Ben Witherington on Le Donne-Gate

Ben Witherington chimes in on the Anthony Le Donne affair with some reflections on confessional theology and academic freedom as a prelude to a link to Larry Hurtado’s post. Ben writes: The life of the believing scholar’s mind can be fragile, and more to the point a scholar needs to be able to pursue the [Read More...]

N.T. Wright, Homophobia, and Paganism

Here’s a question for everybody. Can someone please tell me why we get the highest number of page views whenever I post on something related to “N.T. Wright,” “homophobia,” or “paganism”? I mean, what do these three topics have in common ??? I’m thinking that if N.T. Wright ever wrote a book on the history [Read More...]

Prayer for the Fifth Week of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Messiah to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Messiah your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More...]

The Historical Jesus: Four Theses

In light of the Anthony Le Donne saga , I thought I’d repost, “The Historical Jesus: Four Theses.” 1. The Historical Jesus is not … a. The untheological Jesus. Our only access to Jesus is through the faith and theology of the early church. The Gospels contains a mixture of fact and faith, history and hermeneutic, [Read More...]

“This Jesus”, Early Christianity’s Innovation

What was truly innovative about the beliefs of the early Jewish believers in Jesus? Daniel Boyarin’s provocative thesis in the second chapter of his new book The Jewish Gospels suggests only that they claimed “this Jesus”  to be the Messiah (Acts 2:36; 17:3). Jews at the time of Jesus had been waiting for a Messiah [Read More...]

Evangelical Confessionalism and Academic Freedom

Earlier in the week I heard the news about the dismissal of Dr. Anthony Le Donne from Lincoln Christian University. I was gob smacked because I had just finished reading Le Donne’s very fine book The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David, which I thought was a very solid thesis, well-argued, and [Read More...]

Pauline Theology Quizz

For the Paulinists among you, here is a quiz testing your knowledge of Paul’s letters. There are ten questions, see how well you do! 1. Complete this phrase, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’—  so that [Read More...]

TGC Review of Justification: Five Views

I just came across Matthew Barrett’s review at TGC of Justification: Five Views. It’s a good review, covering the book well, focusing mainly on the Protestant vs. Catholic issues.  Barrett comes down on the side of Horton in the end (I like Horton, but I’m rubbing my face with my hands in frustration). I was [Read More...]

Mariam Kamell Appointed to Regent College

I am excited to announce that Dr. Mariam Kamell (Ph.D St. Andrews Uni) has been appointed as Assistant Professor of NT at Regent College in Vancouver. Mariam is a fun person, great communicator, written some funky stuff on James, and we await her forthcoming book on social justice too. [Read more...]

I Wish I was in Princeton

I wish I was in Princeton right now. This is why: [Read more...]

A New Reformed Confession

This week I’ve been happy to host my former colleague Rev. Prof. Andrew McGowan (University of the Highlands and Islands and Senior Minister at East Church Inverness). Andrew is also involved in the doctrinal commission of the World Reformed Fellowship (WRF). The WRF has completed a monumental task of writing a new confession of faith. [Read More...]

Prayer for the Fourth Week of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Readings: Psalm 23; Acts [Read More...]

N.T. Wright – Look at Jesus

Good stuff from N.T. Wright on the Gospels. Incidentally, I’m hoping to deliver a lecture in a North American Reformed Seminary next year on the topic: “Not by Paul Alone: Why the Reformed Churches Need more Gospels.” [Read more...]

NT Greek Resources

Danny Zacharias, IT guru and NT padawan, has a cool webiste called NT Greek Resources which highlights several of his Greek learning tools like The Singing Grammarian and ParseGreek. Good stuff, esp. if learning Greek on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad is your thing. [Read more...]

Scot McKnight Says Farewell to North Park

My colleague and friend Scot McKnight is leaving North Park. Read his post Farewell North Park. I am personally sad to see him go. But wish him great blessing in the next phase of his ministry. Scot’s been a significant influence in my life over the last 7 years. Thank you Scot for your friendship [Read More...]