Atheists as a “sneaky sect”! Barnaby Joyce on the New Atheists

Australian Senator Barnaby Joyce has a polemical and hilarious critique of the new atheists over at the Canberra Times called The Sneaky Sect! I reproduce it in full below: Barnaby Joyce declares war against that religion called atheist extremism and “pseudo-intellectual Gucci fleas”. [Read more...]

Exactly “when” are we rescued from the present evil age – Gal 1:4

Here are some of my thoughts on Gal 1:4. Paul declares that Jesus’ death will bring deliverance from the cosmic powers when he writes that Jesus “gave himself for our sins in order to set us free from the present evil age” (Gal 1:4). Jesus’ “giving of himself” (δόντος ἑαυτὸν) for us/our sins is a recurring [Read More...]

Free eBook – Robert Gundry’s Mark Commentary

I just noticed that over at Robert Gundry’s Mark Commentary is available free as an eBook for kindle. Note, this is not his Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross (1993) , but is a chapter from his one volume Commentary on the New Testament (2011). It is a good little read. I [Read More...]

Peter Williams on Gospels and the Eyewitnesses

Dr. Peter Williams the Warden of Tyndale House (and the most handsome NT scholar I know), gives a cracking good lecture on evidence that the Gospels were based on eyewitnesses accounts. Long, but worth watching. Is it me, or does Peter sound like the weatherman from the TV show Horrible Histories? [Read more...]

Scot McKnight’s Books of 2011


Over at Jesus Creed Scot McKnight gave his list of the best books of 2011. If your looking for books to read in 2012, Scot provides a good starting point. He categorized them under 10 headings and lists two or three under each. Scot’s best book of 2011 . . . Christian Smith’s The Bible [Read More...]

CT Book Awards for 2012

Christianity Today has released its book awards for 2012. The winner of the biblical studies category (a big surprise if you ask me) was Kenneth Bailey’s Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes with an award of merit for C. John Collins’ Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Winner of the theology/ethics category (no surprise if you ask [Read More...]

Funny Things Kids Say


Over the last couple of days, my kids have said some funny things. First, as I was putting Zion down for a nap yesterday he says to me “Daddy, I have something to tell you.”. I said to him, “Ok, what is it?”. He says, Sometimes big people say things that little people don’t understand! [Read More...]

What does Terra Nova and NT Greek Have in Common?

What does the hit  TV show Terra Nova (filmed in Australia) and NT Greek have in common? My youngest daughter and I love watching Terra Nova. It’s become our Sunday night ritual to watch it. And it’s been bugging me for a week that Lucas Taylor (Commander Taylor’s Son) played by Ashley Zukerman reminds me [Read More...]

Read the Greek NT in a Year

Over at Denny Burk’s blog, he posts on Lee Iron’s schedule for reading the Greek New Testament in a Year! I will probably try this myself (and hopefully finish it too!). [Read more...]

Excellence in Preaching

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Excellence in Preaching: Studying the Craft of Leading Preachers (IVP, 2011) presents the composite of a good preacher. Simon Vibert of Wycliffe Hall in Oxford has written this book profiling some of the most gifted preachers in the Western Hemisphere. The preachers profiled in the book illustrate 12 things good preachers do well.   Tim [Read More...]

Practices of the Church 4, Spiritual Gifting, the Fullness of Christ

The fourth practice of the church in John Howard Yoder’s book Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before a Watching World he calls the “Fullness of Christ”. Based on Ephesians 4:11-13 and 1 Corinthians 12, Yoder defines the fullness of Christ as A new mode of group relationships, in which every member of [Read More...]

A Christmas Prayer

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  Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that I, who have been born again and made your child by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through my Lord Jesus Messiah, to [Read More...]

Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

In this fourth and final week of Advent we lit the candle of Hope. The devotion we followed labeled the four candles: Promise, Light, Love and Hope. Each week we’ve been anticipating the coming of Jesus. We’ve meditated on God’s promise to send his Son to be the light of the world, the very embodiment [Read More...]

The Kind of Pastor You Want to Be

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Most pastors in ministry I know had a vision of what they wanted to be as a pastor before entering the ministry. Many still do. But a good many of those pastors are now frustrated, or unsatisfied or angst-filled because they are not being the pastor they want to be. Recently I was having coffee [Read More...]

Prayer for the Final Week of Advent


Purify my conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Messiah, at his coming, may find in me a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]