Starting on a New Book

In will soon begin working on my contribution to Zondervan’s latest “Counterpoints” book, this one on inerrancy. The editors are James Merrick and Stephen Garrett. There are four other contributors: John Franke, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, and Al Mohler. As many of you know, the Counterpoints series invites authors of different, even diametrically opposing, views to write […]

Protestants and Biblical Criticism

I am trying to finish up edits on a chapter I am writing for a book tentatively titled, The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously, due out next year with Oxford University Press. The idea for the book came out of a symposium I participated in at the University of Pennsylvania […]

Two New Books in the Works

In the next few months, two new books will be released from my editorial purgatory and see the light of day. In October/November, my Ecclesiastes commentary will be available. This is one of the earlier Old Testament volumes in Eerdman’s Two Horizons series, the focus of which is theological interaction with biblical texts, not the safe, boring, […]

Lecture on Paul at Nyack College

I am lecturing at Nyack College in Manhattan on “Paul, His Bible, and Why He Reads it the Way He Does” on April 21 from 6-8 p.m.

Paul, Adam, and Evolution

Here is the video of the Erasmus Lecture I gave at Westmont College on February 9, 2011. I haven’t watched it yet, so I am not sure of the quality but it seems to come across well enough. My thanks to Westmont College and Tremper Longman III for inviting me to give this lecture.

Lecture tonight…weather permitting.

I am speaking tonight at Philadelphia Biblical University at 7:00 on “How Scripture is Shaped by Culture.” Let’s see if the weather decides to hold up. It’s been a rough one thus far.

Audio: The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today

Click on the link below to listen to an audio recording of the 14th annual Silvers Visiting Scholar Program held on October 25, 2010, entitled, “The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today: Can the Bible be read both Critically and Religiously? Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Perspectives,” with Marc Brettler (Brandeis University), Peter Enns (BioLogos Foundation), […]

Can the Bible be Read both Critically and Religiously: A Protestant Perspective

Last night (October 25, 2010), I participated in a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania on the challenge of reading the bible critically and religiously from the point of view of three faith traditions: Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. Marc Brettler of Brandies University gave a Jewish perspective, Dan Harrington of Boston College gave […]

My Response to Al Mohler and the Age of the Earth

Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has argued recently in a public lecture that it is theologically necessary to say that the earth only appears to be old rather than actually being old. Otherwise, a literal interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis is in jeopardy. He mentioned in his presentation the BioLogos […]

Does God Talk to Us Through Fiction?

I had an article posted today in the Huffington Post in their Religion and Science section. I make the point that conservative Christians and New Atheists share fundamentalist assumptions about the Bible that block their participation in the science/faith discussion. I will now sit back and wait for book and movie deals to come pouring […]