Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

Our family just finished week two of Advent and begin week three today. It is surprising how fast the Season goes by when you are marking the weeks by candles. These first two weeks are something of a blur. After celebrating a second week of Advent with my young family I offer these reflections. First, [Read More...]

End of Year JSPL Special Offer

Eisenbrauns has a special end of year subscription offer for the Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters. If you take out a subscription for JSPL in 2012 for $30, which includes two forthcoming issues, for only $15 you can get the two 2011 issues as well! That is the 2011 and 2012 issues of JSPL [Read More...]

Scot McKnight’s new eBook on Junia

Scot McKnight has launched his first ebook through Patheos called Junia is Not Alone. It is only $2.99! The volume is obviously about Junia in Rom 16:7 and whether Junia was a woman and was an apostle. (I tend to think she was an apostle in the same sense that Epaphroditus was an apostle of [Read More...]

The Practices of the Church 2 “Breaking Bread Together”

Christ Church Stellarton

John Howard Yoder in his little book Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before a Watching World addresses the Eucharist as another practice of the church. His contention is that the central element and meaning of the Eucharist has been buried under a mound of ritualistic and superstitious religious notions “borrowed from other [Read More...]

New Blog on Papyri from Ancient Egypt

There is a new blog out called Faces & Voices: Identity, Culture and Artefacts from Roman to Contemporary Egypt operated by Dr. Roberta Mazza (Rylands Library, University of Manchester) which focuses on the papyri kept in the John Rylands library and the stories behind their collection. HT: Larry Hurtado. [Read more...]

Tom Schreiner’s words of advice to Christian Scholars

I should have gone to the B&H breakfast at ETS, because Tom Schreiner gave some godly words of advice to young Christian scholars about the exclusivity of faith in Christ, the dangers of seeking the praise of others, the need for humility, and why we have to live like Jesus. Pretty dense for a 15 [Read More...]

N.T. Wright’s Lectures at Moody Bible Institute

Some videos of N.T. Wright at Moody Bible Institute have been put up (HT: John Goodrich). These are basically lectures on his books Simply Jesus and How God Became King.   [Read more...]

Gospel Narrative to Gospel Theology


The narrative shape of a Gospel reveals the theology of the Gospel. As the semester finishes up in my Gospel of John course, students have completed the major project for the  called the “Synthesis of John”. Basically the synthesis assignment requires students to think about the meaning of every episode in John’s Gospel and then [Read More...]

Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

We began the Advent devotions this week. The highlights of having an Advent devotion with four-year olds are numerous. First, the church new what it was doing with the candles. My children are enamored with the lighting and blowing out of the candle. Against my wife’s better judgment, I have one of the children help [Read More...]

More on the Michael Licona and Resurrection Dust Up

Some of you might remember the accusations made by Norm Geisler and Al Mohler that Michael Licona denies inerrancy because of his openness to a symbolic reading of Matt 27:52-53.  At ETS I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Michael and he also outed me at an ETS session as someone who advocates an [Read More...]

How High Should You Preach?

I’m a teacher and I speak in churches a fair bit. Yet I’ve always been perplexed as to how academic, highbrow, and rigorous one’s preaching should. Now for me preaching at college chapel is one thing, where I know most of the students, but speaking at a local church where people range from toddlers to [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on “Progressive Reformed View”

Scot McKnight has been blogging through Justification: Five Views and he offers some generous and critical comments on my “progressive reformed view”. At the risk of being self-congratulatory, I think the best compliment I’ve ever received as a Reformed exegete is this one: “He’s Reformed but he’s got a new perspective kind of Reformed theology [Read More...]

Roland Allen On Missions to the Cities

Urban and City Ministry is a big gig these days. Especially with people like Tim Keller arguing for the strategic importance of urban centers as conduits for evangelism. However, I was startled when I discovered that Roland Allen noted that a similar push was underway in his own day in the early 20th century, and [Read More...]

Thoughts on Gal 1:4

I’m about to start writing an article on Salvation-History, Apocalypticism, and Galatians. The natural place to begin with of course is Gal 1.4-5: “He gave himself for our sins, so he could deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.  To God be the glory forever and always! [Read More...]

Practices of the Church 1: “Binding and Loosing”


In John Howard Yoder’s Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community before the Watching World (Herald Press, 1992), the first practice he describes he calls “Binding and Loosing”- taken the phrase from Matt 18:18: Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven” The particular practice that Yoder has in mind is the practice [Read More...]