How Did He Stay That Long?

Jimmy Adcox, on pastoring 40 years in the same church, has been the preaching minister at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro Arkansas. Longevity in ministry is the result of a healthy partnership between the minister, the church, and the elder group. As cited in a previous blog, ministers help make longevity possible through building trust – trust that is demonstrated through a healthy measure of character, competence, and chemistry with the church. But members and leadership groups are… Read more

Crime And Punishment: Greg Boyd Style

When it comes to evaluations of Greg Boyd’s massive The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, the central topic of discussion ought to be method: Boyd’s method is theological interpretation of Scripture with a Cruciformity Hermeneutic at the center. A central question, then, is this: How Christocentric, or how Cruciform or Christoform, is your hermeneutic? When it comes to the wrath of God, how does a cruciform hermeneutic conclude? He turns in chapter sixteen to Jesus’ pattern of withdrawal (wrath is withdrawal of divine… Read more

Paul’s Adam (RJS)

The final chapter of the new book Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight looks carefully at the the way at Paul uses Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15. As this is really the core issue for many Christians, we will spread the discussion out over two posts. Scot starts the chapter with a brief discussion of the role that Science, particularly evolutionary biology, can play in loss of faith. If a person has tightly… Read more

If You Don’t Know Sarah Ruden, You Should

Seriously, her book on Paul — Paul Among the People — was a gem, she has become well known among classicists for her translations, and now she has a splendid new, beautifully written (her prose is always splendid) book called The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible. Why should we listen to this Quaker who is a classicist and not a Bible scholar? But how do I dare try to expound the book? I’m the opposite of… Read more

Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine

By Austin Fischer, teaching pastor at Vista Community Church Defending Constantine: A Review Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine is a great book (For a delightful juxtaposition of thought, read Defending Constantine alongside Alan Kreider’s The Patient Ferment of the Early Church). Constantine, the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire, is a monumental figure—a hero in some circles and villain in others. Leithart seeks to set the record straight, or at least straighter, by providing a measured, historical analysis of his… Read more

Is 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Authentic? No.

Six Ground-breaking Discoveries A Summary of “Vaticanus Distigme-obelos Symbols Marking Added Text, Including 1 Corinthians 14.34–5” New Testament Studies 63 (2017) 604–625 (c) 2017 Payne Loving Trust Philip B. Payne Philip Barton Payne, author of Man and Woman, One in Christ, (PhD, Cambridge) has served with his wife Nancy with the Evangelical Free Church Mission in Japan for seven years. He has taught New Testament studies in Cambridge colleges, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Gordon-Conwell, Bethel, and Fuller, and is known for… Read more

“God In Labor” in Christian Theology

When Richard Bauckham, Murray Rae, and Michael Gorman lend their name to a book on atonement, I’m all ears. They’ve done so to Thomas Andrew Bennett’s elegantly written new (and not long) study, Labor of God: The Agony of the Cross as the Birth of the Church. This is not one of those “the church got it all wrong” books but instead a book that suggests one theme — childbirth, becoming children of God, or in the big theme “God in… Read more


From J.J. Watt is a superhuman. What he does on the field, like playing despite having a bone in his finger cut through his skin, is evidence of such. But it’s his recent off-the-field efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey that has elevated him to legendary status. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year launched a fund on to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 26 with an initial goal of $200,000. At the… Read more

Prayer For Your Week

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP Read more

John Newton on the Christian Life

One of my most edifying reads of this past year was Tony Reinke’s terrific book, Newton on the Christian Life (Crossway). Reinke is a non-profit journalist, author, Senior Writer for, and the host of the popular podcast, Ask Pastor John. David George Moore conducted the following interview. Some of Dave’s videos and interviews can be found at Moore: Calvinists today (and I incline in that direction) are not well-known for having a gracious and irenic spirit. John Newton… Read more

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