April 20, 2021

A strand of tradition Jewish tradition represents the dead as becoming angels or angel-like in their postmortem state. The notion of a glorified post-mortem state where one shines like the stars of heaven (Dan 12.3; 4 Ezra 7.97; 1 Enoch 104.2) overlaps with descriptions of angels with resplendent and astral qualities (Apoc. Zeph. 1.1; T.Abr. 13.10) and even coheres with the exalted Jesus’s self-description as a “morning-star” according to John the Seer (Rev 22.16) In the Qumran community rule, the… Read more

April 14, 2021

Douglas F. Ottati A Theology for the Twenty-First Century Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020. Available from Eerdmans Reviewed by Scott Harrower Readers may know Douglas F. Ottati is the author of Theology for Liberal Presbyterians and Other Endangered Species (2006), and more recently Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Creator (2013). In A Theology for the Twenty-First Century, Ottati fleshes out these two previous volumes, with an ecological and ethical accent. The result is a substantial work of 749 pages plus… Read more

April 11, 2021

Before I went to seminary I thought that …   An Arminian was a person from an eastern European country. Assumption is something one presumed about something. Logos was something that companies had. Constantine was the name of my Green Grocer. Impeccable was supposed to be your credit rating. Primate referred to monkeys and gorillas. Simplicity was something that was easy. A Calvinist was someone who either liked a particular brand of jeans or else a fan of a comic… Read more

April 8, 2021

Gerald B. McDermott (ed.) The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020. Available from Crossway and Koorong Anglicanism is the fastest-growing Christian communion in the world, especially in North America and southern Africa. Many evangelicals from non-sacramental backgrounds are hungry for connection to the early church’s mystery, sacraments, and liturgy. So they are being drawn to this historic denomination. But what is Anglicanism and where did it come from? This book contains eleven essays by prominent Anglican scholars and… Read more

April 5, 2021

David Lincicum, Ruth Sheridan, and Charles M. Stang (editors) Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. WUNT 420; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019. pp. 232. hardback. $149.00. ISBN 978-3-16-156709-4. A lasting caricature of ancient Judaism is that it was a religion of works-righteousness that can be characterized as “legalism” especially when juxtaposed with the notion of grace in the Christian religion as epitomized by the apostle Paul. For case in point, Rudolf Bultmann once used the heading “Jewish legalism”… Read more

April 2, 2021

Hinlicky, Paul R.  Luther for Evangelicals: A Reintroduction. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018. Available at Baker. Review by Dr. Rhys Bezzant There is lots of conversation about the state of evangelicalism, in the US and beyond, with a primary critique circling around its loss of theological foundations, or building on weak ones. So Hinlicky, professor at Roanoke College in south-west Virginia, has written a book to suggest that evangelicals should look again to the theology of Martin Luther. It sounds… Read more

March 29, 2021

Get it hot off the press, Michael F. Bird and Scott D. Harrower, The Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers (New York: CUP, 2021). The Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers offers an informative introduction to the extant body of Christian texts that existed beside and after the New Testament known to us as the apostolic fathers. Featuring cutting-edge research by leading scholars, it explores how the early Church expanded and evolved over the course of the first and second centuries as evidenced… Read more

March 26, 2021

Evangelical Women in Academia Conference Persuasion 6-7 August, 2021 at Ridley College, Melbourne Eeynote sessions from Lucy Peppiatt, Justine Toh, and Brooke Prentis and elective papers from Australian and New Zealand women scholars in the evangelical tradition  The conference will reflect on how God persuades us, persuasive trends in our world, and how we persuade others. Registration opens in March. For details, see Read more

March 22, 2021

Michael R. Wagenman Engaging the World with Abraham Kuyper Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019. Available at Lexham and Koorong By Laura Thierry When reading on the topic of Christian worldview, one is likely before very long, to be struck by a particually vivid quote: “There is no square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine!”. And thus, many are introduced to Abraham Kuyper. However, outside of… Read more

March 19, 2021

Okay, here is my effort at a paraphrase of Romans 9-11, part of a wider project on Romans, bit quirky, thick interpretive layer, either illuminating insights or excruciating to read: Rom 9:1-5 1 I say, as a true Messiah follower, that I am honest to God not lying or massaging the truth. My conscience is clean as the Holy Spirit tells me. I am not a self-hating Jew, not an ex-Jew, not even anti-Jewish. 2 I could fill a well… Read more

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