There’s a new book coming out on Evangelicalism that looks to be a must read, Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology). Roger Olson,  one of the contributors to the book, has said this about the book over at his blog: This book demonstrates quite conclusively that there are now at [Read More...]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 7

Scot McKnight’s fifth chapter of his brand new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited asks the question “How did Salvation take over the Gospel?” That certainly is a strange question on the face of it since most of us would have thought prior to reading this little book that the gospel [Read More...]

Michael Licona on the Resurrection of Jesus

Michael R. Licona The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010. Available at Amazon.com. I did not think anyone could or would write a book on the resurrection bigger and better than N.T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God. But Michael Licona comes close on both fronts. It [Read More...]

Bruce McCormack to give the Kantzer Lecture at TEDS

I just got news that Bruce McCormack of Princeton Theological Seminary is slated to give this year’s Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology on “The God who Graciously Elects: Seven Lectures on the Doctrine of Election.” It is slated from Sept 27 – Oct 4. Even better, the lectures will be live streamed! See the Henry [Read More...]

Ben Myer’s “On Taking Communion with My Students”

Benjamin Myer’s (a different “Ben” to Faith and Theology fame) has a book of poems called Elegy for Trains and it includes this poem called “On Taking Communion with My Students”. After our Friday Eucharist in class, I thought his poem was a good follow up: Let greasy spikes be caught in halos thrown from chapel [Read More...]

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

I know what I want for Christmas this year.  Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray] comes out this week. [Read more...]

Romans Articles in Bible Study Magazine

In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine there are some articles on Romans by Preston Sprinkle, Nijay Gupta, John Barry, and even Michael Bird! Here’s an excerpt from my article on “Paul the Pastoral Mediator”: The challenges that faced the church in Rome would be staggering for any leader to deal with—deep ethnic and [Read More...]

My 9.11 Memory

There are lots of reflections on September 11th being shared in homes, coffee shops, water coolers and blogs today. I’m sure the question has been asked countless times: “Where were you on 9.11?” While I don’t think I had an especially significant experience on that day, it was certainly unusual. So I’d like to share [Read More...]

Witherington and McKnight Dialogue over the King Jesus Gospel

I’ve been posting Scot McKnight’s new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Now Ben Witherington over at his blog Bible and Culture has posted part one of a dialogue with Scot on the book. [Read more...]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 6

In The King Jesus Gospel, Scot articulates why he thinks its dangerous to confuse the “gospel with” the “Plan of Salvation”. Here are his two reasons. When the plan of salvation gets separated from the story: 1. The plan almost always becomes abstract, propositional, de-storified and, therefore, unbiblical. 2. The story of what God is [Read More...]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 5

Scot McKnight presents his definition of the “gospel” from 1 Corinthians 15 in the fourth chapter of his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. He calls it the “apostolic gospel”. For Scot it is the place where we must begin. What is the apostolic gospel? According to Scot’s reading of [Read More...]

Sorry James McGrath, but Religious People are Nicer

James McGrath has a post on Religious Does Not Always Correlate with Ethics. McGrath’s point is valid insofar as religious and non-religious people are both capable of good and evil deeds. No sane person denies this! We all know that religion can bring out the best and the worst of people. However, it seems that, [Read More...]

Sharing the Eucharist Before a Lecture on the Eucharist

Today I sprung a surprise on my students.  When the students in my “Church, Ministry, and Sacraments” class arrived, they found the chairs and tables stacked up, the floor filled with pillows and bean bags, and a modest agape feast prepared for them.  We then had the Lord’s Supper, sang “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, I [Read More...]

Henri Blocher on Original Sin

French Reformed Theologian, Henri Blocher, has an interesting take on “original sin”.  Blocher contends that we undergo the fact of death in solidarity with Adam like children who share in the sin of their father. Yet we do not undergo the penalty of Adam as if it were ours. Rather, by sharing in his consequences [Read More...]

Christological Heresies in Picture Form!

I’m proof reading my systematic theology volume Evangelical Theology before I ship it off to my editor. One of my young padawan’s, the talented Miss Kirsten Mackerras, has done some drawings for me presenting Nestorianism, Monophysitism, Apollinarianism, and Hypostatic Union in picture form. Such a pictorializing enterprise I know is fraught with dangers, but I [Read More...]