November 23, 2020

Fleming Rutledge  Why do you love teaching, preaching, researching, and writing about theology? First of all I love theology because it is my calling from God. Everyone who knew me as a pre-teen observed that I was intensely interested in theological doctrine. A calling—any calling—is something God gives, at his pleasure. I’m sure that, for example, Dr. Francis Collins would tell the same story about science (not that I’m in his class). If you love a worthy subject and give… Read more

November 21, 2020

Here is another of my recommendations for buying a very special Christmas gift for that very special someone in your life…   Joshua Jipp’s brand new Messianic Theology of the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2020). Some say NT theology is dead. Jipp wants to revive it by looking at the golden thread of the messianic kingship of Jesus throughout the New Testament. Jipp gives each NT book its own nuance on this theme and concept, but at the end of the day,… Read more

November 20, 2020

Dr. Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? It allows me to think and talk about God and life with people for whom that combination is very important. What is one “big idea” in your scholarship? What and how is race? Where did it come from and why is Christianity so deeply involved in the racial formation of the western world? These are some… Read more

November 16, 2020

2020 Didsbury Lectures by John Swinton Earlier in 2020, Prof. John Swinton gave four talks for the Didsbury Lectures of Nazarene Theological College. The talk series is called “Moving Beyond the Empire of Illusion: What Do We Do about The Problem of Evil?”   Click on the image below to be redirected to the lectures page (recorded on Vimeo). Read more

November 16, 2020

I think we can all agree there are many things that are going very wrong and bad in the world. But there are a few things going well right now. #1: The Mandalorian Season Two, obviously. But also #2, so many great books have been slated for publication this fall and winter. So, I am introducing you to Nijay’s “A Very Library Christmas” Shopping Guide. These are great gifts for that special someone in your life—and yes, you count as… Read more

November 12, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Cohick on the publication of her important new commentary, The Letter to the Ephesians (NICNT, Eerdmans, 2020). Cohick is currently provost, dean, and professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, but in 2021 she is joining the leadership team at Northern Seminary as provost and professor of New Testament. I am excited to work with her! Check out this insightful interview on her new Ephesians commentary—and make sure to buy it while supplies last! If you are… Read more

November 9, 2020

J. Richard Middleton, Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? I find the Old Testament to be rich, complex, and textured—in its literature, its theology, and its earthy spirituality. The literature is so varied (from creation texts to prayers of lament, from wisdom treatises to narratives about the ancestors of Israel and the rise and fall of the monarchy), it’s impossible to get bored with… Read more

November 9, 2020

I am excited to share with you this interview I conducted with Dr. Lisa M. Bowens (Princeton Theological Seminary). Her new book is really well written and deeply insightful.  Lisa M. Bowens, Princeton Theological Seminary What inspired you to write this book? And why Paul as a figure of focus? A couple of things happened over the course of time. First, I was working on my dissertation on 2 Corinthians 12, Paul’s ascent, which became my first book, An Apostle in… Read more

November 5, 2020

  Marion Ann Taylor, Professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College at the university of Toronto Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? I have always loved the Old Testament. One of my greatest joys as a teacher has been getting people excited about reading, studying, preaching, and teaching the Old Testament. Like pioneering American Old Testament scholar, Louise Pettibone Smith (1887-1981), I believe: “There’s nothing more fun than teaching . . . To see a class… Read more

November 4, 2020

In my ongoing series, In Their Own Words…, scholars talk about a big idea in their recent work. Here Dr. Douglas Harink draws from his new book, Resurrecting Justice: Reading Romans for the Life of the World (IVP Academic, 2020). Harink  is professor of theology at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta. Sovereignties, Systems, Saints, and Swords Douglas Harink Try this experiment: working through Paul’s letter to the Romans, when you read the word “Lord” in your NRSV or NIV, think “Sovereign”… Read more

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