August 4, 2022

My new book, 15 New Testament Words of Life (Zondervan Academic) is coming out in about six weeks. I have partnered with Zondervan to offer some fun “perks” for those who preorder the book (from whatever bookstore/website they prefer). See below. If you navigate to the official webpage for 15 New Testament Words of Life you can find all kinds of information about the book and myself. One nice feature is a set of “perks” for anyone who preorders the book... Read more

July 27, 2022

I was recently in SoCal talking to graduate students about higher ed and the state of the job market. One student asked a question that I get a lot: Should I even try to do a PhD if the job market is so bad? Here are the thoughts I shared. Should I Do a PhD with the Job Market So Bad? In 2009, when I was pitching my book idea to publishers, Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a... Read more

July 14, 2022

I am excited to tell you a little bit about my newest book (coming September 13, 2022): 15 New Testament Words of Life: A New Testament Theology for Real Life (Zondervan Academic). Too often biblical theology is presented in a way that is abstract, only cerebral, and irrelevant to everyday life. So, I set out to write a short NT theology that tries to answer the question: what would it look like to process and live out 15 of the most... Read more

July 12, 2022

WJK is running a $5 Kindle sale on all of these volumes! My favorites are Fowl, Matera, Blount, Luke Johnson, Marianne Meye Thompson, Lieu, de Boer, Lou Martyn, and Furnish.       Read more

July 7, 2022

Why Get a DMIN? I get this question a lot from prospective students. Why get a DMin (Doctor of Ministry)? Can you do anything with a DMin? Is it worth the cost and time investment? Isn’t it a “vanity degree”? I try not to sugarcoat responses to these questions, because I don’t want to sell something to someone that they don’t really want. I used to be skeptical about DMin programs, for a long time I did think they were... Read more

June 27, 2022

My new friend, Dr. Jen Rosner, has recently published a book called FINDING MESSIAH: A JOURNEY INTO THE JEWISHNESS OF THE GOSPEL (IVP Academic, 2022). I asked Rosner if she could write a bit about some of her ideas and why this topic is so important. See below and check out her new book! (click on image) The Good News of Israel’s Messiah, the Savior of the World Dr. Jen Rosner    “If the gospel we preach has nothing to... Read more

June 24, 2022

I am excited to announce that I have signed a contract to write a volume on Philippians and Philemon for the New Testament Library series (Westminster John Knox). I really enjoy writing commentaries and I value them as a resource for students, scholars, and pastors. I have long appreciated the NTL series, going back to Brevard Childs’ classic Exodus commentary, to NT volumes like Marianne Meye Thompson’s John and Luke Timothy Johnson’s Hebrews. (And I am especially looking forward to... Read more

June 20, 2022

Have you considered getting a seminary degree, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you?  Join us for a short webinar tomorrow (June 22) to learn what seminary is like, discern if it’s part of your next steps, and discover how Seminary Now is a great starting point to explore deeper education. Dr. Nijay K. Gupta will share his experience as a seminary professor and his memories of being a student in master’s and doctoral programs. He’ll offer helpful factors for... Read more

June 6, 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. Richard Middleton (Northeastern Seminary), author of the recent book, Abraham’s Silence. In this book, Middleton’s two chapters on Job are a mini-commentary on the entire book (chapter 3 covering Job 1–37, chapter 4 covering Job 38–42). He is currently working on a stand-alone commentary on 1 Samuel 1–15 (Eerdmans), entitled Portrait of a Disgruntled Prophet, and another... Read more

June 4, 2022

I am excited to be able to share publicly the title for a book I have been dreaming about writing for fifteen years—Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church (IVP Academic). This book focuses on the named women leaders of the earliest churches of the apostolic period. When we talk about “women in ministry,” we often engage in the abstract (“Can women do this or that?”). But I wanted to tell the stories of... Read more

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