Winner of Oakes Galatians Twitter Contest is… (Gupta)

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Last week I posted a contest to win Peter Oakes’ new Galatians commentary (Baker, 2015; Paideia series). You had to tweet the message of Galatians in a clever way using the hashtags #WWPT and #Galatians. We had nearly 30 participants, many good entries! The WINNER is:

“Jesus crucified, flesh fossilized. Peter petrified, ate with circumcised. Law victimized, now Spirit-faith-love emphasized.”

It is accurate and rhymes!

Thank you Jeremy Falk. You can contact me with your mailing address through my work email address which you can find here. Congrats to Jeremy, and thanks to all the participants!

Just a reminder – whether you get it free (like Jeremy) or not, be sure to get a copy of Peter Oakes’ Galatians commentary. It is a must-have.

Contest to Win Peter Oakes’ Galatians Commentary FREE (Gupta)

Alright folks – I got an extra copy of Peter Oakes’ brand new Galatians commentary (Baker, 2015) and I am giving it away for free.

But wait a second, this is a contest. Here are the rules:

#1: What would Paul Tweet? Make your own summary “tweet” of Galatians and Tweet it. Accurate summaries are decent. Clever summaries of Galatians are better! (No cheating by linking Twitter to a blog, website, etc. to buy more characters!)

#2: Use these two hashtags in your tweet –  #Galatians #WWPT (as in, “What Would Paul Tweet”)

#3: Copy your tweet into a comment on this post, along with the US state you live in. While everyone is welcome to tweet (please do!), I can only give the book away to someone in the contiguous US.

#4: Deadline is April 24 by 11:59PM PST

My New Book, Reading John, Is Finally Available!!! (Skinner)

Reading JohnOK, if you’re on any of my social media feeds, you can feel free to ignore this blog post, as I’ve been talking about this non-stop for the past 24 hours……BUT, my latest book, Reading John, is finally available for purchase. Of course, I’m quite happy with the finished product, but I don’t expect you to take my word for it. Here are the endorsements from the back cover:

“Studying or teaching John? Reading John takes anyone interested in learning to read the Gospel of John and leads them step by step on a delightful journey into its strange and wonderful landscape, with the result that each chapter builds reading competence. Skinner is impressive as a teacher and guide, equally at home in the ancient world, the Gospel of John, and twenty-first-century culture, and he has a keen ear for the nuances of each. This guide is ideal for Bible study groups and college classes.”
–R. Alan Culpepper, Dean, McAfee School of Theology

“In this fresh introduction to John, Christopher Skinner treats readers of John to some of the most valuable of recent approaches to the Fourth Gospel clearly and succinctly. Embracing the narrative through the lens of the Prologue, appreciating the sketching of characters, understanding misunderstandings, and seeing John as a two-level drama afford new insights that would otherwise be lost. Here we see John’s theological, historical, and literary riddles addressed in helpful and compelling ways; Skinner’s readers will not be disappointed!”
–Paul N. Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University

If you are a non-specialist reader who is interested in the Gospel of John, a student who wants to learn more, or a professor looking for a solid teaching tool, I would appreciate you giving this book a try.

Take Anthony LeDonne’s Poll on Billy Graham (Skinner)

Billy Graham & JFKOver at the Jesus Blog, my friend Anthony Le Donne is conducting a(n admittedly) unscientific poll about attitudes toward Billy Graham. (If you recall, he did a similar poll with attitudes toward Bultmann last year). I know that he would really appreciate your input. So head on over and participate. It’s as simple as clicking YES or NO. And of course, I’ll give you extra credit if you participate. 🙂