January 1, 2021

To kick off the new year, in this video, Nijay Gupta (Northern Seminary) and me discuss several things in the Gospel of John: Narrative criticism and irony Prologue Historical questions Meaning of “Faith? How to Teach John’s Gospel Favourite secondary literature. Read more

December 24, 2020

Here is Ridley College Christmas Video where I give my 45 second devotional of John 1:1-18. Shortest Xmas sermon ever! Advent greetings and new year’s blessings to you all! Read more

December 23, 2020

The podcast Planet Theology is back from hiatus due to COVID stuff. In this episode, we get together Michael Bird (Ridley College), Scott Harrower (Ridley College), Chris Porter (Trinity College) and special guest Rev. Elizabeth Webster (St. Silas’s) to discuss Augustine, purity culture, and social identity theory. Hopefully a few more of these in the new year. Subscribe, like, rate, and leave a comment.   Read more

December 22, 2020

Here are my top books for 2020 5. The Book of Revelation: A Biography by Timothy Beale This is a terrific read about the influence and reception of Revelation in church history and American culture. Full of insights! 4. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulley A wonderful book by Esau, recently won a CT award. An amazing insight into what it’s like to read the Bible through the eyes of others, esp. those… Read more

December 21, 2020

I’ve done a stack of podcast interviews in recent months, here’s the latest ones: The Layman’s Lounge – Talking about the second edition of Evangelical Theology with emphasis on the link between gospel, theology, practice, and mission. The Francis Project – Talking about Anglicanism and the Reformation. Read more

December 19, 2020

  The prologue to the Gospel of John is one of the Rubik’s Cubes of biblical studies, a set of puzzles, riddles, and questions that challenge interpreters.[1] Everything, literally everything about the prologue is disputed: religious background, origins, redaction, structure, intertextuality, literary analysis, narrative function, theology, and reception. I have no intention to explore them all. Suffice to say that John the Evangelist’s opening stichs about the Logos are pregnant with a cosmos of theological significance. The notable words are,… Read more

December 16, 2020

I have always enjoyed Robert Gundry’s works. His Mark commentary is one of the best ever and I think he nails the purpose of Mark’s Gospel: An apology for a crucified Messiah. He wrote some good essays too on imputation and justification as well that I’ve appreciated, i.e. there is no explicit text that mentions the imputation of the active obedience of Jesus to the believer, zip, none, nada. Gundry was, however, unceremoniously kicked out of ETS around about 1980… Read more

December 13, 2020

One of the best examples of the holistic nature of the gospel is Lk 4:16-30. The Lucan version of Jesus’s visit to Nazareth (see Mk 6:1-6; Mt 13:54-58) is unique in many respects not the least the way that Luke uses it to frame the beginning of Jesus’s Galilean ministry. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17… Read more

December 13, 2020

In the Greco-Roman world, deity was relative to a relationship and plottable along a spectrum.  Ascriptions of divinity were not primarily about one’s nature or being, but about honor, status, power, and benefaction. The chasm between the divine and human was traversable for those who achieved great things. The deified are not “divine” in the same sense as Jupiter or Dios, but they are elevated into divine honors with respect to their accomplishments and deliverance as an act of gratitude…. Read more

December 7, 2020

I’ve been reading Chris Keith’s book Jesus Against the Scribal Elite, and loved this quote: Matthew 23’s Jesus is not a vacation Bible school Jesus or seeker-sensitive Jesus. That Jesus’s hair is nice and combed. His robes are sparkling white, and his face is aglow as he hovers about six inches off the ground. He hugs people a lot, speaks in calm tones, and pats little children on the head as he tells his audience, only four chapters earlier in Matthew’s… Read more

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