I recently posted my New Testament reading plan that orders material around the four Gospels. Corresponding to this I needed some kind of order in which to read the Old Testament. Naturally this is more difficult to devise because of the amount of material and the difficulty (honestly) of ploughing through some of the laws, genealogies … More My 2016 Old Testament reading plan
“I’m really looking forward to pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head. “That’s what Romans 12 says I’m going to do. (It’s in the New Testament, you know.) Even after he’s been oppressing me, if he’s hungry I’m going to feed him, and if he’s thirsty I’m going to give him a drink, because the Bible … More Pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head!
One of the things I’ve been attempting for 2015 is the Bible in one year. I made an elaborate table and everything to mark off when I’d completed books, and additional columns for reading commentaries and completing study processes on each book. Well, reading the thing in one year has nearly happened successfully (naturally I’ve … More My quirky New Testament reading plan
I think John has something to say into a couple of contemporary debates that are going on in theological circles. (As in John the Beloved, aka author of the Fourth Gospel, 1-3 John and purportedly the book of Revelation. Though he’s probably not the son of thunder according to Richard Bauckham, but that will have to wait for another … More The Atonement Theory Debate and 1 John
[Cue title music] There are many, many reasons why everyone loves The West Wing. In the behind-the-scenes footage from season 1, the creators explained that Democrats were saying they loved the politics and loved the show; Republicans were saying they hated the politics…and loved the show. So along those boundaries at least, in a nation … More Why Do Christians Love ‘The West Wing’?
“Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, or His son’s name? Surely you know!” This was the tantalising, prophetic musing of a man called Agur (Proverbs 30:4). … More YHWH and Yeshua
As usual I would like to keep this brief (as an excuse for lack of effort to research much while I write) but this will probably end up proliferating anyway, so there. Read on, and do the research yourself, o thou internet user. This morning we had the pleasure of hosting Michael Hardin at our … More Michael Hardin and the ‘new view’ of the atonement
This week Melvyn Bragg’s show on BBC Radio 4 In Our Time discussed The Trinity. If you’re anything like me and you enjoy a bit of history and theology, this is one not to miss. It offers a great historical introduction to the topic but advances quite far (as far as it can in 45 minutes) down … More The Trinity
So at the beginning of this new year, as I think ahead to how I would like to grow in understanding the Bible and applying it to life, I have a question: what system and tools do you readers find most helpful for studying the Bible? For some, a wide-margin edition for note-taking is indispensable. … More Bible Study – How Do You Do It?
I’ve just blogged about Justin Brierley’s show on Premier Radio, ‘Unbelievable‘, so forgive me for continuing to riff on the same material (ie. things other people say rather than my own thoughts), but I caught up with the latest episode via podcast, this time asking “Was Jesus just a Rabbi?” (Click to listen) This is … More The Children’s Gospel