Thursday, March 30, 2006

SPCK and Wesley Owen Bookshops to merge

The Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge and Send the Light (STL) have announced that they have initiated discussions regarding merging their bookshops during 2006. Both chains carry very different titles and serve a different customer base, so it will be interesting to see how this pans out. Read the full announcement here.

Monday, March 27, 2006

"The Destination And Purpose of St John's Gospel," by John Robinson

One of the most enjoyable aspects of working on is being able to read again material that I found influential whilst at Bible College. This article certainly falls into that category. D.A. Carson cites it favourably in his introduction to his Pillar Commentary on John's Gospel, so I am in good company I think:

John A.T. Robinson, "The Destination And Purpose of St John's Gospel," Twelve New Testament Studies. London: SCM Press Ltd., 1962. pp.107-125. = New Testament Studies VI (1960), 117-31.

Whatever Happened to Bible Teaching?

As part of my job I handle enquiries from people wanting to know more about the Christian faith. The idea of the service is that it is evangelistic in nature and that those contacting us will be either not yet be Christians or will have recently made a commitment. More and more I am finding that this is not the case. We regularly receive requests from Christians who are regular church members to answer basic questions about the Faith. There is much talk about praying for Revival, but how would the church cope with a flood of new converts needing discipleship when its current membership is lacking basic teaching? This, I think, should be the lesson to the British Church from the Welsh Revival.

This need explains in part why the Alpha Course has proved so popular with Christians - for many it may be the first opportunity they have had to cover basic issues sicne they came to faith. Sadly, follow-through from the Course is often lacking. I know of one case where someone learnt about the Holy Spirit whilst attending a course a year ago and has never heard anything more on the subject, even though she has attended her church every week.

I think the call is clear - there is a hunger for the Word of God. If the churches will not satisfy the need, then people will either cease to grow in Christ, or seek teaching wherever they can. In either case, the local church is not functioning as it should.

What do you think? Comments are welcomed. I am currently considering how to respond to these requests without usurping the place of the local church. What materials would you recommend if we were to send a book, tape, etc.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Forthcoming article: J.A.T. Robinson on John

I am pleased to announce that SCM / Canterbury Press have given me permission to reproduce a single chapter from John A.T. Robinson's book Twelve New Testament Studies. I have chosen the following, which I know has proved influential:

The Destination and Purpose of St. John's Gospel (pp.107-125).

I hope to have the article on-line in a week or so.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48.4 (Dec 2005) articles

Grant R. Osborne, "Historical Narrative and Truth in the Bible," pp.673-688.

John A. Beck, "Why Do Joshua's Readers Keep Crossing the River? The Narrative-Geographical Shaping of Joshua 3-4," pp.689-699.

J. Daniel Hays, "Reconsidering the Height of Goliath," pp.701-714.

Paul D. Wegner, "Discipline in the Book of Proverbs: 'To Spank or not to Spank'," pp. 715-732.

David DeGraaf, "Some Doubts about Doubt: The New Testament Use of DIAKRINO," pp. 733-755.

J. Bergman Kline, "The Day of the Lord in the Death and Resurrection of Christ," pp.757-770.

Scot McKnight with R. Boaz Johnson, "From Tel-Aviv to Nazareth: Why Jews Became Messianic Jews," pp.771-800.

Monday, March 20, 2006

New Material on the Resurrection of Jesus added

There is a large amount of high-quality material on the Resurrection of Jesus available on-line. I have collected some of these here. My thanks to members of the AR-Talk forum for providing additional material.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Bruce Winter on Acts 17

Michael Bird notes that Bruce Winter's article on Acts 17 from the European Leadership Forum is now available on-line. It has also been published in Themelios:

Bruce W. Winter, "Introducing the Athenians to God: Paul's failed apologetic in Acts 17?" Themelios 31.1 (October 2005): 38-59.

Acts 17 has fascinated me since I read Don Richardson's book Eternity in Their Hearts as a young Christian, although he tended to over-egg-the-pudding in his reconstruction. I have collected a short bibliography on the passage here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Five Day Bible Teaching Course, July 10th-14th 2006

Peter Mead and Mike Roth will be leading a 5-day peaching course at Oak Hall, OTFORD, Kent on 10th-14th July. For more details click here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Goël in Ruth 4:14, 15

I have just uploaded the following article in PDF format. It is quite old, but is referenced by Frederic Bush in the Word Biblical Commentary "Ruth/Esther".

Julius A. Bewes, "The Goël in Ruth 4:14, 15," American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literature 20 (1903-04): 202-206.

Themelios Vol. 31 No. 2 (Jan 2006) Table of Contents

Michael Pahl, "Is Jesus Lost? Evangelicals and the Search for the Historical Jesus," pp.6-19.

Jeffrey K. Jue, "What's Emerging in the Church? Postmodernity, the Emergent Church, and the Reformation," pp.20-39.

R. Michael Allen, "Putting Suspenders on the World: Radical Orthodoxy as a Post-Secular Theological Proposal or What Can Evangelicals Leabe From Postmodern Christian Platonists?" pp.40-53.

Steven Tracy, "Chastity and the Goodness of God: The Case for Premarital Sexual Chastity," pp.54-74.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Trinity Journal Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2005) Table of Contents

Eckhard J. Schnabel, "The Objectives of Change, Factors of Transformation, and the Causes of Results: The Evidence of Paul's Corinthian Correspondence," pp.179-204.

Andreas Kostenberger, "The Destruction of the Second Temple and the Composition of the Fourth Gospel," pp.205-242.

Adonis Vou, "Frei and Auerbach on the Meaning of the Gospel Narratives," pp.245-265.

James Alan Patterson, "Revolution and the Eschaton: Images of Jesus in the Jesus Movement," pp.267-277.

Bejamin L. Merkle, "Could Jesus Return At Any Moment? Rethinking the Imminence of the Second Coming," pp.279-292.

Mark Carpenter, "A Synopsis of the Development of Trinitarian Thought From the First Century Church Fathers to the Second Century Apologists," pp.293-319.