Book Notice: Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities

Don Little Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015. Available at Amazon.comReview by C. HineDon Little is a seasoned practitioner in walking with those who choose to follow Jesus from a Muslim heritage. His recently published book, Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities: Scripture, History and Seasoned Practices, gathers that learned wisdom, critically assesses it through research and study, and makes it available to a wider audience.That God … [Read More...]

Modern Educayshun

If you want to know what the problem is at places like Mizzou, then watch the short film by Neel Kolhatkar called "Modern Educayshun." It is a send-up of social justice political correctness gone cray cray.My favourite line: "Stop violating me with your different opinion."  … [Read More...]

Literacy in the Ancient World

My PhD student Brian Wright has an article coming out in TrinJ about literacy in the ancient world. He questions the consensus (e.g., Harris and Hezser) and contends that literacy levels were probably far higher than often assumed.You can view it here. … [Read More...]

Michael Bird as Wolverine or Maximus Decimus Meridius

In my previous post on Things to do at ETS/IBR/SBL I said that people should ask the Eerdmans folks that on a scale between Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, what is it like to work with Mike Bird? Over at the Eerdmans Blog, they've posted some photo-shopped pictures of me as the aforementioned ch … [Read More...]

Training Church Leaders in the Digital Age

Guy Mason, Lead Pastor of the Melbourne Church, City on a Hill, gave a great talk at Ridley College's annual dinner. It is about training leaders in a digital age.It is well worth listening to by anyone who is involved in theological education and academic leadership.Guy identifies 4 … [Read More...]

Do We Have Religious Freedom in Australia?

The Tasmanian anti-discrimination tribunal has asserted that Catholic Archbishop, Julian Porteous, does have a case to answer in regards to the complaint made by a LGBT activist for his Diocese distributing the booklet, Don't Mess with Marriage. The booklet, disseminated to the parents with children … [Read More...]

Michael Bird’s Illustrated Boyhood Biography for Children

On the occasion of my 41st birthday, I'm proud to announce the release of an illustrated biography of my boyhood years, written especially for children. It is based on interviews with myself and my siblings and utilizes several drawings that I made as a six year old. This book, compiled by … [Read More...]

Things To Do at ETS/IBR/SBL (2015)

Time for my annual "to do list" for ETS/IBR/SBL.For a start, weep, mourn, and wail for me as I won't be there. Sadly, I won't be able to hear all the good papers, see the latest books, catch up with editors, hang out with all of my friends, and consume food with enough corn syrup to kill an … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Jesus without Borders

Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World Gene L. Green , Stephen T. Pardue, K. K. Yeo Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Amazon.comBy Chris PorterSince the work of Lesslie Newbigin the observation that cross-cultural theological insights can serve to sharpen … [Read More...]

“If evangelical Christianity is anything, it is orthodoxy on fire”

I've been reading Roger Olson and Christian Winn on Reclaiming Pietism which urges the case for reclaiming pietism as a way of shaping evangelicalism. It's a great book and I thought the main tenets of conclusion were worth sharing."If evangelical Christianity is anything, it is orthodoxy on fir … [Read More...]

Latest Issue Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (2015)

The latest issue of JSHJ includes:Eric Eve Orality is No Dead-EndSean F. Everton What Are the Odds? The Jesus Seminar's Question for ObjectivityTobias Hagerland The Future of Criteria in Historical Jesus ResearchJordan J. Ryan Jesus at the Crossroads of Inference and Im … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Chris Wright on Lamentations

Christopher J.H. Wright The Message of Lamentations (BST) Downers Grove: IVP, 2015. Available at Amazon.comBy Jill FirthChristopher Wright sets the Book of Lamentations in our contemporary life context by dedicating the work to Syria’s suffering children and by including a frontispiece of … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Robin Parry on The Biblical Cosmos

Robin A. Parry The Biblical Cosmos: A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Available at Amazon.comReviewed by Jill Firth‘This book is smokin’ hot! I wish I’d read this while I was alive’ (St Augustine)Roaaaaarrrr! (Leviathan … [Read More...]

Josh Jipp on Christ is King

Fortress press had a 20 page excerpt of Josh Jipp's book Christ is King: Paul's Royal Ideology.  Here's the blurb: Until recently, many scholars have read Paul’s use of the word Christos as more of a proper name (“Jesus Christ”) than a title, Jesus the Messiah. One result, Joshua W. Jipp argues, is … [Read More...]