May 6, 2022

I asked my friend Shane Blackshear to share about his relationship with John Perkins and their new book, Go and Do: Nine Axioms on Peacemaking and Transformation From the Life of John Perkins. Read Shane’s reflections below and check out his book! John Perkins’ Roadmap to Transformation & Peacemaking by Shane Blackshear I know John Perkins. John Perkins, the civil rights leader, the minister, who was beaten and tortured by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and came out of the experience... Read more

May 6, 2022

I want to share an amazing opportunity with you: Seminary Now is offering my streaming video course FREE to my blog readers and social media followers!  Study New Testament Interpretation with me, on-demand wherever you are.  SIGN UP HERE ABOUT SEMINARY NOW  Seminary Now is a streaming video platform with a library of courses from leading professors and authors. Visit for a free preview of any course. You may want to check out these as well:    Scot McKnight,... Read more

March 30, 2022

  The streaming video platform Seminary Now has some exciting new courses. In addition to my video series on New Testament Interpretation, you may want to check out these as well:    Nikole Lim, Advocating with Survivors of Sexual Violence Glenn Paauw, Reading and Living the Bible Well Beth Felker Jones, A Christian Theology of Sex Sandra Richter, Stewards of Eden: Scripture and the Environment Glenn Packiam, Worship and the World to Come Soong-Chan Rah, The Church’s Western Cultural Captivity... Read more

March 27, 2022

Most books are $3-$10 Kindle (a few long books are a bit more) Here is Eerdmans master list Below are my top picks in biblical studies Read more

March 23, 2022

    Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson has written a fascinating reflection on his life as a scholar (The Mind in Another Place). Johnson kindly answered some questions about the academic life.  “My first and most persistent goal in life was to become a saint.” You write this in the book in the first chapter. How has this statement shaped your academic life?    I assure you that I have by no means reached that goal! But it seems to me still... Read more

March 18, 2022

Wipf & Stock does monthly sale items and this is a great month! FREEBIE! Go to W&S website and use the checkout code “OROPEZA22” to get the ebook for **FREE**. If you want Kindle instead, it is on sale for $2.99. $2.99 Kindle Books   Read more

March 2, 2022

If you live under a rock, you don’t know who Scot McKnight is. But for the rest of us, we have appreciated works like Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, A Church Called Tov, and his many academic commentaries and monographs. Scot is known for bridging the academic and church worlds and helping pastors and everyday Christians to read the Bible with competence and depth (e.g. Blue Parakeet). Now he is writing a series called Everyday Bible Study. The first volume... Read more

February 24, 2022

For over fifteen years, I have been teaching the theological concept of cruciformity—the notion that the cross of Christ is not just a place or event, but a pattern and formational disposition for believers to emulate. Cruciformity is about the disregard of status and laying down of power—just as Christ did—to be a force for good in the world. Cruciformity is about sacrifice, humility, and service. Year after year, this was a core lecture in my courses on Pauline theology. Time... Read more

February 16, 2022

Mike and I tag-teamed on Romans 12-15 for the Two Testaments Podcast, hosted by Will Kynes and Rony Kozman. Check it out: Read more

February 3, 2022

  (Wanna get caught up on all our previous guest posts and their commentary recommendations? Here is the index link to this series.) Today we have Dr. Chloe T. Sun, professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary. Her publications include The Ethics of Violence in the Story of Aqhat (Gorgias), Attempt Great Things for God: Theological Education in Diaspora (Eerdmans) and Conspicuous in His Absence: Studies in the Song of Songs and Esther (IVP Academic). Currently, she is working on... Read more

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