My Logos Mobile Video on the History of Heresy

My video lectures on The History of Heresy (from the judaizers to Joel Osteen) is available for pre-order with Faithlife.

Check out the promo here with a sample talk.

In History of Heresies Dr. Michael Bird examines the missteps of theologians from the beginning of the Christian faith. The course begins by placing Christian heresy in the context of ancient Jewish and Graeco-Roman ideas about heresy. After looking at the unity and diversity of the early church, Dr. Bird examines Paul’s opponents, as well as false teachings/teachers in later New Testament documents like Jude and Revelation. From there, he explores later heresies like Docetism, Gnosticism, Modalism and Arianism. The course concludes by looking at the Person of Christ and how to spot and avoid heresies today.

My Video Interview about Jesus the Eternal Son

Thanks to the good people at Eerdmans is an interview I did with Rachel Bomberger about my new book Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology. … [Read More...]

The Scourge of Domestic Violence in the Church

In light of Julia Baird's disturbing investigation about the prevalence of domestic violence in conservative churches, I thought I would republish something I wrote for Bible Study Magazine a couple of years ago. The Household Codes and Domestic Violence21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the … [Read More...]

David Bentley Hart’s Translation of the New Testament

Thanks to Sean Winter, I just caught word of this, Orthodox Theologian and cultural commentator David Bentley Hart has produced his own translation of the New Testament. Here's the blurb: David Bentley Hart undertook this new translation of the New Testament in the spirit of “etsi doctrina non d … [Read More...]

When Biblical Studies Meets Freestyle Rap

Courtesy of Pastor Matthew Jones, who has been reading my Romans commentary:And there is also this:Note, I never said that it was good freestyle rap.But maybe I could turn my life story into a biopic musical drama: Birdman Rises Like the Phoenix. I could say that playing on … [Read More...]

Why is the Gospel of John Different?

In what follows is a bit of a Wright-Bird fusion on the Gospel of John.John is clearly a unique voice in the New Testament, a distinctive witness to Jesus, rooted in a particular mode of testimony, and the book breathes its own special theological atmosphere. We know how John is different, the … [Read More...]

If Troy McClure Introduced Theology Videos

I find myself doing lots of videos these days for Ridley, Logos, and Zondervan. So I wonder what it would be like if the Simpsons character Troy McClure introduced some Bible and theology videos.Hi, I'm actor Troy McClure, you might remember me from such theological videos as ...Prepping for … [Read More...]

Can You Pass a Christology Quiz?

To coincide with the publication of my new book, Jesus the Eternal Son, Eerdmans has put together a quiz about christology in the NT, patristic responses to heresy, and Greco-Roman ideas on deification.It is very, very hard. I know, because I wrote it!The average score is 3/10!Can you do … [Read More...]

John’s Gospel as Transfiguration Story

I just came across this elegant quotation from N.T. Wright about John's Gospel: John stands out from the rest of the New Testament. With Paul we are in the seminar room: we are arguing the thing out, looking up references, taking notes, and then being pushed out into the world to preach the gospel … [Read More...]

Scot McKnight Review An Anomalous Jew

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight reviews my book An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. It's quite positive, and I think Scot nails me and the book with these words: If you read this carefully — and Bird often requires careful readings — you see the back and forth of the salvation … [Read More...]

The Smurfs, Hamilton, and Caitlyn Jenner: A Christian Response to Identity Politics

Is my Identity Inherited or Created?The other day I took my kids to see the latest kids film, The Smurfs: The Lost Village, which has the same delightful mix of adventure and slapstick as the previous Smurf films. The plot centers on Smurfette, the only female smurf of the village, who does not … [Read More...]

Lynn Cohick to Deliver the 2017 Leon Morris Lecture

If you're in Melbourne, save the date, because Lynn Cohick will be delivering the annual Leon Morris Lecture at Ridley College.Christ our Peace: Redemption, Reconciliation and Radical Community in the Letter to the Ephesians Annual Leon Morris Lecture Friday 21st July 5:15 pm for a 5:45 pm … [Read More...]

Why Mark Zuckerberg Will Never Be My Pastor

In light of Mark Zuckerberg's comments that Facebook can act like kind of a church, over at Christian Today, I have an article on Why Mark Zuckerberg will never be my pastor: I love my Facebook account. It is a great way to catch up with friends and connect with my former students. But I'm just not … [Read More...]

The Aryan Jesus of German Scholars and Pastors

Susannah Herschel has a great book called The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton Uni Press, 2010).There is a great podcast interview with Heschel over at OnScript which I thoroughly recommend.The blurb alone is compelling and alarming!!!Was Jesus … [Read More...]

Communal Reading in the First Century

Dr. Brian Wright, one of my former PhD students, has his thesis soon to be published by Fortress on Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus: A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices, already available for pre-order.It is a great study of ancient book culture, the surprising extent of … [Read More...]