A Bonhoeffer Advent Reflection: “Mary”

The song of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) is the oldest Advent hymn. It is the most passionate, most vehement, one might say, most revolutionary Advent hymn ever sung. It is not the gentle, sweet, dreamy Mary that we so often see portrayed in pictures, but the passionate, powerful, proud, enthusiastic Mary, who speaks here. None of [Read More…]

Advent Prayer, Fourth Week

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Sprit, one God, now and for ever. [Read more…]

N.T. Wright on the “Meat and Potatoes” of Justification by Faith

A cool segment from my interview with N.T. Wright about the place of justification by faith in PFG. [Read more…]

A Bonhoeffer Advent Reflection: “In the face of the manger”

We shall celebrate Christmas and now for once let us make it really a festival of Christ in the world. Then we must prepare ourselves by getting rid of something which plays a great role in our lives. We must be clear about how, in the face of the manger, we shall think about what [Read More…]

Sherif Gergis is interviewed by CPX About Marriage

Earlier I blogged and promoted the book by Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, and Robert George, What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. Any ways, Sherif Girgis was interviewed by the CPX crew on the topic, and is a great interview. http://vimeo.com/81710184 Well worth watching! [Read more…]

Great Xmas Deal on Logos User Videos

Danny Zacharias has produced a great video series on Mastering Logos Bible Software. It normally retails for $20, but there is a special 80% discount for Euangelion readers who can get it for $5. This Logos Bible Software tutorial course is designed to cover every aspect of this powerful software for studying the Bible. Several [Read More…]

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…]