The Pastoral Relevance of Romans 2

Paul’s remarks lambasting his imaginary Jewish opponent for hypocrisy and an acute sense of self-superiority are not abstract. It does not apply exclusively to the Jews or just to moralizing pagan philosophers. Paul’s arguments are applicable to Christians too. In fact, what Paul says in Romans 2 against hypocrisy and a superiority complex provide the [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Themelios

The latest issue of Themelios is out with a great cohort of editorials, articles, and reviews. See esp. D.A. Carson on recent approaches to Kingdom and Mike Ovey on how Christians have gone from a moral majority to an immoral minority. Including a review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views by Matthew Harmon. [Read more…]

Book Notice: Commentary on John by Cyril of Alexandria

Trans. David R. Maxell Ed. Joel C. Elowsky. Commentary on John: Cyril of Alexandria (Volume 1) Ancient Christian Texts. Series Eds. Thomas C. Oden and Gerald L. Bray. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. Available at IVP’s series of patristic commentaries in the ACT series has produced another gem. Cyril of Alexandria’s commentary on John is [Read More…]

Sherif Girgis interviewed by the ACL about Same-Sex Marriage (Updated)

Can’t believe that I did not know that Sherif Girgis visited Australia back in July. Girgis is the lead author in what I think is the best book giving a legal and philosophical response to arguments for same-sex marriage (without resorting to arguments that run “God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve”). The [Read More…]

John Dickson Reviews Reza Aslan’s Jesus Book

My good friend John Dickson – historian, apologist, pastor extraordinaire – has a great piece over at ABC Religion and Ethics giving a devastating critique of Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  If Reza Aslan’s outrageous self-promotion in his Fox News interview was enough to make you think he [Read More…]

Excerpt of Evangelical Theology Now On-Line

I have only just realized that Zondervan has put up an excerpt from Evangelical Theology on-line featuring the introduction and the first two chapters about prolegomena. A good summary of what I say is: If prolegomena is concerned with orientating ourselves to the theological task and setting forth the divine revelation, then the primary function of an [Read More…]

Discounted Pre-Pub Rates on Evangelical Theology through Logos

I just got news that Logos is offering a pretty juicy discount for pre-publication orders of my Evangelical Theology on their website. Normally the book will retail at print price for about $40. However, Logos is offering a pre-pub ebook price of $27! There is also a glimpse at some sample pages. For those interested, here [Read More…]

Two Articles on Evangelicalism in JETS

In the latest issue of JETS are two very good pieces about evangelicalism: D. Keith Campbell, “The American Evangelical Academy and the World: A challenge to Practice More Globally.” In this article, Campbell argues that rather than bemoan the mass of freshly minted Ph.Ds in biblical and theological studies who are flooding the job market that [Read More…]

Four Views of Paul at Koinonia

There is a nice promo of The Apostle Paul: Four Views over at Zondervan’s Koinonia blog including an excerpt from the introduction. [Read more…]

Passing of Sean Freyne

Larry Hurtado reports the sad passing of Prof. Sean Freyne. Freyne was an expert on Galilee and its relevance to NT studies. My favourite quote from his work was: ‘Either we accept that the early followers of Jesus had some interest in and memory of the historical figure of Jesus as they began to proclaim [Read More…]

Book Notice – Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says

Edith M. Humphrey Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says. Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology. Eds. C.A. Evans and L.M. MacDonald Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2013. Available at This book by my lovely friend Edith Humphrey of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is about how Scripture and Tradition relate to each other. The blurb reads: In [Read More…]

New Anglican Archbishop of Sydney

The new Anglican Archbishop of Sydney is Glenn Davies. You can read about more at Sydney Anglicans. Glenn is a former lecturer at Moore College, he studied at both Moore and Westminster Theological Seminary, he’s been the bishop of North Sydney since 2002, and he wrote his Ph.D thesis at Sheffield University on Faith and Obedience [Read More…]

Todd Wilson on Galatians 2:20

I just got my copy of Todd Wilson, Galatians: Gospel-Rooted Living (PTW; Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013). It is a great volume, a wonderful exposition, neither overly technical, nor a light weight in its handling of the text. I wrote a blurb for the volume: Todd Wilson has written deeply pastoral and theologically competent commentary on Galatians [Read More…]

The Necessity of Background Information for Understanding the Bible

Over at TGC, Andy Naselli gives a cautious “yes,” to the question as to whether or not knowledge of historical background is ever necessary to understanding the Bible. It’s a good article and weighs the options wisely. His article is all the more interesting in light of the recent presidential address by Chris Tuckett at [Read More…]

James Dunn on Germans and the NPP

In the latest issue of Early Christianity, James Dunn has an article on “A New Perspective on the New Perspective on Paul,” largely interacting with German scholarship as he expounds what the benefits of the NPP have been. A few interesting quotes: [T]he ‘new perspective’ should not be defined or regarded as an alternative to the [Read More…]