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Over at theLab is a good article by my doktorsohn Dr. Chris Porter about being “The Interdisciplinary Scholar.” Chris wrote his PhD thesis on a social-identity interpretation of Gospel and Letters of John which was a real saga, I mean, “structural analysis of group arguments,” along with comparisons with Qumran and Philo, NT exegesis, Johannine community, […]
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A great quote from Bob Gundry on NT Christology: ‘New Testament interpretations of Jesus’ person and work exhibit diversity, then, a diversity prompted by varying circumstances – political, social, economic, ethnic, education, religious. To be sure, NT Christologies were not wholly determined by such circumstances, as though the figure of Jesus were made of Silly […]
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John R. Tyson The Great Athanasius: An Introduction to His Life and Work Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017. Available at W&S. I love me some Athanasius. Gosh, I’d love to write a musical about his life one day (if Andrew Lloyd Weber or Lin Manuel could find the time to collaborate with me). Reading […]
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Terri S. Watson Developing Clinicians of Character – A Christian Integrative Approach to Clinical Supervision IVP Academic, Downer’s Grove, Illinois, 2018. Available at Amazon.com. By Stuart Adamson There is an implicit entreaty on just about every page of the book Developing Clinicians of Character. This entreaty becomes explicit as Watson draws her argument to a […]
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Over at The Spectator (Oz), I have an article entitled: It’s time to end the seal of the confessional: the religious case I argue that Catholic clergy should be required to lift the seal of the confessional and to engage in mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse: It is after much reflection that I wish to […]
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Great article by Daniel Bowman, a Professor of English at Taylor University: CRINGING AT CHURCH: WHAT IT’S LIKE AS AN AUTISTIC PERSON IN YOUR CONGREGATION While we share a constellation of symptoms to various degrees, people on the spectrum are unique individuals who land in many denominations and churches. We will be in your congregation, and I pray […]
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Ephesians 4:11-12 is an important text for a theology of ministry and the church. The issue in v. 11 is whether there are four or five offices, since pastors and teachers are both governed by the one article, so are they two distinct offices (pastors and teachers) or one combined office (maybe pastors-who-teach)? Then, in […]
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Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity Edited by Garrick V. Allen, Kai Akagi, Paul Sloan and Madhavi Nevader Eisenbrauns, April 2019. Available on Amazon.com I think this is the proceedings from the St. Andrews conference from a few years back. Here’s the blurb: In antiquity, “son of god”—meaning a ruler designated by the gods to carry […]
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Keep an eye out for this forthcoming book: Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins (forthcoming with Zondervan, October 2019). I have a contribution with Dr. Ben Sutton about history, memory, and the speeches in Acts. In recent years, a number of New Testament scholars engaged in academic […]
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Paula Gooder  Phoebe: A Story. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018. Available at IVP or Hodder & Stoughton By Kate Tyler Biblical students will be familiar with the importance of context (and if they’re not, they obviously need to do further study!) Good exegesis requires being aware of various technical details such as authorship, dating […]
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