New or Forthcoming Books to Note

Lutheran pastor, blogger, and seminary student Jordan Cooper has written a book called The Righteous One: An Evaluation of Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul. I think patristic perspectives can show just how much of the NPP is not new and how many of our concerns can be quite foreign. For my [Read More…]

Strangest Amazon Book Review Ever

I know you can get some really weird book reviews on Amazon.com, but the following “review”  of Thomas E. Phillips’ Reading Issues of Wealth and Poverty in Luke-Acts is a really doozey review that looks like someone just trying to be a funny twit (aka Dr. H. Scaballa). This books certainly defines a revolution in Luke-Acts studies. [Read More…]

My Favourite MLK Quote

In celebration of the 50 years since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” I thought I’d post my favourite quote of his: “The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” – From “Letter [Read More…]

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics, Cardinal George Pell has a good article The Meaning of Religious Freedom and the Future of Human Rights. I liked these points: Freedom of religion is not just freedom to go to church on Sundays or pray at home. It also means being free to act on your beliefs in [Read More…]

Dear Presbyter, Bring Your Scroll to Church

Over TGC, Matthew Barrett opines the recent trend of pastors bringing tablets rather than Bibles to church in his interesting piece Dear Pastor, Bring Your Bible to Church. He argues that something is lost aesthetically and even theologically by his change in media. In sum, as good as tablets are, we should still be preaching [Read More…]

The Gospel of the Lord – Out in March 2014

I’m glad to say that in March 2014, Eerdmans will be releasing my book, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Available for pre-order on Amazon.com. 425pp. The title is inspired by John Cassian: “Hear the Gospel of the Lord, or rather hear the Lord Himself saying of Himself: [Read More…]

Romans 3:1-20 – A Paraphrase

Given all of those failings, is there benefit in being Jewish, or any point in circumcision? Well, indeed there is! For a start, the Jews have been entrusted with delivering the promises of God to the nations. But (for sake of argument) what if some Jews turned out to be unfaithful to that covenantal vocation? [Read More…]

Review of Jesus is the Christ

Over at NT Exegesis, Brian Renshaw has a good review of Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels. Brian concludes: The insights into the themes and theology of the Gospels are worthy to be read for anyone being introduced to the Gospels. After reading this book students will be able to read the [Read More…]

D.A. Carson on Kingdom of God

In the latest issue of Themelios, Prof. D.A. Carson has a good article giving an overview and response to recent approaches to the Kingdom of God. It’s a very helpful piece as a precis of what is going down on the issue of kingdom eschatology and ethics with some thoughtful critiques following. I esp. liked [Read More…]

Michael Barber on the Synoptic Problem

Michael Barber has a great post with a series of diagrams about the ways in which the Synoptic Problem is allegedly “solved.” There is a definite evolution from simplicity to complexity in the range of solutions presented. It is a reminder of just how daunting the Synoptic Problem can be to first year students. FWIW, [Read More…]

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 Amazon.com 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…]