May 26, 2019

Over at Canon Fodder, Michael Kruger asks: Is the New Perspective on Paul a Product of Our Current Cultural Moment? Kruger wonders if the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) – with its denial by some proponents that Paul was not interested in the problem of individual sin and guilt, but with nationalism and ethnocentrism – is a somewhat culturally contingent view developed in the post-holocaust era. In which case, the NPP is less driven by historical exegesis than it is with communitarian… Read more

May 25, 2019

Here is my interview with Dr. Edwina Murphy about her book The Bishop and the Apostle: Cyprian’s Pastoral Exegesis of Paul (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2018). Who was Cyprian and why should we care? Cyprian was bishop of Carthage in North Africa in the middle of the third century. North Africa was very influential in the development of western theology – before Cyprian was Tertullian, who gave us the language for the Trinity, and after him was Augustine, perhaps the most influential… Read more

May 23, 2019

Over at the Quillette Podcast, Toby Young interviews Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford, about his experience of being mobbed by students, activists, and even colleagues. They discuss what motivates academic outrage mobs and what can be done to defend free speech at British and American universities. The fuss is over Biggar’s research project pertaining to “The Ethics of Empire,” which is not an apology for empire, as much as an exploration of how empires are… Read more

May 22, 2019

The road from Nazareth (the historical Jesus) to Nicaea (affirmation of a fully divine Son) is full of express lanes, roadblocks, detours, one-way streets, roundabouts, protests, and even the odd Gnostic mardi gras parade. For instance, in the writings of Justin, you have a strong emphasis on Jesus as the Logos, the eternal word of God, but he otherwise treats the Spirit as merely the Spirit of prophecy and he might even conflate the Son and the Spirit in places…. Read more

May 20, 2019

Gerald R. McDermott Everyday Glory: The Revelation of God in all of Reality Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2018. Available at Baker and Koorong By Laura Thierry Romans 1:20 declares that God’s ‘invisible attributes…have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.’ The Psalmist confidently proclaims that ‘the heavens declare the glory of God’ (Ps. 19:1). But can every day realities actually tell us about the glory of God? Can rocks and… Read more

May 19, 2019

Andrew Ter Ern Loke The Origin of Divine Christology SNTSMS; Cambridge: CUP, 2017. Available at This book is a critique of evolutionary schemes of christological development as well as an argument that the only reason why the early church believed that Jesus was “true God” is because he himself believed so or at least gave that impression. There are good discussions about the nature of divinity in the ancient world and early church, function and being in christology, reiteration… Read more

May 18, 2019

Micah Fries & Keith Whitfield Islam and North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors Nashville, TN: B&H, 2018. Available at B&H. By J. Paul Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. This fact is usually met with fear or uneasiness by many including some Christians. They find people with big beards and jet black burkas to be very intimidating. This brewing fear can create unfavourable conditions for the mission of the church. The book Islam and North America exists to dispel… Read more

May 15, 2019

Okay, we are approaching the end game on The New Testament in its World (NTiiW), I’m proofing the galleys  (so many pictures!), preparing the workbook, and I’m getting excited. This book has been like ten years in the making, there is an accompanying DVD that is already out, and it is already #1 at in Paul’s Letters (Books) and Jesus, the Gospels & Acts (Books). No wonder, it is like a condensed summary of N.T. Wright’s life-work with some useful supplements from me…. Read more

May 15, 2019

I just came across a great series of audio lectures about Alexander Hamilton including one by Prof. Jason Duncan on God, Politics, and Alexander Hamilton. It is good, not just about Hamilton’s own spiritual and religious life, but also about the religion of the American founding fathers. John Adams regarded the incarnation as blasphemous. Apparently, Yale president Timothy Dwight said that if Thomas Jefferson was elected president then New England would have soon have no churches nor any virgins. A… Read more

May 14, 2019

One of my favourite journals to read is the European Journal of Theology, published in association with the Fellowship for Evangelical European Theologians (FEET). One of the best things about the journal is that each article and review has a synopsis in English, German, and French, so it is a really good way to keep up your modern academic languages. Make sure either you or your seminary subscribes! In a recent trip to Panem (otherwise known as “Sydney, Australia”) I read… Read more

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