Let’s Not Forget the Older Books . . .

Tom Wright’s Paul book was just released yesterday, and I’m told that Amazon already has an “Temporarily Out of Stock” notice. Well, I have a suggestion: Let’s not forget the older books! When I say “let’s not forget the older books” I’m not talking about those of a different generation. I’m also not specifically talking [Read More…]

Martin Luther according to the Bangles

Here is a cool song about Martin Luther based on the Bangles hit song “Manic Monday.” HT: Josh Dinale [Read more…]

Do We Really Need to Plant More Churches In the Inner Cities? What about Church Rejuvenation?

In my last post I celebrated recent church planting efforts in the big cities, but raised a few concerns about over-crowding and some ecclesiological questions about these ventures. I also raised the prospect of investing less in church planting and more in church rejuvenation. For case in point let me tell you about my good [Read More…]

Reconfigure, Revise, Reimagine

It is said often that Paul has reconfigured Judaism around Christ . Perhaps this could be said to be Tom Wright’s major thesis in his new book on Paul according at least to Scot McKnight and Mike Bird (here at Euangelion) – Although I wouldn’t know. I’ve not been one of the privileged to have [Read More…]

Do We Really Need To Plant More Churches in the Inner Cities? Yes, but …

In the course of evangelical trends, it seems that church planters are the new front line ninja, guru, jedi master, seal team six, hip, cool, people to be. There is a lot of resources being put into planting new churches in large cities in the USA, UK, and Australia. And let me say, that this [Read More…]

Its Here! Evangelical Theology Is Now Available

Today is the day that Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction is officially released. I’ve written several books and been proud of each one as each has its own story and its own place in the world. However, EvTh is my attempt to help shape the theology of emerging evangelical leaders by helping them [Read More…]

Craig Evans Lets Rip on the “New New Testament”

A while ago I blogged on Hal Taussig’s New New Testament, noting its addition of several Gnostic documents (mainly Nag Hammadi stuff) to a New Testament collection. Any ways, Craig Evans lets rip in a review in the latest issue of BBR (23.3 [2013]: 429-31) and here are the highlights: A New New Testament raises a myriad [Read More…]

Reformation Sunday Reflection

Yesterday I had the pleasure of celebrating Reformation Day at a wonderful inner-city Anglican church in Melbourne, St. Matt’s Prahan, speaking on Rom 3:21-26. Its a great day to get your Luther on, unleash your inner Calvin, channel some Bucer, reconnect with your “sola” power panels, thank God for Tyndale, and play with your Ridley [Read More…]

Advice to My Students

Here is a video I made with Zondervan with advice to my theological students about their study: [Read more…]

N.T. Wright on Christians as a “Third Race” in PFG

I’ve always said that if I ever lead a church plant, I’d probably call it “Third Race Community Church.” The reference to Christians as a “third race” comes from Aristides though it has clear antecedents in Paul, esp. 1 Cor 10:32, 12:2, Gal 3:28, and Col 3:11 and arguably even in 1 Pet 2:9. Wright [Read More…]

Evangelicals and Tradition: Evangelical Theology – Sneak Peek Part 3

From Zondervan: One area that evangelicals have generally been weak on is that of tradition. Strangely enough this is probably one area where liberals and evangelicals actually have something in common. Some more ardently liberal theologians look back on tradition as the primitive and antiquated residue of a naive and superstitious period of history, at [Read More…]

The Drama of Gospelizing: Evangelical Theology – Sneak Peek Part 2

From Zondervan: There are at least two key differences that distinguish theology from other intellectual disciplines like philosophy and religion. The first difference is that theology is not the study of ideas about God; it is the study of the living God. Christian theology, then, is different from the study of seventeenth century French literature, [Read More…]

Please, Please Read “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour

Elias Chacour Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel rev. ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Amazon.com The book Blood Brothers written by Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Melkite Church in Israel, is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Chacour gives us a side [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Scholarly Dichotomies in PFG

One of the things that I most appreciate about N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God is the way that Wright steers a sober and sensible path between so many stark divisions in Pauline studies. Divisions like Greek versus Jewish backgrounds, theology versus religion, and apocalyptic versus salvation history, etc. Whereas Wright (and Dunn) is often [Read More…]

The Evangel at the Helm: Evangelical Theology – Sneak Peak 1

From Zondervan: Why does Michael Bird place the “evangel” at the center of his new book of systematic theology, Evangelical Theology? Find answers in this excerpt presented by Zondervan Academic. Evangelical Theology hits stores October 29, 2013. I unabashedly believe that the good news of Jesus Christ is the most important doctrine of them all. The gospel is [Read More…]