“Peter’s Kingdom Keys Explain Subsequence”

The following is my first journal article. It was published a few days ago in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. (See my 11/1/13 post about this subject entitled "Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Spirit Baptism.") The thesis of this article is laid out in more detail in my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Early Spirit Baptism. Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers on September 24, 2015, this book is now available at amazon.com, wipfandstockpublishers.com, and … [Read more...]

Praying for a “Breakthrough”


For several years, I've been praying that God would give me a "breakthrough book." That has been my exact expression. Sometimes, I would say only the word "breakthrough," referring to a book. God knew what I meant. Why was I praying that?I made a decision long ago to try to become an author of theological books. From the human viewpoint, it was a crazy decision. My fulltime career as a pro golfer on the PGA Tour was coming to an end, in 1982. What was I going to do for work? I had four … [Read more...]

A Day at SBL

As a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, last weekend I attended its Annual Meeting. It is held in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion in a different, major city in North America each year which can accommodate a group of about 7,000 to 10,000 members. Most are professors with PhDs. Most years it is the highlight of my year. It keeps me abreast of what biblical scholars are saying. I see their latest books and buy some of them. And then there is networking and talking to … [Read more...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?

James D.G. Dunn authored the important and accessible book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence (WJK, 2010, 176 pp., paperback). He is a leading New Testament scholar and generally regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Christology. That's mostly due to his more dense book, Christology in the Making (1980/1996).Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? is a rather provocative book for a moderately-conservative, evangelical scholar of Dunn’s stature. In his … [Read more...]