October 25, 2020

Here is part 1 of a three-part series on Jesus, voting, and American politics. Darrell L. Bock How Would Jesus Vote? Do Your Political Positions Really Align with the Bible? New York: Howard Books, 2016. Available at Amazon Darrell Bock’s book, originally written for the 2016 US election is not less readable and applicable for the 2020 election. Bock canvasses some of the most contentious political topics of our day in light of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. The purpose… Read more

October 23, 2020

David C. Deuel and Nathan G. John Disability in Mission: The Church’s Hidden Treasure Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2019. Available from Koorong and Hendrickson Disability ministry and mission is ordinarily treated as something niche or peripheral. And yet 1 in 5 people in the world have a disability of some kind. Many of us will be born with a disability, acquire disability through accident or illness, or else age into disability. If you are going into ministry and missions, disability should… Read more

October 21, 2020

Matthew Thomas is the author of Paul’s ‘Works of the Law’ in the Perspective of Second Century Reception (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2020), which released on 20 October 2020. Here’s my interview with him: So who is Matthew Thomas? He’s just a kid trying to read the Bible! I’m originally from California, and my background is working in inner-city ministry with young people in Oakland, which I think is honestly still what I love more than anything else. I did Master’s… Read more

October 16, 2020

In this video, Aimee Byrd and Mike Bird discuss: Reactions to Aimee’s book Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, evangelicals and woke culture, the American election, and Aimee’s next book on the need for a Sexual Reformation. Read more

October 15, 2020

Tom, your new book is called Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World, largely based on the Gospel of John. What are these signposts and how do they help us make sense of the world?  In my book Simply Christian  I listed four features of human life and aspiration which I called ‘echoes of a voice’: justice, spirituality, relationships, beauty. I made the point that we all know these matter and we all know we mess them up — and… Read more

October 13, 2020

My daughter recently came to me late one night, rather upset, and she showed me a video that her Bible study had been watching, and it was rather staggering. In the video, a certain Jeff Durbin – who I’ve never heard of, but looks like he’s trying to do a 2005 Mark Driscoll impersonation – said: The woke evangelical whore is a slut who lies down in the middle a burning city, spreading her legs to the rioters and looters, spreading her… Read more

October 12, 2020

I recently interviewed Jonathan Pennington about his new book Jesus the Great Philosopher (Baker Academic 2020). Here’s a short video from Pennington about the book: Here’s what he had to say: Jesus the philosopher? Seriously? I thought we were trying to teach people that Jesus is more than a philosopher, guru, or teacher! Why Jesus the philosopher? Ha! Well, yes, Jesus is definitely more than a philosopher or guru or life coach. But he’s not less than these things! I think for most Christians today… Read more

October 9, 2020

Adam J. Howell, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer  Hebrew for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining and Reviving Biblical Hebrew Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020. Available at Baker Review by Jill Firth At last, this eagerly awaited “one-stop shop” for gaining and retaining Biblical Hebrew! 75% of the Christian Bible is in Hebrew, as Miles Van Pelt reminds us in the “Foreword.” Yet, sadly, many are cautious about beginning to study because they fear Hebrew will be too difficult… Read more

October 6, 2020

News reports indicate that a Chinese ethics textbook has changed the story of the women caught in adultery so that Jesus stoned the woman to death and himself is named a “sinner.” According to the Epoch Times: The textbook in question is entitled “Professional Ethics and the Law” and is used in vocational training schools across China. … The textbook instead subverts the ending [of the story of the women caught in adultery] to read: “When everyone left, Jesus stoned the… Read more

October 3, 2020

Alma Brodersen The End of the Psalter: Psalms 146–150 in the Masoretic Text, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Septuagint. Baylor University Press reprint of 2017 Walter de Gruyter edition Berlin/Boston. 321 pages. Review by Dr. Jill Firth Alma Brodersen completed her D.Phil. in Theology at the University of Oxford, under Professor John Barton. She has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Munich, and is currently Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Theology (Old Testament) at the Faculty of… Read more

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