The Apostle Paul

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    My JSNT Article on Gal. 3.4 is Out

    The September 2013 issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is now available online and will be in print shortly. My article on the meaning of the Greek word ΠΑΣΧΩ in Galatians 3.4 is included in the volume (“Suffering In Vain: A Study on the Interpretation of...
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    Top Galatians Commentaries

    I’m nearly halfway through the first college course I’ve ever taught at Lincoln Christian University (the Las Vegas extension). Since the course is on Galatians, which is what my PhD research at the University of St Andrews under Prof. N. T. Wright focuses on, I thought it might be...
  • He is Risen Indeed!

    It was Easter Sunday in 1972.  My grandfather was preparing to sing an Easter cantata with his church choir when he suffered a stroke and collapsed.  On the following Sunday, he went to be with the Lord.  I never met my grandfather, but I’ve heard countless stories from my...
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    The Paradoxical Gospel

    I don’t remember ever saying this, but here goes. I’ve never been more confident of my salvation. I’ve never felt so secure. I’ve never been so satisfied in Christ. And yet, at the same time, I’m more aware of my sin, ready to acknowledge it, even willing to tell...
  • Looking Like the World

    I can recall growing up being told that I should avoid ‘looking like the World.’  The idea was more assumed than ever really explained.  Consistently though I was told I was out of line in regards to music.  At the Christian school I attended in Jr. High and High...
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    I’m Happy for You (Really!)

    One night a few years ago, I was reading through Romans and stumbled upon an extraordinary command from Paul’s pen: Rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15). I’d read it before, even quoted it, but something stood out this time. Struck by its simplicity and its strangeness, I considered...
  • Is the aNTi Wright Polemic Justified?

    We all know Wright has received a bad wrap from many conservative Christians over the years.  I can remember being introduced to Wright’s view on Justification in a context in which I was told how detrimental his ideas were.  Furthermore, one of the most influential figures for my theological...
  • The Kenosis of Thor & The Kenosis of Christ

    When it comes to super-heroes I am a Batman guy all the way.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Oscar-worthy Christopher Nolan is the mastermind behind the resurgence of Batman’s popularity and Joel Schumacher’s grubby paws are nowhere near the franchise (although he did apologize).  Yet, even before Nolan...
  • A Regal Interpretation of Colossians

    In continuation of Matt’s brief theology of Colossians, which focused on the nature of the Church’s new existence in Christ, this entry will focus on a major Christological theme of the letter.  The main Christological message is summed up in the famous “Christ Hymn” of Col 1.15-20.  Many interpreters...
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    A Short Theology of Colossians

    The message of the gospel points us to a new possibility for life—nay, a new actuality of life.  The divine fullness has entered into time, and history is bursting at the seams.  As the world hurtled onward towards the abyss, God came bodily in Jesus Christ and embraced death...
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    Alcohol in the Bible: Part Two (The New Testament)

    Last week I posted an entry on alcohol in the OT and you are personally invited to read my former post before reading this if you have not done so, since the NT builds on a lot of the same theological imagery.  I’m not sure what the general assumption...
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    Memphis Church Hosts Ramadan

    In an interesting story made more intriguing by its setting, last year a church in the Bible belt  joyfully agreed to host Ramadan.  The Memphis Islamic Center was closed for renovations, sending the leaders of the mosque looking for an alternate venue with relatively little notice.  Having a hard...