Announcing: Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo

Last night at a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Committee on Bible Translation (responsible for the NIV Translation), I had the distinct privilege of presenting a Festschrift to my doctoral mentor and friend, Doug Moo. For those who don’t know what a Festschrift is, it is a volume written to honor a scholar who has made significant contributions to his/her field. So along with Jay E. Smith, I edited Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo , a volume of essays on various aspects of Pauline studies, published by Zondervan. We managed to assemble an outstanding team of former students, colleagues, and prominent Pauline scholars.

It is available for purchase here at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego. It should be available for purchase through the usual outlets within a matter of days. (When links become available I will post them on the blog).

Here is a look at the table of contents:

 

 

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Here were my comments when presenting Doug with this volume:

God calls us to show honor to whom honor is due, and that is what Jay and I are here to do tonight for Doug Moo. Over the course of his academic career and ministry in the church, Doug Moo has proved himself to be a faithful servant of Christ and steward of God’s mysteries. During his years at Trinity and Wheaton Doug has prepared countless men and women for gospel ministry. Both of us had the privilege of doing our doctoral work under Doug’s supervision: Jay while at Trinity and me while at Wheaton. He proved to be a terrific mentor, blending high expectations and critical analysis with timely encouragement.

Doug is well-known for his numerous biblical commentaries that are models of careful exegesis, thoughtful theological analysis, and wise pastoral application. The clarity of his prose is matched by his commitment to represent the views of others in terms they themselves would recognize.

Doug’s most significant contributions as a scholar center on two primary areas: Pauline studies and Bible translation. He has actively engaged the complex issues surrounding the New Perspective on Paul, as well as the relationship between the Mosaic Law and the gospel. And of course we are here tonight because of Doug’s role as the chair of the Committee on Bible Translation. In this capacity he has overseen the production of the most recent revision of the New International Version released in 2011. In this role, Doug has proved an able advocate of the NIV, carefully explaining the rationale for various decisions of the CBT and graciously responding to critics.

So for the past four years, Doug, Jay and I have been secretly working behind your back to produce a Festschrift as a small token of our love and appreciation for you and your faithfulness as a servant of Christ and steward of God’s mysteries. We have assembled an outstanding team of former students, colleagues, and prominent Pauline scholars to write on various subjects focused on Pauline studies and translation issues. So it is our distinct honor to present this volume to you tonight.

 

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Week 10 – God’s Judgment on the Nations (46:1-51:64)

Whereas Jeremiah 34:1-45:5 focuses on God’s judgment on Judah, chapters 46-51 describe his condemnation of the nations. Among the nations that receive special attention are Egypt (ch. 46), Moab (ch. 48), and Babylon (chs. 50-51). Yet in the midst of these oracles of judgment there are glimpses of hope. YHWH will not bring Judah to a complete end (47:27-28) but rather restore them (50:4-10, 17-20), and his salvation will extend to the nations in the latter days (46:27; 48:47).

As believers we have been saved through judgment. By faith we have died with Christ, been buried with him, and raised with him to new life. In him we have experienced a mini-“day of YHWH” in which our sins have been judged and we have emerged vindicated with Jesus through his resurrection.

Want to hear more? You can listen below and follow along with the handout:

Week 10 -God’s Judgment on the Nations (Handout)

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Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther explains how Christ rewards his servants poorly in this life:

272. Christ is incomprehensible in this life, because He rewards his best and truest servants very badly, so that I am forced to say, “I really don’t know what I am doing, whether I am preaching the truth or not.” That is what tormented Paul and the martyrs as well, as he [Paul], in my opinion, did not have much to say about it, for who can imagine what it was like, where he says in 1 Corinthians 15:31: “I face death every day.” Christ also had His temptations.  (p. 396).

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Week 9 – God Judges Judah Part 2 (Jer 40:1-45:5)

This week we worked through the the second part of a section (34:1-45:5) that details God’s judgment on Judah. Jeremiah 40 picks up the story in the days after Babylon destroyed Jerusalem. Although Jeremiah is given his freedom, he is quickly caught in the middle of the drama that unfolded. Gedaliah, the Judean governor appointed by the Babylonians, is murdered by Ishmael, a Judean rebel. Eventually Ishmael is forced to flee to Ammon, but the remaining Judeans fear retribution from Babylon for the death of Gedaliah. Despite YHWH’s warning through Jeremiah not to do so, the remnant heads for Egypt. Despite the judgment they survived in Judah, the people persist in their rebellion.

Along the way we see God’s remarkable promise to be with his people to save them (Jer 42:11), which anticipates God being with us in the person of Jesus to save us from our sins (cp. Matt 1:21-23). We also see that we must allow God’s Word to interpret our circumstances rather than allow our circumstances to trump God’s Word

Want to heear more? You can listen to the audio and follow along with the handout below:

Week 9 -God Judges Judah Part 2 (Handout)

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Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther warns of the danger of ambition:

3559. He talked a lot about the ambitious and pretentious, as he read from a letter sent to him by a writer aspiring to wisdom. He said ironically: When the stomach is ready to burst it is time to get rid of it through writing and praying–and then he pronounced: Arrogance is the sin of the snake.  (p. 132).

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Week 8 – God Judges Judah Part 1 (Jer 34:1-39:18)

After the oasis of comfort and restoration in chs. 31-33, warnings of judgment retake center stage in Jeremiah 34-39.  True, there was a brief season of repentance, though it did not last very long (34:1-22). Against this backdrop the faithfulness of the Rechabites stands as living example of how Judah should have obeyed YHWH (35:1-19). King Jehoiakim, by contrast, displays utter disdain for the word of YHWH through Jeremiah (36:1-32). This disdain for YHWH’s word eventually led to Jeremiah being imprisoned during the final days of Judah (37:1-39:18)

Along the way we find lessons on true repentance, the nature of covenants, God’s blessing of faithfulness, the dangers of dismissing YHWH’s word. But we also see in Jeremiah’s sufferings an anticipation of Jesus’ own suffering for the truth.

Want to hear more? You can listen to the audio and follow along with the handout below:

Week 8 -God Judges Judah Part 1 (Handout)

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Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther provides some counsel in what young men should look for in a potential wife:

4857g. When a man is going to marry, he should not look to the father, but the character of the mother of the young girl, Why? Because, in general, beer has the aroma of the keg  (p. 59).

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Week 7 – Restoration for Israel and Judah (Jer 30:1-33:26)

Working your way through the first 29 chapters of Jeremiah can feel like walking through a desert of judgment with an occasional puddle of hope. But when we get to Jeremiah 30-33, we reach the oasis of restoration and hope.  Within these chapters the new covenant established by a Davidic king bursts into open view to inspire God’s people to put their hope in him.

As believers we have the joy of being under that promised new covenant through the work of Christ. His death and resurrection inaugurated the new covenant that offers full and final forgiveness of sins. As the Righteous Branch he gives his righteousness to his people so that they are called “the Lord is our righteousness.”

Want to hear more? You can listen to the audio below and follow along with the handout.

Week 7 -Restoration for Judah and Israel (Handout)

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Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther explains the importance of Genesis 1:

3043B. The first chapter of Genesis contains the whole of Scripture in it. For that reason, the elders cautioned that no one under the age of thirty years should be permitted to read it. Because it has many mysteries within it which the unlearned cannot take as true; also, no one at that time had hardly paid attention to it, let alone understood it. (p. 339).

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The Responsibilities of Church Membership (Acts 2:42-47)

One of the defining characteristics of our culture is a fear of commitment. We love to keep our options open, not get ourselves locked into something that is difficult to get ourselves out of. According to a study released in 2013, by the age of 30 years old, 75% of women in the U.S. have lived with a partner without being married.[1] About 40% of those relationship ended up in marriage within three years, while nearly a third were still together living together without being married.

This lack of commitment has infected the church as well. Some churches have done away with the notion of membership altogether. Other churches still have it, but do almost nothing with it. As a result, it is common for churches to have a large number of regular attenders who are not members.

Despite its growing unpopularity, I still believe that church membership is a biblical idea. In essence, it is a formal expression of our love and commitment to Christ and his church. So what then are the responsibilities of being a member of a local church?

That is the question I sought to answer in my recent sermon at Christ’s Covenant Church. Taking Acts 2:42-47 as my text, I summarized our responsibilities as (1) be involved and (2) be invested.

If you have ever wondered what your responsibilities are as a faithful member of a local church are, I encourage you to listen and learn.

[1] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-04/unmarried-couples-living-together-is-new-u-s-norm.html

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