James Smith on Two Kingdoms

James K. A. Smith of Calvin College (who is actually in Australia right now to deliver the New College Lectures on “Imagining the Kingdom: On Christian Discipleship and Action”) has a provocative article in Calvin Theological Journal entitled, “Reforming Public Theology: Two Kingdoms or Two Cities.” You know it’s a provocative article because it commences [Read More...]

Could Jesus have sinned?


The proverbial late night college dorm room question, “Could Jesus have sinned?” (the question of Jesus’ impeccability), is one that I recently came across in a section of theology written by the preeminent Orthodox theologian Bishop Kallistos Ware of Oxford, who by the way gave lectures at North Park last year. In an essay entitled [Read More...]

Dan Wallace on New Manuscript Discoveries

Michael Licona interviews Dan Wallace about new manuscript discoveries by CSNTM including an apparent fragment of Mark from the first century. Big claim, very tantalizing for textual-critics, mouth drooling really, an apologist’s fantasy coming true, skeptics are skeptical, and it creates more suspense than the last episode of Lost. C’mon Dan, show me the money! [Read More...]

Faith and Academia

Justin Taylor does a superb interview with Peter Williams (Tyndale House) and Simon Gathercole (Cambridge Uni) about faith, scholarship, apocryphal Gospels, and Tyndale House. Do check it out! [Read more...]

Church Charities, Govt. Cash, and the Law

Over at The Punch, journo Miles Heffernan has a piece on Our Churches Should Not Be a Law Unto Themselves, which raises concerns how (in Australia) religious groups can discriminate against employees in non-core areas of their work. His main target is the company Sanitarium owned by the SDAs who only hire “Christians”. But what [Read More...]

Ascension Day!


I must admit I’ve never celebrated Ascension Day; that is until this week. How unfortunate is that?! The ascension of Jesus is the ultimate culmination of his work on the cross on behalf of the world. He died to be resurrected, he was resurrected to be exalted at the Father’s right hand. We celebrate Easter, [Read More...]

Review of Paul and the Second Century

Brian Tucker provides a nice review of Paul and the Second Century which is edited by Joey Dodson and Michael Bird. Reading the review may save you from reading the book! [Read more...]

The Appeal of Jesus


John Howard Yoder penned these words in 1972. But they are as true now as they were then. My experience in working with college students is that young people inclined toward social justice and human rights find Jesus powerfully attractive. It may be a meaningless coincidence that some young men wear their hair and their [Read More...]

Kevin Giles and The Eternal Generation of the Son

Thanks to IVP, there is an excerpt available of Kevin Giles’ new book The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology (see here). This is a fun topic and Kevin Giles is one of the key protagonists for a particular view on christological subordination and divine ontology. Together with my former colleague Robert Shillaker, [Read More...]

The Marcan Community

Larry Hurtado has a post discussing the prospects of the Marcan Community, particularly in light of critiques by Dwight Peterson and Frederik Wisse on the idea of communities behind texts, in preparation for an SBL session in November. Hurtado concludes: Given the widely-shared (and entirely understandable) desire to link early Christian texts with particular provenances, [Read More...]

Behind Every Writer …

I am definitely one or more of these! HT: Joel Watts. [Read more...]

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...]