Book Notice: Reformation Commentary on Scripture

Gerald Bray (editor); Timothy George (general editor) Reformation Commentary on Scripture: New Testament, Volume 10: Galatians, Ephesians Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2011. Available at After the booming success of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the long awaited Reformation Commentary on Scripture series (RCS) has been launched by IVP with the first installment on [Read More...]

N.T. Wright on the Virgin Birth

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics On-Line is an article by N.T. Wright on Suspending Scepticism: History and the Virgin Birth. His final words are: If the first two chapters of Matthew and the first two of Luke had never existed, I do not suppose that my own Christian faith, or that of the church to which I [Read More...]

What would Karl Barth say about Tim Tebow

Yes, I know that Tim Tebow Keeps Winning! He’s a great football player.Though I use the term “football” rather loosely since its played by obese effeminate men wearing more padding than a pillow factory and they are hardly athletes if they cannot run for longer than 30 seconds without a three minute break, but I [Read More...]

Christian Cynics, the Future of the Church


Andrew Byers has published a really good book Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. This book is one that I resonated with. I must confess I am a Christian cynic, hopefully becoming what Andrew labels a “Cynic-saint”. What is a Christian cynic you ask? Andrew defines a Christian cynic as one who through [Read More...]

BHS, NA27, LXX, and Vulgate On-line

Maybe I’m slow on picking up on this, but (The scholarly Bible Portal of the German Bible Society) has the following books available for viewing on-line for free: Hebrew Old Testament following the text of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia Greek New Testament following the text of the Novum Testamentum Graece (ed. Nestle-Aland), 27. Edition [Read More...]

Jim Hamilton proto-reviews Greg Beale’s NT Theology

Jim Hamilton (SBTS) does a proto-review of Greg Beale’s NT Theology based on Beale’s lectures about biblical theology from his, then, forthcoming book. James M. Hamilton, “Appreciation, Agreement, and a Few Minor Quibbles: A Response to G. K. Beale,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 10 (2011), 58–70. [Read more...]

Scot McKnight Like You’ve Never Seen Him!


HT: Scot McKnight [Read more...]

Book Bargain – Scot McKnight’s “King Jesus Gospel”

For a new year book bargain bonanza, Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel is now available as an ebook from for only $4.06! I think this is Scot’s most important book to date and one well worth reading for anyone interested in gospel and evangelicalism! [Read more...]

Lou Martyn on “Faith”

J. Louis Martyn in his magisterial Galatians commentary gives a good Reformed/Barthian account of faith: “Christ’s faith is not only prior to ours but also causative of it. The point is put beyond doubt when Paul says that the proclamation of Christ’s faithful death is what has the power to elicit our trusting faith (3:2). All of [Read More...]

Epiphany Prayers

O God, who by the leading of the star did manifest your only-begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may behold your glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the [Read More...]

Feast of Epiphany – My Second Introdution


Epiphany’s Focus: Epiphany is about Christ manifest in us, and Christ manifest to the world through us. Epiphany’s Practice: Prayer and hospitality & outreach Thoughts about the Feast of Epiphany took a very long hiatus for me between that first introduction in my high school days at Tarpon Springs High School and my second introduction [Read More...]

Justification and the Unity of the Church

I’m reading through Richard Hays’s Galatians commentary in the NIB series and he refers to a story that I’ve heard before in oral tradition, but finally written down and sourced: [T]he history of the church provides numerous impressive testimonies of the power of the gospel to break down the wall of separation between different races [Read More...]

Brand New App: BIBLE 360

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See this press release for a new app called Bible 360. MARK BURNETT & ROMA DOWNEY, GLO BIBLE, AND ZONDERVAN COME TOGETHER TO LAUNCH SOCIALLY INTEGRATED BIBLE APP: BIBLE360 The Greatest Book of All Time Enhanced Through Video, Interactive Technology & Social Media NEW YORK, January 4, 2012 –  Renowned producer Mark Burnett and his [Read More...]

Feast of Epiphany – My First Introduction


Tomorrow the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany (it’s called “Theophany” in Eastern Church). I’ve had two introductions to Epiphany. One over 25 years ago, the other this year. The first one. The first time I ever heard the word Epiphany was in High School. But it wasn’t in a church. It was in my [Read More...]

Paul and the Apostle John


I’ve done a good bit of thinking about Matthew and Paul and only a little about the relationship between Paul and other Apostolic writers. By the way, you can read my essay on Matthew and Paul and essays on Paul and the other Gospels in the book Paul and the Gospels (T & T Clark [Read More...]