A Bonhoeffer Advent Reflection: “the message of Advent . . . repentance”

So the whole of the message of Advent becomes an urgent sermon, calling men and women to repentance. Before Jesus came John the Baptist, and we must not over him. For the whole of the early Christians, Advent was a time for repentance, not for rejoicing. All the hymns that we have sung speak of [Read More…]

A Bonhoeffer Advent Reflection: “At one with the suffering and joy of his people”

In a dream he sends his angel to Joseph and tells him to flee to Egypt, beyond the limit of Herod’s power. Mysterious as God himself are his means. There never fail powers and servants to make know his will. Surely, he has given us his Word and there made clear his will . . [Read More…]

Keep the Spirit of St. Nicholas this Christmas, Slap Down a Heretic

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Santa Clause, the obese cola-chugging cookie-chomping fat man, who commits B&E offences across the world, organized from his crime syndicate HQ in the tax-exempt north pole, where he keeps midgets with pointy ears enslaved in his sweat shop to make cheap merchandise for Toys-R-Us. But that Santa is not [Read More…]

A Bonhoeffer Advent Reflection: “Nazareth”

The child Jesus returns to the land of Israel, at God’s call. Jesus comes to claim his kingdom and to mount his throne. Joseph brings Jesus first to Judea, where the King of Israel will wait. But a special divine word delays him and commends him to settle in Nazareth. For the Israelites, Nazareth has [Read More…]

My Approach to the Inerrancy Issue Nicely Summarized

Over at the BibleGateway Blog is a good summary of my approach to the inerrancy question from the book Biblical Inerrancy: Five Views. Just to qualify, I’m not opposed to inerrancy per se, I believe in Scripture as trustworthy and true, infallible to the matters to which it speaks, and authoritative for the life of the [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman’s New Book “How Jesus Became God”

Over at Bart Ehrman’s blog are a couple of previews (see here) of his forthcoming book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (HarperOne, due out in March 2014). Any way, I’ve been in hospital recently, and while I was there I caught up with a little bit of Martin Hengel’s short [Read More…]

Women and Church Ministry: Developing Hermeneutics

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post announcing that I had joined the ranks of the Mutuality position (Egalitarian) on the question of Women and Ministry. What that means is that I fully affirm a woman’s ministry in the church at every level. One of the reasons I gave for my position was [Read More…]

The Story We Live By – CPX Interview with Michael Goheen

Over at the Center for Public Christianity is a good interview with Michael Goheen about the importance of the over-arching biblical story and how it shapes us. [Read more…]

Evangelical Theology only $7.99 on Kindle!

It seems Christmas may have come early because my Evangelical Theology is now only $7.99 on Kindle! See the deal here. Also, EvTh is now # 1 in best sellers in Christian Systematic Theology at the kindle store. Huzzah! [Read more…]

Clint Arnold on Inerrancy

Over at The Good Book Blog, Clinton Arnold (Talbot) reflects on the ETS discussion on inerrancy. In the post, he majors on two apparent themes from Bob Yarbough’s presentation: In the paper, he effectively dismantled two of the oft-heard objections to the doctrine of inerrancy: (1) that it is a recent development associated with the [Read More…]

Find a Dig in Israel this Summer

BAR is out with its 2014 Dig issue. I’ll be digging at Bethsaida this summer. [Read more…]

Was Jesus White? No, Way, He was Black of Course!

Fox News host Megyn Kelly prompted an out roar by claiming that Jesus, just like Santa Clause, was white. You can watch the video of her here and Jon Stewart’s hilarious send up here. Kelly now admits that Jesus might not be white. Which is a true statement, as long as you change “might not” to “definitely wasn’t.” [Read More…]

A Bonhoeffer Advent Reflection: “So was fulfilled”

My dear congregation! I am sure that you have noticed at the end of these familiar stories [Matthew 2:13-23]–the flight of Egypt, the massacre of the innocents in Bethlehem, and the return of the Holy Family to Nazareth–each time there is a phrase from the Old Testament, and these words are introduced by, “So was [Read More…]

Advent Prayer, Third Week

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.  [Read More…]

Words for “Inerrancy” and “Infallibility” in Languages Other than English

In the book Biblical Inerrancy: Five Views, I tried to give a global perspective on the subject by pointing out that outside the USA that the main words used in various statements of faith about the Bible are “authoritative” and “infallible.” I obviously recognize that this is admittedly biased towards English. And although English is the [Read More…]