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November 16 2017, 6AM

So a little while ago I noted that I decided to collate a bunch of my reviews on books about Christology and produce a slim volume that I self published with Lulu. I got the original version in and it was offensive for a number of reasons. Reason #1 ̵... [Book Pics] [Books (Misc.)] [Testimonials]

November 12, 5AM

Phil Long as reviewed my book Christology in Review over at his blog Reading Acts. It’s a favorable review—thanks be to God—but Phil was surprised to see that I didn’t review the Michael Bird edited How God Became Jesus. To be honest, I... [Blog Stuff] [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Miscellaneous]

November 9, 8PM

In light of the recent discovery of Andreas Köstnberger’s plagiarism of D. A. Carson’s Pillar commentary on John in his own BECNT volume I thought I’d check what he had to say on the issue in a book of his that I recently picked up call... [Biblical Studies] [theology]

November 8, 5PM

Dr. Michael Brown often shares his testimony of God saving him as a teen from a life of drug abuse and rebellion. He talks of how he would voraciously read the Bible and memorize verse after verse in order to evangelize and apologize (in the sense of defe... [Language/Translation] [Testimonials]

October 5, 6PM

So much has been happening and I’ve not kept my faithful readers abreast of it all. First, thanks to those of you who have stuck with this blog during its dormancy. Second, I’ve received a couple of books over the past few months for review. Y... [Book Deals] [Book Notice] [Book Reviews] [Random Thoughts] [Review Books] [Testimonials]

September 13, 12 PM

I wanted to do this for a while. I had some time today. One day I’ll get a good camera and give this thing some real production value. B”HFiled under: Apologetics, Biblical Studies, Book Pics, Books (Misc.), Canon, Catholicism, Charismatic Is... [Apologetics] [Biblical Studies] [Book Pics] [Books (Misc.)] [canon] [Catholicism] [Charismatic Issues] [Christology] [Church Stuff] [Cults/Heretics] [fiction] [historical Jesus] [Inerrancy/Inspiration] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [Patristics] [philosophy] [Review Books] [scripture] [Testimonials] [theology] [Trinity]

September 6, 5PM

I forget who posted about the ESV Reader’s edition of Paul’s Letters but once I learned of its existence I just knew that I needed a copy for the bedside table. When I looked around I saw that CBD had the best deal so I went with them and in t... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

August 29, 4AM

Rowan Williams provides a translation of Arius’ Thalia in his classic Arius: Heresy and Tradition, in which Arius said: For him it is impossible to search out the mysteries of the Father, who exists in himself (eph’ heautou); For the Son d... [theology]

August 2, 5AM

I watch a lot of room tours and office tours on YouTube and as of late have even gotten into personal library tours as well. Many of them have been inspiring. I’ve gained ideas and insights on how to improve my own setup and in some cases I’ve... [Book Pics] [Testimonials]

July 16, 5AM

I started reading Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited the other day and I’m in agreement that what we’ve come to call “the gospel” is really something else altogether. He’s quite rig... [Church Stuff] [New Testament] [theology]

July 12, 7PM

So I noted yesterday that Baylor University Press is rereleasing some important volumes on early Christology at affordable prices. I mentioned Charles A. Gieschen’s Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence (Library of Early Christiani... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

July 11, 5AM

I’ve just spent the better part of the morning perusing Amazon’s “Prime Day” deals (with no interest in anything they have on sale) and in so doing I’ve learned that Baylor University Press is rereleasing some important volum... [Book Deals] [Book Notice] [Christology]

March 26, 6PM

I’m not sure if anyone still reads this blog. I wouldn’t know how one would these days. Is Feedly still a thing? Do people keep up with RSS feeds anymore? I imagine that those who still follow me on Twitter might see a link to this pop up once... [Testimonials]

November 30 2016, 6AM

Took advantage of some deep discounts and got the following from Wipf & Stock: Richard of Saint Victor, On the Trinity The Glory of Kings: A Festschrift in Honor of James B. Jordan Basil of Caesarea: A Guide to His Life and Doctrine Between Babel and ... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

October 25, 7AM

The title of this post is actually not true. I do discuss politics. All the time in fact. I just don’t like to discuss politics. I think the main reason is that I’m a realist. Being a realist also makes me a political cynic. I have no confiden... [Random Thoughts]

5AM

In a word: work. I’ve been working. A lot. Like 70 hours a week. For over a year. It’s been lucrative. It has. Really. But it doesn’t afford me much time to do pretty much anything. Except church that is. There’s Sunday service and... [Miscellaneous] [Testimonials]

September 4, 5AM

…you forget to wish your best good friend and brother from another mother a happy birthday. My dear friend Fr Esteban Vázquez just celebrated another year of life this past August 29th and I was too busy cutting some vagrant’s hair to remembe... [Miscellaneous]

July 8, 7PM

I have a lot to say about the recent police shootings that have happened but I won’t say it here. I will say two simple things: Police officers, in most circumstances, can subdue suspects without taking their lives. Discharging a firearm should be ... [news]

July 6, 4AM

My dear friend Esteban Vázquez sent me an Amazon gift card for my birthday as is his custom. I won’t repeat the message but there was a hashtag that said #choosewisely. So I took that to heart and mulled over my decision for a couple of days. I dec... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

July 5, 9PM

So here’s the deal. The other day I got an email talking about same day shipping for Amazon Prime members on select items and orders over $35. I decided to put it to the test so I ordered God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits by Malcolm Yarnell and... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Testimonials]

July 4, 10AM

I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the recent goings on about the subject of the Son’s subordination to the Father but I have to admit that even my best has left me woefully behind in all that has been said on the subject in recent weeks ... [Miscellaneous]

June 18, 6PM

I woke up around 6:30 AM today and grabbed my phone. I generally peek at my email but today I opened up the Amazon app. I wasn’t fully awake but I pulled the trigger on a couple of books that were in my shopping cart. They were The Holy Trinity Revi... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

5PM

I don’t believe that I mentioned this but the keyboard I got a couple months back to make music with broke after having it for only a month. I came home from work one day, turned it on, and was met with a non-functioning piece of hardware. I couldn&... [music] [Technology] [Testimonials]

June 16, 4AM

The other day Denny Burk referenced the article “The Obedience of the Eternal Son,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 15/2 (2013): 114-34. Does anyone have a copy of this article that they could pass along? I’d greatly apprec... [Help a Brother Out] [Trinity]

June 14, 6PM

I’ve typed plenty on the debate over eternal functional subordination over the years. Much of what I’ve said can be found in book reviews. Some can be found in dedicated posts to one point of the discussion or another. I’ll leave it to i... [Christology] [Debates] [theology] [Trinity]

7AM

I just saw a review of Kevin Giles’ The Eternal Generation of the Son written by Jim Cassidy on the Reformed Forum blog. It’s a good review. Much more sympathetic to Giles’ work than my own review. Cassidy begins with reference to my r... [Book Reviews]

6AM

My pastor called me up last night and asked me to remind him why I had a problem with the sentiment that we are spirits who have souls and live in bodies. I answered that it’s gnostic at its core and it’s just not what we see in Scripture. I... [Christology] [theology]

June 9, 5PM

I just took advantage of Baylor University Press’s 50% off sale (available titles here – use code BJUN at checkout) and got the following books: Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness by Richard B. Hays Gratitud... [Book Deals] [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

April 19, 8AM

As I’ve become more and more accustomed to OS X I’ve required Windows less and less. The truth is that I really never used it much on my Macs. I was running Windows in Parallels in order to use a couple of programs, namely Microsoft Word, Auda... [Miscellaneous] [Technology]

6AM

I’ve noted many times throughout the years that I have an addictive personality. Before Christ it was drugs and women. After coming to Christ it was study, books, technology, and most recently music. I used to make music in my teens and early 20s. ... [music]
I hate Pandora. In theory it’s a cool idea for a music app but in reality it sucks. We put it on at work and it doesn’t matter what Christian music station I create, I inevitably end up hearing the same 10 songs many times over throughout the ... [Random Thoughts]

April 5, 11AM

Continuing my binge book buying behavior I just ordered several volumes from CBD’s slightly imperfect stock because they were extra cheap. Here’s what I got (links lead to Amazon): Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A New Testament Theology of P... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

March 23, 3PM

I’ve been horrible about noting when books arrive. But I received my big CBD order and part of my Westminster Bookstore order last Friday. The other part of my Westminster order came in on Monday. Here’s everything in video and pictures: ... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

March 16, 9PM

So I decided to continue my book buying binge and support the Westminster Bookstore at the same time. I just ordered the following seven volumes: Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels – Michael Bird Reformed Dogmatics, Volume... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

8PM

I was just perusing the Westminster Bookstore website and I watched their quick promo video. Aside from being impressed by the production quality I was inspired by the vision and mission of the bookstore itself. It exists for more than to furnish students... [Books (Misc.)] [Church Stuff] [Testimonials]

March 14, 7PM

So I went on a bit of a book binge since: A) I haven’t procured many books over the past couple of years, and B) I got some of my tax return money back, and C) CBD had too many interesting looking books for cheap for me not to grab some of them. In ... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

March 8, 7PM

Here’s a good video from Linus Sebastian on how he receives review units from manufacturers. The situation is a little different with books and publishers but his explanation of the tit-for-tat relationship is quite good. B”HFiled under: Prod... [Product Reviews] [Technology]

February 28, 6AM

When I was very active in the biblioblogging community there were more than a handful of folks I’d interact with on a regular basis. I still have contact with many of them through Twitter (and even this blog I suppose) but some I lost track of. Ever... [Testimonials]

February 23, 12 PM

It’s been quite some time since I’ve commented on any movies so without further ado, here are some abbreviated notes on the flicks I’ve seen lately. The Revenant – Best movie I’ve seen in a long time. It’s not fast-pa... [movies]

February 11, 1PM

My pastor emailed me this morning and offered a pushback of his own concerning my assertion that Christians and all Jews don’t necessarily worship the same God. His basic premise was that Jews who deny that Jesus is the Son of God and do not believe... [theology]

February 10, 6AM

At about 6:20 in the above video Brant Pitre says that the feeding of the multitude account in the Gospels would remind first century Jewish readers of Moses. I’m not denying that but he said, “If you’re a first century Jew and you have ... [Christology] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]

February 9, 10PM

I just pulled the trigger on James Dunn’s Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Contested Identity, which is the third (and final?) volume in his Christianity in the Making series. I had a $30 Amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I had to order my... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

8PM

Earlier today on Twitter Mike Aubrey offered a friendly pushback to my post about Christians and Muslims worshipping the same God. I’ve just learned that a gentleman named Gavin on a blog called Otagosh has offered the same pushback. Basically, they... [Apologetics] [Christology] [Debates] [Islam] [theology]

9AM

I meant to post this yesterday but I got held up at work. I think it was roughly 2005 or 2006 when I became interested in the academic study of the Bible and related literature. I had been a believer for a few years at this point but until then my library... [scripture] [Testimonials]
I’ve seen this question popping up recently. It’s easy to answer: No. Do Muslims worship the Trinity? No. Do Muslims acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God? No. Doesn’t that entail a denial of the Father? Yes. So I repeat, Muslims and Chris... [Islam] [theology]

February 8, 12 PM

So here’s the deal… First, my church has been going through Jesus’ parables for a couple of months now in Bible study so when I saw that John Meier’s latest volume in his A Marginal Jew series was on the parables I really wanted to... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

February 3, 8PM

I just wanted to comment on how stupid I think it is that you now have to be a member of SBL to read reviews in RBL!!! This makes no sense to me. None. It’s stupid. Utterly stupid! B”HFiled under: Book Reviews [Book Reviews]

January 28, 10AM

I can’t remember if I saw Jim West mention this on Twitter or Feedly, but there is a desktop app for WordPress that allows you to blog without your web browser. I’m using it right now. So far, so good. Here’s a screenshot of what it look... [Blog Stuff] [Technology]

January 27, 3PM

Hultgren, Arland J. The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000. Pp. xxix + 522. Paper. $42.00.  For the last few months we’ve been doing a Bible study series on Jesus’ parables at my church. As I’ve prepared ... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [theology]

January 23, 6AM

I’m literally snowed in at the moment. By my estimates we only got about a foot to 14 inches of actual snowfall so far but the wind is crazy and the drifts are much higher. At the moment I can’t get outside of my side door because the snow is ... [Testimonials]

January 21, 9AM

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all the years I’ve been involved in Christian ministry it’s that doers do. Plenty of people talk about what they’d like to do and never end up doing much of anything. Doers on the other ha... [Church Stuff] [Random Thoughts]

January 20, 12 PM

I understand life application preaching. Really, I do. I believe that all preaching should be applicable to life in some way. It’s the preacher’s challenge to figure out how that’s so. But at the end of the day, as helpful as life appl... [Random Thoughts] [theology]

January 9, 7PM

A coworker of mine has taken to saying that the African woman is God. He’s entitled to his opinion, wrong as it may be, but he keeps repeating that the Abrahamic religions have fabricated a story based on patriarchy. It seems that because they didn&... [Apologetics]

January 2, 7AM

I hardly blogged at all last year. I didn’t blog much the year before that either. So in 2016 I’d like to dedicate myself to blogging more. I’d like to… The truth is that I probably won’t. It seems like my workload and sched... [Blog Stuff]

December 13 2015, 9PM

Taking a page out of Jim West’s book, here’s some Twitter theology that makes me sigh courtesy of Mario Lopez (a.k.a. A.C. Slater): I get the sentiment. God’s not a genie. Amen. But that doesn’t mean that “wishing” is ... [New Testament] [theology]

December 8, 6PM

I was quite pleased to receive a copy of The Greek-English New Testament: USB Fifth Revised Edition and New International Version from Zondervan. This takes the latest edition of the UBS Greek text and places it side-by-side with the NIV 2011. I’l... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

December 3, 7PM

My copy of Brant Pitre’s Jesus and the Last Supper arrived yesterday. I’m really excited about this. I remember reading about its existence nearly 5 years ago (right before reading Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist)!... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Technology]

December 2, 5AM

I was talking with a couple of coworkers yesterday and one of them mentioned how he doesn’t cry. He said he can take a lot of physical pain and not cry. He then said that he would cry if he saw his wife crying and finally admitted that he does cry s... [Random Thoughts]

November 30, 7PM

I’ve started my Christmas shopping and in the midst of getting gifts for others I decided to make a few purchases for myself. This morning I ordered an Apple Magic Trackpad 2 (from B&H), which is way overpriced, but something I need for my workf... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Technology]

November 29, 7PM

Comfort, Philip Wesley. A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2015. Pp. 443. Hardcover. $29.99. I’ve had Philip Comfort’s A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament for a... [Book Reviews] [Language/Translation] [New Testament]

6PM

If I didn’t already own several, this video would make me want to go out and buy an NIV! B”HFiled under: Language/Translation, Miscellaneous, Scripture [Language/Translation] [Miscellaneous] [scripture]

November 27, 6AM

Back in May I noted that this year marked the 50th anniversary of the Committee on Bible Translation to discuss the production of the New International Version of the Bible. HarperCollins created a website that’s loaded with information about the N... [Language/Translation] [scripture]

November 6, 5AM

I had to order a cable for the church’s computer yesterday so I decided to add a copy of Philip W. Comfort’s A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament to my basket. Can’t wait to add it to the collection! B”HF... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

October 19, 7PM

I’ve commented in the recent past about a coworker of mine who recently became enamored with Louis Farrakhan after having watched a number of his speeches and interviews on YouTube. He’s since become enamored with other folks who claim that Ch... [Random Thoughts]

October 18, 4AM

I cut a guy’s hair yesterday who shared with me that he grew up going to church and that his grandmother and aunt are very religious and keep urging him to get back but he’s just not there yet. Fair enough. I can’t tell him when he’... [Church Stuff] [Testimonials]

October 9, 4AM

Bloomsbury sent along a copy of Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry Hurtado as well as an electronic copy of the third edition of Hurtado’s One God, One Lord. I’m particularly interested in the third and final sectio... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 29, 4AM

IVP Academic sent along a couple of titles for me to peruse. The first one, Ron Highfield’s The Faithful Creator: Affirming Creation and Providence in an Age of Anxiety, came last week. The other, Archie J. Spencer’s The Analogy of Faith: Th... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 20, 4AM

Since I don’t really blog anymore I always forget to mention when I’ve received something good in the mail. But hopefully what I’m about to mention will get me back to blogging a little more than usual. About a week ago I received a copy... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 2, 5AM

A coworker has recently become enamored with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. I blame myself. My cousin had been urging me for weeks to watch an interview that Farrakhan did with Jamal Bryant on the Word Network. I finally put it on at work... [Apologetics] [Cults/Heretics] [Debates] [Islam] [theology]

August 6, 4AM

I noted on Twitter the other day that Wesley Hill’s Paul and the Trinity was on sale for $16.06 on Amazon. I pulled the trigger on Sunday and bought a copy. It came in yesterday. I haven’t unboxed it yet but I will do so today and add it to ... [Book Deals] [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

August 5, 7PM

There’s been some discussion on Nijay Gupta’s blog about what he calls a discouraging trend in the world of book reviewing. “Some publishers,” says Gupta, “are becoming more picky about who they send books to, and also some a... [Blog Stuff] [Book Reviews] [Enjoyable Posts]

July 30, 7PM

As someone who loves theology and biblical studies I’ve come to realize over time that it’s simply best to preach the word in a congregational context. What I mean is simply this: Preach the text and let all the theology flow from it. Don̵... [Church Stuff] [Random Thoughts]
30 years ago today Rudolf Karl Bultmann died. I’ve noted many times on this blog that he was an exceptionally clear communicator and I thought to commemorate the anniversary of his death that I’d mention it again. He was a biblical scholar and... [Biblical Studies] [Random Thoughts] [theology]

July 28, 6PM

I’ve twice attempted to publish the same little nugget of insight that I’ve gained in a recent study—first on Twitter and just now on my blog—and I’ve not been able to bring myself to do it. My church has been doing a series on the f... [theology]

July 6, 7PM

Brian Small recently noted that his doctoral dissertation “The Characterization of Jesus in the Book of Hebrews” is available online. I’m saving it in my dissertations folder immediately! B”HFiled under: Biblical Studies, News [Biblical Studies] [news]

June 30, 5AM

So I got the new iMac, right. Okay, well and good. It’s display is glorious and I’ve only got it set at the 2560 x 1440 resolution. The 5k is way sharper than anything I need and makes everything minuscule anyway. To the left of the iMac is a ... [Just Ordered] [Technology] [Testimonials]

4AM

I went away for a few days last week and neglected to mention that Lexham Press sent along the first three volumes of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics for review. These are slim books with the volumes on Theology Proper and Christology coming ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 21, 4AM

Happy Father’s Day! Some years ago I did a series of posts reflecting on God as Father. I wish I had time this week to add to them but I will add this one reflection. God the Father sent his only begotten Son so that we would be given the right to... [theology]

June 15, 3PM

It was only like a year-and-a-half ago that I got a new desk. This one had bookshelves built in all over the place and it was glorious. But then I got another desk that I positioned opposite this one. That one was home to my new laptop and dual (actually ... [Random Thoughts] [Technology] [Testimonials]

June 10, 8PM

Flipboard is easily one of my favorite iPhone apps. I flip through dozens of articles daily and they’re all tailored to my interests. Today I happened across an article saying that B&H Photo was having a sale on Apple’s 5k Retina iMacs. Th... [Just Ordered] [Technology]

8AM

Matthew W. Bates: Accordingly, despite the I-am-merely-a-historian claim offered by some working in this field, I am grateful that we live in an era in which it is increasingly recognized that there is no neutral, objective, independent ground that is uns... [Quotes]

June 1, 1PM

Eric Schumacher asked for some advice on Twitter about whether he should go with BibleWorks or Logos since he’s just switched over to a Mac. To complicate things I threw Accordance into the mix. The reality is that all of these programs are great an... [Biblical Studies] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [scripture] [Technology] [theology]

May 30, 8PM

Okay, so here’s the deal… My church’s laptop—which we depend on for most things audio/visual during our services—had a busted screen. Someone sat on it or put something heavy on top of it, but whatever happened, the monitor was usele... [Church Stuff] [Technology] [Testimonials]

May 25, 5PM

4AM

The other night I came home to discover that my copy of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology had arrived. This is the Eerdmans edition with a foreword by Douglas Campbell. I had the privilege of viewing the proofs and providing some feedb... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 22, 4AM

Leithart, Peter J. Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2015. Pp. ix + 165. Paper. $17.99. As I sit here at my desk thinking about what to write concerning Peter Leithart’s latest offering, I... [Book Reviews] [scripture] [theology] [Trinity]

May 21, 6PM

I had a bad time with a couple of bum USB hubs a while back but I’ve decided to get back in the horse and try again. This time I ordered a 4 port USB 3.0 hub with power switches that’s made by Sabrent. The current 4 port hub I use is from them... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Technology]

May 19, 7PM

Introduction I know that BibleWorks 10 has been out for a little while now and from all I’ve seen it looks fantastic. My introduction to BibleWorks came with version 8 and it was incredible. I used the program daily in my study of the Bible and ende... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [Product Reviews] [scripture] [Technology]

May 18, 12 PM

Orr, Peter. Christ Absent and Present: A Study in Pauline Christology. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. Second series 354. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014. Pp. x + 259. Paper. € 79.00. With thanks to Mohr Siebeck for this review copy!... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Christology] [New Testament] [theology]

5AM

I’ve started a series on the sacraments at church. The first class was on baptism in preparation for baptizing three members (which we did yesterday). One of the things I wanted to focus on, and which I believe will be a major focus of the entire se... [Biblical Studies] [Church Stuff] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]

May 16, 8PM

Today marks 8 years of blogging on WordPress. The last couple of years have been light but it’s been fun. Here’s to 8 more! B”HFiled under: Blog Stuff [Blog Stuff]

May 15, 4AM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the existence of the New International Version of the Bible. I have a long history with this translation spanning a little more than ¼ of this time. I confessed Christ as Lord in 2002 but was given an NIV Couples&... [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [scripture] [Testimonials]

April 27, 8AM

I was going to teach Bible study this past Wednesday but we ended up having a prayer meeting instead. My topic was going to be interpreting each other. I won’t post all of my notes but the long and short of it was going to deal with that just as we ... [Church Stuff]

April 21, 4AM

The other day I received a copy of Matthew W. Bates’ The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit New Testament & Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament from Oxford University Press. I’m really looking forward to this. ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

April 13, 4AM

I was asked to comment on a Facebook post last night by a friend and fellow elder. The topic of the post was Jesus’ name. The writer said that the reason people aren’t seeing results to their prayers is because they’ve been calling on th... [Christology] [Cults/Heretics] [Debates] [historical Jesus] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]

March 25, 9PM

So I mentioned the other day how I received a defective USB 3.0 hub. The company that I purchased it from, Jacob’s Parts, sent out a replacement, which I received today, much to my dismay, this unit was defective as well. The first unit I received w... [Product Reviews] [Technology]

March 22, 5PM

No mail on Sunday but between Twitter, Instagram, and the blog it becomes difficult to remember what I’ve said or shown and where. Anyway, a week or so ago (I think), I received copies of Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 19, 7PM

Okay, so let me tell a quick story. I’m supposed to be putting the final touches on an editing project but I need a break because I’ve been staring at that thing all day. Anyway, here’s the deal. I’ve got certain aesthetic sensibil... [Technology] [Testimonials]

March 17, 5PM

Okay, so here’s the situation. Stephen Young wrote an article on “Protective Strategies” in “Evangelical Inerrantist Scholarship” and Christopher Skinner predicted that responses would be forthcoming. Steve Hays then responde... [Debates] [Enjoyable Posts] [Inerrancy/Inspiration]

March 15, 3PM

This is for Pär Stenberg. I hope it helps you decide if the BHS Reader’s Edition is for you. Click to view slideshow. B”HFiled under: Books (Misc.), Old Testament, Scripture [Books (Misc.)] [old testament] [scripture]

March 13, 6PM

I forgot to note that IVP Academic sent along copies of Paul Molnar’s Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance, and Contemporary Theology as well as Mark Sheridan’s Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wre... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 9, 5PM

I received an email the other day from a young man who was thinking about starting a blog and one of the things he asked me was whether or not I could recommend anyone dealing specifically with the arguments of Biblical Unitarians (i.e., Socinians). Unfor... [Apologetics] [Cults/Heretics] [Trinity]

March 7, 9PM

Zondervan sent along a copy of Daniel Strange’s Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock for review. I see that he has sections on “Enlightenment monotheism versus Yahweh’s transcendent uniqueness” as well as “Jesus’ transcend... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 2, 4PM

I found out the other day that I was dropped from CBD’s affiliate program. I went to create a link and was informed that my account was “inactive.” Oh well. I guess that happens when you don’t keep up with things. Anyway, I’m... [Book Deals]

February 25, 11AM

I’ve been eyeing the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader’s Edition for a while now. I’ve been sitting on an Amazon gift card for a couple of weeks and I put the Bible in my shopping cart like a week ago but have been holding off o... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]
OUP sent along copies of Matthew Crawford’s Cyril of Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology of Scripture and the Gerald R. McDermott and Harold A. Netland edited volume A Trinitarian Theology of Religions: An Evangelical Proposal for review. I̵... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 24, 7AM

I haven’t done a Movie Notes post in a long time (since July 2013 by my count!) and I’ve seen a lot of flicks since the last time I did one. So many that I doubt I’ll be able to remember them all. But here’s some brief thoughts on ... [movies]

February 22, 6PM

I walked outside yesterday morning and saw a box that had been sitting on the porch since presumably Friday night. Inside were copies of Peter Leithart’s Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience from Brazos Press and th... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 12, 5AM

I taught last night’s Bible study at my church. It went well. At least I think it did. But then I stopped by a friend’s house to drop something off and he invited me in to show me his home studio. He’s got a really nice setup. Acoustic f... [music]

February 10, 3PM

I’ve just tweeted that the first person to pick a topic would receive a blog post on said topic from yours truly. I did this a couple of weeks ago and it was a fun exercise. I hope to make it a semi-regular thing. In any event, my brother-from-anoth... [theology]

2PM

Hahn, Scott. Many are Called: Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood. New York: Doubleday, 2010. Pp. 155. Hardcover. $14.99. Many are Called: Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood is a slim volume in which Catholic scholar Scott Hahn shows his adm... [Book Reviews] [Catholicism] [theology]

9AM

Hahn, Scott. Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots. New York: Doubleday, 2009. Pp. 276. Hardcover. $23.00. Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots is part apologetic, part devotional, and part catechism. Scott H... [Book Reviews] [Catholicism] [theology]

6AM

A while back Jason Gardner shared a bit about some of his favorite cover art in recent memory and asked his readers to share theirs. Well, in keeping with his request, and modifying it slightly, here are my favorite covers and the reasons I like them. Al... [Books (Misc.)] [movies] [music]

5AM

If you plan to speak publicly then please, by all means, speak! Don’t read aloud! There is a difference. Public speakers should make eye contact (or at least feign eye contact) with their audience. They should move around a little bit. They should... [Random Thoughts]

February 9, 8PM

Logos Bible Software Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (10 vols.) As I noted in my last post about this series, “socio-rhetorical criticism integrates the ways people use language with the ways they live in the world” (Vernon K. Robbins). As someone who h... [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [Technology]

February 7, 6PM

Logos Bible Software Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (10 vols.) Vernon K. Robbins once explained that “socio-rhetorical criticism integrates the ways people use language with the ways they live in the world” (Exploring the Texture of Texts: A Gu... [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [Technology]

February 6, 9AM

We sing this song by Jesus Culture in church called “Set a Fire” that in part says: Set a fire down in my soul That I can’t contain That I can’t control I want more of you God I want more of you God Now let’s lay aside intent... [music] [theology]

February 5, 6PM

Zondervan sent along copies of Comfort the Grieving: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Loss by Paul Tautges and Gather God’s People” Understand, Plan, and Lead Worship in Your Local Church by Brian Croft & Jason Adkins. Both ar... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 3, 4PM

I listen to “secular” music. There, I said it. I place “secular” in scare quotes for reasons I won’t get into right now. In any event, it’s interesting to see how people’s (usually well meaning Christians but some... [music]

February 1, 3PM

We heard a message today on having a critical spirit. We also took communion. I’m the resident communion guy at the church so I’m always asked to say something as we get ready to receive. My pastor set the stage by noting how we’re to ex... [Church Stuff] [New Testament] [theology]

January 30, 8PM

As a personal challenge I tweeted this morning that the first person to pick a topic would get a blog post from yours truly on said topic. Juan C. Torres, a fellow I’d consider a theologian of hope, chose “the broadness of orthodoxy.” So... [Church Stuff] [scripture] [theology]

January 29, 4PM

Please have a look at James Spinti’s recent post about divine cursing based on his reading of a new book called Cursed Are You!. His musings on the topic with regard to Word of Faith theology are thought provoking. I intend to keep reading the pos... [Biblical Studies] [Charismatic Issues] [scripture] [theology]
I’ve probably noted this before but I can’t find where so that means I may have said it on Twitter (I’ve definitely said it at church). In any event, I’ve been meditating on how we often talk about conversion/salvation in terms of ... [Christology] [New Testament] [theology]

January 28, 8PM

Justin Taylor has a fantastic article on the Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods. I personally don’t think that they were but I’ve never put a ton of weight on one interpretation or another. One thing I hate about ... [Debates] [Enjoyable Posts] [old testament] [theology]

January 27, 8AM

The other day someone said, “The gospel is prosperity.” By that they meant that the good news is wealth for believers. In other words, as believers we should have things and lack nothing. He can be called an advocate of what has been dubbed pr... [Christology] [New Testament] [theology]

January 26, 7AM

Coogan, Michael D. and Mark S. Smith, eds. Stories from Ancient Canaan. 2nd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2012. Pp. x + 180. Paper. $25.00. Context is king. It’s a simple yet profound statement. A word has any number of possible meanin... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [old testament]

January 12, 10AM

The term “the gospel,” it seems, functions as a buzzword nowadays. It’s a shorthanded way of talking about one’s hobbyhorse of choice. For example, a preacher who is big on holiness will tell us that the cheap grace teaching of so ... [theology]

December 25 2014, 6AM

I try to always read the infancy narratives on Christmas morning just so I can keep in mind what Christmas is really about, i.e., celebrating the birth of our Lord. This morning I reached for my ESV Reader’s Bible but was diverted when I saw The Kin... [Book Reviews] [Language/Translation] [New Testament]

December 21, 1PM

I mentioned this on Twitter but not here. The other day I came home to a surprise package from Eerdmans containing a copy of their newly published NICOT volume on The Book of Psalms. I’ll use it with my ESV Psalter, which I try to read daily. B̶... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

6AM

I can’t remember the last time I participated in a meme, and generally I’d ignore a tag, but I hold Jennifer Guo in high esteem so when she tags I answer. Here are the rules of this particular meme (which I’ve just learned this year rhy... [memes]

December 15, 4PM

I forgot to note that Zondervan surprised me with a copy of the Festschrift for Doug Moo the other day. It’s called Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. A quick perusal of the table of contents shows that the essays a... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

December 10, 12 PM

Nearly two months ago I lamented my switch to the iPhone, wishing that I had stuck with Android because the main features I switched over for just weren’t working. Well, as it turns out, they were never supposed to work before certain iOS updates. S... [Technology]

December 7, 9PM

A couple of years ago I attempted to blog my way through the Bible. I made it a little over 3 months but never indexed the posts. This is that index. The Bible in a Year: Introduction The Bible in a Year: Day 1 (Genesis 1-3) The Bible in a Year: Day ... [Bible in a Year] [Biblical Studies] [old testament] [scripture] [theology]

November 23, 2PM

The allegations against Bill Cosby are shocking. He has long been a cultural icon whose name has been nearly synonymous with morality (a bald morality devoid of Jesus, mind you, but morality by the world’s standards nonetheless). But 15 women accusi... [news]

5AM

For those who haven’t heard, Eerdmans is publishing Chris Tilling‘s Paul’s Divine Christology as an affordable volume! Rachel Bomberger (of EerdWord fame) caught up with Chris at SBL and interviewed him about his work. The question I s... [Biblical Studies] [Books (Misc.)] [Christology] [New Testament]

November 20, 4AM

“The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off... [scripture]

November 19, 5AM

I had nearly forgotten that I received a gift certificate from the Westminster Bookstore a little while ago and once I remembered I went to the website and got to shopping. Initially I thought to get Thomas Schreiner’s commentary on Romans in the BE... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]
Chris Tilling has taken on a PhD student. It’s about time! His name is Justin Hagerman and he maintains a blog called “Virtue in Paul’s Letters.” Justin’s stated focus is reviewing the work of scholars writing on Paul while ... [Blog Stuff]

November 17, 6PM

I can’t remember exactly when I heard that Gordon Fee’s NICNT 1 Corinthians volume was being revised but I knew immediately that I wanted it. Well, after however long of a wait, I got my copy today! Eerdmans was good enough to pass along one f... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

November 11, 7AM

UPDATE: My pastor made an excellent point. People could donate to my church and receive a tax deduction and then the church will provide the equipment for me! Something to ponder! I mentioned this on Twitter a few minutes ago but it bears repeating. I sp... [Help a Brother Out] [Technology] [Testimonials]

November 9, 6PM

McGraw, Ryan M., ed.  The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owens Profiles in Reformed Spirituality Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. Pp. xviii + 149. Paper. $10.00. Amazon | Reformation Heritage Books . Wi... [Book Reviews] [theology] [Trinity]

November 7, 9PM

Just got home from a late elders meeting to discover a box from Zondervan Academic containing copies of A Theology of James, Peter, & Jude (BTNT); Mark (ECNT); and Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. Naturally, I&#... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

November 5, 2PM

I got my Everki Glide laptop backpack today and after examining it and attempting to put all of my tech in it I’ve wrapped back up and shipped it back to Amazon. There’s a video below documenting what I perceive to be a design flaw with the ba... [In the Mail] [Review Books] [Technology]

November 3, 5PM

This is an index of my responses to reviews of Chris Tilling’s monograph Paul’s Divine Christology. This post will be updated as my responses continue and it will find a permanent home on my Multi-Part Series page. Introduction Novenson, Til... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Christology] [New Testament]

4PM

It became apparent to me a little while ago that I needed a new bag to house my tech. I have a fairly large briefcase that my sister got me shortly after I was born again in 2002. The problem with that bag is that it’s not really laid out for my pr... [Just Ordered] [Technology]
The copies of Deepak Reju’s On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church that I ordered the other day have arrived. I’ll be distributing them to the other leaders in my church on Friday night at our monthly meeting. I’m lo... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

October 31, 7PM

I recently received an email from the Westminster Bookstore advertising a book on a troubling subject that it all too often neglected in the church, namely that of sexual abuse against children. We all know it happens but we’d prefer to never think ... [Books (Misc.)] [Church Stuff] [Just Ordered]

October 29, 9AM

I remember well what kept me away from Apple products for so long: They’re fanboys (and that includes girls)! I was bombarded with the constant refrain of how Macs never get viruses and never freeze up and blah, blah, blah, bl-blah. Well, my MacBook... [Technology]

October 23, 6PM

It’s always nice to come home from work and discover a package from one of your favorite publishers. Tonight I opened a box from Mohr Siebeck that contained a copy ofCharles E. Carlston & Craig A. Evans’ From Synagogue to Ecclesia: Matthe... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

October 20, 4PM

I don’t know why I neglected to mention that I ordered a Spigen Tough Armor case for my iPhone this past Friday, but I did. I also ordered a couple of 1′ USB 3.0 cables for when I travel with my computer. Wrapping up longer cables just makes a... [In the Mail] [Technology]

4AM

A kid I used to go to church with came in the barbershop I work in a couple weeks ago and started spouting off about microchips and the mark of the beast. I don’t think the mark of the beast necessarily has anything to do with microchips but the dev... [Technology]
So after much consideration and the arrival of OS X Yosemite, I decided to go out and lease an iPhone 6 this Friday past. I’ve been thinking about an iPhone for months. When I upgraded my cell phone a few months back I nearly went with an iPhone 5S.... [Technology]

October 9, 7PM

Wipf and Stock sent along a copy of Brant Bosserman’s The Trinity and the Vindication of Christian Paradox: An Interpretation and Refinement of the Theological Apologetic of Cornelius Van Til. Thanks for Jeff Downs for pointing this book out to me ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

October 2, 7PM

Got home from work and found a couple of packages waiting for me. First, Bloomsbury was good enough to send along a hard copy of Paul Molnar’s Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity, which I’ve had in electronic format for a ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 27, 4AM

I arrived home yesterday to discover a copy of Jeffrey J. Niehaus’ Biblical Theology, Volume 1: The Common Grace Covenants courtesy of The Weaver Book Company. I’m not familiar with Niehaus but anyone who says that their biblical theology &#... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 23, 5AM

If I may give a brief summary of how Peter Enns’ “Aha Moments” series and Michael Kruger’s “Does the Bible Ever Get It Wrong?” series read to me. Enns’ Series: I came to the Bible with the wrong idea about how th... [Blog Stuff] [humor]

September 22, 4PM

I’ve never been an iPhone fan. When they first came out I was still using an LG flip phone and I was anti-Apple. When I finally got a smart phone it was an Android device (a Samsung Galaxy SII to be exact). It just so happens that my first smart pho... [Technology]

4AM

As a longtime user of Windows machines and a new user of Apple machines I can honestly say that one machine is not necessarily better than the other, or put differently, one operating system is not necessarily better than the other. In terms of hardware m... [Technology]

September 17, 4AM

All of my coworkers are extremely saddened and distraught over the death of my sister Nicole. As co-owner of the business we work in she was our boss. One coworker in particular pulled the old problem of evil card. He—a believer in the existence of God ... [theology]

September 11, 5PM

My pastor, friend, and sister, Nicole Rosato has gone on to be with the Lord. That’s a Christian euphemism for death. She’s dead. And my eyes are welling up with tears as I write this. If you know me then you know I don’t condone crying but for thre... [Testimonials]

September 3, 7PM

An embarrassment of riches today. First, I came home from work to discover that Wipf & Stock sent along a copy of Daniel Castelo’s Confessing the Triune God, which is a part of the Wesleyan Doctrine Series, for review. Eerdmans sent a copy of t... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 29, 4AM

There is some exciting stuff on the horizon. That’s all I’ll say about that. Just stay tuned.  B’HFiled under: Blog Stuff [Blog Stuff]
Even though this is filed under humor, it’s actually serious business, and Cosby’s response is completely appropriate! B”HFiled under: Humor, Theology [humor] [theology]

August 19, 7AM

I’ve been a fan of Logos’ mobile app for as long as I’ve been using it (roughly two years now). It’s incredibly helpful to have my entire Logos library in hand for any number of reasons. Today, for example, a coworker had a questio... [Biblical Studies] [Technology]

August 18, 3PM

Logos sent a copy of the 10 volume Socio-Rhetorical Commentary set for review. This includes commentaries on Matthew by Craig Keener; Hebrews by David deSilva; and then 12 other NT books by Ben Witherington. I’ve already started looking through ... [In the Mail] [Review Books] [Technology]

4AM

I’ve just checked my Amazon affiliates account and discovered that this month 25 items have been ordered through links I’ve created or sessions started from clicking on links I’ve created. As it stands, I’m only getting paid for 3 ... [Testimonials]
The other day Zondervan sent along a copy of Scot McKnight’s volume on The Sermon on the Mount in The Story of God Bible Commentary series. I’m excited to dig into this one. McKnight’s insights are always valuable, even when I disagree... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 12, 3AM

James White sat down with Steven Anderson for a couple of hours to discuss KJV Onlyism. I’m 40 minutes into the video and it’s astounding. To hear someone say that anyone who can’t understand the language of the KJV is probably not save... [Cults/Heretics] [Debates] [Inerrancy/Inspiration] [Language/Translation] [scripture]

August 11, 4PM

Thanks to Meghan at Hendrickson for passing along this helpful infographic! B”HFiled under: Biblical Studies, New Testament [Biblical Studies] [New Testament]

August 10, 7PM

A coworker asked me a few weeks ago why Christians have so many Bibles. I tried to explain to him that (in my case at least) they all serve a different purpose. Plenty of things come into play like the language (primary vs. translation); the base text (e.... [scripture]

5PM

It occurs to me (as it has to countless others before me) that over the course of the past two millennia the church at large has done a pretty thorough job of taming Jesus. It’s easy to read the Gospels and see how he loved others and showed compas... [New Testament]

August 6, 8PM

Baker Academic sent along a copy of Daniel Block’s For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship for review. I’m really looking forward to getting into this one; especially after reading the excerpts posted by Louis McBride... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 4, 10AM

Can I take a moment to express my deep-seated hatred for stock review disclaimers? Thanks. In one sense I blame the reviewers; in another the Federal Trade Commission; but whoever’s to blame, these disclaimers are dreadful! Let me backtrack for a mo... [Book Reviews]

August 3, 4AM

So I just realized that I forgot to mention that Fortress Press sent along review copies of The Resurrected God: Karl Barth’s Trinitarian Theology of Easter by John L. Drury and Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology: An International Sympos... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

July 29, 1PM

Accordance Bible Software 10: Essential Collection. Altamonte Springs, FL: OakTree Software, Inc., 2014. $499.99. Purchase from Accordance . . . INTRODUCTION In the world of Bible study software there are really only three programs that vie for the exege... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [scripture] [Technology]

July 28, 5AM

So I ordered a Logitech C920 webcam on Saturday along with a 32GB micro SD card for my phone (because it’s full—of what I couldn’t tell you!) and an 8GB flash drive that I’m going to put a copy of OS X Mavericks on in case I ever have... [Just Ordered] [Technology]

July 25, 9AM

Louis McBride just raised the issue about using rabbinic literature in NT studies, noting that he’s skeptical of the approach. He quotes Amy Jill-Levine who notes a number of problems: Rabbinic literature is later than the NT It’s often presc... [Biblical Studies] [Enjoyable Posts] [New Testament]

July 22, 1PM

Ehrman, Bart D. How Jesus became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee New York: HarperOne, 2014. Pp. ix + 404. Hardcover. $27.99. Amazon . . With thanks to HarperOne for this review copy! N.B. I have been working on a review essay of Ehrm... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Christology] [New Testament] [skepticism]

3AM

I just ordered a Blue Microphones Yeti USB mic along with a generic pop filter. I’ve had my eye on the Yeti for a while but the price just dropped about $15 for the silver model (which is the one I’ve been eyeing) so after much consideration ... [Just Ordered] [Technology]

July 21, 8AM

Alan Kurschner has just published a concise version of his book Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord. This one is called Prewrath: A Very Short Introduction. I can honestly say that I learned a lot from Alan’s first book. He presents a compelling c... [Book Notice]

July 20, 3PM

As noted on Twitter yesterday, I received a trio of books from De Gruyter. They sent the following for review: Paul and the Vocation of Israel: How Paul’s Jewish Identity Informs His Apostolic Ministry, with Special Reference to Romans by Lionel ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

July 17, 7AM

This past Sunday my pastor spoke a little bit about healing, which in turn got me thinking about something I used to think about often but haven’t thought about in a while, namely how we love to bifurcate things until we end up being functionally de... [theology]

4AM

Jeff “The Data Miner” Downs alerted me to a recent article by Stuart E. Parsons in the Tyndale Bulletin called “Very Early Trinitarian Expressions.” Here’s the abstract: While older scholarship identified the earliest use of ... [Patristics] [theology] [Trinity]

July 15, 4PM

My WTS Bookstore order has arrived and it’s glorious! I got two copies each of the ESV Psalter (brown TruTone & brown/walnut TruTone over board) and the ESV Reader’s Bible (cloth over board & black TruTone). They’re beautiful... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

July 14, 3PM

Hendrickson sent along a copy of The Greek New Testament, Fifth Revised Edition (with Dictionary), otherwise known as the UBS5 for review. Holding this volume in hand brings back fond memories of getting the UBS4 a number of years ago at the recommendat... [Book Pics] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

July 13, 6PM

I just ordered a few Bibles from the Westminster Bookstore. I got two ESV Psalters (brown TruTone & brown/walnut TruTone over board) and two ESV Reader’s Bibles (cloth over board & black TruTone), all of which are newly published by Crossway... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

July 8, 4PM

I work with a bunch of unbelievers. Inevitably, stupid hypothetical dilemmas get posed to me in attempt to get me to renounce my morals, and then I get accused of being a liar when I don’t answer as expected. For example, today one of my coworkers a... [Debates] [Testimonials]

July 5, 4PM

So yesterday was my birthday and I received a few Amazon gift cards from friends and family. I decided to purchase a couple of things to help me with my computing. One friend hoped that I wouldn’t spend any of the gift card he got me on Mac stuff so... [Just Ordered] [Technology]

June 27, 7AM

I have a cousin who’s been in and out of the Nation of Islam for the better part of 20 years. When I was a new believer we used to speak all the time and an argument usually ensued. Over the years I’ve tried to keep our conversations away for ... [Testimonials]

June 26, 7PM

I taught my church’s Bible study last week and we’ve been doing a “Boot Camp” series. The topic I covered was the Church. I was only able to go into some introductory matters but one thing I noted was that the Church is the body of... [Church Stuff] [theology]

June 19, 3AM

I took a couple of minutes to return to my review of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God this morning after a hiatus. One of my chief complaints is that Ehrman doesn’t interact with scholarship in the field when we would expect him to. He ack... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews]

June 11, 4AM

I just read an article in the May 2014 Focus on the Kingdom (Vol. 16, No. 8) newsletter (which is the newsletter of Unitarian teacher and author Anthony Buzzard) entitled “My Pentecostal Experience” by someone named Kris (the word Colorado f... [Charismatic Issues] [New Testament] [Oneness Pentecostalism] [theology] [Unitarianism]

June 8, 5PM

Dear Readers, Please forgive my extended absence. I’ve been busy. I’ve wanted to say a little about a lot, or a lot about a little (who knows which?) over the weeks, but I’ve not found the time to do so. Again, you have my apologies. But... [Testimonials]

June 2, 4PM

Amazon generally ships my orders to me quickly, even when I opt for the free super saver shipping. A few weeks back I ordered a Seagate 1TB external hard drive and got it the next day. So when I ordered a Rain Design mStand for my laptop, a Spigen® Toug... [In the Mail] [Technology]

May 27, 5PM

I’ve just learned that you can stream some of HBO’s best shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Netflix has never, to my knowledge, offered any of these shows. Try a 30 day free trial and see if it suits you. If not you’ve lost nothing; a... [Television]

10AM

So I’ve been toiling over whether or not to get a 27″ WQHD (2560×1440) monitor to hook my MacBook Pro up to. Right now it’s plugged into a 23″ HD (1920×1080) Acer monitor and I really have no complaints other than the mon... [Just Ordered] [Technology] [Testimonials]

May 23, 5PM

A kid I work with got into an argument with a friend of his today and didn’t handle well at all. When it was all said and done I told him that he’d have to forgive his friend and ask his friend for forgiveness. Then I left him with this word o... [Random Thoughts]

3AM

I just received an Amazon gift card so I put it toward getting a few things that I needed for all the new tech I’ve recently acquired. The first item I ordered is the Rain Design mStand for my 15″ MacBook Pro. At the moment I have the laptop s... [Just Ordered] [Technology]

May 22, 7PM

So for those who don’t follow me on Twitter, I announced the other day that I upgraded my phone to a Samsung Galaxy S5. I was due for an upgrade for over a month and I had been heavily considering getting an iPhone to match the MacBook Pro and iPad ... [Technology]

5PM

So I’ve been watching all these YouTube videos where people give tours of their offices and I came across one where the guy in question had a ton of headphones. Here’s a screenshot of what was above his desk (which doesn’t include the on... [Book Pics] [Miscellaneous] [Technology]

May 16, 6PM

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten any books in the mail so it was nice to come home to a copy of Scott Hahn’s Lord Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession courtesy of Random House. I’ve really been enjoying Hahn’s work ... [Miscellaneous]

May 14, 1PM

So it just occurred to me that I can take as long as I please to write up this review of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God. Below is the YouTube video I posted with some of my thoughts about the book but it’s going to take a long time to rev... [Book Reviews] [Christology]

May 12, 7PM

Hahn, Scott.  Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God New York: Image, 2001. Pp. xii + 191. Paper. $15.00. Amazon | CBD . . . With thanks to Image Books‘ Blogging for Books program for this review copy! I was raised Catholic but depa... [Book Reviews] [Catholicism] [theology]

May 6, 4AM

I received quite a few things in the mail yesterday. The USPS delivered my copy of Peter Leithart’s The Epistles of John Through New Eyes: From Behind the Veil along with the covers I ordered for my iPad air and my daughter’s iPad mini. UPS deli... [Books (Misc.)] [Review Books] [Technology]

May 2, 6PM

I just ordered a Finite SmartShell Case for my iPad Air and another for my daughter’s iPad Mini, along with that I picked up a copy of Peter Leithart’s The Epistles of John Through New Eyes: From Behind the Veil. One of my goals in life is to... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Technology]

April 29, 8PM

Disclaimer WARNING: THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG POST! READING THE INTRODUCTION AND ONE ITEM FROM EACH HEADING WILL GIVE YOU PLENTY OF CONTEXT WITH WHICH TO PROCEED TO THE CONCLUSION.  Introduction Anyone who knows me knows that I hate change. When I ge... [Technology] [Testimonials]

April 28, 2PM

Keener, Craig S. Acts: An Exegetical Commentary: Introduction and 1:1–14:28, Logos Edition. 2 Vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012–2013. Purchase from Logos . . . With thanks to Logos Bible Software for this review copy! Preface Craig Keener ... [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [Technology]

April 25, 4AM

Yesterday I received a copy of Phillip J. Long’s Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels courtesy of the author himself! The day before that I received a copy of Scott Hahn’s Hail, Hol... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

April 21, 4AM

I forgot to mention that I received a copy of M. David Litwa’s Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God for review from Fortress Press this past Friday. B”HFiled under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]

April 20, 4AM

CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD! TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH, AND UPON THOSE IN THE TOMBS BESTOWING LIFE!Filed under: Christology [Christology]

April 17, 10PM

Bultmann, Bultmann, Bultmann! Fortress Press was good enough to send along review copies of Rudolf Bultmann’s New Testament & Mythology: And Other Basic Writings; What Is Theology?; and Rudolf Bultmann: Interpreting Faith for the Modern Era ed... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

April 16, 8PM

I forgot to note that I received a copy of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s Trinity and Revelation for review from Eerdmans a couple of days ago. This is the second volume of a proposed five volumes Kärkkäinen’s A Constructive Christian Theolo... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

April 15, 5AM

follow-up question for biblio/theo nerds: what’s your system for organizing/cataloguing papers? — Jennifer Guo (@jenniferguo) April 15, 2014 Good question! I tend to like things pretty organized but I have to confess that I’ve not been as in... [Miscellaneous]

April 14, 11AM

In reading Boyarin’s article “Enoch, Ezra, and the Jewishness of ‘High Christology’”, which I quoted in part the other day, I note something that I think is somewhat misguided. Boyarin is interested in the varied beliefs of Jews duri... [Christology]

April 12, 7PM

Daniel Boyarin starts his article “Enoch, Ezra, and the Jewishness of ‘High Christology’,” in Fourth Ezra and Second Baruch: Reconstruction after the Fall (ed. Matthias Henze and Gabriele Boccaccini; JSJSup 164; Leiden: Brill, 20... [Biblical Studies] [Christology] [Quotes]

April 7, 4PM

My Ignatius Press ordered arrived today. To be honest, I saw the box and thought the publisher had sent a bunch of books for review because, well, I forgot I had placed this order! But here’s what I got: Fundamental Speeches from Five Decades The ... [Book Pics] [Books (Misc.)] [Catholicism] [In the Mail]

April 5, 4PM

I returned home from work last night to find a package from Mohr Siebeck containing a copy of Peter Orr’s Christ Absent and Present: A Study in Pauline Christology. This is another in a long line of doctoral dissertations that has been revised for... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 31, 6PM

My dear friend/brother-from-another-mother Esteban informed me of a fantastic sale from Ignatius Press in which I just picked up the following books (links are to Amazon followed by Ignatius for comparison purposes): Fundamental Speeches from Five Decad... [Books (Misc.)] [Catholicism] [Just Ordered]

5PM

Kurschner, Alan.  Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord: What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Return of Christ Pompton Lakes, NJ: Eschatos, 2013. Pp. 238. Paper. $14.95. Eschatos Ministries | Amazon . . . With thanks to Alan Kurschner for this r... [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [theology]

March 28, 6PM

Okay, so I’m in need of a bunch of articles, and I have one of my heroes (Fred Sanders) to blame! A while back he mentioned the Symposium on Kendall Soulen‘s  The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices published in the W... [Help a Brother Out] [Trinity]

5PM

I got another package from B&H Academic today. This had the volume on James by Chris A. Vlachos and the one on Colossians and Philemon by Murray J. Harris in the EGGNT series! Seriously looking forward to putting these to use! B”HFiled under: In... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 27, 7PM

It’s always nice to come home from a long day of work and find a box of books. B&H Academic sent along copies of David Alan Black’s Learn to Read New Testament Greek, 3rd ed. with the accompanying Workbook produced by Ben Gutierrez and Ca... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 25, 1PM

Amazon is selling the Kindle version of Putting Jesus in His Place for $1.99 from today March 25 until April 1. Take advantage of this deal while you can! B”HFiled under: Book Deals [Book Deals]

11AM

Sometimes it’s nice having a large mailbox. It affords me the opportunity to be surprised by what’s in it! Today I found a nice sized box from Oxford University Press containing John Behr’s Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity, w... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Hahn, Scott, ed.  Catholic Bible Dictionary New York: Doubleday, 2009. Pp. xvi + 992. Hardcover. $45.00. Amazon | CBD Sample Pages . . With thanks to Image Books‘ Blogging for Books program for this review copy! “More than a generation has p... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Catholicism] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]

March 24, 3PM

HarperOne sent along a review copy of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. I’ve been waiting on this one for months and I plan to devour it over the next few days. Then it’s on to the re... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 23, 4PM

Dispensationalism makes a fairly hard distinction between the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached and Paul’s gospel of grace. I’m not convinced that this distinction holds though. It seems to me that the kingdom finds its inauguration an... [New Testament] [theology]

March 22, 5PM

I got home from work and found two impeccable packed boxes from Europe. The first one I opened was from Peeters in Belgium. This contained copies of Jacob Chanikuzhy’s Jesus, the Eschatological Temple and Studies in the Gospel of John and Its Ch... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

9AM

Hahn, Scott. Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments New York: Doubleday, 2004. Pp. 232. Hardcover. $23.00. Amazon | CBD . . . More than a primer on sacramental theology, Scott Hahn’s Swear to God, is an eminently readable treatise on... [Book Reviews] [Catholicism] [theology]

March 21, 4AM

Ed Komoszewski informed me last night that Amazon will be selling the Kindle version of Putting Jesus in His Place for $1.99 from March 25-April 1 to coincide with the release of Bart Ehrman’s new book How Jesus Became God. If you don’t ... [Book Deals] [Christology]

March 20, 7PM

Image Books sent along a copy of the Catholic Bible Dictionary edited by Scott Hahn for review. Given that it’s a reference work that I won’t be reading through from cover to cover I hope to be able to work through enough material by next we... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 19, 10AM

Mike Felker emailed me last week and asked if I had listened to the recent discussion between Dave Barron and Chris Tilling on the subject of divine Christology in Paul, and if so, would I be commenting on it on my blog. I hadn’t planned to say anyt... [Christology] [Debates] [New Testament] [podcast] [theology] [Trinity] [Unitarianism]

March 18, 4AM

I keep forgetting that the world doesn’t revolve around my Twitter feed so everyone doesn’t automatically know about the things I mention there but neglect to mention here. So in breaking news, I received a couple of books for review yesterday... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 15, 5PM

De Gruyter sent along review copies of Bryan J. Whitfield’s Joshua Traditions and the Argument of Hebrews 3 and 4 as well as Peter Pokorný’s From the Gospel to the Gospels. Whitfield’s volume is a revised version of his doctoral diss... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

March 11, 5PM

Continuing along in my response to recent reviews of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology I’d like to briefly address Nijay Gupta’s identification of an alleged weakness in Tilling’s work. Early on in the review Gupta s... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Debates]

4AM

This is the fourth post in a series of responses to recent reviews of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology. Roughly seven months ago I began the series but as it happens, life got in the way of blogging, and I’ve had the skeleton of this p... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Debates]

March 10, 6PM

My pastor sent me a screen shot of something that looked like it was posted on Facebook. It was a meme of sorts that showed the following comparison between the early church and modern Christianity. The quality of the picture wasn’t good enough to p... [Church Stuff]

March 4, 5PM

Against my better judgment I clicked a link Jim West’s blog to the utterly inane ramblings of Jesus mythicist Richard Carrier, which purported to be a review of Maurice Casey’s book refuting mythcism. I won’t link to the “review... [skepticism]

March 3, 9PM

I was happy to have received my copy of Crispin Fletcher-Louis’ Luke-Acts: Angels, Christology and Soteriology today. It shipped yesterday from Lexington, KY and arrived in record time! I’m also please to report that it arrived undamaged, wh... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

4AM

I’ve been busy this weekend so I haven’t had the chance to note that Eerdmans sent along a copy of William P. Brown’s Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature for review. I’m l... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 27, 9PM

8AM

I noted yesterday that Crispin Fletcher Louis’ Luke-Acts: Angels, Christology, and Soteriology was on sale for a very low price and that I picked up a copy. I saw this morning that the price had dropped even more so I contacted Amazon and asked if... [Books (Misc.)] [Testimonials]

February 26, 11AM

So I’m just sitting here, minding my own business, thinking about whether or not to spend my $40 Amazon gift card or wait until the next one arrives and put them together for a bigger purchase, when I decide to peruse my wish list and I see that Cri... [Book Deals] [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

February 25, 6PM

Logos kindly provided me with a review copy of the first two volumes of Craig Keener’s Acts: An Exegetical Commentary for review. The plan is to make use of this resource on my PC, my Kindle Fire HD 7, and possibly my phone (depending on how much ... [In the Mail] [Review Books] [Technology]

5AM

Living language approaches to learning dead languages are destined for failure. Why? Because dead languages are not living! You’re welcome. B”HFiled under: Language/Translation [Language/Translation]

February 23, 1PM

A couple of books came in the other day that I haven’t had a chance to note. I received one at work, which was No More Wacky Worship by Omaudi D. Reid. The author contacted me months ago and asked if I’d take a look at his book. I don’... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 22, 8AM

I just started C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and he explains in the preface that the book was originally a series of talks that he gave. Apparently in the first edition of the book he tried to maintain the conversational tone and leave the writin... [Quotes]

February 20, 8PM

Eerdmans was good enough to send along a copy of Michael Graves’ The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us for review. I’ve flipped through it and discovered endnotes, which immediately makes me want... [humor] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 19, 10PM

Hasker, William.  Metaphysics & the Tri-Personal God Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. viii + 269. Hardcover. $99.00. Amazon . . With thanks to Oxford University Press for this review copy! An appeal to ... [Book Reviews] [philosophy] [theology] [Trinity]

11AM

So I woke up around 3:30 AM and something (which I believe was the Holy Spirit) told me to go downstairs and look outside on the porch. So I did and there sat a copy of The Blackwell Companion to Jesus edited by Delbert Burkett. You might recall my stor... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 18, 7PM

De Gruyter sent along a copy of Brandon D. Crowe’s The Obedient Son: Deuteronomy and Christology in the Gospel of Matthew for review. There’s an interesting story to go with this review copy. I had requested it last year via an online form a... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 14, 7PM

Much to my chagrin I didn’t get any mail today. I did however receive a book yesterday from WJK. It was a copy of The Forgotten God: Perspectives in Biblical Theology edited by Andrew A. Das and Frank J. Matera. This is actually a festschrift fo... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 12, 8PM

I found a box on the porch this morning from Wiley Blackwell containing a copy of The Blackwell Companion to Paul edited by Stephen Westerholm. This was a delightful find but it should have been accompanied by a copy of The Blackwell Companion to Jesus... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 10, 1PM

WJK was good enough to send along review copies of Marianne Meye Thompson’s The Promise of the Father: Jesus and God in the New Testament; Joel Marcus’ The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Mark; a... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 9, 1PM

I once remarked to my pastor that the Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is the realest song ever written. I had the occasion to remind him of this yesterday as we were watching an episode of Sid Roth’s “It... [theology]

February 8, 4PM

I neglected to mention that I received a couple of books for review the other day. I was contacted by someone from PR by the Book and asked if I’d be interested in looking at the first two volumes in Clark Rich Bubridge’s Giants in the Land tr... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

February 7, 9AM

A couple of weeks ago my pastor taught on prayer at Bible study. I’ll have to go back and listen to the teaching again but I don’t believe that something we talked about on the phone made the teaching that night. He was going over Matthew 18 a... [Church Stuff] [New Testament]

8AM

I was just reading Acts 3 and I was amazed by Peter’s speech in Solomon’s Portico. Peter and John had just healed the lame beggar and the reaction of the onlookers was utter astonishment. Peter says that the crowd shouldn’t be astonished... [New Testament] [theology]

February 6, 10AM

Last night at Bible study my pastor showed a YouTube clip about the underground church in China. We saw lots of believers cramped into small spaces worshiping in in less than desirable conditions. The narrator spoke of one congregation asking a visiting m... [Church Stuff]

February 5, 5AM

Creation Debate So I watched a little more than half the debate last night between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. I wasn’t impressed by anything other than the venue. The decorators at the Creation Museum did an awesome job. Really slick design (no pun inten... [Apologetics] [Book Reviews] [Debates] [Random Thoughts]

February 4, 3PM

In my freshman year of high school I remember hearing the phrase, “he who does not remember the past is doomed to repeat it,” for the first time. Naturally I assumed that the teacher was trying to scare us into studying so we didn’t have to take... [Random Thoughts]

February 3, 5AM

Super Bowl I didn’t think the Seahawks had the slightest chance of winning the Super Bowl. Boy was I wrong! They played as close to a flawless game as I’ve ever seen. Would have been nice for Peyton to get a second ring, but if I’m hones... [Books (Misc.)] [food] [Random Thoughts] [sports]

February 2, 6AM

It’s been a busy couple of days so I didn’t have a chance to note that the good folk at Mohr Siebeck sent along copies of Ben C. Blackwell‘s Christosis and the Susan E. Myers edited volume Portraits of Jesus for review. In addition t... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

January 27, 2PM

My CBD order from last week arrived today. Here’s the 9 books I got: Joshua: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Psalms: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Lamentations: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary The Westminster Handbook to Thomas A... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]
CBD has too many titles that look good for too good of a price for me to pass up. I just ordered another 15 books and spent less than $40 including shipping! Here’s what I got: Judas: Images of the Lost Disciple Reformed Confessions of the Sixteenth... [Book Deals] [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

January 23, 8AM

This is how I address this question on my church’s FAQ page, which you’ll see is in line with classical Pentecostal belief on the subject: We should begin by making a few distinctions. There is a difference between: 1) Receiving the Holy Spiri... [Charismatic Issues] [theology]

January 20, 6PM

Download: Martin%20Luther%20the%20King.mp3 Clarence: “Ya know, Sweets, I met Dr. Martin Luther King once.“ Sweets: “You lyin’! You ain’t never met Dr. Martin Luther King.“ Clarence: “Yeah, I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memp... [humor]

12 PM

CBD is having some fantastic sales so I just took advantage and ordered the following books for next to nothing: Joshua: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Psalms: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Lamentations: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentar... [Book Deals] [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

January 17, 3PM

I love it! That’s all. B”HFiled under: Testimonials [Testimonials]
I just took a look at my “drafts” folder and saw that I have 15 posts that I started and never finished. 4 of the 15 are book reviews. 2 are books I read last year. 1 is a book I read the year before. The last is a book I read in 2010!  IR... [Blog Stuff]

January 8, 8PM

Bloomsbury was good enough to send along review copies of the following titles: Christology and Scripture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives edited by Andrew Lincoln & Angus Patterson. God Incarnate: Explorations in Christology by Oliver D. Crisp Procl... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

January 7, 8PM

I dropped more than $2,000 last year into fixing my car up. I got the timing belt cover replaced and was told I’d go another 100,000 miles with it. Then the car started misfiring and Pep Boys raped me by charging me $100 to do a diagnostic check, wh... [Testimonials]

January 5, 2PM

I get sick maybe once a year. Now’s that time. I feel like garbage at the moment and to top it off, I slipped on the sheet of ice that was my porch this morning, and hurt my hand. So aside from the headache/body ache, my hand hurts. I’ve said ... [Testimonials]

January 2, 7PM

My new favorite author, Dr. Scott Hahn, mentioned my recent post on his Facebook page, which has drawn about 10x my usual traffic to the blog (!), and also sparked a number of comments on his Facebook post. Some of his FB friends are speculating that I... [Blog Stuff] [Catholicism]

January 1, 6PM

So last night we were closing up the barbershop and a gentleman walked in and asked if he could get a cut. At first we told him no because we were closing but then my boss/pastor changed his mind and told him that he’d cut him. The man sat quietly w... [Catholicism] [Christology] [Testimonials] [theology]
I’m presently reading Scott Hahn’s commentary on 1-2 Chronicles entitled The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire and he has officially become one of my favorite authors. Things were already headed in that direction after I worked through his... [Miscellaneous]

8AM

I usually end the year with a bunch of “The Year In” posts but I worked a full day yesterday and was exhausted when I got home. I fell asleep well before the new year and didn’t even get the chance to pop either bottle of sparkling cider... [Miscellaneous]

December 31, 8AM

According to my records in 2013 I spent (out of pocket): $0.00 on 20 books from Amazon ($0.00 per book average) $0.46 on 6 books from Westminster Bookstore ($0.08 per book average) $12.95 on 6 books from Christian Book Distributors ($2.16 per book averag... [Books (Misc.)]

December 28, 3PM

My mother sent my pastor an article she read on Facebook that troubled her deeply. The article—originally posted on the Diversity Chronicle blog—reported that Pope Francis had declared at the Third Vatican Council that truth was relative; all religion... [Catholicism]

December 25, 6PM

A little late, but Merry Christmas to all of my faithful readers! I pray that you had a joyful holiday in celebration of our Lord’s birth. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be ... [Miscellaneous]

December 23, 7PM

A week or so ago I won a copy of the first season of the Cinemax series Banshee simply for retweeting something. Well, it arrived today! I don’t know when I’ll have time to watch it but I’ve heard good things. So thanks to Cinemax for th... [In the Mail] [Television]

December 19, 1PM

I came home late last night to find a package from Zondervan waiting for me. They were good enough to send me the DVD video lecture series of Miles Van Pelt’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew and they even included a Survival Kit, which contains vocab fl... [In the Mail] [Language/Translation] [Review Books]

December 16, 10AM

Recently I listened to an interview where Kool G. Rap (one of the most talented lyricists of his era) was asked to name his top 10 lyricists. I believe he said: Himself Big Daddy Kane Rakim Jay-Z Nas Eminem Scarface Ice Cube Big Pun KRS One He didn̵... [music] [Top 10 Lists]

9AM

A brief testimonial. For those who don’t know, my church lost its building last year in Hurricane Sandy. We didn’t have flood insurance and even though the damage was covered by a hurricane the insurance company wouldn’t pay out because ... [Church Stuff] [Testimonials]

5AM

I neglected to note that Eerdmans sent along a copy of Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping & Shape of a Canonical Collection by David R. Niehuis and Robert W. Hall this past Friday. I shall like to read th... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

December 9, 8PM

Always nice to come home to a package from Eerdmans; even nicer to come home to two! Today I received copies of the James H. Charlesworth edited volume The Tomb of Jesus and His Family?: Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls and An... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

December 2, 7PM

My copies of Gary D. Pratico & Miles V. Van Pelt’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar and Workbook arrived in tact from Lexington, KY of all places! That’s a miracle! I’ve long had the vocab cards that go with the grammar, and if... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Language/Translation]

November 30, 9AM

My dear friend Esteban Vázquez informed me that Amazon was doing a 30% off promotional discount so I immediately started browsing the items in my shopping cart to see what I’d like to get for cheaper. My daughter wants to learn Hebrew and I do as w... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

6AM

Came home last night to discover two packages from Eerdmans containing Jack Levison’s Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith as well as the Richard Bauckham, James Davila, and Alexander Panayotov edited Old Testament Psuedepigrapha: More... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

November 29, 5AM

I would have noted this sooner but I wanted to relax as much as possible on Thanksgiving so I refrained from blogging and hardly tweeted at all. But Michael Burgos sent me a copy of his book Kiss the Son: A Christological Apology in Response to David K. ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

November 26, 8PM

CBD is yet again selling Barth’s Church Dogmatics for $79.99! I feel obligated to inform my reading audience every time this set goes on sale. It’s a steal at $119.99 but $79.99 is a can’t miss price! Christmas is coming up and this would... [Book Deals]

November 21, 5PM

A hearty thank you goes to my friend and pastor Dino for having the church purchase my new UBS Greek New Testament: Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes. I already love this Bible more than most any of my other Greek texts. To start, the imitation le... [Book Reviews] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

November 19, 11AM

I’m always pleased to encounter good customer service, which these days seems to happen less often than it should. I’m happy to report that Credo Books (the seller from whom I purchased the NA26 I received yesterday) has refunded my money in f... [Books (Misc.)] [Testimonials]

November 18, 6PM

It’s nice to come home from a long day of work and find a table full of packages with your name on them. Today I received the pocket-sized NA26 that I ordered used last week. It arrived in terrible condition and it was not at all as described by the... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

7AM

Thanks to the generosity of my church I just placed an order for the UBS Greek New Testament: Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes. I have the first edition (in hardcover), which doesn’t have the textual notes. Aside from the addition of textua... [Book Deals] [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

November 12, 3PM

IVP Academic sent along a copy of John Walton & D. Brent Sandy’s The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority for review. Eerdmans sent a copy of the Festschrift for Beverly Roberts Gaventa entitled The Unrelent... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

12 PM

This is not a standard review of Frame’s Systematic Theology because I haven’t been able to engage the entire volume. I have, however, been granted access to a few sample chapters courtesy of P&R and NetGalley. I opted to have the book s... [Book Reviews] [theology]

November 11, 9AM

In the early days of my adult Christian life (as opposed to the faith of my childhood, which was abandoned at age 13 if not earlier) I was taken aback by the sheer foreignness of Pentecostal worship and doctrine. I was raised in the Catholic Church where ... [Charismatic Issues] [Testimonials]

8AM

Just ordered an inexpensive copy of the NA26 after my brother-from-another-mother Esteban Vázquez notified me about it. Yes, I have an NA27 (several, actually) and an NA28 (two of those now), but this particular NA26 is a compact version and after seeing... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

November 6, 1PM

I got my CBD order, which was placed just two days ago! Once again, I got the Nestle-Aland 28th Edition with NRSV/REB Greek-English New Testament; Moreschini & Norelli’s Early Christian Greek & Latin Literature: A Literary History, 2 Volumes;... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

November 5, 12 PM

I forgot to note—although I don’t know how this is possible—that I received a copy of Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013 by N. T. Wright courtesy of Fortress Press last week. Today I received Wright’s magnum opus Paul and th... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

November 4, 9AM

I just received a sizable gift card from CBD so I decided to ball out and get a few things that I’ve been eyeing for a while. I was torn over whether or not to get the Biblia Graeca, which combines the Rahlfs-Hanhart Septuagint and the Nestle-Aland ... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

October 29, 4PM

I’m listening to Michael Brown’s radio show where he spoke to John MacArthur’s associate Phil Johnson and I’m struck by how Brown keeps bringing up examples of Charismatic ministers and ministries that disprove the broad brush indi... [Charismatic Issues]

4AM

Well it appears that Barth’s Dogmatics is back up to $119.99, which is still a steal, but not like that $79.99 CBD was selling it for last week! Fret not, they have plenty more Barth on the cheap. For example, you can get the 50th anniversary editio... [Book Deals]

October 25, 5PM

Yesterday I received a copy of Michael J. Kruger’s The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate from IVP Academic for review. I’m going to have to read this alongside his other volume on the canon, which I ow... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

October 21, 6PM

IVP Academic sent along copies of Andrew Louth’s Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology and Eusebius of Caesarea’s Commentary on Isaiah in the Ancient Christian Texts series. Very excited about both of these! B”H Filed under: In the M... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

3PM

CBD is once again selling Barth’s Church Dogmatics for $79.99! I can’t stress just how amazing that price is, and in light of the recent talk about reading and not reading Barth, everyone should take the opportunity to read him because everyone... [Book Deals]

October 20, 4PM

I tweeted about this last night but I wanted to say a couple more words and post a pic or two. Last year when Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy hit the East coast of the US my church’s building, which was located in Toms River, NJ was flooded and severely ... [Church Stuff] [Testimonials]

October 18, 9AM

Plenty has been written about Johnny Mac’s Strange Fire Conference from every angle imaginable. I don’t have much to say about it that others haven’t said. Do I agree with MacArthur’s stance on the Charismatic Movement? Clearly not... [Charismatic Issues] [Debates] [theology]

8AM

This past Wednesday UPS dropped off a copy of Michael Bird’s new Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction courtesy of Zondervan. I intend to write a full review in time but I wanted to say a few words about the blurbs on the ba... [Biblical Studies] [In the Mail] [Random Thoughts] [Review Books] [theology]

October 15, 1PM

Energion was good enough to send along a copy of David Alan Black‘s Christian Archy, which was the inaugural volume in the Areopagus Critical Christian Issues series. I’m looking forward to it and when I’m done I’m giving it to my... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

October 12, 8PM

A couple of weeks ago I offered a few thoughts on the word of God. I paid attention to a couple of statements in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus speaks about hearing the word and obeying/keeping it (see Luke 8:19-21; 11:27-28). As I reflect on those passa... [New Testament] [scripture] [theology]

October 11, 6PM

Came home to a number of packages today. The first I opened was a slender pouch containing the copy Novum Testamentum Latine I ordered from CBD the day before yesterday. I was happy to see it arrive so quickly! The second one I opened was a thin box con... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

October 8, 6PM

My collection of primary texts from the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft is large, but not large enough, so I just ordered a copy of Novum Testamentum Latine with a CBD gift card I received earlier today. I know it’s not the Vulgate and I’m okay wit... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

5PM

I neglected to mention that Eerdmans sent a copy of Vernon K. Robbins’ Who Do People Say I Am?: Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity back on September 30th. That copy had been damaged in shipping because the USPS is, for all intents and purpo... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

3PM

Henry Neufeld has put Tithing after the Cross on sale for $6.99 for the next 48 hours! That’s 30% savings! Take advantage of this deal while it lasts! It really is a helpful little book that I think most believers would benefit from reading. BR... [Book Deals]

October 3, 7PM

I posted a pic on Twitter but neglected to mention this on the blog: I received a copy of Andrew Hofer’s Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus courtesy of Oxford University Press yesterday. It’s exciting enough to have a vo... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

October 1, 4PM

It has just been brought to my attention that there is a review of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology on p. 83 of latest edition of JSNT 35.5 (2013). Chris is looking for a copy and I am as well. So please, dear readers, scan this thi... [Help a Brother Out]

September 30, 7AM

 Croteau, David A.  Tithing after the Cross: A Refutation of the Top Arguments for Tithing and New Paradigm for Giving Areopagus Critical Christian Issues 7 Gonzalez, FL: Energion, 2013. Pp. ix + 78. Paper. $9.99. Amazon | Energion . With thanks to Ene... [Book Reviews] [Church Stuff] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]

September 26, 6AM

Both last night and the week before I was set up to teach on the doctrine of Scripture at Bible study. I spent time studying and preparing notes and both times I ended up not getting the opportunity to teach because the Holy Spirit took us in a different ... [Church Stuff] [Testimonials]

September 24, 2PM

Energion sent along a copy of David A. Croteau’s Tithing after the Cross for review. It’s the 7th volume in the Areopagus Critical Christian Issues series and looks to be quite helpful. I’m a couple of chapters in and I’ve found ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 19, 3PM

Oxford University Press sent along a copy of William Hasker’s Metaphysics and the Tri-Personal God for review. I’ve already started reading it and can say that anyone interested in the discussions about the Trinity going on among philosopher... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Leithart, Peter J.  The Baptized Body Moscow, ID: Canon, 2007. Pp. x + 136. Paper. $15.00. Amazon . . . Ever the provocateur, Peter J. Leithart has produced an incredibly well written, if unevenly argued, volume on baptismal efficacy that is sure to get ... [Book Reviews] [Church Stuff] [theology]

7AM

As I keep mentioning, I’ve been teaching classes on doctrine at my church. The first 2 classes were spent on the general importance of doctrine and I’ve been stressing 2 points: Doctrine was important to Jesus so it should be important to us.... [Church Stuff] [New Testament] [scripture] [theology]

4AM

When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he combated him with reference to the Scriptures. He repeatedly said, “It is written,” before quoting a passage and fending off the temptation (Matt. 4:4, 6, 7, 10). In truth, Jesus is continuing a lon... [New Testament] [old testament] [scripture]

September 18, 8PM

Oxford University Press kindly sent along a copy of Paul M. Collins’ Trinitarian Theology West and East: Karl Barth, the Cappadocian Fathers, and John Zizioulas for review. I’ve had my eye on this for a long time so it’s great to finall... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 17, 5PM

Zondervan sent along a variety of Bibles for review. I’m going to put these in the hands of some trusted family members and let them tell me what they think and then I’ll relay their thoughts to you all. Here’s what came in: Rock Solid F... [Book Pics] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

September 10, 10AM

Related to my last post, James Spinti sent me a link to a recent post by Robin Parry in which Robin expresses some concerns about the Dangers of Apologetics. The thing that stood out to me most in the post was the comment that: The key apologetic for Chri... [Apologetics] [Enjoyable Posts]
Last Wednesday night I had the honor of teaching Bible study at my church. My pastor has asked me to do a series on essential doctrines, but before moving into specific doctrines such as the Trinity, or salvation, or Scripture, I spent the first two class... [Church Stuff] [New Testament]

September 3, 6PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of Bruce K. Waltke’s The Dance between God and Humanity: Reading the Bible Today as the People of God for review. This is a collection of 34 previously published articles/essays that cover a wide array of topics under tw... [Book Pics] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 31, 8PM

CBD is selling Barth’s Church Dogmatics for a mere $79.99 right now! That’s $20 cheaper than I got it for! Take advantage while this deal and supplies last! This sale ends on September 3, 2013. B”H Filed under: Book Deals [Book Deals]

August 30, 5PM

IVP Academic surprised me with another book this week! This time it was a copy of Brian S. Rosner’s Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series. I’m excited about this one! B”H Filed... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 29, 4PM

So we all remember that last year I grabbed my trusty little ESV Personal Size Reference Bible (PSRB) out of my car and discovered that it was started to come apart (and if you don’t remember that then shame on you; the demise of a book is worth rem... [Book Pics] [Book Reviews] [In the Mail]

August 26, 6PM

IVP Academic sent along a copy of Preston M. Sprinkle’s Paul & Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation for review. This was a nice surprise since I wasn’t expecting it! B”H  Filed under: In the Mail, Rev... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 24, 5AM

Crossway sent along a copy of K. Scott Oliphint’s Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practice in Defense of Our Faith for review the other day. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while! B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Revi... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 22, 5AM

Began teaching a series on doctrine last night at my church. My pastor asked me to take 6 weeks and go over some of the essentials of the faith. Last night was introductory and I spent some time talking about the importance of doctrine itself. Stuck with ... [Biblical Studies] [Church Stuff] [New Testament] [theology]

August 12, 7PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of Joseph Blenkinsopp’s David Remembered: Kingship and National Identity in Ancient Israel for review. Looks quite good. B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 11, 4AM

I keep forgetting to be timely about these things, but two days ago Wipf & Stock sent along a copy of Jay J. Kanagaraj’s John in the New Covenant Commentary Series. I’ve flipped through it and it looks interesting. Apparently Kanagaraj p... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 7, 9PM

There’s a blog/website called 5 Albums, which features guest posts from various contributors who all talk a little bit about their 5 favorite albums of all time. I found out about it through Tony Hunt, who happens to be the first guest contributor. ... [music]

August 5, 10AM

I’ve been  listening to Chris Tilling‘s interview with Chris Date on his Theopologetics podcast this morning. Great stuff! Make sure you check it out! I’ve embedded the audio below for those too lazy to click through. ... [Christology] [Enjoyable Posts]

August 4, 6AM

No, no mail on a Sunday, I just forgot to note that Eerdmans sent along a copy of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue for review the other day. I’m particularly looking forward to the chapters on the Trinity an... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

August 3, 11AM

This is the third post in response to recent reviews of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology. Matthew Novenson leveled three points of criticism in his review in The Expository Times 124/12 (2013): 619. We now turn to the third point, which was ... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Debates]

July 31, 7PM

Heine, Ronald E.  Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013. Pp. x + 182. Paper. $21.99. Amazon . . With thanks to Baker Academic for this review copy! For years I’ve been ... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Church Stuff] [Cults/Heretics] [scripture] [theology]

July 30, 5PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of The Bible in Medieval Tradition: The Letter to the Romans edited and translated by Ian Christopher Levy. Philip D.W. Krey, and Thomas Ryan. Looks great! B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]

July 27, 6PM

Continuing with my response to recent reviews of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology, I’d like to single out for attention Matthew Novenson’s second major point of criticism from his short review in The Expository Times 124/12 (2013): 619. N... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Debates]

July 24, 9PM

Matthew V. Novenson, Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, has written a brief review (roughly 600 words) of Tilling’s work in The Expository Times 124/12 (2013): 619. Novenson’s review is largely a summary o... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Debates]
It’s nice to see that Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology has received attention in two recent reviews. I believe that this monograph makes a significant contribution to the study of Paul’s Christology in general and the di... [Book Reviews] [Christology] [Debates]

July 22, 7PM

I got my Marware Axis cover for my Kindle Fire HD today. I really like it so far. It makes watching videos so convenient. Here’s a brief Instagram video of me previewing it. I also received my copy of Thomas Schreiner’s Paul, Apostle of God&#... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

July 19, 6PM

I hear that there’s a review of Chris Tilling’s Paul’s Divine Christology in the latest edition of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. I MUST read this! Can anyone who has access to it pass along a copy to me? Thanks in ... [Help a Brother Out]

July 18, 4PM

My copies of Bruce Waltke’s An Old Testament Theology and Thomas Schreiner’s The Law and Its Fulfillment arrived today. They shipped from Lexington, KY, and were packaged poorly, yet miraculously received no damage in route to me. Thank Go... [Book Pics] [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

July 14, 5PM

In case I didn’t mention it, I got a 7″ Kindle Fire HD for my birthday from my parents. I wanted to get a cover but then decided against it before finally deciding that I need one. I want to bring it to work so it needs some kind of protection... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Technology]

July 11, 8PM

A longtime reader, J. J. Monde, was kind enough to send me a vintage copy of the Jerusalem Bible. This particular Bible has certainly seen some use but the text is clean. I’m looking forward to thumbing through the pages and checking out some of the... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [scripture]

July 7, 11AM

The old saying goes, “There’s no such thing as stupid questions; just stupid answers.” I’m afraid that this is incorrect. For years teachers have been lying to students in repeating this nonsense. I can think of one stupid question... [humor] [Random Thoughts]

6AM

Fight fans were shocked last night as a relatively inexperienced kid from Long Island, NY named Chris Weidman dethroned the UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, whose reign has lasted nearly 7 years. I was among those who thought that Weidman didn’... [sports]

July 6, 9PM

I received a review copy of Graham A. Cole’s The God who became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation courtesy of IVP Academic yesterday. Definitely looking forward to this book as it’s covering one of my favorite subjects. Sadly, the US... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

July 4, 4AM

I haven’t done a movie notes post since December of last year! I’ve seen quite a few flicks in that time—way too many to remember—but I’ll give it my best shot and try to say a word about those I do recall. End of Watch – A fil... [movies]
Continuing my trend of neglecting to mention what’s been in my mailbox the day I’ve taken said item out of my mailbox, I’d like to note that yesterday I received my CBD order, which was Udo Schnelle’s Theology of the New Testament... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

July 3, 4AM

Didn’t get a chance to mention this on the blog yesterday but Baker Academic sent along a copy of Thomas Schreiner’s The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testament for review. I considered it an early birthday prese... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 30, 2PM

I’ve long wanted a copy of Udo Schnelle’s Theology of the New Testament so when I saw that CBD was selling it for $5 (!) I decided to treat myself to a birthday gift. The deal is only good until 11:59 PM (EST) on July 2, 2013, so take advan... [Book Deals] [Book Notice] [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

June 25, 6PM

Weinandy, Thomas.  The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity London: T&T Clark, 1995; repr. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010. Pp. xi + 148. Paper. $18.00. Wipf & Stock | Amazon . . With thanks to Wipf & Stock for this review ... [Book Reviews] [theology] [Trinity]

June 24, 6PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of C. L Seow’s Job 1-21: Interpretation and Commentary for review. This is the inaugural volume in their Illuminations commentary series. A quick flip through the book shows transliterated Hebrew (a shortcoming in my opi... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 23, 5AM

I don’t know how I forgot to make a note of receiving The Witness of Bartholomew I: Ecumenical Patriarch edited by William G. Rusch from Eerdmans the other day (June 18) but I did. So I got the book, and it looks interesting. I’m not familiar... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 21, 4AM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of Anthony Thiselton’s The Holy Spirit — In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today for review yesterday. It’s a big book that’s going to get a close reading. B”H Filed under: In the Mail,... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 19, 6PM

The books I ordered from Crossway came in yesterday. I got Understanding the Times: New Testament Essays for the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of D. A. Carson on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

June 16, 3PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of The J. H. Bavinck Reader for review yesterday. I had initially wondered why the initial J never appeared before Herman Bavinck’s name on Reformed Dogmatics and then I realized that J. H. Bavinck is Herman’s ne... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 15, 4AM

Harry Austryn Wolfson: In battling with each other, the Fathers did not battle as partisans of certain opposing schools of Greek philosophy; they battled only as advocates of opposing interpretations of Scripture “Philosophical Implications of Arian... [Quotes]

June 13, 6PM

I spent the better part of yesterday and today working on a new website for my church so I completely forgot to mention (well, not completely since I did note it on Twitter) that IVP Academic sent along a copy of St. Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentar... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 12, 12 PM

Sick of the big budget drivel that Hollywood keeps churning out? Are independent films more your thing? Do you ever yearn for a flick where they’re speaking a language that’s not your own? Well look no farther than indieflix. They’ve got... [movies]
I just took advantage of a deal that Crossway is running on the Festscriften for D. A. Carson and John Piper. Each is only $5 + shipping! I’d recommend getting in on this while you can! The sale ends on June 18. Understanding the Times: New Testamen... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

June 9, 4PM

It’s a strange thing when my blogging world and my Twitter world seem so entwined that when I mention something on Twitter I assume to have mentioned it on the blog as well. In any event, as I mentioned on Twitter yesterday (but apparently not the b... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

June 7, 6PM

Brill sent along a few books in the Supplements to Novum Testamentum series for review. They were: The Legacy of John: Second-Century Reception of the Fourth Gospel - Tuomas Rasimus, ed. The Fourth Gospel and the Scriptures: Illuminating the Form and Mea... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

June 5, 1PM

So I’m sitting in church this past Sunday and my pastor brings us to Genesis 4. He’s reading the ESV, I think, but I had a KJV with me. No matter, I wanted to see something else anyway and it would require taking a look at some Hebrew and Gree... [Biblical Studies] [old testament] [Technology] [theology]

June 2, 3PM

In Dave Black’s Sunday, June 2, 9:15 AM post, he quotes T. C. Robinson’s recounting of a friend appealing to Acts 2:38 as an example of a passage that suggests all Christians should speak in tongues. T. C.’s friend took “the gift o... [Charismatic Issues] [Enjoyable Posts] [theology]

June 1, 2PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of D. A. Carson’s The Intolerance of Tolerance (now in paperback) for review. I’m really looking forward to this one! I also received my “like new” copy of Peter Leithart’s Solomon Among the Post... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 28, 5PM

I just ordered used copies of C. F. D. Moule’s The Origin of Christology and Peter Leithart’s Solomon Among the Postmoderns. Here’s to hoping that they arrive in good condition! B”H Filed under: Books (Misc.), Just Ordered [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

4PM

So I’ve been teaching a short series on Biblical interpretation at my church on Wednesday evenings—tomorrow will be the final class—and I thought to myself that I should be teaching my daughter all of this stuff as well. I’ve tried to make... [Books (Misc.)]

2PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s Christ and Reconciliation for review. A quick glance at the table of contents tells me that I’ll be most interested in Part I, which has all sorts of good looking chapters on Christolog... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 26, 7PM

Thomas A. Noble: As Peter’s first declaration of the Christian gospel on the day of Pentecost demonstrates, a Christ-centered gospel that proclaims his death and resurrection has to be seen in trinitarian context. The expanded form of the gospel that Ch... [Quotes] [Trinity]

May 22, 3PM

I was sitting at work this morning thinking about Mark’s prologue and began reflecting on the creation theme that’s present. Mark begins with a “beginning,” an αρχη just as LXX Genesis does. We also see God speaking from heaven... [Biblical Studies] [New Testament]

May 19, 5PM

I neglected to mention that when I got home Friday night I found my copy of Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative waiting for me. I tracked the package the day before and wasn’t expecting it until Monday but it got here early. Nothing wrong w... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

May 16, 4PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of Serge Frolov’s Judges in the Forms of Old Testament Literature series. This is my first look at any of the volumes in this series and it looks to be quite different from any of the commentaries I already own. Should b... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Eerdmans sent along a copy of Serge Frolov’s Judges in the Forms of Old Testament Literature series. This is my first look at any of the volumes in this series and it looks to be quite different from any of the commentaries I already own. Should b... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 15, 11AM

The WTS Bookstore is having a sale for the next week on Sam Storms’ new book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative. It retails for $29.99 but they’re selling it for $15. I had some WTS gift certificates laying around so I took full advanta... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]
The WTS Bookstore is having a sale for the next week on Sam Storms’ new book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative. It retails for $29.99 but they’re selling it for $15. I had some WTS gift certificates laying around so I took full advanta... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

10AM

Sigurd Grindheim: When Mark identifies John the Baptist as the preparing messenger, he thereby also identifies him as the eschatological Elijah (cf. also Mk 9.11-13). In Mal. 4.5, God announces that “I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great a... [Biblical Studies] [Christology] [New Testament] [Quotes]
Sigurd Grindheim: When Mark identifies John the Baptist as the preparing messenger, he thereby also identifies him as the eschatological Elijah (cf. also Mk 9.11-13). In Mal. 4.5, God announces that “I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great a... [Biblical Studies] [Christology] [New Testament] [Quotes]

May 13, 8PM

I was very pleased to get home from work and find a copy of Scott R. Swain’s The God of the Gospel: Robert Jenson’s Trinitarian Theology waiting for me courtesy of IVP Academic. I’m very much looking forward to working through this with... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
I was very pleased to get home from work and find a copy of Scott R. Swain’s The God of the Gospel: Robert Jenson’s Trinitarian Theology waiting for me courtesy of IVP Academic. I’m very much looking forward to working through this with... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 11, 7PM

Read Tom’s testimony here. B”H Filed under: Apologetics, Enjoyable Posts [Apologetics] [Enjoyable Posts]
Read Tom’s testimony here. B”H Filed under: Apologetics, Enjoyable Posts [Apologetics] [Enjoyable Posts]

May 10, 5PM

Apologetics gets a bad rap from various sectors. Scholars indebted to historical criticism often see apologetics as the antithesis of scholarship. One cannot be a scholar and an apologist at the same time according to many. Atheists very often view apolog... [Apologetics]
Apologetics gets a bad rap from various sectors. Scholars indebted to historical criticism often see apologetics as the antithesis of scholarship. One cannot be a scholar and an apologist at the same time according to many. Atheists very often view apolog... [Apologetics]

May 9, 1PM

I noted this on Twitter the other day but neglected to mention it on the blog, but my Amazon order arrived. I got: Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurre... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]
I noted this on Twitter the other day but neglected to mention it on the blog, but my Amazon order arrived. I got: Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurre... [Books (Misc.)] [In the Mail]

May 6, 7PM

Eerdmans sent along a copy of Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective for review. Looks awesome! It’ll be a little while before I get to it but I can hardly wait. B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Eerdmans sent along a copy of Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective for review. Looks awesome! It’ll be a little while before I get to it but I can hardly wait. B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 5, 9PM

I’ve just started reading ”The Spirit in Second Temple Jewish Monotheism and the Origins of Early Christology” by Andrew W. Pitts & Seth Pollinger. This essay appears in the recently published second volume of Christian Origins and... [Biblical Studies] [Christology]
I’ve just started reading ”The Spirit in Second Temple Jewish Monotheism and the Origins of Early Christology” by Andrew W. Pitts & Seth Pollinger. This essay appears in the recently published second volume of Christian Origins and... [Biblical Studies] [Christology]

May 3, 5PM

Baker Academic sent along a copy of Ronald Heine’s Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith for review. I happen to already own a copy of this book that I won in a Baker Book House giveaway a while back, which ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Baker Academic sent along a copy of Ronald Heine’s Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith for review. I happen to already own a copy of this book that I won in a Baker Book House giveaway a while back, which ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

May 1, 8PM

Wipf & Stock sent along a copy of Thomas Weinandy’s The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity for review. It’s a slim volume so I hope to work through it sooner than later. B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Wipf & Stock sent along a copy of Thomas Weinandy’s The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity for review. It’s a slim volume so I hope to work through it sooner than later. B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review ... [In the Mail] [Review Books]

1PM

I continued the Benedict book binge I began a couple of months ago and ordered the Pope Emeritus’ Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection Jesus... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]
I continued the Benedict book binge I began a couple of months ago and ordered the Pope Emeritus’ Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection Jesus... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]

April 29, 6PM

IVP Academic sent along a review copy of Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies. I figured that I might as well see what all the fuss was about. Looking forward to it! B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]
IVP Academic sent along a review copy of Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies. I figured that I might as well see what all the fuss was about. Looking forward to it! B”H Filed under: In the Mail, Review Books [In the Mail] [Review Books]

April 28, 10AM

I received a phone call from my pastor last night and among the many things he said was something about our ongoing disagreement about Oneness Pentecostals. He said that he’s leery of judging them unsaved or calling them heretics because he doesn... [Cults/Heretics]
I received a phone call from my pastor last night and among the many things he said was something about our ongoing disagreement about Oneness Pentecostals. He said that he’s leery of judging them unsaved or calling them heretics because he doesn... [Cults/Heretics]

April 26, 10AM

Köstenberger, Andreas J. and Richard D. Patterson. Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature, and Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2011. Pp. 891. Hardcover. $39.99. Amazon | WTS . With than... [Biblical Studies] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]
Köstenberger, Andreas J. and Richard D. Patterson. Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature, and Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2011. Pp. 891. Hardcover. $39.99. Amazon | WTS . With than... [Biblical Studies] [Language/Translation] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]