October 24, 2018

“When I sit at your right side, your hand moves and your strength appears. At your right hand, there is youth, beauty, benediction, and the perfume of blessing. There is the dawn of love and the adornment of holiness. Draw me to the presence of your right hand. Embrace me with your left arm, for I have lost my compass. I have forgotten my geography. My enemies have multiplied, and so I need to behold the Lion of Judah sitting… Read more

October 23, 2018

Here’s the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters 7.1-2 (2017): Kenneth Berding God and Paul (in Christ) on Three Visits as the “Two or Three Witnesses”  of 2 Corinthians 13:1 Mark D. Nanos Reading the Antioch Incident (Gal 2:11-21) as a Subversive Banquet Narrative Timothy D. Foster 1 Timothy 2:13-15 as an Analogy Christine Hayes Theissen and Kaden on Paul and the Gentiles Matthew Thiessen Paul, Essentialism, and the Jewish Law: In Conversation… Read more

October 21, 2018

Believing that there is something more powerful than the empire is an important and necessary step towards questioning it. God questions the omnipotence of empire. As well, seeing God on the other side of the empire queries and challenges the morality of the empire, which is a key link in its weakening. Faith in God becomes a strong factor in mobilizing people against the empire. Whereas armies might not dare to challenge the empire because of the power imbalance, faith n God… Read more

October 21, 2018

Great article by Zondervan editor Katya Covrett for the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical theology on You Can Be What You Can Read. Publishers play a key role in shaping the future of the academy, if even by the choices we make in what we publish. One often-overlooked but decidedly strategic way to shape the future of the academy is in publishing textbooks that become formative for future generations of academics. Think about it. If my own experience is… Read more

October 19, 2018

Prof. Craig A. Evans (Houston Baptist University) has teamed up with Jerry B. Jenkins (of Left Behind Fame) to write a series of novels about an intrepid archaeologist Nicole German. Evans says, “She uncovers artifacts from antiquity that not only shed light on the past but throw political and religious issues of the present into a whole new light, but she does this at great peril to herself and those she loves.” I know a few NT scholars who have… Read more

October 18, 2018

Hats off to Jonathan Pennington of Southern Seminary, he has put together what I think might be the best-ever theology vodcast there is. It is called Cars, Coffee, Theology – Wish I had thought of it. Here’s the teaser: Read more

October 16, 2018

Haley Goranson Jacob Conformed to the Image of His Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory in Romans Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2018. Available at Amazon.com This volume by Haley Goranson Jacob (Whitworth University) is based on her PhD written at St. Andrews University under the supervision of N.T. Wright. It is quite a good read and offers some great insights into the meaning of doxa and doxazo, royal ideology in the Psalms as echoed in Paul, plus the meaning of Rom 8:29 about… Read more

October 15, 2018

I just heard the news that N.T. Wright, in partnership with Justin Brierly (Premier Christian Radio), will be launching a fortnightly podcast called: Ask NT Wright Anything. You can sign up to get notifications. There will be a platform to ask questions. The first episode will come out on 13 Nov 2018.   Read more

October 13, 2018

Earlier this year I got to see the musical Hamilton in Chicago, and it was great. It is a great story, great music, great production, touches some political nerves about immigration (nerves that may need to be touched), and it also has some great Christian themes. EVERYONE should listen to the soundtrack, it is so catchy, I love singing it in the car with my daughter on the way to school. Especially “Non-Stop.” There are some great articles about Hamilton… Read more

October 11, 2018

For those interested, I recorded a short course, only 2 hours, with Logos Mobile Ed on The Identity of Jesus. It is in many ways a seminary level summary of NT Christology, covering major bits and pieces, with a view to how you get from Nazareth to Nicea. Only $40.00 and available for pre-order! Course Outline Unit 1: The Historical Jesus Jesus and the Kingdom What Did Jesus Think of Himself? Did Jesus Think He Was God? Unit 2: The… Read more

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