Eckhard J. Schnabel’s Acts in the ZECNT set

is forthcoming!  I know there has been lots of excitement over Craig Keener’s new work on Acts – but I think there is an equally great complimentary work that has come out that will make doing exegesis and preaching in this Ah-ma-ZING book that much more enjoyable and enriching!

Schnabel, Eckhard, J.  Acts.  Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  Zondervan, 2012.

That’s right!  The great scholar on Paul and Christian Mission has written a commentary on the Book of Acts!

Here is a description!  Well there isn’t really a super great description yet other than:

With attention to issues that continue to surface in today’s church, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading, teaching, and preaching the Book of Acts. Acts highlights (1) the work of God through the exalted Jesus who grants the presence of the Holy Spirit; (2) the significance of Jesus who is Israel’s Messiah and the Savior of the world and who directs the expansion of the church; (3) the work of the Holy Spirit as transforming power present in the lives of the followers of Jesus and their communities; (4) the identity of the church as the community of God, comprised of Jews and Gentiles who are followers of Jesus; (5) the mission of the church whose leaders take the gospel to cities and regions of the Roman Empire in which Jesus has not yet been proclaimed as Messiah and Savior; (6) the historical events and the persons who played a role in the expansion of earliest Christianity.

1168 Pages
Published November 2012

You can be sure however, it will be in the same likeness as others in the set where each chapter has outlines and chapter summaries and comments, etc.  It’ll be a great complement to something as massive and scholarly as Keener.

The Trinity in Gender Debates

I admit I got sucked in to the whole idea of social trinitarianism – it sounds nice but I guess I may need to re-think it all.

Fred Sanders has finally let his thoughts about it all be known – he doesn’t think talk about the Trinity and Gender relations or Community relations should happen in the same conversation.  One belongs to the doctrine of God and the others are more suited to discussions in theological anthropology.

(This is me Brian talking here) It seems once and yet again it is all a possible case of “pulling the God card.”  God becomes a victim of humanity.  He gets used to help us all push our human agendas to exert authority over one another or to usurp from one another.  Shame on us I suppose.  Good thing the Lord isn’t subject to our attempts to wrangle him into our nice little boxes…

Go here to read the full LONG blog post on what Dr Sanders has to say about the Trinity and Gender Debates.