My Praise for Longenecker’s Remember the Poor


A couple weeks ago, Michael wrote a brief post noting the new book by Bruce Longenecker called Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty and the Greco-Roman World. I picked a copy up at SBL and began reading it with great interest. This topic is important to me and very timely given the discussions being had on [Read More...]

What is the Mission of the Church?, A Review

The post is the full review of  What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 8

This post brings my review of Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book to a close. I want to thank them for contributing such a well written and thought provoking argument. Although I can’t claim to have read widely on the subject of mission, I can concur with the sentiments of D. A. Carson in his [Read More...]

Sermon on Colossians 2:8-15 at College Life


On Sunday night I have the privilege of preaching a sermon at North Park’s weekly gathering College Life. Here’s the link if your interested in listening to my sermon “In Messiah Alone”.   [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 7

In this post on Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book I want to reflect on chapter 8, “Seeking Shalom: Understanding the New Heavens and the New Earth”. While I don’t think I’d come out much different from them in conclusion—they advocate a “faithful presence” a la James Davidson Hunter, I think there are at least [Read More...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 6


In this post, I want to commend Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s two chapters on Social Justice: “Making Sense of Social Justice: Exposition” (6) and “Making Sense of Social Justice: Application” (7) in their book What’s the Mission of the Church?. These chapters usefully center of a pendulum that has swung far in one direction [Read More...]

Sabbatical Messianism


In reading Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s discussion of the Jubilee year from Leviticus 25, it reminded me of something I discovered while working on my Ph.D. thesis. In studying the concept of “messianism”, I came across the idea of “Sabbatical Messianism” (you probably never heard of this, I hadn’t at the time). [Read more...]

Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem

I’m a firm believer that more needs to be done to make  evangelical churches aware of the plight of Arab Christians in the Middle East, esp. those in Palestine (see my review of The Jerusalem Testament). A few weeks ago a group of lecturers and pastors in Brisbane had lunch with Ellie Hadad the president [Read More...]

The Never Ending Saga of the Son of Man

A while back I posted about the CEB’s decision to interpret tou huiou tou anthropou (lit. “the son of the man”) as “the Human One”. This is not entirely new.  Herman C. Waetjen in his under read but useful Mark commentary A Re-Ordering of Power: A Socio-Political Reading of Mark’s Gospel translates it as “the Human Being”. Any [Read More...]

My Romans Class Probably Wish They Had this Book Last Week

Some of my Pauline Theology/Romans class wrote an essay on the “wretched man” in Romans 7. They probably could have done with this book about a week or two ago! Perspectives on Our Struggle with Sin: Three Views of Romans 7 By: Chad Owen Brand, Terry Wilder More in Perspectives Series B&H Academic / 2011 / Paperback   [Read more...]

Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert Begin to Answer Reviewers

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I was pleased to notice today that Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert are beginning to answer questions about their book over at Kevin’s blog. Here’s the opening paragraph from their post: On Tuesday, Trevin Wax put forth “five nagging questions” about our book What Is the Mission of the Church? Greg and I both know [Read More...]

Things to Do and Remember for ETS and SBL in November 2011

Okay, time for my annual list of things to do and remember at ETS and SBL. If you see me eating buffalo wings and drinking a glass of shiraz, it means that I just arrived, say “Hi”. Go to the local San Fran marriage registry office and ask, “Is your policy really, ‘If you can [Read More...]

Women and ETS (Again)

Something to ponder ahead of next week:   HT: Elke Speliopoulos [Read more...]

James McGrath on Scholarship in a Digital Age

James McGrath (Lady Gaga Professor of Biblical Studies at Butler University) has a good article at B&I on Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies. He notes that it is important that what we properly inform our students about the true nature of the diversity in scholarship. I also liked this quote: For in [Read More...]

Kevin Vanhoozer to return to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Everybody’s favourite evangelical theologian (well at least mine) is leaving Wheaton College to return to Trinity International University. See the news from TIU here. At ETS there will be a session on KJV’s book Remythologizing God which I would go to if there wasn’t already a session on at the same time concerning Galatians and [Read More...]