Rom 5.1-11: A Paraphrase

I’m continuing my paraphrase of Romans, here is the latest part on Rom 5.1-11: Therefore, since we’ve are declared to be righteous by faith, let us have peace with God through the peace-making work of the Lord Jesus the Messiah. Through him we have acquired a backstage pass by this faith into God’s lavish grace, [Read More…]

Theological Engagement with California

The Theological Engagement with Californian Culture Project is having its next symposium on 24-25 April 2014 at UC Berkley. There is a call for papers until 15 December. Sounds like a cool place to go cowabunga for Jesus! [Read more…]

Ph.D Scholarships at Highland Theological College

Part Scholarships for PhD Studies Highland Theological College UHI The Highland Theological College UHI ( is pleased to offer two part-scholarships for applicants from outwith the EU applying for full-time, residential PhD studies at the College. These scholarships offer a 50% reduction in fees over the three years of full-time PhD studies.  We are particularly [Read More…]

A Coptic Christian Reads Candida Moss’ “Myth of Persecution”

Candida Moss (University of Notre Dame) created a bit of furor with her book The Myth of Persecution– see my earlier blog post here – where she claimed that many persecution stories, both ancient and modern, were entirely fictive. Moss’ concern is principally the martyr complex and martyr rhetoric of the political right in the USA. However, [Read More…]

Women and Church Ministry

I’ve been preparing a lecture on Paul and Women the last couple of days and I told Karla that I’m now definitely in the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) camp. I’m finally willing to come out and nail my flag on the mast of the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) position. This has been a direction I’ve been moving toward over [Read More…]

Advent Prayer – First Week

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to [Read More…]

Book Notice: David deSilva, Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation’s Warning

David A. deSilva Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation’s Warnings Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2013. Available at According to the blurb: Amid the fervor of popular apocalyptic “end-time” speculation, David deSilva invites readers to encounter Revelation as a word written to seven real congregations living under the shadow of the Roman empire.  He shows how John “lifts [Read More…]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a New Testament Pastoral Theologian

In the new volume of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works, Vol. 14: Theological Education at Finkenwalde: 1935-37, there are some very interesting (to me) observations made by Jürgen Henkys in the “Editor’s Afterward to the German Edition”. In particular, I note five particularly interesting observations Henkys’s makes about what emerges from the present collection. (1) Finkenwalde was a [Read More…]

Reflections on ETS and the Conference Theme of Inerrancy

I had a wonderful time at ETS/IBR/SBL in Baltimore. Many highlights for me, but I thought I’d reflect on the conference theme of ETS. The panel discussion on the book Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy was an absolute hoot! Sadly, Kevin Vanhoozer couldn’t be there, but he gave a pre-recorded video presentation. It was left to [Read More…]

Advent 2013 begins Sunday

For the third year now our family will be celebrating Advent. A couple of years ago we decided to make this a family tradition. Beginning Sunday we will gather around the Advent wreath every night for four weeks leading up to Christmas. We’ve not done very well at establishing a consistent family devotion throughout the [Read More…]

My Advice to Students – An Interview with Zondervan

A while back Zondervan interviewed me and asked me to offer advice to someone considering a Ph.D. and a life in the academy. Here’s what I said: You can also read a summary here at the Koinoniablog. [Read more…]

Introduction to Messianic Judaism

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Jesus in His Jewish Context

The late David Flusser, a Jewish-Czech biblical scholar and a world renown expert on ancient Judaism, once wrote: From ancient Jewish writings we could easily construct a whole gospel without using a single word that originated with Jesus . . . The same is true with the Sermon on the Mount. (The Sage from Galilee: [Read More…]

The Long Journey Home – Ministry to the Sexually Abused

I want to put a spotlight on my my friend Andrew Schmutzer’s recent edited book titled The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused.  Sexual abuse is a huge problem and it gets so little direct attention pastorally. Conservative statistics tell us that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have [Read More…]

DJG Edition Comparison: “Historical Jesus, Quest of” (1st Ed) -vs- “Quest of the Historical Jesus” (2nd Ed)

When I sketched the original post announcing the release of the 2nd edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, I thought I would begin the comparison with Matthew. However, I found my interest drew me first to the article on the “Quest of the Historical Jesus”. I’ve used the article to good effect [Read More…]