Today, tolerance means we must accept the beliefs and [Read More...]

Book Notice: Journeys of Faith

Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism Edited by Robert L. Plummer. Foreword by Scot McKnight Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Available at I like Robert Plummer, not just because he’s one of the few elite biblical scholars in the world who is shorter than me, but because he’s edited a lovely [Read More...]

Robert Gundry reviews N.T. Wright’s Kingdom New Testament

Over at Books & Culture, one of my favourite scholars, Robert H. Gundry reviews a book by one of my other favourite scholars, N.T. Wright, specifically, looking at his Kingdom New Testament (also known as The New Testament for Everyone Translation in the UK). Gundry’s review is called Tom’s Targum. After listing the pros and [Read More...]

Book Notice: Matthean and Lukan Special Material

Brice C. Jones Matthean and Lukan Special Material: A Brief Introduction with Texts in Greek and English Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011. Available at This is a small but useful volume that provides an introduction to the Synoptic Problem and also introductions to the Matthean and Lukan special materials. It then sets out [Read More...]

Paul’s Thorn in His Flesh

I had always hoped that one day, somewhere, I would find a proverb in Jewish literature which states that a mother-in-law is a “thorn” in a man’s side. That would be proof that Paul’s complaint in 2 Cor 12:7 (“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me [Read More...]

2012 Gospelizers Conference Audio Now On-line

The sessions from the 2012 Gospelizers conference held at Crossway College included: Alan Stanley (Crossway College): “There is more to the gospel than life after death…so much more”. Click here to download the audio file (45MB) Steve Beaumont (Bible Society): “Guns and roses: Using outdoor adventure to evangelise at-risk Aussie youth”. Click here to download the audio [Read More...]

Latest Issue of Tyndale Bulletin

Nijay Gupta at Crux Sola has a summary of the contents of the latest issue of Tyndale Bulletin. I was impressed by how international the authorship was. Authors hail from Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Malaysia, Greece, UK, USA, and California (culturally California is not like the rest of the USA and should probably be annexed [Read More...]

Israel in IMAX 3D

There’s an exciting new IMAX 3D movie coming out in 2013 on Israel and Jerusalem. Here’s a sample.   HT: Ben Witherington. [Read more...]