November 24, 2017

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (5)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Five Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Paul’s primary […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (4)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Four Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Here, then, […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel (3)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Three Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ In grammar […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (2)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Two This commentary takes the…view: that the letter as it has come down to us makes sense as a [single] letter, written by Paul, probably from Rome in the early 60s, to his longtime friends and compatriots in the gospel who lived in Philippi, a Roman […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (1)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study One Ask any number of people to name their favorite Pauline letter, and the majority will say Philippians. For good reason. Whereas we meet an erudite Paul in Romans, a bombastic Paul in Galatians, a sometimes caustic Paul in 2 Corinthians and a sometimes baffling […]

Scot McKnight: Justification is about Unification

Note from CM: I saw this on Scot’s blog the other day and requested permission to re-post it here, which he graciously granted. This is such an important issue in understanding the New Testament, a perspective which, honestly, I rarely if ever heard during my days in evangelicalism. I have started reading Thompson’s book, which is an attempt […]

Another Look: One Human Action, Profound Effects — Jesus and Adam

Note from CM: Since this subject came up in the discussion yesterday, I thought I would re-post a piece that I recommended in a comment (with edits and updates). I have also inserted additional material from another post, called “Paul, Christ, and Adam.” • • • Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, […]

What does the New Perspective mean for the Christian life?

• • • One of the better essays on Paul that I’ve read in recent years was written by Timothy Gombis in a new book about how the New Perspective affects our understanding of the life in Christ: The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective. It seems that […]

John Barclay on “Dangerous Grace”

What is distinctive about Paul is his emphasis that grace is not just a gift given generously or in advance, but a gift given precisely without considering [the recipient’s] prior quality or worth. • John Barclay • • • One book on my wish list and reading plan for this year is John Barclay’s Paul […]

Paul among the Philosophers

But in essence, Wright’s argument in this part is fairly simple. Paul needs to be understood against all of these backgrounds — Greek, Jewish and Roman, imperial and local, philosophical and cultural — but primarily, he is a second-temple Jew, and a Pharisee at that. • Andrew Wilson A Review of Tom Wright’s Paul and […]