Taking Every Thought Prisoner and Making it Obey t...

Apologetics is often understood as a list of facts and arguments that Christians need to memorize if they don’t want to get intellectually slaughtered by the nearest angry atheist who says, “Jesus didn’t exist” or, “Why would a good God allow evil?” Ironically enough, many (if not most) books on apologetics are structured in this way: 1) here is a list of 15 evidences you can present to somebody about topic x, and 2) this is what you should say when somebody poses hard question y. The result of the approach of these books is an apologetic that is based on one’s ability to memorize: if you can remember all the arguments, you are...

Review of Introducin...

 Louth, Andrew.  Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology.  IVP Academic, 2013. 172 pgs. $16.00 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-8308-4045-8 For many years, the go-to book for a first taste of the rich history, liturgy and tradition of Orthodoxy has been Timothy Ware’s The Orthodox Church. For those...

Review of The Lost W...

Walton, John H. and D. Brent Sandy. The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013. 320 pgs. $17. Paperback. 978-0-8308-4032-8. In this book about the different understandings of “text” in the...

My New Article in th...

I’m excited that my article, “Suffering and Covenantal Hope in Galatians: A Critique of the ‘Apocalyptic Reading’ and Its Proponents,” is finally in print, appearing in the newest issue of the Scottish Journal of Theology (68.1 [2015]: 1–15). The paper was...

Theology and the Hon...

Our blog’s very own Calvin Sodestrom raised the question in his most recent post on whether we tend to conceive of God ‘inside a box’. I know I have been blogging about the protest in Hong Kong for some time now, but at risk of being boring, I thought the said political situation might...

Aberdeen Ethics Conference Aug01

Aberdeen Ethics Conf...

The University of Aberdeen (in Scotland) will be hosting a conference on the legacy of the Reformation, entitled, The Freedom of a Christian Ethicist. It looks like a fantastic conference and if I hadn’t just moved across the pond I’d be very keen to check it out. The conference...

Review of Hauerwas: ...

Nicholas M. Healy, Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. 154 pages. Softcover. Retail $23.00. Few contemporary theologians have situated their own projects so explicitly against the “many-faced and historically...

I’m Coming Home, Too Jul15

I’m Coming Hom...

This past Friday (July 11), the sports world received something far greater than free Slurpees (7/11 day) with the much anticipated announcement from LeBron James. Instead of returning to Miami in an attempt to continue the Heat’s near monopoly on the Eastern Conference, LeBron decided...

Relearning How to Fo...

When I first came to the mission field I spoke with a teammate who told me about a man named Mamadou who I would meet shortly. He told me, “Mamadou is a Muslim background believer from Africa. And just so you know, he fasts more than he eats.” When my teammate relayed this information to...

That’s me in t...

— Yes, the title above kind of refers to REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, but I quite literally sat in the corner of a lecture theatre for 12 hours…   I was in London this past weekend attending a conferenced organised by Birkbeck titled ‘The Actuality of the...

A Brief History of O...

On my trip to India over spring break—which you can read a little bit about here—I brought along a delightful little introduction to Old Testament Criticism by Mark S. Gignilliat, called, A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism: From Benedict Spinoza to Brevard Childs (check it out on...