December 26, 2020

  J. Todd Billings, Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? I find teaching and researching theology to be a joyful act of worship. I’m constantly astonished by how scripture and the wide and deep Christian tradition is so much more peculiar, compelling, and wondrous than anything I could have come up with on my own! Indeed, the God who meets us through scripture,… Read more

December 24, 2020

Julie Canlis, adjunct, Whitworth University Graduate Studies in Theology   Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? Because I love the church! My “normal” job is with our local church, where I have the privilege of leading worship and being the “liturgical director” (which basically translates into explaining the liturgy and helping our congregation enter into its breadth and depth). I find that the best litmus test for my theological hunches is whether or not they somehow… Read more

December 22, 2020

I jumped at the chance to get a quick deal from Accordance—25% off one item. I bought the update New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (Silva).  There are many options, the coupon can be used for any non-sale item. By the way, soon I will be running a series of posts on Accordance, highlighting its many features and why I use it every day. Stay tuned. (Coupon code in the image below) Read more

December 22, 2020

Mike Winger, “The Bible Thinker,” asked me to give my academic opinion of The Passion Translation produced by Brian Simmons. Bottom line: It is a very sloppy, inaccurate, and unreliable “translation” of the Bible. Don’t use it for worship, Bible study, or preaching. Many people have found it “refreshing” because of its language and style, but you need to know that Simmons’ sources and methods are haphazard and misleading. If Simmons was one of my Greek students, he would not… Read more

December 19, 2020

Norman Wirzba – Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology, Duke University   Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? Teaching and researching about the big questions—where are we? who are we? what should we do?—is both exciting and vital to living a decent and intentional life. Working with students and colleagues makes the journey instructive, difficult, and beautiful at the same time. What is one “big idea” in your scholarship? Creaturely lives and places are the… Read more

December 16, 2020

Oliver Crisp, Professor of Analytic Theology and Director of the Logos Institute, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? I have always been drawn to the big existential questions in life. Why is there something rather than nothing? Where did the world come from? Is there any meaning to life? Is there life after death? Is there a god? Christian theology addresses the big questions. I didn’t know about philosophy… Read more

December 15, 2020

On December 14, 2020, Northern Seminary announced two new faculty appointments. One of them is Dr. Beth Felker Jones. We are delighted to have her leadership, thoughtful pedagogy, and academic expertise in theology. Get to know her better below.              Beth Felker Jones, Professor of Theology, Wheaton College (soon to be Professor of Theology, Northern Seminary) Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology?             Some people worry that studying theology will lead them… Read more

December 14, 2020

Northern Seminary announces: Dr. Beth Felker Jones will serve as Professor of Theology, beginning July 2021. She earned a PhD in systematic theology from Duke University and currently teaches at Wheaton College. Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch Sr., who has served as Adjunct Professor at Northern since 2009, will begin his new role as Professor of Urban Ministry. He will teach ministry courses as well as lead both the Masters in Worship and Preaching programs and the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching. Read more… Read more

December 14, 2020

Kristen Deede Johnson, Professor of Theology and Christian Formation, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Western Theological Seminary Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology?  Discovering the beauty of Trinitarian theology while pursuing my PhD transformed my own faith. I was invited deeper into communion with God through my growing understanding of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through my studies and readings, as well as active wrestling with fellow graduate students about what… Read more

December 13, 2020

So many great books on Paul this year! And the winner is… Lisa Bowens, African-American Readings of Paul This is not an “easy” book to read cover-to-cover, but it is incredibly insightful and superbly written. Thank you, Dr. Bowens, for the gift of this needed scholarship on the richly diverse African-American interpretations of Paul throughout the years. Read the interview I conducted with Bowens earlier this year: HERE   Runner-Up Luke Timothy Johnson, Constructing Paul If you are tired of the “consensus”… Read more




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