Family Devotional for Lent & Easter


I’m searching for a family devotional for Lent and Easter that I can do with my young family. Does anyone have a suggestion of devotional material that has worked well for you? [Read more...]

Prayer for Third Week after Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Messiah and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and [Read More...]

Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? – An Engagement with Daniel Kirk’s New Book

I am writing the final post on the blog tour for Daniel Kirk’s new book, Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?. You can see all the posts on the tour here at the Blog Tour Hub. I will be engaging the final chapter of the book which is titled “Living Interpretations”. Let me say that [Read More...]

Headship, Hair, and Hats: 1 Cor 11:2-16 Oncemore

The issue of head-coverings in 1 Cor. 11.2-16 strikes readers as rather foreign and it is a difficult passage for interpreters to engage with. This passage is a good example of the cultural distance between our world and the world that Paul inhabited in places like Roman Corinth. We do not know what Paul originally [Read More...]

Who Made all the Boys Wussies?

Over at Red Church, Mark Sayers has a fascinating little piece about You Will Never Guess Who is Really Responsible For the Softening of Males in the Church. It talks about how historic evangelicalism operated as a major social and moral force that worked to reduce male aggression in Western society (HT Douglas Groothuis). Do [Read More...]

The Messianic Confession of Simon Peter


Today the church celebrates the confession of the Apostle Peter recorded in the synoptic gospels in Matt 16:16 (par. Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20). When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; [Read More...]

Five Myths about Anti-Christian Persecution

Interesting article at the National Catholic Reporter by John L. Allen about misrepresentations in media and politics about the persecution of Christians: Myth No. 1: Christians are vulnerable only where they’re a minority. Myth No. 2: It’s all about Islam Myth No. 3: No one saw it coming Myth No. 4: It’s only persecution if the [Read More...]

Epiphany Prayer for Week Two


Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Messiah is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illuminated by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Messiah’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Messiah our Lord, who with you and [Read More...]


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As a supplement to my previous post, “Israel’s Proprietorship”, I was reminded of Kendal Soulen’s observation of “Israel-forgetfulness” in most of the ways we describe the Canon’s narrative unity. For most Christians, with whom I regularly interact, the unity of the canon is at the expense of Israel’s story. The standard reading of the Bible’s [Read More...]

David Attenborough Documentary on Anglican Primates

This is literally LOL funny! [Read more...]

A Thought for Sunday Worship


Psalm 100 concludes with a note of praise: For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations God’s goodness was one of the biblical authors’ favorite attributes of God on which to reflect. The word “good” is one of those words, like “beauty”, that is hard to define [Read More...]

Setting the Captives Free: Churches that Raided Slave Ships

Thanks to Rev. Dr. John Dickson (CPX and St. Andrews Anglican Church), I heard about Augustine’s Letter to Alypius (# 10, ca. 428 AD) where he refers to an increase in slave trafficking by abduction in North Africa and how groups of Christians raided slave ships to set the prisoners free. Listen to this: Even [Read More...]

Israel’s Proprietorship of God and His Creation


Have you ever thought about the fact that our access to the knowledge of God and creation are mediated by the story of Israel? Both the God we know (He’s known as the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) and the world He made are Israel’s proprietorship. Daniel Kirk in his new book Jesus Have [Read More...]

Michael Gorman: Participation and Mission in Paul

Michael Gorman has a short piece about his forthcoming work on participation and mission in Paul. Consider these two quotations: According to Paul, God is on a mission to liberate humanity—and indeed the entire cosmos—from the powers of Sin and Death. The fullness of this liberation is a future reality for which we may, and [Read More...]

Who are We? Saved Sinners or Saints who Sometimes Sin?

When it comes to the question of “sanctification” (i.e., growth in holiness, Christ-likeness, and godliness), I frequently pose my students this question: Are we sinners saved by grace, or, saints who sometimes sin? On the former, it anchors our identity in our fallen nature and Adamic heritage, so that we are by nature sinners who [Read More...]