Nov 3, 2012

Free Audio of the Mid-America Conference on Preaching

You can access free audio of the Mid-America Conference on Preaching here. This year's theme was “The Mystery of Christ: God’s Glory among the Gentiles.” There are links to the audio of all the general sessions and workshops and printed notes.

HT: Bill Combs

Nov 1, 2012

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Jo-Ann A. Brant

Reviewed by Matthew Gordley
Bart B. Bruehler
A Public and Political Christ: The Social-Spatial Characteristics of Luke 18:35-19:43 and the Gospel as a Whole in Its Ancient Context

Reviewed by John Cowan
Jaime Clark-Soles
Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer

Reviewed by Ronald Witherup
Gerald J. Donker
The Text of the Apostolos in Athanasius of Alexandria

Reviewed by Justin A. Mihoc
Craig A. Evans
Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

Reviewed by Panayotis Coutsoumpos
Heinz-Josef Fabry and Ulrich Dahmen, eds.
Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten

Reviewed by Johann Cook
Gard Granerød
Abraham and Melchizedek: Scribal Activity of Second Temple Times in Genesis 14 and Psalm 110

Reviewed by Albert Hogeterp
Charles W. Hedrick
Unlocking the Secrets of the Gospel according to Thomas: A Radical Faith for a New Age

Reviewed by William Arnal
Josep Rius-Camps and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger
The Message of Acts in Codex Bezae: A Comparison with the Alexandrian Tradition, Volume 4: Acts 18.24-28.31: Rome

Reviewed by Vaughn CroweTipton
Christopher D. Stanley, ed.
The Colonized Apostle: Paul in Postcolonial Eyes

Reviewed by Steed Davidson

Oct 31, 2012

When Churches Face Foreclosure

This is an interesting article related to the challenges from the lender's side to foreclose on a church.

Oct 30, 2012

Dispensational Understanding of the New Covenant

Dispensational Understanding of the New Covenant, a book edited by Mike Stallard is now out. Here is the publishers description.

How should we understand the Bible's teaching about the new covenant? Scholars and theologians have debated this question for centuries without reaching a consensus. The three views in this book are all unified by a single idea: God will make His new covenant with Israel, not the church. Referring to papers first presented at the 2009 Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics, the authors discuss three ideas within traditional dispensationalism:

  • the church is in some way a party to the new covenant,
  • the church shares similar blessings to the new covenant, or
  • the church has nothing at all to do with the new covenant.

Each viewpoint is supported by extensive theological, historical, and exegetical research, with responses and rejoinders for each view.

A 37-page sample is available as a PDF here. You can order the book from the publisher here and Amazon has one copy available here.

Oct 29, 2012

Some Advice for Seminarians

Tim Gombis has some good practical advice here for seminarians who are serving in churches.

Oct 28, 2012

Academic Humor

Having done a fair amount of grading at the Bible college and seminary level, I kind of wish I would have kept records like David Miller has here.