December 5, 2020

The latest issue of Credo Magazine has some terrific articles about the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son. Check it out! Shawn Wilhite defines being pro-Nicene this way: [W]e can safely summarize our Nicene heritage by emphasizing (1) a clear distinction of person and nature in our trinitarian language, (2) a clear expression of the eternal generation of the Son, and (3) a clear expression of the Trinity’s inseparable operations on account of a unity of Being. To… Read more

December 4, 2020

I’ve been teaching on the Book of Acts this semester, and Christoph Heilig gives a good summary of Acts 10-11: To sum up, we find in Acts 10–11 the recognition by Peter that it is wrong to assume moral impurity and profaneness for Gentiles per se. Rather, they can become members of the messianic community by repentance and faith, with-out becoming Jews. As Peter says later (Acts 15:8), God knows the repentant heart and purifies it through faith without making a distinction between Jews and Gentiles (Acts15:9);… Read more

December 1, 2020

Kevin Vanhoozer Hearers & Doers: A Pastor’s Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2019. Available at Lexham Press. This book by KV is designed for pastors to explain to them the value and importance of Christian doctrine for Christian discipleship. In Hearers and Doers, KV pleads the case that pastors, as pastor-theologians, ought to interpret Scripture theologically to articulate doctrine to help cultivate disciples. He contends that scriptural doctrine is essential to the life of the church, and local… Read more

November 28, 2020

Here is my interview with Josh Jipp about his brand new book The Messianic Theology of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020). MB: Josh, you’re previous research has been Luke-Acts and the theme of hospitality. What made you want to explore the topic of a messianic theology of the New Testament? JJ: I cannot write anymore about hospitality so I needed a new topic! 🙂 But actually this book extends and draws upon some of my prior writing, most notably… Read more

November 25, 2020

Over at the CUP Blog, Harvard Theological Review articles by Joel Kaminsky/Mark Reasoner and moi about N.T. Wright and Israel are now available for free access to until 31 Dec 2020. Jews and Christians are both united and divided by the parts of the Bible that they hold in common. Many see Paul’s innovative, at times “counter” readings of the Hebrew Bible as standing at the beginning of the process that led to the eventual separation between rabbinic Judaism and… Read more

November 25, 2020

From the perspective of Jesus, the Pharisees were somewhat like tutors acting as tyrants. If the kingdom was in their midst, then much of what they were saying and were doing was irrelevant, it was like arguing about phylacteries while a city was pulling down statues of Caesar and manning the walls (Lk 17:20-21). Many Pharisees had forgotten how scripture itself prioritizes righteousness over ritual and love over law (Mt 9:13; 12:7; Lk 11:42). Some had used their position to… Read more

November 23, 2020

John Dickson’s Undeceptions Podcast features an episode on the NT canon with interviews by myself and Chris Forbes. Was the New Testament a Constantinian conspiracy, chaotically cobbled together, or an emerging consensus? Plus, some great sound bites from Survivor and The Da Vinci Code. Read more

November 21, 2020

The Pharisees did not think of themselves as niche interest group, rather, they were propagating and practicing what they believed to simply be the Judean way of life as God required it, as the Torah taught it, and as they understood it. What stood in the way of that was, of course, the contamination of foreign domination, which had to be addressed one way or another, beginning with themselves. Only once they had dealt with the pollution of the self,… Read more

November 18, 2020

Once again Aimee Byrd and I sit down for a chat, this time discussing: – US election – Mike’s car appearing in a Netflix TV show – Stephen McAlpine’s post about whether abuse is more prevalent in the church now than in the past – Lisa Bowens’ book on African American Readings of Paul – Amy introduces Appalachian moonshine Read more

November 15, 2020

Lisa M. Bowens African American Readings of Paul: Reception, Resistance & Transformation Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020. Available from Eerdmans Okay, easily one of the best reads in biblical studies for 2021 has to be Lisa Bowen’s book on the reception of Paul in African-American interpretation. After the first two pages I was hooked. Due to the Pauline household codes, i.e. slaves obey your masters, you would expect or understand why African-Americans in the 19th century might not be a… Read more




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