The God of All Comfort: Trinity and Trauma

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My colleague, Scott Harrower, has a new book about to release on God of All Comfort: A Trinitarian Response to the Horrors of This Age (Bellingham, WA: Lexham, April 2019). This is a book that combines the new area of trauma studies with the old area of trinitarian theology. Here is the blurb:

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My Publishing Pipeline for 2019/20

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For those interested in what I’m up to on the publishing side of things, here’s what is scheduled to come out. Soonish First and foremost is The New Testament in its World with N.T. Wright, bigger than Ben Hur, basically the lifetime work of N.T. Wright in NT Intro form with supplements from me

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Apostle Paul and the Epistle to Diognetus

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If we have to identify the largest single influence on the Epistle to Diognetus it would have to be the Apostle Paul.[1] Ernst Dassman comments that, ‘The utilization of Pauline theology reaches an astonishing intensity in the epistle to Diognetus’[2] and ‘not merely in the abundance of Pauline

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Reformation Interpretation of the Psalms

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Herman J. Selderhuis (ed)Psalms 73–150. Old Testament Volume 8, Reformation Commentary on Scripture.Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2018.Available at IVP. In the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, we are invited to read the Scriptures with the Reformers, joining scholars in appreciating

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Works of the Law in the Second Century

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Matthew J. ThomasPaul’s “Works of the Law” in the Perspective of Second Century ReceptionWUNT 2.468; Tubingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2018.Available at Mohr-Siebeck. Matthew Thomas has written a great book on “works of the law” (erga nomou) in Christian writings of the second century. Paul maintains

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Book Review: The Morals of the Story

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David Baggett and Marybeth BaggettThe Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2018.Available at Amazon.com By reverend Andrew Esnouf On a recent interstate holiday, my wife and I had dinner with an old friend and her partner. The food was lovely, the

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I Wish You All A Very unPuritan Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all, here’s what the Puritans thought about Christmas: “The Puritans, known for their religious fervor, hated Christmas. A law was passed in 1659 outlawing the celebration of Christmas, and a five-shilling fine was levied against anyone ‘found observing, by abstinence from

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Justification in the Second Century

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Brian J. ArnoldJustification in the Second Century.Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2018.Available at Baylor Uni Press. For some reason, at ETS and SBL, random people sometimes just give me books, usually their book. To be honest, I might browse them or flick through them, but I don’t always

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How Mark uses the OT in his Christology

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Over at TheLAB is a good piece by my fellow-Queenslander Dave Evans on How Mark’s Use of the OT Contributes to His Christology. Mark’s use of the Old Testament, however, reveals a Christology that is “enigmatic and paradoxical” (Strauss 2014, 734), full of the reality of Jesus’ humanity and yet

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Athanasius – A Poetic Tribute

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Here is a poem and potential lyrics to a tribute to Athanasius: — When I was a boy, Bishop Alexander saw me playing church at the beach, off in the distance.With seven other boys, pretending to be a bishop, blessing all the heathen infants. We caught the attention of his eyes so he called us

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Andrew Sullivan on America’s New Religions

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A fantastic article by Andrew Sullivan over at Intelligencer on “America’s New Religion.” Yes, many Evangelicals are among the holiest and most quietly devoted people out there. Some have bravely resisted the cult. But their leaders have turned Christianity into a political and social identity,

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