Easter and Poetry

Over at the SMH is a wonderful article At Easter, the Poetry is in the Piety with diverse selections from John Donne, Oscar Wilde,  T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and John Updike. Ending up Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter, the author concludes: Let us not mock God with metaphor, Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence; Making of the event [Read More...]

Onward by Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO


I am an unabashed fan of Starbucks coffee. I know there are many Starbucks haters out there, but not me. I’m a homer for Starbucks coffee. What great joy I took recently sipping a  cup of Starbucks coffee while sitting in the Prague airport.  And having finished Howard Schultz’s recent book, Onward: How Starbucks Fought [Read More...]

Alan Stanley: Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think

My Crossway colleague, Dr. Alan Stanley, has a good little book entitled Salvation Is More Complicated Than You Think: A Study of the Teachings of Jesus (London: Paternoster, 2007). In the book he looks at what salvation/deliverance means mainly in the teaching of Jesus but also in the epistles, and covers topics like who will be saved, [Read More...]

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Cross palms

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Messiah to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also [Read More...]

A Lenten Confession – Walking the Reflective Road amidst a Hectic Life

This last week the prayer for the fifth week of Lent was this: Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may [Read More...]

Four Views on the Apostle Paul – Video

Coming out in June is Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012), edited by myself, with Luke Timothy Johnson (Catholic View), Thomas R. Schreiner (Reformed View), Mark D. Nanos (Jewish View),and Douglas Campbell (Post-New Perspective View). Now some might be wondering why there is no “New Perspective on Paul View.” Well, [Read More...]

Gospelizers 2012

If you live in Queensland, Australia, make sure you come to this conference! [Read more...]

The Jesus Tradition, Unicorns, and Atlantis

Just read Chris Keith “Memory and Authenticity: Jesus Tradition and What Really Happened,” ZNW 102 (2011), 155-77, have to mention this amusing quote: [F]rom the perspective of social memory theory, scholars in search of authentic Jesus traditions might as well be in search of unicorns, the lost city of Atlantis, and the pot of gold [Read More...]

Some Textual Criticism Stuff to Note

On the TC front, please note: Dan Wallace now has his own personal blog, and Forbes magazine some more info from Wallace on the alleged first century fragment of Mark. J.K. Elliott has an article on Recent Trends in Textual Criticism of the New Testament, which is worth reading. Over at the ETC blog, I [Read More...]

On my way to Czech


This week I head to Prague/Pisek Czech Republic  for a weekend of teaching in the local church. I’m traveling with a very good friend who I’ve known almost 20 years, Larry Stratton. We’re going as emissaries of our church as both Larry and I are on staff. The ministry opportunity is unique and very exciting. What [Read More...]

Cicero on the “Living Voice”

With all the talk of “eyewitnesses” and the “living voice,” I found this story from Cicero quite curious: But observe a coincidence. I had just made my way from Antium on to the via Appia at Three Taverns, on the very day of the Cerealia, when my friend Curio meets me on his way from [Read More...]


No doubt everyone has heard the news that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has said that he will resign at the end of the year to take up a position as Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge. To mark the occasion, I just purchased Benjamin Myer’s book Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams [Read More...]

Faith amidst Cynicism and Skepticism

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Today’s world is cynical of all things not least of faith. Even the most sympathetic to the Christian faith struggle with the sense of certainty. In a world as pluralistic as ours, it is difficult to feel any real sense of certainty about what we personally believe. We are often plagued by the questions of [Read More...]

The Jesus Tradition and Notebooks

Sadly most scholars are accustomed to explaining the complexities of the Synoptic Gospels purely in terms of literary relationships, while they account for the intricacy of the Jesus tradition exclusively with regard to oral transmission. But if the lines between orality and textuality were fluid –and they were– with oral material written down and written [Read More...]

Sigurd Grindheim on Christology of the Gospels

Dr. Sigurd Grindheim (see his webpage) is visiting professor at Fjellhaug International University College, Oslo, Norway, having taught previously at the Ethiopia Graduate School of Theology, pastored a Norwegian congregation in Chicagoland, and has a Ph.D from TEDS. He has two new books out, both on the Christology of the Gospels (one academic, the other popular), [Read More...]