November 17, 2019

Okay, for my annual list of “things to do” this biblical studies conference season. ETS Don’t forget to wear your MAGA hats: Make Anglicanism Great Again! Buy the DVD version of The New Testament in its World, apparently I’m better in person than print. Get some fish tacos. Gaslamp district, seriously, they are delicious. You need FOMO on this. If you meet my wife Naomi, you can ask her why she married me and how she copes with being married to… Read more

November 16, 2019

Hi everyone, in the first formal episode of #PlanetTheology we give a bit of an introduction to ourselves and what we are thinking about, before discussing psychology and religion and then Trinity Without Hierarchy. Read more

November 16, 2019

I’m reading  Pablo Richard, Apocalypse: A People’s Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1995), which ends with these words (172-73): In the first place the book of Revelation is important for moderating the radical and fundamentalist apocalypticism that has invaded our society, especially now that the end of the twentieth century and the end of the second millennium is approaching. Revelation is customarily manipulated by fundamentalistic sects, both Protestant and Catholic. A historical and liberating interpretation of Revelation can… Read more

November 13, 2019

In a career first, I’ve had an article published in the religion section of the Washington Post on Jesus isn’t interested in America’s two party divide. For people who are serious about following Jesus and how to live out their faith in him, it is not a question as to whether Jesus believes in our politics, rather, the real question has to be whether we believe in Jesus and in his kingdom as a challenge to our politics. In other… Read more

November 13, 2019

Nice quote from James Dunn on the apostle Paul as not so much a theologian but as a theologizer: Writing a theology of Paul, in other words, is like trying to listen to a sequence of varied dialogues, of which we can hear clearly one side of the dialogue, but which we must understand as a dialogue, otherwise we will inevitably misunderstand what Paul says. One cannot hope to write a theology of Paul except by listening to his letters… Read more

November 10, 2019

James D. G. Dunn Jesus According to the New Testament Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019. Foreword by Rowan Williams Available at Eerdmans and Experienced New Testament scholar James D. G. Dunn has published his research on Christian origins in numerous commentaries, books, and essays, most notably, the Christianity In the Making series (Eerdmans). In this short, simple, easy to read book designed especially for a lay audience -based itself on lectures given in Chichester and Canterbury Diocese- Dunn focuses his fifty-plus… Read more

November 7, 2019

William Wrede famously said that “anyone who accepts without question the idea of the canon places himself under the authority of the bishops and theologians of those centuries.”[1] If Protestants question the ancient catholic church’s judgements and authority, a consistent Protestant will also contest their limitations of the extent of the canon. Thus, for Wrede, NTT is really about plotting the debates, developments, and diversities in early Christians literature, including but looking well beyond the New Testament, into the age… Read more

November 5, 2019

Now out, the Planet Theology Podcast, with myself, Scott Harrower, and Chris Porter, plus lots of guests. A podcast where we keep you plugged into all things about theology, biblical studies, psychology, and church history. We’ve had so much fun filming episodes so far, lots of great conversations, debates, reviews, and some guests. FB Page here. A trailer is now up, so subscribe, like, review, and share! Read more

November 4, 2019

One of the problems with coming up with a New Testament Theology is the many diversities within the New Testament, this poses a genuine problem for interpreters who are trying to identify a theological core in the New Testament, but the problem is not insurmountable. To restate the problem, the differences across the New Testament collection are well rehearsed: Paul versus the Jerusalem church, the Synoptics versus John, the Lucan Paul and versus the Paul of the epistles, John the… Read more

November 1, 2019

The discussion of privilege, especially, “white privilege” is a hot button subject that is routinely addressed in news commentary, social media, in sociology classes, or anywhere where race is a presenting issue. For me as white male to address such a subject could be judged as potentially unwise since it is so easy to court offence on such an emotive topic. Yet I think Paul’s argument across Philippians 2-3 offers us some resources to address such a sensitive topic as… Read more

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