I finished it! It was long, difficult, but very stimulating. There is so much one can say in a book review of “Jesus and the Victory of God” (JVG). There are some real gems, insights, and positive material that ought to radically change the way many evangelicals read and preach the gospels. NT Wright (NTW) asks the RIGHT questions, even if some answers are found wanting. Possibly he goes overboard at a few points. This book is not the last word, but the opening up of a very important conversation concerning the question of the identity/life/mission/message of Jesus of Nazareth. Read on for more…
Acts 2 is one of my favourite passages, where many of the most exciting themes of the Bible’s storyline converge. I was privileged to be able to preach on Acts 2 this week. Here are some collected notes and thoughts on what it is about, as well as an mp3 of the sermon. Feedback wanted!
There is something special about reading books by great bible teachers whom you personally know and have been shaped by. I eagerly awaited getting my hands on Peter Adam’s book “Hearing God’s words – Exploring Biblical Spirituality“. I was not disappointed.
Helen and I recently completed Destiny Wasgij 1 + Destiny Wasgij 3. We had already completed Destiny Wasgij 2 on holiday in Sandy Point last year.
The first time it took us about 30 person hours (we were on holiday!), but we have improved that time by many hours on the next two. We are getting good at jigsaws together! Josiah has memorised his 20 piece Thomas puzzle, so we upgraded him to a 25 piece Tonka jigsaw. He struggled with it for a few hours, but now he can do it very easily.
The only question left now is whether we attempt the 8 original Wasgij’s or find a different way to spend free time together!
I am a big fan of the writings of John Piper and desiringGOD.org is one of my favourite Christian websites. John Piper is a Baptist minister in the USA. His theology is heavily influenced by 18th century American preacher Jonathan Edwards. At first glance Piper feels very right-wing American, but if you read him carefully, there is much more depth, discernment and self-critique to what he writes.
Josiah is quite difficult to get singing, but occasionally he comes out of his shell and really expresses himself – during such times it is good to have a tape recorder handy. 🙂
So enjoy: Josiah singing and playing the xylophone.
I have just finished reading NT Wright’s “What St Paul Really Said”. I really enjoyed it. The strengths of the books are Wright’s understanding of what Paul’s gospel is, and his use of biblical theology to place Paul against the Old Testament themes that are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The controversy in this book concerns the “new perspective on Paul + justification”. He is not entirely convincing, but he usefully challenges us to consider whether we are reading Paul closely or projecting our historical theology onto him.
Now that I am enjoying having a permanent web domain, I thought it would be good to have a web page to post occasional book reviews and thoughts on various topics. I don’t intend to put many hours into updating this page, but it might be a good discipline to write reviews of books as I read them. That way my friends from bible college and beyond can see what I have been reading to stimulate my faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ. You can even leave comments!
We are enjoying a nice holiday after a busy and hard year. Wayne has finished his four years of full time theological training at Ridley College.
For the last two years we have been involved in the local church of St Mark’s Family Church Reservoir West.
August 1st 2002
Jemima Ruth Schuller is born!
February 20th 2001
Josiah Lucas Schuller is born!
Marriage! Helen Pratt becomes Helen Schuller.