The Gospel of the Lord – Out in March 2014

I’m glad to say that in March 2014, Eerdmans will be releasing my book, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Available for pre-order on 425pp. The title is inspired by John Cassian: “Hear the Gospel of the Lord, or rather hear the Lord Himself saying of Himself: [Read More…]

Romans 3:1-20 – A Paraphrase

Given all of those failings, is there benefit in being Jewish, or any point in circumcision? Well, indeed there is! For a start, the Jews have been entrusted with delivering the promises of God to the nations. But (for sake of argument) what if some Jews turned out to be unfaithful to that covenantal vocation? [Read More…]

Review of Jesus is the Christ

Over at NT Exegesis, Brian Renshaw has a good review of Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels. Brian concludes: The insights into the themes and theology of the Gospels are worthy to be read for anyone being introduced to the Gospels. After reading this book students will be able to read the [Read More…]

D.A. Carson on Kingdom of God

In the latest issue of Themelios, Prof. D.A. Carson has a good article giving an overview and response to recent approaches to the Kingdom of God. It’s a very helpful piece as a precis of what is going down on the issue of kingdom eschatology and ethics with some thoughtful critiques following. I esp. liked [Read More…]

Michael Barber on the Synoptic Problem

Michael Barber has a great post with a series of diagrams about the ways in which the Synoptic Problem is allegedly “solved.” There is a definite evolution from simplicity to complexity in the range of solutions presented. It is a reminder of just how daunting the Synoptic Problem can be to first year students. FWIW, [Read More…]

The Pastoral Relevance of Romans 2

Paul’s remarks lambasting his imaginary Jewish opponent for hypocrisy and an acute sense of self-superiority are not abstract. It does not apply exclusively to the Jews or just to moralizing pagan philosophers. Paul’s arguments are applicable to Christians too. In fact, what Paul says in Romans 2 against hypocrisy and a superiority complex provide the [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Themelios

The latest issue of Themelios is out with a great cohort of editorials, articles, and reviews. See esp. D.A. Carson on recent approaches to Kingdom and Mike Ovey on how Christians have gone from a moral majority to an immoral minority. Including a review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views by Matthew Harmon. [Read more…]

Book Notice: Commentary on John by Cyril of Alexandria

Trans. David R. Maxell Ed. Joel C. Elowsky. Commentary on John: Cyril of Alexandria (Volume 1) Ancient Christian Texts. Series Eds. Thomas C. Oden and Gerald L. Bray. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. Available at IVP’s series of patristic commentaries in the ACT series has produced another gem. Cyril of Alexandria’s commentary on John is [Read More…]

Sherif Girgis interviewed by the ACL about Same-Sex Marriage (Updated)

Can’t believe that I did not know that Sherif Girgis visited Australia back in July. Girgis is the lead author in what I think is the best book giving a legal and philosophical response to arguments for same-sex marriage (without resorting to arguments that run “God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve”). The [Read More…]

John Dickson Reviews Reza Aslan’s Jesus Book

My good friend John Dickson – historian, apologist, pastor extraordinaire – has a great piece over at ABC Religion and Ethics giving a devastating critique of Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  If Reza Aslan’s outrageous self-promotion in his Fox News interview was enough to make you think he [Read More…]

Excerpt of Evangelical Theology Now On-Line

I have only just realized that Zondervan has put up an excerpt from Evangelical Theology on-line featuring the introduction and the first two chapters about prolegomena. A good summary of what I say is: If prolegomena is concerned with orientating ourselves to the theological task and setting forth the divine revelation, then the primary function of an [Read More…]

Discounted Pre-Pub Rates on Evangelical Theology through Logos

I just got news that Logos is offering a pretty juicy discount for pre-publication orders of my Evangelical Theology on their website. Normally the book will retail at print price for about $40. However, Logos is offering a pre-pub ebook price of $27! There is also a glimpse at some sample pages. For those interested, here [Read More…]

Two Articles on Evangelicalism in JETS

In the latest issue of JETS are two very good pieces about evangelicalism: D. Keith Campbell, “The American Evangelical Academy and the World: A challenge to Practice More Globally.” In this article, Campbell argues that rather than bemoan the mass of freshly minted Ph.Ds in biblical and theological studies who are flooding the job market that [Read More…]

Four Views of Paul at Koinonia

There is a nice promo of The Apostle Paul: Four Views over at Zondervan’s Koinonia blog including an excerpt from the introduction. [Read more…]

Passing of Sean Freyne

Larry Hurtado reports the sad passing of Prof. Sean Freyne. Freyne was an expert on Galilee and its relevance to NT studies. My favourite quote from his work was: ‘Either we accept that the early followers of Jesus had some interest in and memory of the historical figure of Jesus as they began to proclaim [Read More…]