Review of Miroslav Volf’s Allah: A Christian Response

Guest Reviewer: Rev. Cameron West One of the most beautiful films I’ve seen is Xavier Beauvois’ Des hommes at des dieux (2010) about the nine Trappist monks of Tibhirine kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and martyred in 1996. The final testimony of Dom Chrisitan de Chergé finishes with these words addressed to his murderer: “May we [Read More…]

New EEC vols. coming out soon with Logos

The first batch of Evangelical Exegetical Commentaries are set to come out soon with Logos. Among the first volumes to come out is William Varner’s commentary on James. I’m no Jacobean expert, but Varner has produced a fine commentary, with a very readable introduction and sober comments throughout. He seems very much on board with [Read More…]

The Gospels as Biographical Kerygma

I’m working on Gospels and tackling the genre question in more recent days. Here is my interim definition (with obvious HT to Talbert, Burridge, and Aune): The Gospels are the textual imprint of the oral phenomena of Christian preaching and teaching about Jesus. Viewed this way, the Gospels are Christian documents related to the needs [Read More…]

Mark as Story by Marcus Story

Funny episode in teaching today. More anon. I remember years ago reading David Rhoads’ Mark as Story and absolutely devouring it, and then getting into Robert Tannehill’s The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts, and enjoying that one too. The brilliance of the narrative approach is that it treats the Gospels as a unified and coherent story, rather than [Read More…]

Scot McKnight on Doug Campell’s Post-NPP View

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight briefly discusses Douglas Campbell’s essay in The Apostle Paul: Four Views. Doug’s position was the hardest to classify since he is very eclectic in his theological pedigree. The most obvious description would be “apocalyptic” or “Barthian,” but those designations are not only broad in what they mean, but would be [Read More…]

The Case Against Peter Singer

Dr. Peter Singer the animal rights activist and infanticide advocate, was on TV again last night (Q&A), once more heralding the virtues and values of “selected infanticide.” He believes in killing babies with disabilities. There is a great response to Singer by a woman with a disability, Stella Young, over at the ABC website Ramp [Read More…]

New Volume on Luke-Acts

Two fine friends of mine, Michael Pahl and Sean Adams, have teamed up to organize a great collection of essays on Luke-Acts in a new volume called Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Blurb: This volume provides an introduction and engagement with the major critical issues in the study of Luke-Acts. As the study of Acts has become, [Read More…]

Nijay Gupta Reviews The Apostle Paul: Four Views

My JSPL co-editor, Nijay Gupta, reviews The Apostle Paul: Four Views, noting the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the volume. Nijay has a colorful turn of phrase, naturally I like this statement by him:  Strengths – this is a fun book. I practically read the whole book in one sitting because, thanks to the type of series, [Read More…]

Justification: Five Views – A Lutheran Response

Jordan Cooper, a Ph.D student at London School of Theology and minister in the AALC, who blogs at Just and Sinner, has written a Lutheran Response to Justification: Five Views. Interesting piece, worth having a glance at. He concludes: The differences between Luther’s approach to justification and these five views have been made apparent. The [Read More…]

The Amazing Summer of Bird Books

Last year was a quiet year on the publishing front, but this year I’ve had a flurry of books come out. Some of which were five years in the making, others that were put together in a few short months. So this (American) summer has seen the following books arrive:   The Apostle Paul: Four [Read More…]

Incarnational Ministry?

Over at CT, there is a great article by J. Todd Billings on “The Problem with ‘Incarnational Ministry’.” I like this quote: It’s important to offer a ministry of presence to those in need. But when the gospel is reduced to identifying with others, the uniqueness of Christ’s incarnation becomes an afterthought. [Read more…]

How To Write a Theology Essay

Michael Jensen, lecturer in Theology at Moore Theological College, has a short book How To Write a Theology Essay, available through both the Latimer Trust in the UK and at Moore Books in Australia. I would like to beg, plead, beseech, exhort, urge, recommend, and flat out demand that my students read this before writing their [Read More…]

What is the Gospel?

My good friend Jonathan Pennington has a new book coming out this year on the Gospels: Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction. This looks like it will be a great resource as an introduction to the Gospels. I look forward to its arrival later in the year. I was all the more [Read More…]

Latest issue of JSPL

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 2.1 (2012) includes: N.T. Wright “Rom 2:17-3:7: A Hidden Clue to the Meaning of Romans?” William O. Walker Jr. “Romans 8:29-30 as a Non-Pauline Interpolation.” Michael Kibbe “‘The Obedience of Christ’: A Reassessment of ten hypakoen tou Christou in 2 Corinthians 10:5.” Nijay K. [Read More…]

If Jonathan Edwards was Here Today!

The other day, in Church History class, we looked at the Great Awakenings in New England with a special focus on Jonathan Edwards. After this class a few things about Jonathan Edwards stood out to me: 1. Yes, Jonathan Edwards was America’s first and greatest theologian. But he was not in fact American as he [Read More…]