July 20, 2021

People often ask me how do I find a thesis topic for a PhD? In my case, I read N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God, pp. 308-10 and I was intrigued by how Jesus’s mission to Israel related to the emergence of the Gentile mission in the early church. How do you get from, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 10:5-6)… Read more

July 17, 2021

T. J. Betts Nehemiah: A Pastoral & Exegetical Commentary. Lexham, 2020 Reviewed by Andrew Judd (Associate Lecturer in Old Testament, Ridley College, Melbourne) Nehemiah has suffered some neglect in Christian preaching so it is encouraging to see this new volume focused on a Christian reading of the book’s pastoral implications. The commentary opens with a concise nine pages of introduction, focused on the historical background of the text and its relationship to the book of Deuteronomy. This will serve lay… Read more

July 14, 2021

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to… Read more

July 11, 2021

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother” (Col 1:1). How should we read “Christ Jesus”? While the Greek word Christos may function as a proper name, I do not think it has lost all of its titular or honorific significance (see Matthew Novenson on the “honorific” side). In certain places Christos is clearly intended as a Greek translation for the Hebrew masiah and the Aramaic mesiha from which we get “Messiah.” Indeed,… Read more

July 8, 2021

A few months ago conservative Christian influencer James White was warning of the dangers of empathy, even calling it sinful. Now, if one means empathy in the sense of emotional coercion, then obviously that’s not good. However, White was defining empathy as something someone does to make you feel guilty for their trauma (like racism or sexual abuse). It is allegedly self-indulgent rather than Christ-honoring. Empathy is wrong because it is an emotional response rather than a Stoic expression of… Read more

July 5, 2021

I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to review and respond to Dr. Bowen’s book on African-American Interpretation of the apostle Paul. I consider the book to be not only highly informative account of Pauline reception history and American religious history, but also truly gripping, documenting as it does the cruel subjugation of African-American people, and the succour and spiritual springs that African-Americans have found in the letters of the apostle Paul. It was also my favourite book of 2020,… Read more

July 2, 2021

Greg Monette of Logos interviewed me about: – My new book Seven Things About the Bible I Wish All Christians Knew – My forthcoming book projects on Amyraldianism, Religious Freedom, and Christology – My research style NOTE: Includes advertisements about Logos products! Read more

June 29, 2021

Here’s a quick summary and glance at 4Q491c from Qumran and its relevance for NT study. See further: Michael O Wise, “A Study of 4Q491c4Q471b, 4Q427 7 and 1QHa,” DSD 7.2 (2000) Read more

June 26, 2021

When it comes to the atonement, there’s some classic evangelical books around. In defense of penal substitutionary atonement (PSA) there is: John Stott’s The Cross of Christ and Mike Ovey et al, Pierced for our Transgressions. I like these, I refer to them often, and point students to them. However, if you want to be stretched, consider that PSA is not the only atonement game in town, and consider something a bit broader, I’d recommend these: Scot McKnight, A Community… Read more

June 23, 2021

Gerald Bray  Preaching the Word with John Chrysostom Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2020. Available at Lexham and Koorong By Laura Thierry In this volume of Lexham Press’s Lived Theology series, Gerald Bray takes up the life and preaching of John Chrysostom. A lesser-known figure of the patristic period, Chrysostom is nonetheless a deeply rich well to draw from for present theological and ministry consideration. On this account, Bray’s work fills a significant gap – providing an eminently readable introduction to… Read more

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