Reviews of Evangelical Theology

Over at Koinonia, there is a round up of the Evangelical Theology blog tour with a host of reviews listed. Some good interactions and comments given, very interesting for me to learn about the stuff people like and don’t like about the book.   [Read more…]

Keep the Nomina Sacra in Xmas

It is that time of year where New Testament scholars have to fight an uphill battle to keep the nomina sacra in Xmas! Happy papyrological abbreviations to you all this advent season. HT: John Byron [Read more…]

Sin and Death in Eastern Orthodox Theology

I introduced a nice book about Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth. In the first post I was describing the Eastern tradition’s view of sin, death and destruction. The two most important elements of this perspective I want to highlight now. Death First, Orthodox theology considers the question of Adam’s sin and its consequences from [Read More…]

Evangelical Post-Supersessionism

I explain in this video the approach we take in the Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations that can be called evangelical post-supersessionism. Supersessionism names a theological view whether explicitly or implicitly which believes the church has replaced ethnic Israel covenantally. Whereas evangelical post-supersessionism asserts that an evangelical view of Scripture [Read More…]

Historical Jesus as a Fifth Gospel

Many scholars (e.g., Scot McKnight) are  now pushing back on the whole historical Jesus project because it entails a rejection of the Gospel story of Jesus in favor of the Scholar’s Jesus as a kind of fifth and definitive Gospel. In terms of what they are objecting to, consider the following quote: The church, by [Read More…]

An Eastern Orientation toward Theology

I teach at North Park University. I love where I teach. I love where I teach mostly because of the colleagues alongside whom I have the privilege of serving. One of them is Bradley Nassif. Brad is one of the most humble men you’ll ever meet. But Brad is also an extremely courageous man. A [Read More…]

Biblical Theology at Trinity College in Perth

In this video, Matthew R. Malcom introduces some interesting developments about a new center for biblical theology in Perth, Western Australia. [Read more…]

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…]