Panel discussion on Romans 6–8 with Tom Wright, Foley Beach, Rodney Reeves and Steve Walton

While in Houston at the wonderful Lanier Theological Library recently, I had the fun of taking part in a panel discussion on Romans 6–8 with a distinguished set of colleagues: (from left to right) the Baptist NT scholar and pastor Rodney Reeves, the amazing NT scholar Tom Wright, me, and the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, Foley Beach. The panel was moderated by Mark Lanier, the founder of the library, and a fine, forensic attorney. Here’s a link to the recording of Continue reading →

Slides from study day on Matthew’s Gospel

I led a study day for preachers on Matthew in Nottingham recently—mainly Methodist lay preachers and ministers. I’m here sharing the slides from the three sessions where I gave input: one introducing Matthew and looking particularly at his use of the Old Testament; one introducing Tom Wright’s four ‘loudspeakers’ for listening to the Gospels in relation to Matthew; and one walking through Matthew 8–9. What resources have you found helpful for study Matthew, which will be the ‘controlling’ Gospel in the Revised Common Lectionary from Continue reading →

Review: Tom Wright, Paul: A Biography

I’ve just had my review of Tom Wright’s Paul: A Biography (London: SPCK/San Francisco: HarperOne, 2018) published in the excellent Review and Expositor. For those with online access to the journal, you can read the final version here. If you don’t have online access, by kind permission of the journal, you can read the accepted version here. This is a fun book!

Logos is giving away free books in Advent

    The generous folk at Logos (FaithLife) are giving away books at present. They have a free book every month, and this month it’s Stephen Fowl’s very helpful commentary on Ephesians in the NT Library. In addition, during Advent, they’re giving away a free book each day—the first is Tom Wright’s Scripture and the Authority of God, a book worth having. You don’t need to buy anything to access these offers—there’s a free version of Logos available to download (for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android or Continue reading →

My review of Jesus is Lord—Caesar is Not

My review of a fascinating collection of essays, Jesus is Lord—Caesar is Not: Exploring Empire in New Testament Studies, is now available online on Reviews in Biblical and Early Christian Studies. I enjoyed reading this book which makes a valuable and accessible contribution to the debates over the impact of the Roman empire on what the New Testament authors say (especially about Christology) and how they say it. This is a helpful book, and worth reading. Thanks to Dan Batovici and his colleagues for the chance Continue reading →