Jul 10, 2021

Wright and Witherington on Acts 15 and Galatians 2

In academic circles it is common to dismiss the idea that Galatians was written before Acts 15 and that therefore, Galatians 2 and the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 refer to separate events. So, it is with a bit of delight that I see that N. T. Wright and Ben Witherington both apparently hold that Galatians was written before the Jerusalem Council. I was previously aware of Witherington's position but I was not sure about Wright's view. In any case, Witherington's review of Wright's new Galatians commentary where he discusses this issue can be read here.

Jul 9, 2021


When The New York Times is reporting about it, you realize that sermon plagiarism is an issue. If nothing else, this high profile case has generated some much needed discussion on the matter.

Jul 8, 2021

Pastor as a Reader

Dave Morlan makes a good case for it here. A pastor needs to do more than read but he should be reading.

Jul 7, 2021

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 24:3

The latest issue of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology on the theme of biblical authority and textual criticism is available as a free PDF here. Some of the articles look very interesting.

Jul 6, 2021

Psalm 46 Links

I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some helpful links that I discovered during my research. It includes a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 46 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

The Text This Week: http://www.textweek.com/writings/psalm46.htm

The Fathers on Psalm 46: https://pursuingveritas.com/2019/09/10/the-fathers-on-psalm-46

Into the Word with Paul Carter: https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/into-the-word/psalms-46-47

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps046.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_046.pdf

Psalm 46: Two Sermons, One Message of Hope: https://davidschrock.com/2016/11/07/psalm-46-two-sermons-one-message

Vic Anderson, “When Your World Is Falling Apart”: https://vimeo.com/user43918728 Psalm 46 devotional: https://www.generations.org/devotionals/57

Jul 5, 2021

Atonement from Jewish and Christian Perspectives

Marc Zvi Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine discuss the concept of atonement from Jewish and Christian perspectives here.I actually get asked quite a bit about how Judaism handles atonement without offering sacrifices today. This article does a decent job of answering questions like that.