Interview at Freedom in Orthodoxy

I was happy to be interviewed by John Richard Walker at Freedom in Orthodoxy. Glad to hear that someone has actually read the book that I co-wrote with James Crossley on How Did Christianity Begin? [Read more…]

Why Study Theology

Over at the Koinonia blog is a video I did about What is the Point of Studying Theology? In a nutshell my answer is: 1. Because of the stupid things that students say. 2. The necessity of a having a consistent and coherent theological worldview. [Read more…]

Speaking of Works of the Law …

In a follow up to my last post on Ambrosiaster and works of the law, here is what I’m thinking about such works: The phrase “works of the law” (ex ergōn nomou) has prompted a sway of debate as to its meaning (see Rom 2: 15; 3:27-38; Gal 2:16; 3:2, 5, 10).[1] At the risk [Read More…]

Ambrosiaster on “works of the law”

I’ve been reading Gerald Bray’s excellent translation of Ambrosiaster’s commentary on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians. In my reading, Ambrosiaster’s description of works of the law really jumps out at you: In Rom 3:21, Ambrosiaster defines“law” as “law of the sabbath, the circumcision, the new moon, and revenge.” Then in Rom 3:28 he defines “works of [Read More…]

The Rise and Fall of Hipster Churches

My colleague, Dr. Tim Foster, has a good little article about The Rise and Fall of Hipster Churches. Its a description and critique of the phenomenon of hipster church plants. Foster concludes: There seems to be a strong drive among hipster church planters to be the hippest pastor of the hippest church full of the [Read More…]

50% off IVP Books on the Apostle Paul

IVP is having a big sale on Paul books with several at 50% discount. Ends tomorrow! See info here. Books include: Paul and the Law by Brian Rosner Paul and Judaism Revisited by Preston Sprinkle A Week in the Life of Corinth by Ben Witherington III Introducing Paul by Michael F. Bird Spirituality According to Paul by Michael Reeves The [Read More…]

Wright Gets his Luther On

Found this interesting quote in N.T. Wright’s Romans commentary: Paul’s whole thought is characterized by the free grace of God, and any suggestion that humans, whether Jewish or Gentile, might somehow put God in their debt, might perhaps earn their good standing within God’s people, would be anathema to him. Of course, that is not [Read More…]

The Rise of African Churches

Over at CT, Philip Jenkins has an article about James Ault’s new doco on African churches (esp. Zimbabwe and Ghana) called African Churches Rising. There are plenty of books describing the rapid growth of African churches. Those who can’t travel to witness this growth firsthand, though, can find it difficult to grasp. But now we [Read More…]

The Coptic Church in Peril

It was been a bad week of persecution for Christians in the global church. The massacre of Aramaic-speaking Christians in Syria, the bombing outside a Catholic church in Pakistani, and the terrorist attack in Nairobi which specifically targeted Christians. We should not forget, however, the continuing plight of Christian, esp. Copts, in Egypt. Over at [Read More…]

Excerpt of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God

Fortress Press has released an excerpt of N.T. Wright’s imminently released Paul and the Faithfulness of God with  Table of Contents, the Preface, and chapter one, “Return of the Runaway?” A good teaser if there ever was. HT: Matt Montinini [Read more…]

The Necessity of Faith

The words “faith” and “believe” appear a lot in our culture. From Kenny Rogers’ moving country music ballad “She believes in me” to the raunchy pop lyrics of George Michael’s “I Gotta Have Faith,” the words “faith” and “believe” resonate with our deepest and inner most desires. Politicians will frequently appeal to people to believe [Read More…]

Interview with Preston Sprinkle on his book “Fight.”

Preston Sprinkle, Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence (Colorado Springs: David Cook, 2013). Preston, what led you to write this book? I mean, you come from a conservative Christian context, typical “guns and religion” culture, “praise the Lord and pass the ammo,” that kind of thing, so how did you get to where you are? That’s right, [Read More…]

Stanley Hauerwasfest

Duke Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has some new stuff on the net and is currently in Australia. Over at ABC Religion and Ethics, is his piece Going on: Why a Theologian Can Never Retire. Over at First Things, Hauerwas gives advice to Christian students going over to college in Go with God. Currently, Hauerwas is in [Read More…]

Brian Rosner’s Prize Winning Article on Greed as False Religion

Brian Rosner, Principal of Ridley College Melbourne, recently won an award for Best Theological Article by the Australasian Religious Press Association Award for his piece on Greed as False Religion. Read it here. Greed is idolatry in that, like the literal worship of idols, it represents an attack on God’s exclusive rights to human love, [Read More…]

Andrew Lincoln on Romans

One of the best essays I’ve ever read on Romans is Andrew Lincoln, “From Wrath to Justification: Tradition, Gospel, and Audience in the Theology of Romans 1:18–4:25,” in Pauline Theology: Volume III Romans, eds. D.M. Hay and E.E. Johnson (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995), 130-59. I esp. like his conclusion: This essay has traced three main coordinates in the [Read More…]