April 15, 2021

Dr. Thomas Andrew Bennett has published the 1-3 John volume in the Two Horizons New Testament series. Eerdmans kindly sent me a copy and I appreciated some of Bennett’s fresh thinking on approaching these letters. In the past, scholars have spent a ridiculous amount of time and energy “reconstructing” the so-called Johannine community, and then fitting 1-3 John into elaborate situational theories. Is that the best way to approach these texts? Bennett says “no.” I asked Bennett to write up some thoughts… Read more

April 12, 2021

A.J. Swoboda, PhD – Bushnell University Nijay K. Gupta, PhD – Northern Seminary On Good Friday, April 2, we published an (admittedly too-short) article with Christianity Today entitled “Jesus was the God-man, not the God-Superman.” Within, we (A.J. as a theologian and pastor; Nijay as a New Testament scholar) sought to identify what we believed was an array of integral, pressing, and pertinent set of questions regarding the nature of doubt. First, did Jesus ever experience doubt? And, secondly, if… Read more

April 3, 2021

Apparently Eerdmans is running a massive ~$4 Kindle sale. Here are some great picks that I spotted.     Read more

April 2, 2021

  Jesus Studies Bailey, Kenneth. Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes. IVP, 2008. Bockmuehl, Markus.  The Cambridge Companion to Jesus. Cambridge, 2001. Bond, Helen. The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed.  T&T Clark, 2012. Burkett, Delbert, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Jesus. Blackwell, 2010. Capes, David et al. Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ. IVP, 2015. Charlesworth, James H. and Petr Pokorny, ed. Jesus Research. 2 vols. Eerdmans, 2007-2014. Dunn, James D.G. Jesus Remembered. Eerdmans, 2003. Fredriksen, Paula and Adele Reinhartz,… Read more

March 31, 2021

On Anti-Asian Misoxenia: The Christ Hymn and God’s Reckless Love for the Outsider Did you watch the video? The one where the Asian woman gets assaulted in plain sight? And bystanders not only turn a blind eye, but they close the door to their building to keep the ruckus outside, to keep themselves safe. I watched the video several times in disbelief, even though I knew it would give me nightmares. The news reports keep calling it “xenophobia.” I know that… Read more

March 24, 2021

This is a starter bibliography for those interested in studying exegesis and hermeneutics. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave a comment. We know this list is not exhaustive! NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS AND HERMENEUTICS Hermeneutics (the Philosophy of Interpretation) Achtemeier, P. J. Inspiration and Authority: The Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999. Adam, A. K. M. Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006. Bartholomew, Craig. Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Framework for Hearing God in… Read more

March 22, 2021

When I heard about the Atlanta shooting, honestly I didn’t even want to read about it. I care, I do, but I am exhausted. Everyday, more bad news. More guns, more violence, more hatred, nothing changes. We exchange words, we say “justice now,” and nothing changes. Yes, I am numb, I am bitter, I am tired. What can I say that will change anything? Maybe nothing. But saying nothing also does nothing. So, here are some of my reflections; they are… Read more

March 22, 2021

Andrew K. Boakye and Peter Oakes have co-written a thoughtful work on Galatians. This short book (~200 pp.) covers a lot of theological ground with a focus on unity in the church. Here is my endorsement: “Peter Oakes and Andrew K. Boakye shed new light on classic topics like Paul’s faith language and his use of Old Testament texts in Galatians, while also drawing attention to underappreciated themes such as unity and new life. This is a theological introduction, a brief… Read more

March 17, 2021

My friend Tim Gombis has been exploring the nature of true Christian ministry in his work lately. He wrote an excellent book called Power in Weakness: Paul’s Transformed Vision of Ministry. Here is a helpful orientation to some of his thoughts on cruciform ministry. Check out Tim’s blog for his latest thoughts on scholarship, ministry, and life. The Apostle Paul and Measuring Up in Ministry by Tim Gombis The contemporary ministry scene is both loaded with promise and fraught with peril…. Read more

March 8, 2021

Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles has written an excellent new book called Women in the Bible for the Interpretation supplement series (Westminster John Knox). She was kind enough to answer some questions about this important resource—which you should buy and read! Clark-Soles is not only a good scholar, but a fantastic writer and inspiring communicator. In this book and interview she talks about her motto: “Truth, with Hope.” Isn’t that great?  Dr. Clarke-Soles, Why did you write this book? Why did you choose… Read more

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