Paul, Homosexuality, and “Nature”

I’m contributing to a forthcoming book on Scripture and Homosexuality (a response to this one). There is a whole host of complex biblical, theological, and pastoral issues here for consideration. Specifically, I’m wrestling with Paul’s argument in Rom 1:26-27, a key text, and thinking especially about Paul and “nature.” [Read more...]

Prayer for Second Sunday of Easter


Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Messiah’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Messiah our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [Read More...]

Greek Parsing App

Danny Zacharias, Ph.D Student at Highland Theological College and IT manager at Acadia Divinity School, has created a Greek parsing APP that is available on iTunes. It is called ParseGreek and is available for IOS and Android. “Covering all verbs, nouns, adjectives, and pronouns that occurs 15 times or more in the Greek New Testament, [Read More...]

When did Jews and Christians Part Ways?


Today most Christians know that Christianity is not Judaism. What separates a Christian from a Jew, among other things, is centrally the belief in the Trinity – one God in three persons. No good Jew, it is assumed, would believe that! It is also assumed by most that the belief in the Trinity, particularly the [Read More...]

Sanctification Showdown

Denny Burk refers to two sessions at T4G that argue that personal holiness needs to be actively cultivated (David Platt) and that sanctification actually requires effort (Kevin DeYoung). This is a good corrective to a Reformed mantra that sanctification just rolls off believing more deeply in Jesus. I posted on this topic a while back [Read More...]

Religion and the Right to Discriminate

Over at the ABC, a young Melbourne lawyers has a great piece on the right of religious communities to discriminate. It is called Discrimination isn’t always such a bad thing. [Read more...]

Is Judaism the Background of Christian Faith?

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Is Judaism the background of the Christian faith? I am a child of what has been dubbed the “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus. This was the term given to the study of Jesus since at least the early 90′s which focused the study of Jesus on his Jewish context. Notable figures of the Third [Read More...]

Peter Leithart: On Not Being Afraid of Becoming Episcopalian

Peter Leithart re-posts a classic piece about the liturgical church. A stranger coming into our church might be forgiven for mistaking our liturgy for an Anglican or Lutheran one.  Yet I’m not afraid of becoming Episcopalian because our liturgy is not “essentially the same” as an “Episcopalian” (that is, a squishy, Scripture-avoidant mainline)  liturgy, any more than [Read More...]

Interview with Tom McCall on the Trinity and the Cross

IVP has a good interview with Tom McCall about his book Forsake: The Trinity the Cross and Why it Matters. Good discussion on the theme of divine abandonment. [Read more...]

New Online Journal on Greek and Linguistics

McMaster Divinity College has launched a new on-line journal called Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics edited by Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia Westfall. The purpose of the journal is: “Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics (BAGL) is an international journal that exists to further the application of modern linguistics to the study of Ancient and Biblical [Read More...]

John Milbank on the Future of Anglicanism

Again, over at ABC Religion & Ethics, John Milbank has a stimulating article on After Rowan: The Coherence and Future of Anglicanism. Particularly enjoyable was his remarks about the need for proper divinity schools in the UK (and I would say a fortiori in Australia/New Zealand). The Church of England needs to make higher education [Read More...]

Scott Stephens on Richard Dawkins

Last night on the ABC’s Q&A, atheist-at-large Richard Dawkins went head-to-head with the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell (see here). No offense to Pell, he’s a Pastor to priests, a manager of huge resources, and a spokesperson for thousands of people, but he does not have the intellectual and philosophical clout to take [Read More...]

Review of Paul and the Gospels – Nick Norelli on Paul and Mark

Over at Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, Nick Norelli begins his review of Paul and the Gospels (edited by myself and my co-blogger Joel Willitts).  Nick kicks off with a review of the first two essays on Paul and Mark by Michael Bird and James Crossley. Its fairly comprehensive and Norelli sides with Crossley [Read More...]

Ben Witherington on Grief

The Courier Journal as a lovely piece on Ben Witherington III concerning the tragic death of his daughter Christy entitled Faith & Works. The interview concludes this way: “God doesn’t promise you a rose garden,” said Witherington. In recent weeks, he has been teaching on the gospel of Mark and its many passages indicating Jesus’ [Read More...]

Prayer for Easter


O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Messiah your Son [Read More...]