Scot McKnight’s First Part Review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views

Once again, I’ve seen a review of a book I’ve written or edited before I even got my own gratis copy! Scot McKnight has started his review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views, edited by Mike Bird, and first cab off the rank in Scot’s review is Tom Schreiner’s “Reformed View” of Paul. Scot gives a [Read More...]

Parallel Lives of Jesus

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Eddie Adams has published an accessible book on the four Gospels in the last year: Parallel Lives of Jesus: A Guide to the Four Gospels (WJK 2011). The book is a nice introduction to the four Gospels. It has similarities to Richard Burridge’s Four Gospels, One Jesus, which is a superb introduction. Adams’ book builds [Read More...]

The Gospel of Mark, Simple Yet Profound!

Mark is my favourite Gospel, he’s the Bourne Identity of the Gospels, constantly asking us: So, who do you think this guy is? Here’s a great summary of Mark’s literary significance: Mark … is written in an extremely plain, abrupt, often unidiomatic and dogged Koine which has generally made to seem falsely natural, even eloquent [Read More...]

Book Notice: Paul Barnett, Galatians: Defending the Truth

Paul Barnett Galatians: Defending the Truth Reading the Bible Today Series Sydney: Aquila Press, 2012. Available at CEP (with chapter preview). Here’s the blurb for the book: The Apostle Paul’s earliest surviving letter, Galatians gives its readers an insight into Paul’s life as a Pharisee and persecutor, and the change brought about through his amazing conversion. [Read More...]

Review of Justification: Five Views at Themelios

Over at Themelios, there is a review of Justification: Five Views by Jeremy Kimble. [Read more...]

Who Were the Elders and What did they Do?

In a recent issue of Expository Times, Chloe Lynch has an article on “In 1 Peter 5.1-5, who are the Presbyteroi and what is said about their role?” ExpT 123.11 (2012): 529-40. On the Elders: Who, then, are the elders in 1 Peter 5:1-5? It is proposed that they are those operating as leaders within the Christian communities [Read More...]

I love to study and teach the Bible

I was spending some time yesterday afternoon preparing for my Intro to the Bible course for this fall. It is getting close to the start of the fall semester, which is hard to believe. One of the textbooks I’m going to use for the course is my former colleague (that still hurts to say!) Scot [Read More...]

Mark 1.1-15 – A Scholarly Paraphrase

I think there is nothing wrong with a paraphrase, as long as you tell people it’s a paraphrase, and you recognize that it has an additional and deliberate interpretive layer imposed upon the text in order to help people understand the gist of the text. All translations include interpretation, paraphrases do the interpretive part a [Read More...]

New Blog: Mosissimus Mose

Aaron White, a Covenant Theological Seminary grad and a Ph.D student at the University of Bristol, has a new blog called Mosissimus Mose. [Read more...]

Book Notice: Colin Kruse, Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Colin G. Kruse Paul’s Letter to the Romans PNTC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Available at Colin Kruse teaches at the Melbourne School of Theology. I first came across Colin Kruse’s work when I read his helpful volume Paul, the Law, and Justification, which was one of the most helpful and nuanced things on Paul [Read More...]

Jared Wilson takes down TGC Post

I say well done to Jared Wilson for having the humility to take down the controversial post about marital sexuality and male dominance. He gives some explanation and apologies here. I don’t think this retraction is a matter of caving into feminist zeal, but it is a mark of recognizing that talking about male-female relationships [Read More...]

The 2012 Eric Liddell Lecture on Mission and Theology by Graham Cole

This year Crossway College’s annual Eric Liddell Lecture on Missions and Theology was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Graham Cole, who is Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. The topic of Dr. Cole’s presentation was “A churchless engagement with a Christless world: 1 Peter and Mission”. Very good, well worth listening to! Listen [Read More...]


Today is my wife Karla’s 40th birthday. We first met at university when she was 18; we’ve been together now half her life! Its is really hard to believe that we are in our 40′s and about to enter our 2nd decade of marriage (19 yrs on July 31). Karla is an awesome individual. And [Read More...]

Sex is What I do WITH my Wife, Not TO my Wife: A Response to the Wilsons at TGC

What is gaining notoriety around the blogosphere is a TGC post by Jared Wilson which gives an extensive quote from Doug Wilson about rape and sexual pathology. The huge grievance many folks have, and I’m one of them, is that the sexual act between men and women is described in terms of domination and power. [Read More...]

Secularism and Aged Care

My buddy John Dickson writes a provocative piece in the SMH that an increasingly secular culture and an increasingly aged population are disastrous. It will lead to a decline in aged care for those with intensive needs like dementia because secularism has no capacity to assign value to the mentally ill. He writes: Yale’s great philosopher-theologian [Read More...]