December 7, 2019

Douglas Groothius Walking Through Twilight: A wife’s illness – a philosopher’s lament Downers Grove, IVP, 2017. Available at IVP and By Jared Catchpoole At some point, we all will ask ourselves the question, why do I hurt? It seems inevitable that in our lives we will face suffering and hardship and eventually be confronted with the penultimate reality of our own death. And it is remarkably refreshing that Christianity deals with these kinds of question about sorrow and grief and… Read more

December 4, 2019

Nicholas Perrin The Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology (Biblical Theology for Life; ed. Jonathan Lunde) Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019. Available at Zondervan and Koorong. Nick Perrin, new president of Trinity International University, has written a great book on the kingdom of God, which includes a very helpful biblical exposition of the theme of God’s kingdom in Scripture with a mind for relevance on what it means today. Best quote from the book is when Perrin indicates how central… Read more

December 3, 2019

Review by Dr. Jason Park John Byron’s A Week in the Life of a Slave takes a very interesting approach to Paul’s letter to Philemon. Narrated from a third-person omniscient perspective, his book is almost ready as a screenplay for an episode of Season 2 of the popular TV show Paul, Apostle of Christ, and if it were to be aired, it would likely win an award or two. As fascinating as it may be, the major drawback of this kind of… Read more

December 2, 2019

Over at the Atlantic, Emma Green interviews N.T. Wright on The Crisis of American Christianity, Viewed From Great Britain. Emma Green: Do you worry that the strong association between Christianity and politics in the United States—and specifically the alignment between the religious right, evangelicals, and the Republican Party—will permanently shape the image of Christianity? N. T. Wright: Part of the problem here is the word evangelical. I know a lot of people who have basically abandoned it since the whole [Donald] Trump… Read more

December 1, 2019

The final day of SBL was sad as we heard the news of the passing of Prof. Larry Hurtado who died after a battle with Leukemia. Larry was a brilliant scholar of Christian origins, having contributed important works on textual criticism, the birth of Christianity, and esp. the emergence of early high christology. Larry was an ordained Pentecostal minister and remained a Christian throughout his life. He was primarily a historian rather than an apologist. A highlight of my career… Read more

November 30, 2019

I wrote this for the August issue of The Melbourne Anglican:  The Church must help people with disabilities to flourish People living with disabilities need more than inclusion in the church; they need to fully belong to the church, writes Michael Bird. An important yet often neglected subject of consideration for both our practice of church and the training of clergy must be that of disability. The fact is that our churches are filled with people who are either born… Read more

November 28, 2019

One discernible trend in scholarship is that Jesus, historical or otherwise, is only accessible through the memory, tradition, and theology of his later followers: Allison (“The Historians’ Jesus and the Church,” 94) puts it eloquently: “Jesus’ identity cannot be sundered from a whole constellation of post-Easter circumstances: somebody attributed to him the remarkable Sermon on the Mount, and somebody else remembered his death by creating Mark’s stark and moving passion narrative, and somebody else penned Luke’s beautiful and human Gospels,… Read more

November 25, 2019

David G. Horrell The Making of Christian Morality: Reading Paul in Ancient and Modern Contexts Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019. Available at Eerdmans and Koorong. This volume of collected essays by David Horrell covers aspects of Paul’s churches, Pauline ethics, and ethical readings of Paul. There are some definite highlights. In “The Letters for All (Local) Christians” Horrell does for Pauline communities what Bauckham did for Gospel communities, viz., shows that Pauline churches were not independent and isolated communities but… Read more

November 22, 2019

Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018. Available at Zondervan and Koorong. By Dr. Kate Tyler The God Who Gives is a trinitarian approach to biblical theology, with an extended focus on what it means for humanity to belong to God, and by extension, to take part in the mission of God. Reminiscent in many ways of Kathryn Tanner’s emphasis on God as… Read more

November 19, 2019

Branch, J. Alan. Affirming God’s Image: Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture. Bellingham WA: Lexham, 2019. Available at Logos. Review by Suzanne Day Affirming God’s Image: Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture is a concise, well-researched book aimed at helping Christians understand and respond to the modern phenomenon of transgenderism. Branch addresses different facets of transgenderism, including history, vocabulary, scripture, science, treatment and Christian responses. This book is a helpful resource addressing a very relevant issue…. Read more

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