I’m embarrassed to say that I am only now getting into Jonathan T. Pennington’s The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2017). There are some great SOTM books out there, Charles Talbert and Scot McKnight are on my shelf, but this is a
Over at the Acton Institute, Anthony Perkins has a nice review of Eastern Orthodox theologian and ethicist Vigen Guroian’s new book The Orthodox Reality: Culture, Theology, and Ethics in the Modern World (Baker Academic 2018). Rather than trying to fight a losing battle to reclaim the lost
Over at Themelios is a good article on “Why Paul Wrote Romans: Putting the Pieces Together,” which gives a good summary of the manifold reasons why Paul wrote: missionary, pastoral, and apologetic. Timmins provides a sensible overview of the textual data, deals with the issues it throws up
Steve Walton, Paul R. Trebilco, and David W. J. Gill (eds.)The Urban World and the First ChristiansGrand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.Available at Amazon.com In the tradition of The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks, this edited volume explores the relationship between the earliest Christians and
Only six weeks until the release of The New Testament You Never Knew Video: Exploring the Context, Purpose, and Meaning of the Story of God. Filmed on location by N.T. Wright and Mike Bird in Israel, Greece, and Rome! Sessions include: 1. The Story of the New Testament.2. The World of Jesus3.
Hopefully, you are already listening to the Ask N.T. Wright Anything Podcast, if not, there are some videos available, like this one, where Justin Brierly asks Tom some questions about the atonement and sacrifice. FYI, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard such a condensed and compelling
Patrick SchreinerThe Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross Short Studies in Biblical Theology; eds. Dane Ortlunc and Miles van PeltWheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018.Available at Amazon.com This is a short yet informative book on the kingdom of God in the biblical story. Schreiner (son of St. Tom
Whereas patristic, medieval theologians, and early Reformed confession began with God as the starting point for theology (e.g. Apostles’s Creed; Origen, First Principles; John of Damascus, Orthodox Faith; Anselm, Prologion; Peter Lombard, Sentences; Aquinas, Summa Theologica; Augsburg
I have two boys, I hope they grow up to be men who are godly, good, courageous, compassionate, successful, holy, and noble. I have started making a list of aphorisms to pass on them, giving them the fatherly advice that I – quite frankly – never received. Not all of these sayings are mine, but
Over at CT, Ed Stetzer talks to Brian Rosner about his book Known by God and they go into all sorts of topics related to personal identity and theology. Ed: What would you say to the issues of our day where people ‘self-identify’ in ways that Christians might find problematic to the Scriptures?
One God, One People, One Future: Essays in Honour of N. T. WrightEdited by John Anthony Dunne & Eric LewellenLondon: SPCK, 2018.Available on Amazon.com.uk I was honoured to have been able to contribute to the N.T. Wright festschrift to celebrate his scholarship and his influence upon a
Professor Jōrg Frey is Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Zurich and is the author The Letter of Jude and the Second Letter of Peter: A Theological Commentary (trans Kathleen Ess; Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2018). Jude and 2 Peter are much neglected letters, and
While in China last week, we met a local church pastor and took the opportunity to visit him. We did it on the train where we could speak with him discreetly. This is the church in China. Transcript Q: What’s the danger of being identified? A: I would be, I’m afraid that if like some […]
Okay, that time of year is upon us, biblical and theological studies conference season, mardi gras for the Minor Prophets, party time for Pauline studies, wonderland for Wisdom literature, and shindig for Synoptic Gospels. And this year it is in Denver! I’ve never been to Denver, Colorado. I’m
I’m reading over Craig Keener’s Galatians (NCBC; Cambridge: CUP, 2018), trademark Keener, readable and suffused with historical descriptions, lots of great remarks on the background and theological significance of the letter. Rather liked Keener’s take on the “Israel of God” in Gal 6:16: Paul