How High Should You Preach?

I’m a teacher and I speak in churches a fair bit. Yet I’ve always been perplexed as to how academic, highbrow, and rigorous one’s preaching should. Now for me preaching at college chapel is one thing, where I know most of the students, but speaking at a local church where people range from toddlers to [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on “Progressive Reformed View”

Scot McKnight has been blogging through Justification: Five Views and he offers some generous and critical comments on my “progressive reformed view”. At the risk of being self-congratulatory, I think the best compliment I’ve ever received as a Reformed exegete is this one: “He’s Reformed but he’s got a new perspective kind of Reformed theology [Read More...]

Roland Allen On Missions to the Cities

Urban and City Ministry is a big gig these days. Especially with people like Tim Keller arguing for the strategic importance of urban centers as conduits for evangelism. However, I was startled when I discovered that Roland Allen noted that a similar push was underway in his own day in the early 20th century, and [Read More...]

Thoughts on Gal 1:4

I’m about to start writing an article on Salvation-History, Apocalypticism, and Galatians. The natural place to begin with of course is Gal 1.4-5: “He gave himself for our sins, so he could deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.  To God be the glory forever and always! [Read More...]

Practices of the Church 1: “Binding and Loosing”


In John Howard Yoder’s Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community before the Watching World (Herald Press, 1992), the first practice he describes he calls “Binding and Loosing”- taken the phrase from Matt 18:18: Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven” The particular practice that Yoder has in mind is the practice [Read More...]

Roland Allen – Why We Need Missiologists

I’m reading through Roland Allen’s famous book Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? which celebrates the centenary anniversary of its first edition next year I believe. In reading through the book, I noticed this cute quote on how some missionaries tend to attribute their deliberately spontaneous and unplanned missionary strategies to Paul himself, but without [Read More...]

2 Peter in Canonical Perspective

I’ve noticed that when I post on Paul there are usually lots of comments. There are usually a few comments when I post on something to do with Gospels. But posts on the Catholic letters seem to generate very few comments. Any way, on the plane ride home I read David Trobisch’s The First Editionof [Read More...]

Review of Are You the One Who is to Come?

Although I only ever get cited for my Paul stuff, I’m actually a Gospels specialist, and I think my best book to date is my little volume Are You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question. Any way, Lawrence Garcia reviews the book over at The Pangea Blog. [Read more...]

Books from SBL (2011)

Here is what I picked up, mostly for free, at SBL this year in San Francisco. [Read more...]

In preparation for Advent


Advent begins this Sunday, Nov 27th. I’ve never celebrated Advent, so this is a first for me. A few weeks back I asked for help in finding family devotions for the Advent season. I had a good number of helpful suggestions; thanks to all who chimed in. I have just completed reading Robert Webber’s chapter [Read More...]

My Praise for Longenecker’s Remember the Poor


A couple weeks ago, Michael wrote a brief post noting the new book by Bruce Longenecker called Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty and the Greco-Roman World. I picked a copy up at SBL and began reading it with great interest. This topic is important to me and very timely given the discussions being had on [Read More...]

What is the Mission of the Church?, A Review

The post is the full review of  What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 8

This post brings my review of Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book to a close. I want to thank them for contributing such a well written and thought provoking argument. Although I can’t claim to have read widely on the subject of mission, I can concur with the sentiments of D. A. Carson in his [Read More...]

Sermon on Colossians 2:8-15 at College Life


On Sunday night I have the privilege of preaching a sermon at North Park’s weekly gathering College Life. Here’s the link if your interested in listening to my sermon “In Messiah Alone”.   [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 7

In this post on Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book I want to reflect on chapter 8, “Seeking Shalom: Understanding the New Heavens and the New Earth”. While I don’t think I’d come out much different from them in conclusion—they advocate a “faithful presence” a la James Davidson Hunter, I think there are at least [Read More...]