June 15, 2020

The Gospel as Manuscript (Oxford University Press, 2020) We read the Gospels on our computers, phones, and in print, and we often take for granted that the story of Jesus was written down. We assume if something was important, it was inevitable that it became recorded in literature. Chris Keith, in his new book The Gospel as Manuscript, pauses to consider this event, the “textualization” of the Jesus tradition, as an important occasion in the lives of the early Christians. Here… Read more

June 14, 2020

Confession: Lately, I have been going on a “Mary Beard” binge, especially watching every online lecture she has given. If you are not familiar, she is Professor of Classics at Cambridge and a world renowned historian of ancient Roman literature. I just watched her 2019 lecture on “Whiteness” in the Roman World, it was absolutely fascinating. She notes that some white supremacists today imagine some kind of white legacy going back to Greece and Rome. Beard questions that narrative and… Read more

June 13, 2020

My friend Max was kind enough to answer some questions about his important new book Moral Transformation in the Greco-Roman Philosophy of Mind (Mohr Siebeck, 2020).   NKG: How did you become interested in the topic of “moral transformation” in the ancient philosophers? MJL: How does a person change? Ever since I became a Christian my sophomore year in college at Cal Berkeley, I wondered: If sin has formed me a certain way for 19 years of my life until the… Read more

June 10, 2020

Colossians and Ephesians   Timothy Gombis, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God A “must-read” work that helps the reader understand the wider thought-world of Ephesians and how it narrates the redemptive victory of God. Clinton Arnold, Power and Magic: The Concept of Power in Ephesians A key study on the message of Ephesians from the perspective of local religion and conceptions of power in context. Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh, Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire This was an early,… Read more

June 8, 2020

Good for IVP IVP is grateful for the prophetic voices of our authors who share their stories, educate us when we are uninformed, and challenge us with the truth. Learn from these books as we pursue justice, wholeness, and racial righteousness in our homes, churches, and communities. Choose ONE  free e-book from their selection of recent works on justice, and some works by writers of color. Make sure to use the promo code: JUST20, sale ends June 12. There are lots… Read more

June 7, 2020

Galatians: Great Resources For Pastors   John M.G. Barclay, Obeying the Truth: Paul’s Ethics in Galatians This readable revision of Barclay’s doctoral thesis is essential reading for a contextual, theological, and ethical reading of Galatians. James D.G. Dunn, The Theology of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians An excellent study of the theology of Galatians from a NPP scholar. I am using this as a textbook this year. Gordon D. Fee, God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul. A classic… Read more

June 5, 2020

First & Second Corinthians: Great Resources 4 Pastors   Alexandra Brown, The Cross and Human Transformation: Paul’s Apocalyptic Word in 1 Corinthians An inspiring and challenging monograph of 1 Corinthians. An incisive study that has shaped how I look at 1 Corinthians and Paul’s theology overall.   Bruce Winter, After Paul Left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change Winter uses his socio-historical knowledge to paint a picture of the situation in Corinth around 1 Corinthians. Andrew Clarke, Serve the Community… Read more

June 5, 2020

Free Book: Gospel of Mark   Truth be told, I already own this whole set on Logos. The editors have extracted helpful snippets on each section of the Gospel of Mark from early Christian writers like Augustine, Ambrosiaster, Jerome, and Chrysostom. I use this series all the time, both for academic study and for personal Bible study. Grab this volume for free while you can! While You’re At It Logos has also discounted a couple of volumes from the REFORMATION… Read more

June 3, 2020

It has taken me a long time to figure out what I want to say publicly about what is going on in America right now. (BTW: my town of Portland, Ore. has been on mandatory curfew the last few days because of the mayhem around the city.) I am frustrated, not just with the brutality against black people in recent years, but also the fact that nothing ever changes. This news cycle is enduring, but in my more cynical moments, I… Read more

June 3, 2020

Paul’s Letter to the Romans The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God’s Righteousness I have used this little, but powerful, book as a textbook for many years, helping students see the richness of Paul’s most famous letter. A great conversation starter. Peter Oakes, Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul’s Letter at the Ground Level Oakes is a first-class historian, painting a vivid picture of what life “on the ground” would have been like for early Christians reading Romans. Fascinating,… Read more

Follow Us!

Browse Our Archives