January 31, 2020

As of Jan, 2020, I have joined the editorial board of JSNT. This is a great honor for many reasons. Of course it is a highly respected periodical (I think one of the best for NT studies). Also, my very first blind peer-reviewed article was published with JSNT in 2008. If you are wondering which journal to publish with, please consider JSNT as it has a sterling reputation. Read more

January 30, 2020

The most popular blog series of Crux Sola is my series on Women in Ministry. See below for the full series index Index of Posts Post 1: Starting from the Beginning Post 2: Translation and Terms Post 3: Starting with Deborah Post 4: In the Beginning: Image of God, Male and Female Post 5: The Undoing (Gen 3) Post 6: Thinking about Patriarchy Post 7: Marvelous Mary (the Mother of Jesus) Post 8:Mary Magdalene: Equal to the Apostles Post 9:… Read more

January 30, 2020

New Book SHALL BE BRIGHT AT LAST: Suffering and Hope in the Letters of Paul A couple of years ago, I taught a graduate seminar on the subject “Suffering, Pain, and Hope in Paul.” Coming out of that wonderful course, 8 seminary students and myself wrote sermon-style reflections on suffering and hope in Paul. This book is part of an open-book initiative of George Fox University, so we produced it so it could be free for anyone and everyone everywhere… Read more

January 30, 2020

Have Biblical Scholars Become Too Smart For Their Own Good? Especially in the past few years, I have detected a more widespread fragmenting of the Biblical Studies academy. We have become quick to retreat into our in-group clubs of theology, ideology, and other “0logies.” And then we attack “the other,” accusing them of being evil or stupid, sometimes both. I admit, I did let myself indulge in this for a while (especially satire on social media; satire has its place,… Read more

January 19, 2020

In 2015, Prof. John Barclay wrote Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans), an important monograph that rocked Pauline studies and has widely been hailed the most important book on Paul in the last two decades. In 2020, Barclay will publish another book on the theme of grace. From what I can gather, this book revisits and summarizes his key arguments (it is much shorter than PatG), and Barclay engages with the critical feedback he has received in the last few years. If… Read more

January 18, 2020

This summer I will be attending the “Honor-Shame Conference” at Wheaton College, June 8-10. Plenary speakers include people like John M. G. Barclay (Durham) and Sheryl Takagi Silzer (SIL). There are a number of biblical scholars and theologians leading breakout sessions including: Joshua Jipp (TEDS), Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Fuller), and E. Randolph Richards (Palm Beach Atlantic), and I will be presenting as well. Please join us for this worthwhile conference! My session information is below. It relates to my new book, Paul… Read more

January 15, 2020

This is part 2 of a new blog series. For part 1, the advice was: Choose Your Journal Wisely. My second “note” is this:  Great articles offer convincing solutions to clear problems. Often, when I find myself uninterested in or unconvinced by an article, the author has made one of two mistakes (or, maybe, both!) #1: The problem is (a) not clear, (b) not really a problem, or (c) of very little interest or consequence #2: The solution is (a) not clear, (b) not really… Read more

January 13, 2020

I have some special news to share: fall 2020, I will join the faculty of Northern Seminary to teach in New Testament alongside Scot McKnight. This is an exciting career move for me and I am stoked to engage with the Northern learning community. See the full announcement HERE. Read more

January 7, 2020

Dec 1, 2019, I was honored to take over editorship duties of Bulletin for Biblical Research, a periodical under the auspices of Institute for Biblical Research. BBR has been around for over a quarter of a century and has consistently produced fine articles and publishes numerous insightful book reviews. If you aren’t a regular reader, check BBR out. As I have learned how to navigate the BBR editorial process, it has given me pause to consider my own experience of publishing academic articles…. Read more

December 16, 2019

My friend Dr. Holly Beers kindly answered some questions I had about her wonderful new book, A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman (IVP, 2019). Beers teaches New Testament at Westmont College. NKG: What inspired you to write this book? HB: I pursued the academic life because I’ve always wanted to serve the church. I mourn the divide that I often see between biblical scholarship and the church, and one of my life goals is to help bridge that… Read more

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