History of Evangelical Christianity in Australia

For those interested in antipodean evangelicalism, the second edition of Stuart Piggin’s book on the history of evangelicalism in Australia is now out: Stuart Piggin Spirit, Word and World: Evangelical Christianity in Australia Melbourne: Acorn, 2012. Order here. This revised edition brings the story right up to the present, covering the worldwide expansion of Sydney [Read More…]

John Piper Clarifies Remarks on Wife Abuse

Some time ago, John Piper engaged in a Q&A about wives submitting to their husbands and what to do in the case of wife abuse (see a video here). This caused quite a bit of a stir, and rightly so, because it gave the impression that wives should just suck it up for the glory [Read More…]

The Fourfold Gospel: A Rationale

The adoption of the four Gospels by the proto-orthodox church is a remarkable feat of Christian history. At the dawn of the second century, the Jesus tradition crystalized into what are now the canonical Gospels, yet oral tradition and secondary orality remained quite alive, “other” Gospels were also composed at this time, soon after Gospel [Read More…]

Women in Ministry Blitz Begins

The response, feedback, and debate stemming from Zondervan’s ebook series Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry has formally begun. Its causing a bit of a stir in Evangelical Anglican circles in Sydney and round about (wonder if Kath Keller is getting as much air time as Dicko and I are?). Some reviews include: Tamie Davis [Read More…]

Day of The Holy Innocents – A Timely Prayer

On the Christian calendar today is a holy day to remember the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem by the hand of Herod the Great in response to the visit of the Magi (Matt 2). It feels so much more  poignant to me today in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary just a [Read More…]

Christmas Message 2012: St. Mary’s Class Warfare against the Rich

In terms of the on going discussion this Christmas about the American “fiscal cliff” and Australia’s own debate of surplus vs. cutting services, well, St. Mary has something to say and it ain’t what many of us want to hear: 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my [Read More…]

Women in the Matthean Genealogy

The Matthean genealogy gives us an account of the colorful people who make up Jesus’ lineage when he is adopted into the house of David. The late Michael Goulder wrote a wonderful poem about Jesus’ genealogy: Exceedingly odd, Is the means by which God Has provided our path to the heavenly shore: Of the girls [Read More…]

5 Things to Read before Christmas Morning

Blessed Xmas to everyone out there from Joel and I. But before you open presents, go to church, and eat too much turkey and ham, please have a read of these five articles: 1. Peter Leithart on First Things on How N.T. Wright Stole Christmas. I suggest a moratorium on new Christmas hymns, until we all [Read More…]

Beautiful Bethlehem Christmas Video

A lovely video about Christmas from Bethlehem [Read more…]

Christmas Day Book Release: Three Zondervan E-Books on Women in Ministry

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, Zondervan will release three ebooks about women and ministry from their series Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry. All for just $2.99. If all your family brought you for Christmas was a pair of dish washing gloves, a left behind novel, and some cigarette flavored ice-cream, then make up [Read More…]

D.Min in Theological Exegesis at Knox Seminary

Knox Seminary in Florida has a new D.Min in Theological Exegesis. The rationale for the program is: In recent years the world of biblical and theological scholarship has focused on one issue with fervor equal to and seemingly greater than any other: “theological interpretation of Scripture” or “theological exegesis.” Fed up with the sterile scholarship [Read More…]

The Metroevangelicals?

Over at WSJ, Andy Crouch has a piece on Make Way for the Metro-Evangelical, which describes the pivot by church leaders like Tim Keller and Mark Driscoll towards inner city church planting. Christianity Today even has a series of videos on them called This is our City. However, Keith Miller at Mere Orthodoxy asks, Are the [Read More…]

The Coming Evangelical Recession?

Whereas America is focused on its fiscal cliff and the possibility of an economic recession, over in a NT Times piece, John Dickerson predicts the coming Evangelical Recession in America. IT hasn’t been a good year for evangelicals. I should know. I’m one of them. In 2012 we witnessed a collapse in American evangelicalism. The [Read More…]

Brian Rosner on the Best Way to Love a Child at Christmas

Brian Rosner, principal of Ridley Melbourne, has a piece in The Australian (available also here), where he asks what is the best thing we can do for kids at Christmas based on their greatest need. He writes: What is the best love of the child? That is the question posed by a multidisciplinary book edited [Read More…]

Mark Goodacre and Richard Carrier Debate Did Jesus Exist?

Over at the Premier Christian Radio show Unbelievable, Justin Brierly (the most handsome radio host I know), has a great show featuring Richard Carrier and Mark Goodacre on Did Jesus Exist? Worth a listen! [Read more…]