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

Weekly Meanderings, 16 September 2017

Finding help for Florida’s manatees: Two manatees were beached along Florida’s Sarasota Bay when Hurricane Irma sucked water from their usual home and left them stranded in knee-high mud. Several people posted photos of the animals that were stuck on the shore Sunday during a low tide created just before the hurricane made its way up the Florida coast and slammed into the Sarasota region. “One wasn’t moving, the other was breathing and had water in its eyes. My friends… Read more

54 Years Ago Today

Brit Moorer: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Friday marks the 54th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Four little girls were killed. Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair were heading to sing with the church choir when at approximately at 10:22 when a bomb went off. Four suspected members of the Ku Klux Klan planted 19 sticks of dynamite outside the basement of the church. Not many people realize there was a fifth little… Read more

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