Origen’s comment on the “Gospel” of John 12

The story of the anointing of Jesus’ head by an unnamed woman at Bethany in Mark 14 is something of a parallel to John’s account of Mary’s, the sister of Lazarus, anointing of Jesus’ feet in John 12. Mark 14:9 records Jesus saying “Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, [Read More...]

Tim Gombis on What is the Mission of the Church?

Tim Gombis over at his blog Faith Improvised is also writing a series of posts critically engaging Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book What Is the Mission of the Church?. In his third post, Tim reflects on the DeYoung and Gilbert’s dichotomy between worship (which they think is the mission of the church) and the [Read More...]

What is NOT the mission of the Church? 3

In this third post on Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s new book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission I want to reflect on the fourth chapter “Understanding the Good News”. It is a chapter on the question “What is the Gospel?” They begin the [Read More...]

N.T. Wright’s Forthcoming Book – How God Became King

N.T. Wright’s forthcoming book from HarperOne is called How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, which deals with the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the Cross. That is the subject that Wright spoke about at both Fuller and IBR last year. Due out March 2012. Here is the blurb: Since [Read More...]

Introducing the Book of Hebrews

Here’s my first effort at an introduction to the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a strange and difficult book. First, it seems to ramble on about things that are not exactly burning topics of discussion over breakfast or bitterly debated on Christian blog sites. It begins with a complex discussion of angels and what God [Read More...]

Zondervan’s Textbook Plus is Open to Students

Zondervan’s Textbook Plus website is now open to students! It has some cool resources there that go with each book. My systematics class use Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith and I can access power-point slides for lecturing and students can access videos, summaries, flash cards, and quizzes! Excellent work by Zondervan, very class room savvy. [Read more...]

My ABC News Article – School Chaplains: The Real Issue Isn’t the Separation of Church and State

Over at ABC Religion and Ethics is my article on School Chaplains: The Real Issue Isn’t the Separation of Church and State, where I argue that the major objection to school chaplains is not the safe division of religious institutions and government authorities, but rather, religious prejudice. [Read more...]

McKnight responds to Horton’s review

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight responds to Michael Horton’s review of his King Jesus Gospel (with a mention in despatches for yours truly). [Read more...]

Martin Luther’s “King Jesus Gospel”

I hate to be the one to tell you, but Scot McKnight’s King Jesus Gospel is a blatant rip off of the magisterial Reformer Martin Luther. Just read this: The gospel is a story about Christ, God’s and David’s Son, who died and was raised and is established as Lord. This is the gospel in [Read More...]

Michael Horton Reviews Scot McKnight’s “King Jesus Gospel”

Over at the White Horse Inn, Mike Horton offers a review and engagement with Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel under the heading, Are You a Soterian? Typical of Horton, it is a learned and even generous review, though clearly concerned and critical and certain points. I’m partly sympathetic to Horton because in the Reformed [Read More...]

What’s NOT the Mission of the Church? 2

In my first post on DeYoung and Gilbert’s book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, I came out of the corner swinging admittedly. At least one friend encouraged me to take a more irenic tone so that these issues can in fact be discussed. [Read More...]

Frederica Matthews-Green on the Orthodox Church

Over at Rachel Evan’s blog, she has an interview and questions to Frederica Matthews-Green, one of many converts to the Orthodox Church. It is an interesting exchange on topics like praying to the saints and women’s ordination. Matthews-Green is the author of Facing East: A Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy. I know a few [Read More...]

What is NOT the mission of the church? 1

Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert published a new book on the mission of the church What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. I want to be generous in this discussion and I certainly think these guys have the best of intentions. However, this book is [Read More...]

D.A. Carson on Confessionalism

Over at the TGC Blog, D.A. Carson has a good post on confessionalism in light of some controversy in America about the Trinity and an Elephant (????). However, Carson makes a good contrast between two types of evangelical unity: boundary-bounded and center-bounded.  He writes: From the beginning TGC has distinguished between a boundary-bounded set and [Read More...]

Day in Honour of Larry Hurtado

Over at the CSCO blog, there is is audio from a day in honour of Prof. Larry Hurtado that was held at Edinburgh University. Speakers include Richard Bauckham, Helen Bond, Tommy Wasserman, Thomas Kraus, and Larry Hurtado. [Read more...]