Sunday Review – 19 December 2010

Hey, only 6 days until lovely Christmas day. But, for me, only 2 days until we head to the States and 4 days until my beloved mother’s 60th Birthday!

Here are some interesting articles I came across this week:

1. Those who frequent my blog will know I am more of an egalitarian, seeing men and women as equally made in the image of God, allowing women ‘leadership roles’ (you can read some of my articles here). Michael Patton, at Parchment & Pen, is re-posting some of his complementarian articles – article 1 and article 2.

2. Brian LePort has made us all aware that a biblical studies professor has been tweeting funny excerpts from the papers being graded (marked). What do you think? Take Brian’s poll by clicking on the link.

3. Andrew Perriman posts his reflections on a statement by Brian McLaren and being evangelical.

4. Peter Enns recently posted up an article (more of a 11-page paper in PDF format) on the evolution of the Pentateuch within Israelite history. The papers is entitled “When was Genesis Written and Why Does It Matter?”.

Sunday Review – 12 December 2010

These are interesting articles and stories I found amongst the blogosphere world this week:

1. Here is a link to an article listing the 20 most influential Christian scholars alive today.

2. Scot McKnight lets us know about another post, which discusses men changing their views about women in ministry.

3. Roger Olson talk about the changes of Pentecostal-charismatic theology over the decades.

4. At Near Emmaus, Robert Jimenez has begun a series on the role of the pastor.

5. Peter Enns discusses the assumptions we might have about the ‘biblical’ worldview. BioLogos also responds to a recent article by Albert Mohler.

Sunday Review – 5 December 2010

We are a few days into December now, with less than 3 weeks until Christmas. I hope you enjoy the snow falling on my blog.

Here are some interesting articles I found amongst the blogosphere this week.

1. T.C. Robinson shares an interesting quote from N.T. Wright on the role of postmodernism in today’s world.

2. Brian LePort posts his thoughts on Derridian Deconstruction. It sounds a lot like some of theological-philosophical thoughts of Peter Rollins in his book, How (Not) To Speak of God, which I am currently reading.

3. Andrew Perriman posted an article on the three basic hermeneutical options for describing how the ancient text of Scripture speaks to the modern (committed) reader. Charts included!

4. Here is a great blog post by Scot McKnight on how to comment on blogs.

5. At Peter Enns blog, you can download a recent panel discussion held at The University of Pennsylvania on The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today: Can the Bible be read both Critically and Religiously? Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Perspectives. The three speakers were Marc Brettler (Brandeis University) giving a Jewish perspective, Daniel J. Harrington (Boston College) giving a Catholic perspective and Peter Enns (BioLogos) giving a Protestant perspective.

6. Tim Challies shares of a new book release through Cruciform Press. It is entitled Servanthood As Worship. The description of the book states: Browse a Christian book website or bookstore and notice all there is for leaders and would-be leaders. There are studies of leaders, keys to leadership, and tips on becoming a leader. Books that promote servanthood tend to be about leadership. But how many books inspire us simply to serve one another?

7. Roger Olson ponders whether a person can be both Roman Catholic and Evangelical.

8. By the way, if you didn’t know, I have been doing a very in depth series on both the role of women (14 posts) and the gift of tongues (5 posts). I hope to finish both by the end of 2010, but we shall see. If you want to search for posts on these 2 topics, click on the categories drop-down menu on the right side bar of my blog and do a search for women and/or tongues.

Sunday Review – 28 November 2010

Here are some interesting articles to peruse in the blogging world, if you would like:

1. Charisma Magazine recently held an interview with Pentecostal scholar, Gordon Fee. You can see the summary of the interview at Brian Fulthorp’s blog. I think every Pentecostal and charismatic owes gratitude to the likes of Fee, who was the first Pentecostal to forge his way into the field of theological academia, gaining a doctorate in biblical studies in 1966. Brian LePort (and others) share their gratitude as well.

2. At Parchment & Pen, Lisa Robinson challenges a ‘theology of more’. I’ve interacted on the comments there, as well as Marv and I take lots of time in presenting a biblical, theological and historical case for the continuation of all spiritual gifts – To Be Continued.

3. T.C. Robinson shares a fantastic quote from N.T. Wright with regards to the bread and wine at the Lord’s table.

4. Andrew Perriman looks at how the global church (not just the western church) can bring their influence in seeing the church renewed. He also shares his thoughts on whether Romans is specifically pointed to the salvation of humanity or the salvation of Israel, all in line with his newest release, The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom.

5. Finally, if you are not aware, the NIV has released a new version. It is now online, but will be available in print in March 2011. Robert Slowley has taken the time to analyse all the of the variations between the original NIV of 1984, the TNIV and the new NIV.

Sunday Review – 21 November 2010

Here are some interesting articles I came across this week:

1. T.C. Robinson, at New Leaven, shares how the updated NIV 2011 is more benevolent in attesting to women in ministry within the Scripture text. I, like Robinson, find this a positive.

2. Ben Witherington shares even more about the inclusive language of the NIV 2011.

3. Nick Norelli posted a review of the Reformation Study Bible. He also ponders whether a leather cover Bible is all that important.

4. Andrew Perrimans shares his insights on how Scripture speaks to the world today.

5. RJS continues his series entitled The Fall and Sin After Darwin. Here is part 8. You can find the links to the other 7 parts on my last Sunday Review.

6. Kevin DeYoung shares why reformed theology is not easily finding a home in Grand Rapids, Michigan (where he is located and where reformed theology has been the traditional background of many people in that area). But would we expect Germany to inherently remain Lutheran or England to remain Anglican in our global world? But, even more, I am ok with this since reformed theology is not inherently the gospel of the kingdom.