Category: hermeneutics

COVID-19, Anti-intellectualism, and Faith

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” (Matthew 11:25-26) The… Continue Reading “COVID-19, Anti-intellectualism, and Faith”

Book Review: The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence

Matthew Curtis Fleischer. The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence. Oklahoma City: Epic Octavius the Triumphant, 2017.* The Church has been wrestling for a while in an attempt to come to grips with the violence described in the Old Testament, and in particular with the… Continue Reading “Book Review: The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Her Gates Will Never Be Shut

Brad Jersak. Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2009. “I’m not a universalist, but I hope God is.” I’m not sure who first said this, but it’s often attributed to NT Wright. Is it… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Her Gates Will Never Be Shut”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Gospel Women

Richard Bauckham. Gospel Women: Studies in the Named Women of the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. Richard Bauckham is without a doubt an exceptional scholar of both biblical theology and the non-canonical texts of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism. Gospel Women focuses that immense knowledge… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Gospel Women”

A (Sort of) Book Review: A New Heaven and a New Earth

J. Richard Middleton. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Many moons ago (not really, but some days it feels like forever), as an undergrad, I read Al Wolters’ Creation Regained and I remember the hype… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: A New Heaven and a New Earth”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Man Enough

Nate Pyle. Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.* Social media can be a very effective and helpful thing. It has its dark side of course, but it has also been at times a real blessing by allowing me to stay connected… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Man Enough”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Reading Revelation Responsibly

Michael J. Gorman. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness, Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene: Cascade, 2011. I had, for a long time, bucked against any notion of preaching on Revelation. Ok, maybe chapters 1-3; lots of compelling challenges for the church… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Reading Revelation Responsibly”

New Testament Commentary Picks

Many pastors live and die by our books. Commentaries are particularly important. A pastor without commentaries can be like a carpenter without a hammer and saw. My collection is hardly authoritative. But what I’ve compiled here is my recommendations for each of the books… Continue Reading “New Testament Commentary Picks”