February 28, 2020

DAVID GURETZKI, AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO KARL BARTH (DOWNERS GROVE: IVP, 2016)  and MARK GALLI, KARL BARTH: AN INTRODUCTORY BIOGRAPHY FOR EVANGELICALS (GRAND RAPIDS: EERDMANS, 2017) By Dr. Chris Swann This was a difficult review to write. This may seem a strange thing to say about Mark Galli’s Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals and David Guretzski’s An Explorer’s Guide to Karl Barth. Neither book is hard to read. Far from it! Both books are accessible, clear, and coherent…. Read more

February 27, 2020

Australia’s culture wars have hit peak hysteria with concerns that a religious freedom bill is about to unleash a wave of bigotry and phobias against various minorities. The recent melee is part of the aftershock following the legislation of same-sex marriage which requires a settlement to enshrine religious freedom for those who dissented to it and is further complicated by the furor surrounding athlete Israel Folau who was dismissed from and then settled with Rugby Australia for instagramming a gloss… Read more

February 26, 2020

James R. Payton The Victory of the Cross: Salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2019. Available at IVP and Koorong  James Payton’s new book is an excellent introduction to salvation (i.e. soteriology) in Eastern Orthodoxy. There is lots on theosis, resurrection, and new creation as you’d expect. Payton also covers Orthodox views of the atonement, the reason for the need for salvation, saving action of the Saviour, how God saves humanity, theosis, how salvation is embodied in the… Read more

February 24, 2020

Over at TGC-Australia is a great article by my Ridley College colleague Andy Judd on Thinking Through Old Testament Violence. For me, reading the Old Testament through the lens of the cross reveals a God who is anti-violent, rather than non-violent. It is not in his nature to destroy, but to redeem. He is not bloodthirsty like the Canaanite gods, but nor will he sit by passively while evil takes over his world. God does not delight in the death of the wicked,… Read more

February 23, 2020

Jackson Wu Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity. Available at Koorong. By Edwin Chow Jackson W. (Wu) is a teacher of theology and missiology in a seminary in Asia. He is not actually of Chinese descent but an American who has two decades of experience working in East Asia. He uses this pseudonym for security reasons and in order to connect with people in his context. Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes aims to… Read more

February 20, 2020

Wesley Hill The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019. Available at Lexham and Koorong. Reviewed by Chris Porter. The Lord’s Prayer, or Our Father, has to be one of the most well-known pieces of Christian scripture, read as it is in public occasions, openings of parliament, and throughout our media. Its familiarity has brought great benefit to many praying it, and comfort in times of trial. But how often do we reflect… Read more

February 18, 2020

You can now order through Logos a 2 hrs course I recorded on The Identity of Jesus. This course evaluates the testimony of each of the Gospel writers and the apostle Paul to discover who the New Testament authors believed Jesus to be. Attention is given to the testimony of Jesus himself to see how he understood his own identity. You will have the opportunity to look at Jesus through historical, religious, and personal lenses as you reflect on your… Read more

February 17, 2020

Samuel Escobar In Search of Christ in Latin America: From Colonial Image to Liberating Saviour Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019. Available at IVP and Koorong. Reviewed by Scott D. Harrower Samuel Escobar is one of Latin America’s standout theologians, and he offers us a work that flows out of six decades of Christian life and ministry. This book he traces five centuries of christology as well as its ethics and social impact in Latin America. His main point is… Read more

February 14, 2020

Coming this August: Michael Bird and Nijay Gupta, Philippians (NCBC; ed. Ben Witherington; Cambridge: CUP, 2020). In this commentary, Michael Bird and Nijay Gupta situate Paul’s letter to the Philippians within the context of his imprisonment as well as the Philippians’ situation of suffering and persecution. Paul draws the Philippians’ attention to the power and progress of the gospel in spite of difficult circumstances. He also warns them about the dangers of rival Christian groups who preach out of poor motives… Read more

February 12, 2020

Over at Eternity is the transcript of an interview I did with Kylie Beach on 3 Things Every Christian Should Know about Israel. Some highlights: When we read the word ‘Israel’ in the Bible, does it have the same definition as when we read it in the news? The modern state of Israel, founded in 1948, is not a Davidic monarchy or a Zadokite hierocracy [a ruling body of priests]. Rather, it is a secular state closely aligned to various expressions… Read more

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