A Thought for Sunday Worship


Psalm 100 concludes with a note of praise: For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations God’s goodness was one of the biblical authors’ favorite attributes of God on which to reflect. The word “good” is one of those words, like “beauty”, that is hard to define [Read More...]

Setting the Captives Free: Churches that Raided Slave Ships

Thanks to Rev. Dr. John Dickson (CPX and St. Andrews Anglican Church), I heard about Augustine’s Letter to Alypius (# 10, ca. 428 AD) where he refers to an increase in slave trafficking by abduction in North Africa and how groups of Christians raided slave ships to set the prisoners free. Listen to this: Even [Read More...]

Israel’s Proprietorship of God and His Creation


Have you ever thought about the fact that our access to the knowledge of God and creation are mediated by the story of Israel? Both the God we know (He’s known as the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) and the world He made are Israel’s proprietorship. Daniel Kirk in his new book Jesus Have [Read More...]

Michael Gorman: Participation and Mission in Paul

Michael Gorman has a short piece about his forthcoming work on participation and mission in Paul. Consider these two quotations: According to Paul, God is on a mission to liberate humanity—and indeed the entire cosmos—from the powers of Sin and Death. The fullness of this liberation is a future reality for which we may, and [Read More...]

Who are We? Saved Sinners or Saints who Sometimes Sin?

When it comes to the question of “sanctification” (i.e., growth in holiness, Christ-likeness, and godliness), I frequently pose my students this question: Are we sinners saved by grace, or, saints who sometimes sin? On the former, it anchors our identity in our fallen nature and Adamic heritage, so that we are by nature sinners who [Read More...]

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 Amazon.com. 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 www.academic-bible.com (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!


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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 Amazon.com 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...]