Hans Bayer on Discipleship in Mark

Hans F. Bayer (Covenant Theological Seminary) has a neat little book on discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. Mark is my favourite Gospel and I’ve written on the discipleship theme myself elsewhere (see here). It is called: A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship (Philipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2012).  There is an [Read More...]

Lawrence Garcia reviews Justification: Five Views

Lawrence Garcia of Academia Church reviews Justification: Five Views. My favourite line was, of course, this one: Though all the contributors are to be commended for their work in this reflective-cornucopia on justification, the most persuasive presentation was Michael F. Bird’s Progressive Reformed view. And the angels wept! [Read more...]

Evangelical Identity Conference in Melbourne

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Brown of the Melbourne School of Theology for the heads-up on a two day conference on Recapturing Evangelical Identity to be held in Melbourne on 25-26 July. Recapturing Evangelical Identity is a two day mini-conference for pastors, teachers, students and engaged Christians  in late July at Melbourne School of Theology featuring  guest speakers [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Health Care (Updated)

I have to confess to always being perplexed not only by American opposition to universal healthcare, but to opposition to universal healthcare by evangelicals on purportedly theological grounds. I was simultaneously amused and confused by the image on TV of two pastors prostrating themselves before the Supreme Court and praying that Obamacare would be thrown [Read More...]

“Narratology”, “narratological”

narrative arc

I learned a new word this week during my meetings in Cambridge. The noun form of the word is “narratology” with the adjective “narratological”. Daniel Kirk used this word and it’s the first time I heard it. At first, I assumed he coined it because he’s such a creative thinker and knows how to turn [Read More...]

Back to 430 BC

Things don’t change much since 430 BC do they! [Read more...]

The Bantam Journal

Some students from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis have  launched their own journal called The Bantam Review. You need to read it just to find out why this is the only theological studied journal that has a rooster has its logo! Their first issue is on-line with some good stuff in their first issue, including [Read More...]

Gay Couples and Jedi Knights (Humour Alert)

The last Australian Census (2011) has some interesting statistics. Note the following (HT: Australia Incognita) Same sex couples: 33, 714 (so 67, 428 people); Jedi Knights, 65,000. So there are roughly the same number of gay and lesbians as there are jedi knights in Australia. Two implications: (1) Perhaps we should provide state sponsored ceremonies [Read More...]

German Court Bans Circumcision

In a strange and disconcerting turn of events, a German court has banned circumcision! Read about it at ABC News. The court said: “The child’s body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change runs counter to the interests of the child, who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.” I [Read More...]

Con Campbell’s New Website

My uber-talented friend Con Campbell -the  NT scholar, Greek expert, evangelist, and jazz musician- has a new website show casing some stuff he’s done in biblical studies, preaching, and music. Also, a must read is his forthcoming book on Paul and Union with Christ, this man knows his Greek, and I think he really cracks [Read More...]

Why No-one Robs a 7/11 in Israel

Certainly not your average 7/11 in Australia! [Read more...]

Rottenness to Apprehension?

I have a genuine question (and this is a genuine question): Does the Bible’s “explicit gospel” demand that humans acknowledge how rotten they are before they will truly apprehend how glorious Christ is? [Read more...]

What goes after the “is” in “The Gospel is . . .”?


John Meier’s imaginative scenario with which he introduces his Marginal Jew project is something analogous to the experience four of us are having in Cambridge this week. We have been locked (not really locked) into the “hex” (not the bowels) of the Tyndale House Library (not the Harvard Library) in order to come to an [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Message of Sonship

Trevor J. Burke The Message of Sonship Bible Speaks Today; ed. Derek T. Tidball Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012. Available at Amazon.com. The image of salvation as adoption is largely a Pauline metaphor (see Burke’s earlier volume, Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor), but here Burke explores an analogous theme, that is, sonship. [Read More...]

Interview with John Dickson on ABC

Australian Anglican minister, theologian, historian, and founding director of the Center for Public Christianity (CPX), and also all round good friend of mine, John Dickson, does a wonderful 10 minute interview with ABC’s One plus One. John has much to say about his own conversion, Christianity in society, and of course gay marriage. Watch the [Read More...]