April 19, 2015

I grow weary of the nonsense that has as its lead lament ‘there is no Trinity in the NT’. Actually there is. There is plenty on the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit being part of the divine identity in the NT, and The Shadow of the Almighty demonstrates this. I wrote this with my friend and fellow Tar Heel and former Asbury student, Laura Michaels Ice. One of my more interesting theology books is the one entitled The… Read more

April 18, 2015

It occurred to me along the way that Protestants do a pretty poor job of understanding the sacraments and their roles in Christian life, so I wrote a series of books on baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Word of God. Baylor did a terrific job on the covers, editing etc. The book on baptism shows at some length what a theology of baptism ought to look like, and why baptism is an initiation not a confirmation rite. The Lord’s… Read more

April 17, 2015

I’ve written a lot of specialty books along the way, but one series I am especially pleased with are my Kingdom Perspectives books beginning with Imminent Domain. The whole premise of this series is for us to think backwards from the eschaton to now, and see the current situation in light of the future coming Kingdom. The first book in the series explores what the language of Kingdom actually means in the NT. The next book to read in the… Read more

April 16, 2015

I’ve written various introductions to the NT, and am in the process of writing an introduction to the Bible as a whole with Sandy Richter. We’ll focus on the former here. I’m very proud of my two recent Oxford books. They are some of the best summary work I’ve done. Invitation to the NT (Oxford 2012) has got all the maps, charts, and beautiful color pictures you want plus a treatment of the whole NT. If on the other hand,… Read more

April 15, 2015

I went to see ‘Danny Collins’ with modest expectations. The aging and worn out singer trying to make a comeback, or alternately trying to flip the script and stop being a caricature of his previous pop star self has been done before. This movie will remind various avid movie goers of Jeff Bridges ‘Crazy Heart’ movie in which he plays an aging country musician, still looking for redemption (see also Hugh Grant’s ‘Music and Lyrics’). And let’s be clear, when… Read more

April 15, 2015

It’s tax day and Rachel Held Evans’ latest book has just emerged, Searching for Sunday (Nelson Books, 269 pages, $16.99 pb). In some ways this book has appeared at just the appropriate moment, because in some ways it is like a refund check from the IRS, much anticipated, and a big help. In some ways however, the book is simply taxing, burdened down with a false sense of righteous outrage about an issue Rachel should have given more thought and… Read more

April 14, 2015

(image courtesy of lyndapringle.hubpages.com). Living in Lexington Kentucky one sees a lot of cars with the ‘Friends of Coal’ license plates. In my view, friends don’t let friends profit off the misery and death of miners with black lung disease or off of mountain top removal, despoiling of streams and rivers, and general ruination of Appalachia. Coal is not our friend. It is one of the most dirty forms of energy imaginable and the process of it’s extraction from the… Read more

April 13, 2015

As I’m sure you’ve noticed. There is an appalling (I’m kidding!) amount of Paul in the NT, nearly a third of it is attributed to him. I’m not going to discuss my commentaries in this post, but rather will turn to other volumes of importance on Paul. There is first of all the Paul Quest (IVP 1998), which has done very well, and presents to the reader various of the modern ways Paul has been analyzed by scholars. There will… Read more

April 12, 2015

The new series A.D. is providing us with an in depth look at the rise of the Jesus movement, and its motivating forces and factors. In Episode 2 of this series of shows, the arc of the narrative does not really reach beyond the Easter stories in the Gospels. Indeed, it ends on a mount, probably in Galilee, with Jesus commissioning his disciples and then departing from them. Along the way we get various scenes, some of them quite moving,… Read more

April 12, 2015

I’ve written a bunch of books about Jesus, between 1984 and now. My earliest publication was indeed Women in the Ministry of Jesus (Cambridge,1987)— Obviously, this book did well because it was on a timely topic. The book I would most commend if the issue is ‘How did Jesus view himself’ is my The Christology of Jesus (Fortress 1990). This book is still used as a text, and it spawned two others with Fortress, Jesus the Sage and Jesus the… Read more

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