Quote of the Day (Michael Spencer)

“It would seem to me that if evangelicals cannot develop a stronger response and skill at conversation regarding the discoveries of science, we are going to find ourselves so marginalized that whatever we say to ourselves will have little effect on those who are visiting other worlds, other civilizations and reading the story of the [Read More...]

A Short Sermon

Asked to share a “short word” in a Romanian church, I decided to offer a short sermon…on the subject of short sermons. The first (brief) point was that there is a Biblical basis for short sermons. The Sermon on the Mount can be read in less than 10 minutes, and it is perhaps the most [Read More...]

Studying the Mandaeans: Sources and Questions

The recent ARAM conference on the Mandaeans in Oxford was a delightful cornucopia of different perspectives and scholarly angles on the Mandaeans, from questions about the origins to their present-day situation, with a number of Mandaeans in attendance as well as scholars interested in their religious tradition, heritage and language. Mandaism is, I’m quite sure, [Read More...]

Jared Calaway Has Finished With The Only True God

I hope no one is getting tired of these double entendre blog post titles. When I chose the title for the book, I was thinking only of John 17:3 and the relevance of that verse to understanding the Christology of John’s Gospel. It didn’t even occur to me what potential entertainment value there was in [Read More...]

Five Primary Sources That SHOULD Influence Richard Bauckham

While I was away a meme has been going around, which in its latest permutation asks Biblical scholars to list 5 primary sources that have influenced them. Ken Brown tagged me, and since most primary sources have already been mentioned, and because I’m reading Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the God of Israel with an aim [Read More...]

The Exodus From Egypt and 9/11

The Exodus from Egypt, had it occurred in literal fashion as described in the Bible, would have been (at the very least) ancient Egypt’s “September 11th”. Even if it did not wipe out every single firstborn child, and the cattle, not to mention Pharaoh’s army, even an event that decimated (in the literal or metaphorical [Read More...]

The Only True God in the U.K.

Amazon.co.uk now has The Only True God available for order. It is listed (as of the time of this blog post) as “temporarily out of stock”, but presumably those who place an order will be informed of an estimated date for shipping. [Read more...]

Review of Did The Resurrection Happen? A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew

Did the Resurrection Happen?: A Conversation With Gary Habermas and Antony Flew, edited by David Baggett (Downers Grove: IVP, 2009), offers an excellent presentation of contrasting perspectives on the philosophical aspects of the resurrection, all the more compelling because it takes the form of a dialogue between two philosophers whose different views on the matter [Read More...]

God’s Just Not That Into You

One of the in-flight movies on the way back from England was He’s Just Not That Into You. This post will mention a couple of points made in the course of the movie, and so if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t want to know even things that happen in the first minute of [Read More...]

Review of Deepest Differences: A Christian-Atheist Dialogue

Deepest Differences: A Christian-Atheist Dialogue is a transcript (edited and organized to aid readers of the book but otherwise left as it was) of an e-mail exchange between James Sire and Carl Peraino. The book provides an opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between two educated individuals with many shared views and assumptions as well [Read More...]

Noi Am Privit Slava Lui (Ioan 1.1-18)

I thought I’d share a sermon I preached recently in a church in Romania. Any resemblance to another sermon I preached recently in English is entirely uncoincidental… Noi am privit slava Lui Când am început să mă gândesc la pasajul acesta, Ioan 1:1-18, prologul Evangheliei după Ioan, şi la ceea ce înseamnă când autorul se [Read More...]

From The Archives: What Romania Has Taught Me About The Bible

I lived in Romania for three years, have been married to a Romanian for seventeen, and have had a lot of contact with Romania and Romanians. I love the surprised look on people’s faces when I tell them that I didn’t really understand the New Testament until I lived in Romania. Romania was part of [Read More...]

There And Back Again

This is just a quick post to say that I’m back from the conference about the Mandaeans in Oxford. It was really excellent. Even though the papers reflected many different angles on the Mandaeans – from anthropological perspectives on their current refugee plight to philological considerations about Mandaic magical bowls to mentions of the Mandaeans [Read More...]

From The Archives: Sola Scriptura?

Although I am a Protestant, I must confess that the idea of ‘sola Scriptura’, of ‘Scripture alone’, doesn’t work. It could perhaps theoretically work in Islam, where one can (assuming one doesn’t take a critical approach to the text) assume the unity of the book as a given. In the case of the Bible, such [Read More...]