Archives for February 2012

Preparing My Palate During Lent (Jeff Cook)

Whenever I look for a God, I encounter Jesus. Many of my friends and colleagues will tease that when I believe, all I am doing is putting faith in an ancient book, but of course that’s not how I get there. When I scan the philosophies about God, when I look for a narrative driving [Read More…]

Resurrection Spirituality

At the heart of Christian belief about the future is resurrection — the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of the saints, and the power of God to make all things new. On this general idea we agree — and then the problems begin. What will a resurrection body be like? Tom Wright is not alone [Read More…]

And Daniel Kirk Said This Too!

From Arise, CBE’s newsletter: On Jesus’ Choosing Twelve Men J. R. Daniel Kirk (PhD), New Testament professor at Fuller Seminary Northern California, is an author, and he blogs daily at Storied Theology ( He will be speaking in April at the CBE Houston Conference, “A New Creation. A New Tradition: Reclaiming the Biblical Tradition of [Read More…]

A Letter: A Pastor and His Daughter

I open this letter for you. Read it and pray. Several weeks ago I downloaded Junia is Not Alone.  As the only person on staff at a small church, I am also taking two courses so I have not had time to read it. Until today. Thank you. Thank you for being willing to say [Read More…]

Is the Adam of Genesis Not Paul’s Adam? (RJS)

Part Two (Ch 5-7) of the new book by Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, turns to Paul’s Adam in the context of Paul’s theology, Paul’s Christology, and Paul’s view of scripture.  Chapter 5 introduces the topics, Chapter 6 looks at Paul as an ancient [Read More…]

Not Many Say This

Not many say what Daniel Kirk has said: “I am going to argue that Paul’s letters, to a greater extent even than the ministry of Jesus itself, establish a narrative trajectory of unity through equality” (Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?, 118). So there you go: the bold claim that in Paul’s own ministry and [Read More…]

Junia is Not Alone

I take the title of this post from the little e-book I wrote, Junia is Not Alone. Here is the kind of evidence that needs to be repeated and expanded more and more. Thanks to Sandra Glahn for this fine sketch: Often evangelicals teach that women were content with their lot in life until Betty Friedan [Read More…]

Independent, but Dependent

From Binyamin Appelbaum and Robert Gebeloff: There is little poverty here in Chisago County, northeast of Minneapolis, where cheap housing for commuters is gradually replacing farmland. But Mr. Gulbranson and many other residents who describe themselves as self-sufficient members of the American middle class and as opponents of government largess are drawing more deeply on [Read More…]

Ed Stetzer Interview on King Jesus Gospel

Ed Stetzer opened his blog last Wednesday for an interview he conducted with me about The King Jesus Gospel, and I’m reposting that interview here. What was your primary purpose for writing this book? I have been working on “gospel” for about a decade, beginning in my classes at North Park and some of this [Read More…]

The Return

Anthony Thiselton: “In spite of those who underestimate the central importance of the Return of Christ in the New Testament, the concept remains central from the earliest New Testament writings to the latest” (89). There is an issue here: moderns and postmoderns find this element of NT and early Christian belief a bit embarrassing, if [Read More…]