March 16, 2021

Here is a video of Nijay and I chatting about Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. In this video, Nijay and Mike talk about all things Galatians: – Dating, pre- or post- Jerusalem council? – Big themes of faith-family-love – Who were the Galatian persecutors? – Cruciformity – Apocalyptic Paul, New Perspective on Paul, and Paul within Judaism – Who is the “Israel of God”? The channel is nearly at 1000, so if people could “like” and “subscribe,” that’d do me… Read more

March 13, 2021

Hi everyone, Yes, I sold out, I joined Substack. Cause … well … everyone else is doing it! First post is here! No, I won’t stop blogging at Patheos, but stuff here will be more about book reviews, academic stuff, with a bit of lag time on what’s happening in my scholarship. Substack is where I’ll be uploading “stuff” on biblical studies and religious commentary without advertisements for Mormon dating websites, Wiccan crystals, KJV-only books, or even weirder stuff like… Read more

March 13, 2021

Kelley Nikondeha Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us about Freedom  Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2020. Available from Eerdmans Review by Jill Firth Kelley Nikondeha grew up in California, and after seminary became involved in ministry in Burundi, where the local women helped her to re-envision the role of women, compared with her American Evangelical cultural background. With her husband Claude, she began a rural development project in Matara, eleven miles from the capital city. She is the co-director of… Read more

March 10, 2021

On American Sunday and Australian Monday, I’ll be chatting with Greg Monette from Logos on: Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew About the Bible. Lots of things to discuss.       Read more

March 10, 2021

Rick Reed  The Heart of the Preacher: Preparing Your Soul to Proclaim the Word Bellingham: Lexham, 2019. Available from Koorong and Lexham By J. Paul Proverbs 4:23 sounds the caution, “Keep your heart with all vigilance for from it flow the springs of life.” What is the application of this for the one so often absorbed in the task of application? In The Heart of the Preacher, long-term homiletician Rick Reed seeks to bring this challenge to bear upon the… Read more

March 7, 2021

Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rusert Delighted: What Teenagers are Teaching the Church About Joy Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020. Available at Eerdmans and Amazon By Laura Thierry What is joy, and what is its value for youth ministry? Such is the central question that this short but rich book seeks to answer. Kenda Creasy Dean and her team of youth ministry veterans (Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rusert) draw from… Read more

March 5, 2021

I had the pleasure of chatting to Dru Johnson (The King’s College) from The Centre for Hebraic Thought on The Biblical Mind podcast. We chatted about: American evangelicalism and the distinction between biblical inerrancy and biblical interpretation Rapture eschatology. How Sally Lloyd Jones’ Jesus Story the Bible is changing seminarians for the better. Working with N.T. Wright Jesus and Politics in America   Read more

March 4, 2021

Amanda W. Benckhuysen  The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2019. Available at IVP and Koorong By Laura Thierry Amanda W. Benchkhuysen’s, The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation is a timely and significant work. The book traces the way women interpreters from the fifteenth-century to the present day have read and applied the narrative of Genesis 1-3, centring on how the character of Eve has been understood. Benckhuysen… Read more

March 1, 2021

Here is Aimee Byrd and I discussing: (1) Aimee finishing her book on the need for a sexual reformation; (2) Pet Peeves, featuring Matthew Henry; (3) The tawdry revelations about Ravi Zacharias; and (4) Should Presbyterians practice Lent. Read more

February 27, 2021

Did God make the angels, elohim, sons of god, and deities of other nations or were they just, you know, “around” so to speak. Explicit reference to God making angels and the gods of the nations is not found in the Hebrew Bible, but we can look braoder in post-biblical literature for answers. In sum, I think understanding God as maker of the gods, angels, hosts valid for several reasons: (1) Many texts do distinguish God as Creator from other… Read more

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