Book Notice: Is Scripture Still Holy?

A.E. Harvey Is Scripture Still Holy? Coming of Age with the New Testament Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Available at In this book, A.E. Harvey, Emeritus Canon of Westminster Abbey, looks at how one might re-conceive biblical authority given that modern society has, in Bonhoefferian terms, “come of age” and lives mostly independently of [Read More…]

Jesus, the Bible, and my Buddy Denny

Denny Burke has a good response to Stanley, McKnight, and Bird on the Jesus vs. Bible thingy-bobby blogfest (see my earlier post). Obviously Denny and I whole heartedly affirm biblical authority and the unmatchable centrality of Jesus Christ, but it is the integration of the two that we might differ on. 1. On the Bible [Read More…]

D.Min. in New Testament Context

Over at Jesus Creed Scot McKnight has announced the new D.Min. in New Testament Context through Northern Seminary which will be directed by him. I will be joining alongside Scot teaching this program. It is an exciting opportunity for pastors who have always wanted a chance to become conversant with the Jewish context of Jesus [Read More…]

Biblical Theology without Typology?

I love biblical theology. Biblical theology with its focus on the use of the OT in the NT was what was so captivating to me as I sat in a Scott Hafemann class in 1997 – perceiving the unity of the OT and the NT continues to be pursuit of my academic work. My first [Read More…]

Jesus Vs. the Bible ? (Updated)

Recently American Mega-Pastor Andy Stanley  (North Point Community Church) delivered a sermon where he said that he believed in Adam and Eve,  not because the Bible says so, but because Jesus believed in a real Adam and Eve. According to Stanley, “The foundation of our faith is not the Scripture. the foundation of the faith [Read More…]

Two Articles by Timothy George You Should Read

Timothy George is my favourite Southern Baptist and with good reason. First, check out his piece at First Things entitled, A Tale of Two Demons which is about Katherine Jefferts-Schori’s now infamous sermon. I blogged on her sermon earlier cause I thought it could be a Good Candidate for the Worst Sermon Ever. George makes a stark juxtaposition of Pope [Read More…]

Gene Robinson and John Dickson on “The Spirit of Things”

On the ABC radio show The Spirit of Things, Rachel Kohn hosts Bishop Gene Robinson (former Anglican bishop of New Hampshire) and Rev. Dr. John Dickson (St. Andrews Anglican Church and CPX) on the topic of gay marriage. A great discussion from both sides of the debate. [Read more…]

Romans 2 – A Paraphrase

Now someone might like to think that this divine justice does not pertain to them. To such a person, whether a Roman moralist like Seneca who writes ethical treatises or even a rock star Rabbi like Shammai with an encyclopedia knowledge of all things kosher, let me say this. You, oh pious one, who likes [Read More…]

Scot McKnight’s new ebook on Christian Perseverance

Scot McKnight’s new ebook coming out is A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance. Here’s the blurb: Can we choose and un-choose God? Or does he choose and un-choose us? In The Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance, theologian Scot McKnight examines what the Bible says about human salvation. Inspired in part by a [Read More…]

George Caird Lectures On-Line

Thanks to Mark Goodacre, Matthew Montini, and Jeff Gibson, dozens of lectures by the late George Caird on NT Theology are now on-line. I have to say that Caird’s posthumously published book on New Testament Theology is wonderful, I like his “round table” method, and it is easily in my top five of modern NT Theologies. These lectures are [Read More…]

My David Jones Lecture Series “Not by Paul Alone” is Now On-line

Earlier this year I was privileged to present the annual David Jones Lectures Series at Covenant Theological Seminary. I had a great time with the faculty and students. I also got to meet their new President Dr. Mark Dalbey who is a lovely guy. Hanging out with folks like Robert Yarbrough, Michael Williams, Jack Collins, [Read More…]

Book Review: Anglican Bibliology for a Progressive Audience

Gregory C. Jenks (Editor) The Once and Future Scriptures: Exploring the Role of the Bible in the Contemporary Church Salem, OR: Polerbridge, 2013. Available at See other reviews by Mark Thompson and Neil McKinlay. For a critique of progressive Christianity in Bribane see Ralph Bowles. “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on the Significance of the Psalms

I don’t know if Prof. Wright has been hanging out with his colleague Dr. Grant Macaskill for too long  in St. Andrews (Grant is a Free Church of Scotland Minister and the denomination is known for its Psalmody), but Wright is giving a plug for the Psalms that I’d normally expected from an FCC or [Read More…]

Wrightgate: the Resolution

Okay, The Wrightgate saga about the mysterious origins of the book Breaking Beautiful book has been explained. N.T. Wright did some videos for a group called The House Studios. Then, as far as I can tell, the lectures were turned into a transcript and were augmented with commentary by Tim Suttle. Suttle was brought into the project [Read More…]

New N.T. Wright Book Coming Out Soon!

N.T. Wright’s next book published will not in fact be Paul and the Faithfulness of God; rather, it will be: The Case for the Psalms (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2013). Due for release in September. There’s an endorsement from Former ABC Rowan Williams: “A characteristic blend of learning, personal insight and spiritual perception. This book will be [Read More…]