Gay NZ Man Takes Church to Court for Refusing to Ordain Him

We all knew this was coming. In this report a gay man in a partnered relationship in New Zealand is taking the Anglican Bishop of Auckland to the Human Rights Tribunal for discrimination because the diocese will not ordain him to the priesthood. Ironically, the Anglican Church of NZ is very likely to ordain open [Read More…]

SPCK Classic – Burridge on the Four Gospels

I’ve taught NT in three different theological colleges across the world.  In the Introduction to the Gospels course taught in all three colleges each one had Richard Burridge’s Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading on their reading list! There is a reason for that, Burridge has written a rather useful intro to the four Gospels. In [Read More…]

Orthodoxy is Winning

Interesting article in TimeIdea on In the War Over Christianity, Orthodoxy is Winning by Mary Eberstadt. As changing views on gay marriage, among others, go to show, secularization marches on. Traditionalists may be on the losing end of historic real estate, at least for now, as well as booed out of the public square for [Read More…]

From Paul to Nicea

I’ve just finished reading Christopher Bryan’s The Resurrection of the Messiah (Oxford: OUP, 2011) and I rather liked this quote in his conclusion: Paul, the earliest of our witnesses is, as we have seen, particularly clear. We have noted how, in I Corinthians 15:27-28 he spells out, in his own way, precisely the point that Nicea would  eventually make [Read More…]

A Little Known Mark Commentary you Should Know About

I have more Mark commentaries than other book of the NT. There are so many really good one’s. Vincent Taylor, C.E.B. Cranfield, R.T. France (good old British one’s), Rudolf Pesch (best German commentary), Craig Evans (good on religionsgeschichte), A.Y. Collins (dense and nearly definitive), M. Eugene Boring (great on literary theological themes), Ben Witherington (Mark [Read More…]

Why We Need to Teach Historical Criticism

In the latest issue of Theology 116.3 (2013) is a series of articles by Aussie authors about the New Atheists and Biblical Study. Articles include: Mark G. Brett “Dawkins and Badiou: Two Atheist Approaches to the Bible.” Dorothy A. Lee “The New Testament and the New Atheism: Alternative Narrations.” Neil Pembroke “Young Australian Christians reading Dawkins [Read More…]

Audio Lecture: What is “evangelical” about Evangelical Theology

Now available on-line is the audio for my inaugural Ridley College public lecture on “What is ‘evangelical’ about Evangelical Theology?“ [Read more…]

Book Notice: Exploring the Religion of Ancient Israel

Chalmers, Aaron. Exploring the Religion of Ancient Israel: Priest, Prophet, Sage, and People. Exploring Topics in Christianity Series. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2012. By Graham Scott (Crossway College) Exploring the Religion of Ancient Israel is a concise and well-written introduction to Israelite religion. Chalmer’s analysis devotes key chapters to each of the three key roles in [Read More…]

Book Notice: Heaven on Earth

R. Alan Streett Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now Eugene, OR: Harvest, 2013. My friend Alan Streett, Research Professor at Criswell College, has written a useful introduction to the meaning and relevance of the kingdom of God to Christian life. This book is well informed about empire [Read More…]

Romans 1:18-32 – A Paraphrase

Roman 1:18-32 could be called “Mapping the Crack Shack of the Human Heart. ” Here is my paraphrase, comments welcomed! The Pagan World in the Grip of Sin (Rom 1:18-32) In speaking of God’s saving justice, we cannot forget his punitive justice against evil either. For the righteous rage of God is even now being [Read More…]

Introducing the Bible while Introducing English

I’ve taught in a number of colleges where for many students English is not their first language. It is always a struggle then to find them good quality literature to read that is also written at a fairly easy comprehension level for people who don’t yet  have the best English-reading skills. A book like that [Read More…]

Reviews of Jesus is the Christ (Updated)

Justin Boulmay has a nice review of my Jesus is the Christ. Michael Bird’s newest book, Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels, is a short but strong work that seeks to defend what is perfectly obvious to anyone except for those who don’t want to see it: Jesus of Nazareth claimed to be [Read More…]

Paul Barnett – Why I am Still a Christian

Recent Bishop Paul Barnett gave the Matthew Hale Public Library Lecture in Brisbane on the title “Why I Am Still a Christian.” You can read the whole talk on Paul Barnett’s blog. Why am I still a Christian?  Ultimately it is the Lord’s doing.  He made the invitation, ‘Whoever comes…’ and he gives the assurance, [Read More…]

Book Notice: A Book of Prayers

Arthur A. R. Nelson A Book of Prayers Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012. Available at This is a little book of written prayers on difficult topics covering inner life, times of grief, difficulty, illness, marital problems, parenting, celebrations, and home and church. Prayers cover topics such  “For One Who Has Been Raped” to ” [Read More…]

Jonathan Edwards Congress in 2015

For all of you JE junkies who think that Edwards is your home boy, you will not want miss the Jonathan Edwards Congress In Melbourne in 2015 (lots of time to get ready): In response to the suggestions of the worldwide network of Jonathan Edwards Centers, Ridley College has the honour of hosting this significant [Read More…]