(pre-)Order this book and get some good extras!

  My friend Kristen Padilla has written a valuable short book for young women considering a call to Christian ministry, and it’s published soon (12 June). I’ll write a longer review when it’s published—but suffice for now to say that I think it’s a clear, well-written and very helpful book, full of practical wisdom and sound biblically-based teaching. If you pre-order the book, you can get some specials in advance—a study guide for the book, and a pdf of the introduction to the book. You Continue reading →

Two helpful recent productivity and writing posts

  Here are two recent posts which I’m finding helpful. The first is from patter (Professor Pat Thomson) about a new collection of short essays critiquing bad ideas about writing (which mostly seem to be US-based and derive from Strunk and White’s key book). Her summary is both clear and helpful (and a model of how to do so), and there is also a link to the book, which is freely available in digital format. The other is from the Nozbe team, and gives seven Continue reading →

Some useful blogs for study and research

Here are a six of my favourite blogs which offer helpful material to help doing with study and research—and the organisation required to accomplish those things. I thought others might be interested; please share other blogs and websites you have found helpful in the comments. Study Hacks is Cal Newport’s blog. He is the author of the superb books Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, and teaches and researches in Computer Science at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Cal is simply excellent at Continue reading →

John Nolland’s Festschrift—bravo and congratulations!

     Thanks to Aaron White, one of the editors, for this helpful summary and overview of the recent Festschrift for Professor John Nolland. I was delighted to contribute an essay to this on the ascension of Jesus. Aaron White, David Wenham and Craig A. Evans (eds), The Earliest Perceptions of Jesus in Context: Essays in Honour of John Nolland, Library of New Testament Studies 566 (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018) These essays  have been written by a number of friends, colleagues and students, to mark Continue reading →

Conference summaries: Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

This is Rikard Roitto, me and Tommy Wasserman (left to right as you look) listening hard to a fascinating presentation by Anthony John Lappin of Maynooth on the moving of relics in the early Christian centuries during this conference last week in Örebro, Sweden. The organisers have now made a very helpful summary in English of this excellent conference available here, as well as a nice short video (with English translation of the bits of Swedish). Larry Hurtado has also blogged about his (excellent) paper on the role Continue reading →