Monday, March 30, 2009

Michael Parsons on the Term "in Christ" in Paul

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

Michael Parsons, "'In Christ' in Paul," Vox Evangelica 18 (1988): 25-44.

Paul uses the term "in Christ" 216 times in his writings, but what did he mean by it? Michael Parson's concludes:

We have seen, then, that the ‘in Christ’ formula is important in the thought of the apostle Paul. It primarily designates a close and indissoluble relationship with the Lord, but more than that it speaks of solidarity with Christ in his death and resurrection as the representative head of his people, the church. However, in its implication the term underlies much of the apostle’s explanation of the believer’s awareness of the sanctifying work of Christ’s Spirit conforming him to the image of the Lord to whom he belongs and in the manifestation of this relationship in the life and communion of the body of Christ, the church. We have also seen, in passing, the importance of this teaching as it relates to Paul’s ethical thinking and exhortation. Lives in the present are to evidence the believer’s characteristic union with Christ in godliness and in obedience to him within the context of his church and by the power of his Spirit.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Gordon Wenham on the Books of the Law

The following article is now online in PDF:

Gordon Wenham, "The Perplexing Pentateuch," Vox Evangelica 17 (1987): 7-22.

This would be a useful article to recommend to anyone beginning a course on the Old Testament Law, though I'm not sure I would recommend the books by Alan Hayward and Henri Blocher on Genesis so enthusiastically.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A.N.S. Lane on B.B. Warfield and the Humanity of Scripture

The following article is now available in PDF:

Warfield's works on the the inspiration of Scripture have often been misunderstood. This article seeks to clarify his views based on an analysis of all of his writings on the subject.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Forthcoming Event - The Bible and Recent Discoveries - 25th April 2009

The Bible and Recent Discoveries
Saturday 25 April 2009
Dr Martin Heide
University of Marburg

We live in an age when many discoveries are being made and when sensational and misleading claims about what has been discovered catch the public eye. This day conference with a leading expert, well experienced in evaluating and explaining discoveries for lay audiences, will seek to equip Christians to understand the historical basis of the Christian faith and to share that with others.

Alongside a long involvement in church leadership in southern Germany, he has two doctorates in Semitic studies. He has published previously unknown material in Arabic, Ethiopic, and Hebrew, and carries out research in a large range of ancient languages.

10.30-12.15, The Old Testament and recent discoveries I

12.15-13.15, lunch (lunch provided for all who preregister)

13.15-14.45, The Old Testament and recent discoveries II

14.45-15.15, tea

15.15-17.00, The New Testament and recent discoveries

Further details:
The event will be held at Tyndale House, 36 Selwyn Gardens, Cambridge, CB3 9BA; Coffee will be available from 10.00.

For contact details and a booking form click here. If anyone is planning to go please let me know, especially if you are travelling from Kings Cross to Cambridge by train.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

R.T. France on Chronological Aspects of 'Gospel Harmony'

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

R.T. France, "Chronological Aspects of 'Gospel Harmony'," Vox Evangelica 16 (1986): 33-60.

France looks at the chronology of the gospel accounts of the cursed fig tree, the cleansing of the temple and the last supper, the latter in some depth. A well-written and thought-provoking article.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Free copies of Anvil journal available

From time to time I am given copies of theological journals to offer to UK Bible College libraries. Once the libraries have taken those they need I usually pulp the remainder. As an experiment I an going to offer some of these to anyone who would be prepared to pay the postage and packing charge. If it works well I will offer more on a regular basis.

Anvil Journal

You can view the table of contents of these volumes by visiting:

If you would like any of these please e-mail me saying which ones you would like at rob(at) "remember to replace the "(a)" with a "@" and to tell me which country you live in. I will pack and weigh the journals and send you a PayPal invoice for the appropriate amount. Once I receive payment I will despatch the package. If you are interested please respond by the end of March.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Albert Swift: A Social Gospeller at Westminister Chapel?" by Harold Rowdon

The following article is now online in PDF:

This example of the tension between the work of preaching the Gospel and the good works that spring from lives transformed by Gospel is as relevant in today's church as it was over a hundred years ago.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Winner of March Giveaway

The winner of the March giveaway drawn at random is ChrisEisbrenner. If Chris would like to e-mail his address to rob(a) I'll get his journal in the post ASAP.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Theology on the Web Hub launched

I have today launched a "hub site" called "Theology on the Web" which contains some of the material that has previously been duplicated on several sites. Having a central hub will help me to be able to keep the shared material updated and help visitors to understand better the vision that underlies the development of the other four - soon to be five - sites.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Derek Tidball on Sociology and New Testament Studies

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

I have never studied the sociology of the New Testament in detail before and so found this a very helpful introduction. It also provides a good overview of the literature on the subject up to the mid-1980's.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

March Giveaway - Evangelical Quarterly Vol. 77.4

This month's giveaway is Vol. 77.4 of The Evangelical Quarterly. You can see the table of contents on-line here. To enter just leave a comment on this post - no need to give your e-mail address at this stage. The closing date is 8pm (GMT) on the 8th March when a winner will be drawn at random. The name of the winner will be posted here on Monday 9th March, so please visit again then or subscribe to my feed so you don't miss it.