Peter Jensen’s Easter Message

Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, gives his Easter address: [Read more...]

Things to Click for Easter 2012

Sorry for the low volume on blogging, but I’ve spent a large part of this Easter in Toowoomba on Easterfest. In fact, last night I went to a Michael W. Smith concert, he can sing some gospel, I just wish his “message” had a little more depth to it (sigh …). Any ways, here’s stuff [Read More...]

Prayer for Holy Saturday

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O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and [Read More...]

Prayer for Good Friday


Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Prayer for Maundy (new) Thursday


Today is Maundy Thursday. To those  unfamiliar with this name, “maundy” means “commandment” (Revised). Maundy Thursday brings the end of Lent and initiates the three great days of the Paschal celebration, referred to as the “Great Triduum”: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Paschal Vigil on Saturday night. Maundy Thursday gets its name from the commandment [Read More...]

The # 1 Book for this Easter: The Cross is Not Enough!

I want to announce what I think is the # 1 book for this Easter. It is: Ross Clifford & Philip Johnson The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012. Available at I love the book’s provocative title! But it’s true, if Jesus died and stayed [Read More...]

A Journalist’s Easter Message: Mocking Christians is Cowardice

Andrew Bolt, not the most biblically informed journalist, nevertheless, Bolt has published My Easter Message at the Herald Sun. Bolt gives a good “homily” on how the cultural trend of bashing Christians in the media and arts is sheer cowardice. I particularly like this quote: So when I see a Western artist mock Christ, I [Read More...]

Easter and Poetry

Over at the SMH is a wonderful article At Easter, the Poetry is in the Piety with diverse selections from John Donne, Oscar Wilde,  T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and John Updike. Ending up Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter, the author concludes: Let us not mock God with metaphor, Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence; Making of the event [Read More...]

Onward by Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO


I am an unabashed fan of Starbucks coffee. I know there are many Starbucks haters out there, but not me. I’m a homer for Starbucks coffee. What great joy I took recently sipping a  cup of Starbucks coffee while sitting in the Prague airport.  And having finished Howard Schultz’s recent book, Onward: How Starbucks Fought [Read More...]

Alan Stanley: Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think

My Crossway colleague, Dr. Alan Stanley, has a good little book entitled Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think: A Study of the Teachings of Jesus (London: Paternoster, 2007). In the book he looks at what salvation/deliverance means mainly in the teaching of Jesus but also in the epistles, and covers topics like who will be saved, [Read More...]

Prayer for Palm Sunday

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Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Messiah to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also [Read More...]

A Lenten Confession – Walking the Reflective Road amidst a Hectic Life

This last week the prayer for the fifth week of Lent was this: Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may [Read More...]

Four Views on the Apostle Paul – Video

Coming out in June is Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012), edited by myself, with Luke Timothy Johnson (Catholic View), Thomas R. Schreiner (Reformed View), Mark D. Nanos (Jewish View),and Douglas Campbell (Post-New Perspective View). Now some might be wondering why there is no “New Perspective on Paul View.” Well, [Read More...]

Gospelizers 2012

If you live in Queensland, Australia, make sure you come to this conference! [Read more...]

The Jesus Tradition, Unicorns, and Atlantis

Just read Chris Keith “Memory and Authenticity: Jesus Tradition and What Really Happened,” ZNW 102 (2011), 155-77, have to mention this amusing quote: [F]rom the perspective of social memory theory, scholars in search of authentic Jesus traditions might as well be in search of unicorns, the lost city of Atlantis, and the pot of gold [Read More...]