Craig Keener’s new book

Craig Keener has written a substantial, two-volume book on miracles in which he explains and defends a classic Christian view that remarkable out-of-the-ordinary events take place which defy naturalistic explanation, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 vols (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011). That book particularly engages debates about the presence of such events in the New Testament. This book, by contrast, is set in a less academic key, and aims to provide testimony to many such events today. Keener does not avoid Continue reading →

Some recent publications

It’s been a busy season the last few weeks for publications of things I’ve been asked to commend, plus one book I’ve contributed to myself, so here’s an update, with my comments in each case. ’Tricia Williams’ What Happens to Faith when Christians Get Dementia (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2021) is a lightly revised doctoral thesis studying how some Christians from an evangelical tradition who are in early to middle stages of dementia experience their faith. It’s fine work, and essential for theological college Continue reading →

The parables and the kingdom of God/heaven—slides

My friend Dr Svetlana Khobnya invited me to talk with her Jesus and the Gospels class at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, about what the parables teach about the kingdom of God/heaven, and we did it this morning. This was fun! I was particularly struck in preparing by the concentration of ‘The kingdom of God/heaven is like…’ in Matthew and ‘To what shall we compare the kingdom of God?’ (or similar) in Luke, and the lack of such phrases in Mark. Here is a pdf of Continue reading →

A two-part sermon on John 20:19-31

Here are links to my two-part sermon on John 20:19-31, the Gospel reading for the first Sunday after Easter (this year, 11 April). The passage is well-known for ‘doubting’ Thomas, but there’s a lot more there than that—and I’ve things to say about doubt and faith which I hope will be helpful. Part 1 is a little under 12 minutes, and part 2 a little over 15 minutes. Comments most welcome!