“inerrancy doesn’t describe what the Bible does”–some comments from my ETS talk

I could have sworn I posted this months ago, but didn’t. So here it is. These are my comments I gave at the Evangelical Theological Society in Baltimore last November as part of the panel discussing the book I contibuted to (along with Al Mohler, John Franke, Michael Bird, and Kevin Vanhoozer), Five Views on Biblical [Read More...]

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Hurtado reviews Wright’s Paul

For those interested, here is a link to Larry Hurtado’s blog where you can find another link to Hurtado’s somewhat appreciative yet largely critical review of N. T. Wright’s massive work Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Which leads me to my morning prayer: Lord, may I have the wisdom never to walk into the [Read More...]

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more good news on the dead end of academic jobs

Yes, the title is sarcastic. I stumbled onto a funny and insightful article on the not-so-bright present and future of a career in academia, “Academia and the people without jobs,” by “anthropologist, writer, debtor” Ryan Anderson. Here’s a taste: The reality is this: maybe we don’t want to accept reality. Maybe we simply don’t want [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (11): Chris Keith

Today’s “aha” moments post is by Chris Keith, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, St Mary’s University, Twickenham. One of Keith’s interests is the application of social memory theory to the Gospels and historical Jesus. His most recent book is Jesus against the Scribal [Read More...]

Jesus wants you to be doctrinally inconsistent–more from Oswald Chambers

It’s been a while since I passed on an Oswald Chambers quote from my rector, Father Dave Robinson of  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He’s been slacking but I forgive him (because Jesus says I have to). The title of this reflection is “The Conditions of Discipleship,” the July 2nd reading at My Utmost for His Highest. It is [Read More...]

Jacob L. Wright on the Bible’s Prehistoy, Purpose, and Political Future (video)

Here is a short video by Jacob L. Wright, professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of King David and His Reign Revisited (see here) as an interactive iBook, and an expanded version with Cambridge University Press (David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory). This [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (10): Chris Tilling

The 10th installment of our “aha” moments series is by Chris Tilling, Lecturer in New Testament at St Mellitus College and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London. He is the author of Paul’s Divine Christology, co-author of How God Became Jesus, and editor of the recently published Beyond Old and New Perpectives on Paul. He appeared in the documentary, From the Dust: Framing [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (9): Anthony Le Donne

The 9th installment in our “aha moments” series is by Anthony Le Donne, assistant professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, and formerly of Lincoln Christian University. He was terminated from that position as a direct result of his popular book Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars (and pastors) tell their stories (8): Michael Ruffin

Michael L. Ruffin (MDiv and PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor of First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald, Georgia and former professor in the School of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Prayer 365, Living on the Edge: Preaching Advent in Year C, and Living Between The Advents. This is [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (7): Christopher M. Hays

Today’s “aha” moments is by Christopher M. Hays (DPhil, New Testament Studies, University of Oxford). After completing his degree, Hays was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow for 3 years, and is now teaching at Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia. Hays thinks a lot about how early Christians believed that money ought to be used, a subject [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (6): Christopher W. Skinner

Today’s “aha” moment–the 6th in the series–is by Christopher W. Skinner (PhD, Catholic University of America), Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. Skinner is the author or editor of 6 books, including John and Thomas: Gospels in Conflict?: Johannine Characterization and the Thomas Question (Wipf and Stock), What Are [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (5): Charles Halton

Today’s “aha” moment is the 5th in our series and brought to you by Charles Halton (PhD Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), assistant professor of theology at Houston Baptist University. Halton is the managing editor of  Marginalia and just completed editing Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters (Zondervan, February, 2015). He [Read More...]

a brief word on my current series “aha moments from biblical scholars”

We’re now 4 posts into my series, “‘aha’ moments: biblical scholars tell their stories.” I’ve gotten a lot of very positive feedback from many of you, which is always encouraging to hear. I’ve also gotten some messages from pastors and doctoral students who have had their own “aha” moments in their study of Scripture. It [Read More...]


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