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

March 2, 2021

Friends, I am really excited to introduce you to our podcast. AJ Swoboda is a professor of theology at Bushnell University, I teach New Testament at Northern Seminary. AJ wrote a stellar book, After Doubt (which releases TODAY!). We dreamed up this podcast as a way for Christians to process their doubt and deconstruction.  Our first series of episodes (airing March-April, 2021) will focus on faith, theology, deconstruction, and reconstruction as a journey to a deeper life with Jesus. All relationships… Read more

February 17, 2021

Looking for Part 1? Click here What is a “Spirit”? In order to get at an answer to the question, is the Holy Spirit a “he”?, we need to step back and ask, “what is a ‘spirit'”? According to the New Testament, Spirit (pneuma) language is used for essentially three things: the (1) Holy Spirit/God’s Spirit, (2) unclean (i.e., evil) spirits, and (3) the human spirit. We will spend another blog post later on looking at how the NT describes the… Read more

February 17, 2021

My buddy, Sean Adams, has published a really helpful study of Jewish literature and genres in the Greco-Roman world.  Greek Genres and Jewish Authors: Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era (Baylor University Press, 2020) Why did you write this book, Greek Genres and Jewish Authors? I did not set out with the intention to write this book. It began as a postdoctoral project that was going to look at a handful of Jewish authors (Luke, Paul, Philo, and Josephus) and… Read more

February 16, 2021

Is the Holy Spirit a “He”? Is God’s Spirit male?  I get these kinds of questions from students or friends from time to time. It’s a good question because it forces us to go back to the Scriptures to see what is there. Therefore, this blog series will take such questions seriously and help to provide a “thick description” of how Scripture characterizes the Holy Spirit. First, the problem, what pronouns should we use for the Holy Spirit in English… Read more

February 12, 2021

Daniel M. Gurtner, Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism: Message, Context, and Significance (Baker Academic, 2020). Dr. Daniel Gurtner has written a helpful textbook on the Jewish Pseudepigrapha, a set of texts of used and misused in New Testament studies. Learn more from Gurtner about his new book in this interview. What is the Pseudepigrapha? DMG: Generally, these are writings that celebrate some figure from Israel’s past. I say “generally” because this by no means accounts for them. Technically, the term… Read more

February 11, 2021

This is part 6 of an ongoing series 0n Accordance. This time we will be talking about which packages to buy. part 1: Translation Comparison part 2: Greek Lexicons part 3: Deeper Word Studies part 4: Digital Library part 5: Accordance Mobile App Which Packages to Buy? Ok, so you are interested in Accordance. You’ve heard from folks it is handy for Bible study, you’ve collected some nickels and dimes, and you are ready to dive in. But what packages… Read more

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