Chapter 6: Julie Clawson

Taking on chapter six from Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? – “Women in the Story of God” – is Julie Clawson.

In an excellent post, Julie concludes:

Although I would have liked this chapter to offer more constructive suggestions for navigating gender in the New Creation, I appreciate the ways in which it reframes the conversation regarding Paul and women. For those of us who have never felt comfortable with the options given to us for how we should handle Paul, it proposes an affirming yet realistic engagement that allows both Scripture and the transformative redemptive power of Christ to co-exist as part of the narrative of God’s people.

Read the entire post here.

Julie Clawson is the author of Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices (IVP, 2009).

She currently blogs at


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Chapter 5: Jim West

Jim West has posted his take on Chapter 5 of Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? – “Judgment and Inclusion”.

Jim found several points of contention, but concluded by saying:

In sum, God both includes, and excludes. ‘Simply being human is not enough to claim membership in the family of God’ (p. 114). Though, Kirk goes on to suggest, we may all be surprised one day to discover who really is ‘in’ and who really is ‘out’. I concur.

I’ve engaged Dan’s work so intently because it deserves close attention, and not because I’ve found reading it unfruitful. Quite the contrary. I hope others will read it as closely because if they do, they’ll learn a good bit.

You can read the entire post here.

Dr. Jim West is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and Pastor of Petros Baptist Church in Petros, Tennessee.

He currently blogs at “Zwinglius Redivivus“.

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Chapter 4: A K M Adam

AKM Adam has posted his entry for the blog tour. He tackles Chapter 4 of Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? – “Living Out the Jesus Narrative”

He writes:

 In all this, I applaud the trajectory of Kirk’s interpretation of Jesus and Paul (and particularly in Chapter Five, where Kirk treats the topic of inclusivity — but that’s not my chapter to discuss). I would argue with him on points of detail here and there, but these would be the sorts of argument that we might conduct convivially over a pint of Chip 71 or Cart Blanche, or perhaps one of Kirk’s own home brews. Kirk speaks from a vision informed by Hays and Gorman, adopting the trope of ‘discipleship as playing/improvising a role in the divine drama’ popularised by Wright (pioneered by Lash and Young, redeployed by Vanhoozer, and focussed into ethical principle by Wells), yet with a voice of his own. Kirk’s Jesus Have I Loved… exemplifies the best sort of New Testament theologising in current scholarship — richly grounded in (critical) appropriation of Scripture, remaining recognisably close to Scripture’s own words, arranged so as to reveal a persuasive greater coherence.

Read the entire post here.

AKM Adam (PhD, Duke University) is Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Glasgow.

He currently blogs at “AKMA’s Random Thoughts”.

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Chapter 3: Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Jamie Arpin-Ricci has just posted his entry for the blog tour. He tackles Chapter 3 – “Christianity as Community”.

He writes:

When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for J.R. Daniel Kirk’s new book, I was thrilled.  I was even more excited to be reviewing chapter 3, “Christianity As Community”.  Given my own passion for Christian community (and thus my book, “The Cost of Community”), I was eager not only read the book, but share here what I discovered.  I was not disappointed.

Read the whole entry here.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci s an urban missionary, pastor, church planter and writer living in Winnipeg’s inner city West End neighbourhood.  He is the author of The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis & Life in the Kingdom.

Jamie currently blogs at “The Cost of Community“.

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Chapter 3: James McGrath

For the third day of the blog tour we have two bloggers posting on Chapter 3 (“Christianity ss Community”) from Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?

First up is Dr. James McGrath, who begins his post by saying:

Over recent months we’ve been studying Romans in the Sunday school class I teach, and there are definitely a couple of “Paul skeptics” in the group. Yet even those who tend not to like Paul’s writings have been finding the things he says in the last chapters to be ones that they can get on board with. Don’t think too highly of yourself? Don’t repay evil for evil? Not far from the teaching of Jesus at all. Perhaps one key to appreciating Paul if you are a “Paul skeptic” is to see where he goes with his theologizing, to see what the practical payoff is. And perhaps the challenge to appreciating Paul for those in that category is to make sense of why it can take Paul so many chapters to get there, why the lengthy theological introduction seems necessary to him as the foundation for the practice.

In his book, Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?, Daniel Kirk does precisely that (among other things), and chapter 3 provides a particularly good example.

You can read the entire post here.

Dr. James F. McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis.

He currently blogs at “Exploring Our Matrix

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Chapter 2: Tim Gombis

Tim Gombis has posted his blog entry on Chapter 2 of Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?

He concludes:

This book is great for anyone looking for a good workout in the Gospels and Paul.  But beyond that, Daniel’s clear-eyed vision of the hope-generating and heart-igniting realities of God’s comprehensive salvific work and his ability to articulate them compellingly make this a “must-read.”

You can read the whole post here.

Tim Gombis (PhD, St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

He blogs at “Faith Improvised“.

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Chapter 2: Matthew Montonini

Today on the tour, two bloggers will tackle chapter 2 of Kirk’s Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?

First up is Matthew Montonini. Matthew begins his post by saying:

Many of us in our church experiences have been given a rather incomplete, and frankly, wrong-headed picture of the salvation Jesus offers. We have been indoctrinated into the Romans Road to Salvation and have bought into a “me-centered, escapist system” (32). Further, Paul is seen to purport such an individualistic vision of salvation. What does the phrase, “Jesus is Lord” really mean? How is the “kingdom of God” that Jesus proclaimed the gospel? When we turn to the Gospels and examine Jesus’ life,

“We begin to be gripped with a far more expansive vision of Jesus’ lordship as a state of affairs that we are called to align ourselves to. Tugging on any of these threads will begin to unravel the fabric of an individualistic and escapist gospel tapestry (32).”

So begins chapter 2, “New Creation and the Kingdom of God” in J.R. Daniel Kirk’s, Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity.

Check out the full post here.

Matthew has a MA in New Testament from Ashland Theological Seminary and hopes to pursue a PhD in NT.

He currently blogs at “New Testament Perspectives“.

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