From temple to meat market in ancient Pompeii
A very quick journey from the temple of Jupiter in Pompeii to the meat market. This helps us to understand 1 Corinthians 8-10 and probably also Romans 14.
What is the Lord’s Supper? (and what to do with it)
The Lord’s Supper: What it is, what it isn’t, and what to do with it. A sermon preached at St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Neutral Bay.
How to preach 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 well?
There’s a nervousness among reformed evangelical complementarians about preaching any of the New Testament gender passages, but particularly 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, where the issue of head is discussed. This passage is much debated in theological literature, but it seems it isn’t taught much on in our churches.
Teaching and learning in the Bible: An interview with Dr Claire Smith
An interview with Dr Claire Smith, an expert in the language of teaching and learning in the New Testament
RBL review of Claire S. Smith, Pauline Communities As ‘Scholastic Communities’: A Study of the Vocabulary of ‘Teaching’ in 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus
At the Review of Biblical Literature, Steve Walton has positively reviewed Claire Smith’s book on the vocabulary of “teaching” in 1 Corinthians and the Pastoral Epistles.
Claire S. Smith, Pauline Communities As ‘Scholastic Communities’: A Study of the Vocabulary of ‘Teaching’ in 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus
Themelios has just published an excellent summary review of Claire Smith’s detailed (500 page+!) monograph on the vocabulary of “teaching” in 1 Corinthians and the Pastoral Epistles. The review was written by Andrew Clarke in Aberdeen. I highly recommend it for anyone who would like to familiarise themselves quickly with the key findings of Smith’s scholarly work. Smith’s monograph undergirds many […]
Knowing Christ – Together
A sermon preached at St Augustine’s Neutral Bay
Borrowing beasts & paying preachers: Why Paul’s use of the Old Testament makes sense
This was a real “Oh yeah – aha!” moment in my understanding of the Bible, especially in my understanding of the way Paul uses the Old Testament. The Law of Moses says: You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain. (Deut 25:4) Paul says: For it is written in the […]
Review of David J. Rudolph / A Jew to the Jews
My review is now on Themelios. I’ve also included the full text below: David J. Rudolph. A Jew to the Jews: Jewish Contours of Pauline Flexibility in 1 Corinthians 9:19–23. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.304. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011. xii + 290 pp. £69.00/$137.50. In 1 Cor 9:19-23, Paul seems to wear his Jewishness […]
Cross-shaped Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1)
This was originally published on the Biblical Theology Briefings website (beginningwithmoses.org) in 2006. The Biblical Theology Briefings aim to provide worked examples of sermons that apply the insights of evangelical biblical theology. I recently preached at the commissioning of two dear friends of mine who have now gone as missionaries to work as ministers in […]