N.T. Wright on Christians as a “Third Race” in PFG

I’ve always said that if I ever lead a church plant, I’d probably call it “Third Race Community Church.” The reference to Christians as a “third race” comes from Aristides though it has clear antecedents in Paul, esp. 1 Cor 10:32, 12:2, Gal 3:28, and Col 3:11 and arguably even in 1 Pet 2:9. Wright [Read More…]

Evangelicals and Tradition: Evangelical Theology – Sneak Peek Part 3

From Zondervan: One area that evangelicals have generally been weak on is that of tradition. Strangely enough this is probably one area where liberals and evangelicals actually have something in common. Some more ardently liberal theologians look back on tradition as the primitive and antiquated residue of a naive and superstitious period of history, at [Read More…]

The Drama of Gospelizing: Evangelical Theology – Sneak Peek Part 2

From Zondervan: There are at least two key differences that distinguish theology from other intellectual disciplines like philosophy and religion. The first difference is that theology is not the study of ideas about God; it is the study of the living God. Christian theology, then, is different from the study of seventeenth century French literature, [Read More…]

Please, Please Read “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour

Elias Chacour Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel rev. ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Amazon.com The book Blood Brothers written by Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Melkite Church in Israel, is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Chacour gives us a side [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Scholarly Dichotomies in PFG

One of the things that I most appreciate about N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God is the way that Wright steers a sober and sensible path between so many stark divisions in Pauline studies. Divisions like Greek versus Jewish backgrounds, theology versus religion, and apocalyptic versus salvation history, etc. Whereas Wright (and Dunn) is often [Read More…]

The Evangel at the Helm: Evangelical Theology – Sneak Peak 1

From Zondervan: Why does Michael Bird place the “evangel” at the center of his new book of systematic theology, Evangelical Theology? Find answers in this excerpt presented by Zondervan Academic. Evangelical Theology hits stores October 29, 2013. I unabashedly believe that the good news of Jesus Christ is the most important doctrine of them all. The gospel is [Read More…]

Lynn Cohick on the Double Edged Sword of being a Female Bible Scholar

Over at CT is an excellent interview with Dr. Lynn Cohick (Wheaton College) about the pros and cons of being a female biblical scholar. I’ve had the pleasure of  knowing Lynn through the New Covenant Commentary Series for which she wrote the Ephesians volume (a warm-up act for her forthcoming commentary on the same book [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Election in PFG

The section on election in Paul and the Faithfulness of God is absolutely massive! It is over 115, 000 words. To begin with, Wright sets up the topic this way: Now at last we see where his sharp-edged, and often controversial, ‘doctrine of election’ in Romans 9 was going. This was never an abstract ‘doctrine [Read More…]

Book Notice: Reading Romans in Pompeii

Peter Oakes Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul’s Letter at Ground Level London: SPCK, 2009. Available at Amazon.com As I began writing my Romans commentary (SOGBC), I decided that I would read two books while I was doing it. First, Peter Lampe’s magisterial From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries, and second, Peter [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Empire in PFG

Another highlight of PFG is the way that Wright tackles the subject of Paul and Rome or the Lion and the Eagle! Wright gets into the scholarly arena with Barclay on the matter and it makes for a good read (though I’d like to read Barclay’s come back). Sadly the volume edited by Scot McKnight [Read More…]

Themelios Review of Four Views of the Apostle Paul

Over at Themelios, Matthew Harmon has a review of Four Views of the Apostle Paul. He concludes: For the reader looking for some of the key interpretive approaches to the Apostle Paul, this book will be a valuable, albeit slightly incomplete, resource. Those most likely to benefit from it are seminary students being introduced to the [Read More…]

Book Notice: Alister McGrath on Faith and the Creeds

Alister McGrath Faith and the Creeds Christian Belief for Everyone London: SPCK, 2013 Available at Amazon.com Alister McGrath’s series on “Christian Belief for Everyone” has a good starter in Faith and the Creeds which is a prolegomena to a study of the creeds. This volume predominantly talks about the meaning of faith and how the creeds [Read More…]

Ridley’s On-line Psalms Course for Lay People

The Ridley Certificate is an inexpensive multi-media course in theological studies for lay people. Great for getting a taste of theological education in on-line mode without having to leave home. There are modules on Bible Overview with Michael Raiter, Understanding Your Bible with Andrew Reid, 1 Corinthians with Brian Rosner, and now The Psalms with Jill Firth. [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Justification in PFG

Here’s a quote from PFG about what N.T. Wright says about justification in relation to eschatology and transformation: [E]ven though Romans 3.21–31 is part of the same flow of argument as Romans 5—8, and Galatians 2.15–21 is part of the same flow of argument as Galatians 4—6, and even though these two larger arguments do [Read More…]

Story of God Bible Commentary Video Intro

Here is a cool intro the Story of God Bible Commentary Series: Scot McKnight’s commentary on the Sermon on the Mount includes this fine statement: The Sermon presents Jesus’ moral vision and summons us to follow him, and the Sermons is designed to prompt one to make a decision about Jesus. Thus, we are led to [Read More…]