Brian Rosner on the Best Way to Love a Child at Christmas

Brian Rosner, principal of Ridley Melbourne, has a piece in The Australian (available also here), where he asks what is the best thing we can do for kids at Christmas based on their greatest need. He writes: What is the best love of the child? That is the question posed by a multidisciplinary book edited [Read More…]

Mark Goodacre and Richard Carrier Debate Did Jesus Exist?

Over at the Premier Christian Radio show Unbelievable, Justin Brierly (the most handsome radio host I know), has a great show featuring Richard Carrier and Mark Goodacre on Did Jesus Exist? Worth a listen! [Read more…]

D.A. Carson on Productivity

One of the most prolific authors in North American evangelicalism, and one I greatly admire, is Prof. D.A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).  Andy Naselli points to Carson’s Three Secrets to Productivity and Godly Efficiency. Worth reading for those who want to get the most out of their day. [Read more…]

The Bible Series Preview set to “Mary Did You Know.”

A new Bible series is coming out and from the clip it looks rather awesome. HT: Mark Goodacre [Read more…]

Bible Works Christmas Sale

The good folks at Bible works have a 12 days of Christmas special with an ESV Study Bible given away with every purchase of BW9. [Read more…]

Paul Foster on the Authenticity of 2 Thessalonians

Paul Foster’s BNTC address on the authenticity of 2 Thessalonians is published in JSNT and I think it will prove to be a turning point (or major discussion point) in Thessalonian studies. Importantly, it has the results of a survey on which Pauline letters the members of the BNTC regard as authentic. The abstract reads: [Read More…]

Philemon and Justification by Faith

This Sunday gone I preached a sermon on Paul’s letter to Philemon (though much better second time around in the night service). During the sermon I focused on reconciliation from theology to practice, a tidbit on Paul and slavery, and even threw in some virtue ethics for good measure.  But it was during the sermon that I [Read More…]

Cliff starts reviewing Earliest Christian History

Over at Theological Musings, Clifford Kvidahl starts reviewing the Martin Hengel memorial volume Earliest Christian History. [Read more…]

Things to Click

Some cool stuff around the biblioblogosphere this week! A new non-canonical gospel fragment has been found, P. Oxy 5072, see post by Peter Head on it. This week I got give a NA28 as a farewell present and Chris Keith points to one of the changes made where, in Jude 5, it is “Jesus” rather [Read More…]

A Prayer for Second Week of Advent

This week is the second week of Advent. We’ve been thinking all this first week as a family about the theme of Promise in our Advent devotion. We’ve been praying with our kids each night “Dear God, help me to keep all my promises just as you kept yours”. This week we focus on the [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Themelios

In the latest issue of Themelios (37.3 [2012]) is out and it includes some cool articles including: D.A. Carson, More Examples of Intolerant Tolerance Andreas J. Koestenberger, The Present and Future of Biblical Theology Rob Smith, Music, Singing, and Emotions: Exploring the Connections My favourite thing in Themelios is the book reviews! There are reviews of books by [Read More…]

Theology and Disability Conference in NZ

Carey Baptist College in New Zealand is hosting a conference on Theology, Disability, and the People of God, to be held on 1-3 July 2103. [Read more…]

Why the Lost Gospels Did Not Make the Canonical Cut

The rejection of “other” Gospels by the proto-orthodox and orthodox church was neither arbitrary nor merely political. The reasons for rejecting them were cogent and compelling. Among the main criticisms lifted against the “other” Gospels and their authors is that: (1) The “Jesus” they set forth is not recognizable as the Jesus known in other [Read More…]

Arab Spring, Syria, and the Bible

Excellent clip about Christians in Syria and the work of the Bible Society. [Read more…]

When is a Gospel not a Gospel?

I’ve been reading an old article by F.F. Bruce, “When Is a Gospel Not a Gospel?” BJRL 4 (1963): 319-39. Bruce concludes with this: To sum up, then, we may say that, according to the general consensus of the New Testament teaching, a gospel is not a gospel when: 1. It is detached from the Jesus of [Read More…]