February 13, 2020

This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered before. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing.  Introducing: Dr. Patrick Schreiner Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Western Seminary (Portland, OR) Why do you love teaching and/or writing, and why does it bring you vocational… Read more

February 12, 2020

This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered before. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing. Introducing: Dr. Michal Beth Dinkler Associate Professor of New Testament Yale Divinity School         Explain why you love teaching and/or writing, and why it brings you vocational… Read more

February 11, 2020

Follow Dr. Wesley Hill! This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered before. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing.  Personal note: Hill and I were at Durham at the same time for PhD study. He is a delight to talk to, a gentleman, incredibly intelligent, and… Read more

February 11, 2020

Tired of sappy, bubble-gum Christian music? Hoping for something deeper and more thought-provoking?    Confession: I listen to Christian music on the radio (I’m from Ohio. You can take the boy out of Ohio, but…). I actually like Christian music, yes, even the cheesy worship music. But often I cringe at bad theology or superficial lyrics. So, here I am recommending some theologically-intelligent music for a change. Try something new. Enjoy. And share your own favorites here on the blog… Read more

February 10, 2020

Rethinking Paul’s “Gospel” Respected NT scholar Graham Twelftree (Dean and Professor of NT at London School of Theology) has written an excellent study on Paul’s language of “gospel” (The Gospel according to Paul; Cascade, 2019). When I first picked up this book, I was a bit worried it would be a somewhat dull word study of euangelion that repeats the dictionaries and lexicons. But I was pleased to find Twelftree’s approach and discussion highly engaging. In brief, Twelftree criticizes simplistic articulations of… Read more

February 9, 2020

This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered before. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing. Today’s featured NT scholar is Helen K. Bond Professor of Christian Origins, Head of School School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh     Why do you love teaching and researching… Read more

February 7, 2020

Pastor 1: We need to be more like the early church!  Pastor 2: The early church had lots of problems—just look at Corinth. We shouldn’t idealize the early church!  To Be or Not to Be…Like the Early Church? This debate has been around for a long time. Should we, or should we not, emulate and idealize the early church? Of course, we see in the NT that Paul wrote lots of letters to churches (of all shapes, sizes, and regions) because they had… Read more

February 6, 2020

Midwestern Seminary’s Center for Biblical Studies has posted a list of best 2019 NT book finalists. Official winners will be announced Feb 20 and Feb 24.   Grateful to have two books on this list   Read more

February 5, 2020

Today I got a chance to listen to the first episode of Esau McCaulley’s The Disrupters, with special guest Sho Baraka. Man, this was so engaging and interesting. They covered a wide variety of topics: the music industry and how it has changed, the academic world, theologians of influence. The common thread in the conversation was what it takes to speak truth and wisdom, which often involves upsetting the Status Quo. This often has repercussions, especially of a financial variety. I… Read more

February 5, 2020

This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered before. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing.  Today’s featured scholar is  Paula Gooder Canon Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral Why do you love teaching the Bible? The Bible – especially the writings of Paul — is my spiritual… Read more

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