Free MP3s: OT Survey by Jason DeRouchie

derouchieOne of my greatest joys is serving alongside my colleague Jason DeRouchie (pronounced deh-ROW-shee) at Bethlehem College & Seminary. My respect and gratefulness for him grows as I get to know him better. I love carpooling with him about three hours each week during the school year (and I missed him while he was out of state on sabbatical this last semester!).

I especially love co-teaching a fourth-year graduate course with him on biblical theology. He is both an Old Testament scholar and a biblical theologian.

I already recommended his book in which he surveys Jesus’s Bible. Now you can download free audio files in which he surveys the Old Testament. [Read more…]

One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life

In 2008 I live-blogged a debate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School between (a) Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem and (b) Tom McCall and Keith Yandell. They debated this question: “Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?”

TrinityThis week Crossway is releasing a book on that issue:

Bruce A. Ware and John Starke, eds. One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015.

This 49-page sample PDF includes the front matter and Wayne Grudem’s opening chapter.

Phil Gons and I coauthored chapter 9: “An Examination of Three Recent Philosophical Arguments against Hierarchy in the Immanent Trinity” (pp. 197–215).

Update on 5/22/2015: Crossway gave me permission to share a PDF of the Gons-Naselli chapter.

The SBL Handbook of Style: 2nd Edition

sblhsThe SBL Handbook of Style has become the standard guide for biblical studies. It first released in 1999, and the second edition released in November 2014:

The SBL Handbook of Style: For Biblical Studies and Related Disciplines. 2nd ed. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014.

More info here.

I reviewed it for the most recent issue of Themelios (which released yesterday). My conclusion: [Read more…]

No Regrets, No Retreat: Episode 8 (China) of Dispatches from the Front DVD Series

The latest episode of the edifying and motivating Dispatches from the Front DVD Series released last Friday: No Regrets, No Retreat   . It is set in China.


100-second trailer:

My wife and three daughters enjoyed watching this episode together on Easter a few weeks ago.


By the way, Tim Keesee just launched his own website, which includes a blog. He tells the backstory about this episode on China in his post “Beginning with Impossible.”

Related: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places

Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook

deckerAt the end of last year the TGC staff cited “best books from 2014.”

This is one of the two books I selected:

Rodney J. Decker. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.

My dear friend Rod Decker went to be with the Lord in May 2014 at age 61, but in spite of his terminal cancer God enabled him to complete two major projects that publishers released in November 2014: [Read more…]

5 Free Classes on Ethics

This semester is my first time teaching a course on Biblical Ethics. It’s been a steep learning curve for me, so I’ve been preparing by reading more than I normally do for a class.

Over Christmas break I also listened to five free thought-provoking courses:

justice1. Michael J. Sandel’s course “Justice” at Harvard University. Sandel has taught political philosophy at Harvard since 1980, and over 15,000 students have taken his course. WGBH and Harvard University coproduced the course as a TV series in 2005, which is what you can watch free online or via iTunes. I watched the course and then read Sandel’s corresponding book that released in 2009: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Sandel is thoughtful, respectful, and provocative. I disagree with his liberal political bent and the ultimate grounds for his ethical views, but I love how he engagingly teaches with the Socratic method. [Read more…]