George Caird Lectures On-Line

Thanks to Mark Goodacre, Matthew Montini, and Jeff Gibson, dozens of lectures by the late George Caird on NT Theology are now on-line. I have to say that Caird’s posthumously published book on New Testament Theology is wonderful, I like his “round table” method, and it is easily in my top five of modern NT Theologies. These lectures are [Read More…]

My David Jones Lecture Series “Not by Paul Alone” is Now On-line

Earlier this year I was privileged to present the annual David Jones Lectures Series at Covenant Theological Seminary. I had a great time with the faculty and students. I also got to meet their new President Dr. Mark Dalbey who is a lovely guy. Hanging out with folks like Robert Yarbrough, Michael Williams, Jack Collins, [Read More…]

Book Review: Anglican Bibliology for a Progressive Audience

Gregory C. Jenks (Editor) The Once and Future Scriptures: Exploring the Role of the Bible in the Contemporary Church Salem, OR: Polerbridge, 2013. Available at See other reviews by Mark Thompson and Neil McKinlay. For a critique of progressive Christianity in Bribane see Ralph Bowles. “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on the Significance of the Psalms

I don’t know if Prof. Wright has been hanging out with his colleague Dr. Grant Macaskill for too long  in St. Andrews (Grant is a Free Church of Scotland Minister and the denomination is known for its Psalmody), but Wright is giving a plug for the Psalms that I’d normally expected from an FCC or [Read More…]

Wrightgate: the Resolution

Okay, The Wrightgate saga about the mysterious origins of the book Breaking Beautiful book has been explained. N.T. Wright did some videos for a group called The House Studios. Then, as far as I can tell, the lectures were turned into a transcript and were augmented with commentary by Tim Suttle. Suttle was brought into the project [Read More…]

New N.T. Wright Book Coming Out Soon!

N.T. Wright’s next book published will not in fact be Paul and the Faithfulness of God; rather, it will be: The Case for the Psalms (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2013). Due for release in September. There’s an endorsement from Former ABC Rowan Williams: “A characteristic blend of learning, personal insight and spiritual perception. This book will be [Read More…]

Douglas Campbell on Paul’s Apocalyptic Politics

Douglas Campbell has a new article in Pro Ecclesia (12 [2013]: 129-52) on “Paul’s Apocalyptic Politics,” an illustrating piece which ends with the words: The Christian colony is well aware that while Christ lives Adam lives on as well, in an ontologically parasitic but visibly dominant fashion. And he lives on in the members of the Christian colony, bar [Read More…]

Two SPCK Books About the Bible

SPCK has produced two wonderfully picturesque Bible resources for lay people and those beginning biblical studies.   First, The SPCK Bible Guide edited by Henry Wansbrough provides a summary of every chapter of the Bible, concurrently coordinated with a variety of themes. The pages include introductions to the biblical books, commentaries on key chapters, and filled with [Read More…]

Scot McKnight Plugs JSPL

Scot McKnight has an earnest plea to Bring Paul Back and he includes a nice little plug about the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. [Read more…]

A Warning to My Students from Gandalf

For my Ridley College students during this exam/essay season, heed the LOTR wisdom: [Read more…]

The Ridley Certificate

I’m glad to announce that Ridley Melbourne has launched The Ridley Certificate which is a fully integrated on-line multi-media  course designed for interested students, lay people, and church groups to grow in their knowledge of the Bible, Christian service, and theological doctrine. Here’s the promo video:  The certificate has some great units such as “Bible Overview,” “Ministry [Read More…]

Good Candidate for Worst Sermon Ever

The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, preached a sermon in Venezuela about seeing the glory of others. In the course of her sermon, she says what I think is the strangest and stupidest thing I have ever  heard/read for a sermon. In her sermon, she recalls Acts 16 and [Read More…]

New Paul Intro: All Things to All Cultures

Coming out from Eerdmans around late November is All Things to All Cultures: Paul Among Jews, Greeks, and Romans edited by Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs. It looks to me very much like a “Macquarie Uni and Friends” project with several contributors from Macquarie University where the history department is known for its robust treatment of early [Read More…]

Religion, Americas Great Blessing

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics, Simon Smart of CPX has a piece on Count Your Blessings: A Religious America, where he looks at Rodney Stark’s book Americas Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists. According to Stark, religion makes America better socially, economically, and even improves fertility rates among the population (apparently the religious [Read More…]

Wycliffe Hall’s School of Preaching

I just got a brochure on my desk for the Wycliffe Hall (Oxford) School of Preaching for 2013 is on: “How to Preach the Gospel from the Gospels.”  A subject near and dear to my heart. Speakers include Steve Walton, David Wenham, and Justin Hardin. [Read more…]