New “Left Behind” Movie Might be Coming

According to Variety, Nicholas Cage is in talks to star in a remake of the Left Behind movie. The books were cheesy, shallow, and contain very bad theology. The first Left Behind movie with Kirk Cameron was so lame that it could qualify for Obamacare. Now is the time to start praying imprecatory prayers against [Read More…]

The Local Church

What is the “local church”? Of course by the term I don’t mean a building, a denomination or the clergy. The church is often equated with something like these, but this is a mistake. The church is, quite simply, the company of Jesus’ followers, a band of believers in Jesus. Also, I’m not here referring [Read More…]

Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline

Thanks to Jason Hood, I just came across a cool article by Michael Williams of Covenant Theological Seminary on biblical and systematic theology. Michael Williams, “Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline,” in All for Jesus: A Celebration of the 50th Annivesary of Covenant Theological Seminary, eds. R.A. Paterson and S.M. Lucas (Fearn, Ross Shire: Christian Focus, 2005), [Read More…]

Justin and the “Memoirs of the Apostles”

Over at Unsettled Christianity, Joel Watts has a post about Justin Martyr and his references to the Gospels as “memoirs of the apostles,” in relation to Xenophon’s Memorabilia. I’ve been working on this topic in my own research of late, and here’ what I’ve surmized. Justin was acquainted with the Socratic tradition. He explicitly cites Plato [Read More…]

New Review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views

Over at Gaudete Theology, Victoria Gaile Laidler has a nice review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views, from an ecumenical perspective. [Read more…]

The Lethal Philosophy of Peter Singer

Over at Quadrant, James Franklin has a great piece on “The Lethal Philosophy of Peter Singer,” critiquing the well known Philosopher. He concludes: The essence of his [the editor of Journal of Medical Ethics] defence is that Peter Singer’s views on the permissibility of infanticide of healthy babies are now widely accepted in ethical discussion. [Read More…]

Video of Con Campbell on Union with Christ

Con Campbell (Moore Theological College, soon TEDS) gives a short summary of his forthcoming book on union with Christ. [Read more…]

Michael Jensen on TV about his Apology for Sydney Anglicanism

Rev. Dr. Michael Jensen appeared on ABC’s The Drum and was interviewed about his recent book, Sydney Anglicanism: An Apology. See it here, chime in at about 26:45 mins. Good interview, Michael tries to persuade ABC journalists that he’s not a woman-hating-right-wing-crazy-misogynist-wife-beater. I think he nearly persuaded them! Here’s the book blurb: Sydney’s evangelical Anglicans have been [Read More…]

Sin as Frank Sinatra Syndrome

One of the most common songs played at funerals is Frank Sinatra’s “I Did it My Way”. In many ways, that aptly summarizes the nature of sin. Sin represents the displacement of God and the deification of self. Humans defy their Creator, shake their puny little fists at the heavens, usurp the prerogatives of deity, act with [Read More…]

Three Clips on the Apostles’ Creed

Here are three clips on the Apostles’ Creed: The funny: The musical: The youthful: [Read more…]

Christians Emptied from the Middle East

Interesting story in The Australian on Christians Emptied from the Middle East, featuring the testimony of a Syrian Greek Melkite Nun. [Read more…]

American cover for Jesus is the Christ

I just learned that IVP-USA will be the American distributor for my book, Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels.  And they have a really nice cover for it. Available in Yankie Doodle land in February.   [Read more…]

SBTS Panel on “Revisiting Inerrancy”

Last week at Southern Seminary there was a very interesting panel discussion on “Revisiting Inerrancy” featuring Al Mohler, Denny Burk, Bruce Ware, Gregg Allison, and Russell Moore. Quite an enjoyable segment, many references to Peter Enns and Kenton Sparks, the panelist obviously take a conservative theological approach to the matter, and the best part is that [Read More…]

Stephen Colbert on Pulpit Freedom Sunday

There is part of me that secretly aspires to be a comedy writer for the Stephen Colbert show! This clip is hilarious, however, I think Ps Dr Jim Garlow handles himself very well, and doesn’t come off as a right wing whacko, which on Colbert’s show, is a win!   [Read more…]

Introduction to Messianic Judaism

This past week I received the page proofs for my forthcoming book with David Rudolph Introduction to Messianic Judaism. Here’s a description of the book: This book is the go-to source for introductory information on Messianic Judaism. Editors David Rudolph and Joel Willitts have assembled a thorough examination of the ecclesial context and biblical foundations [Read More…]