Book Notice: The Message of Sonship

Trevor J. Burke The Message of Sonship Bible Speaks Today; ed. Derek T. Tidball Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012. Available at The image of salvation as adoption is largely a Pauline metaphor (see Burke’s earlier volume, Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor), but here Burke explores an analogous theme, that is, sonship. [Read More...]

Interview with John Dickson on ABC

Australian Anglican minister, theologian, historian, and founding director of the Center for Public Christianity (CPX), and also all round good friend of mine, John Dickson, does a wonderful 10 minute interview with ABC’s One plus One. John has much to say about his own conversion, Christianity in society, and of course gay marriage. Watch the [Read More...]

Christology theologically precedes Soteriology


When studying the person of Jesus Christ, his nature and his identity, should we begin with his works or with his person? This was one of the questions Bonhoeffer grappled with in his lectures on christology. Bonhoeffer points to the ambiguous nature of Jesus works as irrefutable evidence that beginning with Jesus’ works in studying [Read More...]

Australians Losing Their Faith

Australia is an odd country in terms of church/state relationships. We have govt. funding for a school chaplains program (staffed mainly by evangelicals), yet we are one of the most secular countries in the world. Australia has more Buddhists than Baptists! In the latest issue of WSJ, there is a piece on Australians losing their [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer on Solitude from Life Together


Bonhoeffer continues to be my theologian. I’ve been reading both his Life together and his lecture on Christology. I’ll have more to say about the latter in due course. In the evenings while here in Cambridge I’ve been reading Life Together. In the chapter “The Day Alone”, Bonhoeffer provokes reflection about the importance of solitude [Read More...]

Karen Spears Zacharias Interviews Scot McKnight about Eschatology

Karen Spears Zacharias (let’s just call her KSZ) interviews Scot McKnight about growing up dispensational and how he moved out of it. Note, Dallas and Liberty grads, you really, really should bookmark this page! It includes this quote: I went to college as a devout fundamental dispensationalist, but in college I discovered George Ladd’s The Blessed [Read More...]

Congrats to Adam Copenhaver on passing his Viva!

I’m glad to announce that my Ph.D padwan Adam Copenhaver has passed his doctoral viva. His thesis was: “The Colossian Heresy? An Investigation of the Christological Polemics and Socio-Cultural Background in Colossians.” Adam boldly argued for M.D. Hooker’s position that there was no specific “heresy” or “heretics” in Colossae, and Colossians was written as a [Read More...]

RBL review of Jason Hood’s Ph.D Thesis

I am most pleased to see a relatively glowing review at RBL by M. Eugene Boring of Jason Hood’s published Ph.D dissertation The Messiah, His Brothers, and the Nations (Matthew 1.1-17). The opening line reads: This stimulating and well-written book is a revision of the author’s PhD dissertation accepted by Highland Theological College and the University [Read More...]

Sexegesis Promo in Sydney

Last week saw the Sydney launch of the book I co-edited with Gordon Preece called Sexegesis. There is a good write-up about the Sydney launch over at the Sydney Anglicans website. Bp Robert Forsyth, who launched the book in Sydney, stated: “What’s interesting is that this is not a book by the usual suspects. We [Read More...]

Is Gay Marriage Really About Marriage or Something Else?

I’ve always thought that the political left needs the climate change challenge because (1) it is the closest thing they have to religion, and (2) it enables them to cultivate a Messiah complex that they are our saviours. (Note I’m not taking any side here on the climate change debate, just saying how climate change [Read More...]

Best Picture of Infant Baptism

I’m sure Dr. Oliver Crisp could have used this photo for his baptism class (the seminar class, not the church class with a-view-to-baptism). [Read more...]

Renewal in the Church of Scotland

David Robertson makes some interesting comments about the exodus of evangelicals from the Church of Scotland. I like his attitude and his basic approach. However, I was disappointed by his failure to mention the Highland Theological College!  In light of the divisions in the COS and the issue of leave or don’t leave, the potential existence [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on the “Traditional SB Understanding of Salvation”

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight posts his response to the recent SB statement on what Baptist’s traditionally believe about salvation. Scot knows this “gospel” well cause it’s the one he grew up with, big emphasis on free will, make a decision, etc. He offers five points of reflection. The most penetrating point was # [Read More...]

CT on Baptist Wars

Christianity Today has an article on the Calvinism and Southern Baptist Convention debate. [Roger] Olson, a classical Arminian and author of the book Against Calvinism, is unaffiliated with the SBC, but has long asserted that most evangelicals—not just Southern Baptists—adhere to a sort of semi-Pelagian “folk religion,” whose origins can be traced to the Second Great [Read More...]

Who Were the “Evangelists”? (III)

For all you evangelists out there: [Read more...]