Church Planting in NYC … Aussie Style

Over at CT is an article “City Parish: An Australian Builds NYC Networks“. It’s a good  piece about missional church planting in urban contexts. Perhaps I’m biased, but if you really want a job done properly, send in the Australians. As Field Marshall Rommel said: “Give me a brigade of Australians and I could do [Read More...]

D.A. Carson with John Piper on the Importance of Background

Over at the Gospel Coalition, there is a round table with Carson and Piper discussing how necessary it is to study the background culture and context for good preaching. This formed one of my criticisms of Piper in my recent JETS article in that I think Piper (needlessly) diminishes the value of historical study for [Read More...]

Barth and Israel

I’ve become interested in Karl Barth’s view of Israel and the Jewish question. Most know Barth is considered the greatest Protestant theologian since Calvin. He lived through the Nazi era and was part of the Confessing Church which stood against Hitler and the Nazis. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was highly influenced by Barth’s theology–introduced to it when [Read More...]

Michael Wyschogrod on the Land of Israel

I read this passage by Jewish philosopher-theologian  Michael Wyschogrod years ago and recently bumped into it again. You can find it in his essay on “Judaism and the Land” in the book Abraham’s Promise. His conclusion is eloquent in both its caution and confident faith: In our time, the people of Israel has returned to [Read More...]

The New Testament for Everyone – N.T. Wright’s Translation

I got in the mail The New Testament for Everyone by Tom Wright (SPCK) also published as The Kingdom Version (HarperOne). It is basically the translation of the entire NT derived from Tom Wright’s “New Testament for Everyone” series. In the preface, Wright claims that he’s provided a translation, not a paraphrase, and he notes [Read More...]

The African Memory of Mark – Thomas C. Oden

Thomas C. Oden’s new book  The African Memory of Mark: Reassessing Early Church Tradition published by IVP arrived in my mailbox today. When I opened it my initial thought was that I didn’t have time to read a book about the tradition of Mark in Africa. While interesting no doubt to some, I have other [Read More...]

Hello Kindle!

This week I took the plunge and entered the Kindle universe by purchasing my first Kindle. To be honest I’ve avoided Kindle for a long time and been more than reluctant because I didn’t think I’d use it much. I am a old-school read books on paper kind of a guy. I love to read [Read More...]

Lynn Cohick’s Lecture on Paul and Eric Liddell

Prof. Lynn Cohick (Wheaton College) presented the first inaugural Eric Liddell lecture on theology and mission at Crossway College in Brisbane, Australia. The lecture is entitled, “The Apostle Paul and Eric Liddell –  Prisoners of Christ,” and it is available in both audio and in PDF (note, I can’t open it in Google Chrome for [Read More...]

Render to Caesar – Christopher Bryan

I’m writing a chapter on Matthew and Empire for a book Joe Modica and Scot McKnight are editing for IVP called Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not! Evaluating Empire Studies Today. Besides myself other contributors include Mike Bird (Romans) and Lynn Cohick (Philippians), Allan Bevere (Colossians-Philemon), Drew Strait (Acts), Dean Pinter (Luke), Dwight Sheets (Revelation), [Read More...]

Writing Style 8

I had just been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Cambridge. But, of course, your status on official documents for your first year was something demoralizing, along the lines of “unregistered for any degree in the first instance”. This is typical Cambridge speak. Sometime in the early part of the summer, my supervisor sat me [Read More...]

The End of Church Planting?

Over at CT, Jason Hood has an interesting post on The End of Church Planting? where he argues that a missionary model of sending a “team” might be better than a model that relies exclusively on entrepreneurial pastors to plant churches. [Read more...]

Michael Barber on Catholicism 101

I’m teaching a course on “Church, Ministry, and Sacraments”. Over the course of the semester I’m bringing in various guests including an Orthodox Priest, Anglican Minister, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, and Pentecostal to explain what their tradition believes about church structure, scripture, sacraments, and other churches. I was fortunate enough to get Michael Barber (from The [Read More...]

After the New Perspective – Part 2

What have we learned from the New Perspective, what gains are we to keep? 1. A more balanced view of Judaism. You only have to compare Rudolf Bultmann’s famous chapter on “Jewish legalism” with 1QH from the Dead Sea Scrolls to know that (a) Protestant views of Judaism have been heavily jaundiced by caricatures of [Read More...]

18th Wedding Anniversary

Karla and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage this month. She had a long layover in San Diego this weekend (remember she’s a Flight Attendant for AA) and I went along. We took a boat to Coronado, biked around the island, and took a bike taxi around the San Diego harbor. Great way to [Read More...]

Review of JETS piece

Over at Think Theology, Luke Geraty has a sympathetic summary of my recent JETS article on navigating a way between Piper and Wright. I should also mention that I’m contributor to the forthcoming IVP book Justification: Five Views where I give this “modified Reformed perspective” more air time. [Read more...]