Residency Log: Entry #2

I am nearing the end of my second month of my residency, and it has been quite the journey! One thing in particular was the recommended reading of Dangerous Calling—a book written by Paul Tripp. If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I write book reviews for Christian publishers in exchange for … Continue reading Residency Log: Entry #2

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Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: Book Review from B&H Academic

Last fall I took my last NT exegesis course required for my degree. Aside from what I will utilize in my thesis paper, I have finished the Greek language components for any remaining classes at seminary. I still dig into my Greek NT, but since finishing I've haven't been as quick with my translating as … Continue reading Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: Book Review from B&H Academic

Romans- Israel, the Gentiles, and God’s Creative Gift—Part IV: Paul & the Gift

The fourth and final part of Barclay’s book consists of a reading of Romans. He establishes the coherence of the letter; too often the letter is dissected as individual lessons which make up a collection (i.e. the righteousness of God in 3:1-26 or the contrast between Adam vs. Christ and what it means for the … Continue reading Romans- Israel, the Gentiles, and God’s Creative Gift—Part IV: Paul & the Gift

The Christ-Gift in Galatians—Part III: Paul & the Gift

In Part III of Paul & the Gift John Barclay exegetically and theologically analyzes The apostle's letter to the Galatians. Barclay's treatment requires four chapters, weighing it in at just over one hundred pages. In addition to his exegesis, he compares a reading of Paul's letter to that of Luther, Dunn, Martyn, and Kahl by drawing attention to the … Continue reading The Christ-Gift in Galatians—Part III: Paul & the Gift

Divine Gift in Second Temple Judaism: Part II—Paul & the Gift

Part II of John Barclay's Paul & the Gift examines “grace” and the various ways it has been presented in Second Temple Judaism. He examines five texts in his analysis—Wisdom of Solomon, the Qumran Hodayot, Philo, Pseudo-Philo's Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum and 4 Ezra; arguing that grace has been, as Part I revealed, “perfected” differently during … Continue reading Divine Gift in Second Temple Judaism: Part II—Paul & the Gift

The Multiple Meanings of Gift and Grace: Part I—Paul & the Gift

I’m willing to bet if you were to ask a random person how they define grace, their response would include either (a) someone/something possessing elegance, poise, finesse, etc., or (b) the “christianese” understanding of God’s unmerited favor for all through his son, Jesus, and a reference to Ephesians 2:8-10 (let me know if there's a … Continue reading The Multiple Meanings of Gift and Grace: Part I—Paul & the Gift

Book Review: The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life

NT scholars advocating for the new perspective on Paul join with editors Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life—a collection of essays published by Baker Academic. Despite expectations, the book’s focus is not another New Perspective vs. Old Perspective work; instead, the all star team of NT scholars … Continue reading Book Review: The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life

Residency Log: Entry #1

As of May 15th 2017 I started the ministry residency component for my Master of Divinity degree. I am very thankful for the opportunity to complete this component through my home church here in Grand Rapids, MI—Take Hold Church, as their pastoral resident. During this season I will use my blog as a platform for … Continue reading Residency Log: Entry #1

Book Review: Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Dr. Greg A. Boyd. Published by Fortress Press.

Renowned pastor-theologian and author Dr. Gregory A. Boyd has finally released his highly acclaimed Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross. When I say "finally", you need to understand exactly how highly anticipated it has been. You know that verse in Romans when Paul talks about creation … Continue reading Book Review: Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Dr. Greg A. Boyd. Published by Fortress Press.

Paul & the Gift: Book Review and Introduction

If asked to describe John M. G. Barclay's new book Paul & the Gift, only one word comes to mind—groundbreaking. So groundbreaking in fact, that one may hear the rallying of anti-fracking activists upon reading. All joking aside, this is the next pillar to the foundation of Pauline Scholarship. John M. G. Barclay holds, arguably, the … Continue reading Paul & the Gift: Book Review and Introduction