Book Notice: Preaching the New Testament

For those who have the privilege and responsibility to preach the Bible week in and week out, the burden of speaking God’s Word to God’s people can be a daunting task. While in my current vocation I don’t preach ever week, I have many good friends that do and I know the blessed struggle preaching [Read More…]

New Testament Studies on “Image of God”?

Fellow Neutestamentlers. I need your help. Do you know of  recent published work on the concept of the “image of God” in the New Testament? Could you give me a name and some bibliography? [Read more…]

My Interview with the Ridley Student Council

I did an interview with the Ridley Student Council a few weeks back and they posted it on-line. [Read more…]

Book Notice: Thomas and the Gospels

Mark Goodacre Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Available at In this book, the erudite Biblioblog Father, Prof. Mark Goodacre (Duke University) enters into the debate as to what relationship the  Gospel of Thomas has with the Synoptic Gospels. Personally, I think Goodacre [Read More…]

Ralph P. Martin (1925-2013)

I just heard the news that Ralph Martin has recently passed away. John Byron has put together this short bio: Ralph P. Martin retired from his position as distinguished scholar in residence at Fuller Theological Seminary and previously at the Graduate School of Theology of Azusa Pacific University. He was formerly professor of New Testament [Read More…]

Lent Prayer

This week’s prayer for Lent (First full week of Lent)  in the Book of Common Prayer is spiritually rich: Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, [Read More…]

Rick Brannan’s Two New Books on Apocryphal Gospels

Logos is about to publish a great couplet of books on Apocryphal Gospels by Rick Brannan. Brannan, Rick. (ed.). Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha: Introductions and Translations. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2013. Brannan, Rick. (ed.). Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha: Texts and Transcriptions. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2013. This is a great [Read More…]

Messianic Judaism, Gentile Church, and Supersessionism

Yesterday I got my hands on my co-blogger Joel Willitts’ co-edited book Introduction to Messianic Judaism and it provides a near definitive treatment of the subject. A fantastic collection of essays on the topic of Jewish believers in Jesus and an incredible cast of contributors. Joel and David have done a superb job in putting this book [Read More…]

Book Notice: Chosen To Follow

As many of you will know, I along with David Rudolph just published a book on Messianic Judaism called an Introduction to Messianic Judaism. I am pleased to introduce you to another new book on the same topic published by the Caspari Center, Chosen to Follow: Jewish Believers Through History and Today. [Read more…]

Early discussion on the Blogosphere about IMJ

I am pleased that my book IMJ, co-edited with David Rudolph, is already generating conversation. Here are some early posts on the book: Scot McKnight has two posts: #1, #2 Tim Gombis Derrek Leman Yinon Blog Rosh Pina Project One of the reviewers made this comment about my specific essay,  which was obviously of great [Read More…]

Cute little TC Resource – Kata Markon

I finally have a copy of James Snapp’s cute little Greek majuscule text of the Gospel of Mark. It is written with a charming Greek font and it follows what he calls a “proto-Byzantine text.” Can’t say I’m into James’ approach to reconstructing the NT, but I find it a good classroom resource to hand [Read More…]

A Train Wreck Conversion by a Leftist Lesbian Professor

Over at CT is an amazing article about the conversion of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield,  a former leftist lesbian professor who despised Christians. Then, one ordinary day, I came to Jesus, openhanded and naked. In this war of worldviews, Ken was there. Floy was there. The church that had been praying for me for years was [Read More…]

The Problem with Queer Theology

As I prepare to attend the Greer-Heard Forum at NOBTS on The Bible and Sex, I’ve been thinking a lot about Queer hermeneutics and Queer theology. I don’t agree, but I understand, how Queer theorists see “neither gay nor straight” as a logical consequent of Paul’s remarks in Gal 3:28. Daniel Kirk has come out [Read More…]

John Dickson Responds to Simon Robert’s Critique

Response to Simon Roberts’ review of Hearing Her Voice: a Case for Women Giving Sermons by John Dickson Simon Roberts’ critique of Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons is perhaps the most on-topic of all the reviews I have read so far. On the whole it is written in a spirit of [Read More…]

Nijay Gupta Reviews Con Campbell’s Union with Christ

Over at Crux Sola, Nijay has a helpful chapter by chapter review of Con Campbell’s book Paul and Union with Christ. [Read more…]