Known by God – Ridley/Gordon-Conwell Conference

On 29-30 May 2015 in Melbourne will be the first Ridley/Gordon-Conwell conference on the theme of “Known by God.” The conference explores the theme of knowing God and being known by God in the Bible and in Christian thought. Speakers include Eckhard Schnabel, Sean McDonough, Jeffrey Arthurs, Brian Rosner, Lindsay Wilson, Scott Harrower, and Rhys Bezzant.

In a world obsessed with being true to yourself and knowing who you are, being known by God offers a healthy corrective that supplies significance and promotes humility. The theme of being known by God is widespread in the Bible and has deep roots in Christian thought. Whereas knowing God is the focus of countless academic and popular books and articles, being known by God has been sorely neglected.

Will be a great time with folks from Melbourne and Boston hanging out together. Come along if you can!

Timothy George’s Life Story

Timothy George (Dean of Beeson Divinity School) is my favourite Southern Baptist, he's a great historical theologian, and he shares his life story about his upbringing, how he came to faith, and his early ministry.  It is a great story!Listen to it here (biographical portions starts around 8 mins). … [Read More...]

Douglas Moo’s ETS Lecture in Bible Translation

As part of the NIV 50th anniversary celebration (see here), Douglas Moo gave a great presentation at ETS called, "We Still Don't Get it: Evangelicals and Bible Translation 50 Years After James Barr." You can watch the talk here. A great read for anyone interested in Bible translation and exegesis. It is "literally" the best Bible translation talk ever (FYI, see the video to understand the pun)! … [Read More...]

Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament

I have had finally gotten around to reading Jens Schröter’s book From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. It is a translation of his German, Mohr Siebeck volume Von Jesus zum Neuen Testament (2007). The translation was done my one of my ve … [Read More...]

Thomas C. Oden’s Autobiography

Thomas C. Oden A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at Amazon.comI have to say that Thomas Oden's autobiography will probably be one of my favourite reads of 2015.  Oden recounts his beginnings as a radical lefty, a theologian into … [Read More...]

Call for Papers for Ecclesia and Ethics Conference

The on-line conference Ecclesia and Ethics run out of St. Andrews University will be hosting its third annual conference, this year on Human Sexuality (nothing controversial here, I'm sure) on 21 March 2015.Speakers include: Tremper Longman (Westmont), Irmtraud Fischer (U. Gratz), Preston Spri … [Read More...]

Christianity Today on N.T. Wright’s Gospel Book

N.T. Wright's Simply Good News is discussed in a CT article by Andrew Wilson called The Greatest Hits of N.T. Wright.He gives a good review of the book which confirms my own impression that Simply Good News is a summary of several of Wright's earlier books, even so, the last two chapters are stil … [Read More...]

Houston Conference on the Early Church

The Theology Department of Houston Baptist University will be hosting a conference on "The Church and Early Christianity," on 16-18 April 2015 at its campus in Houston. Main speakers are John Barclay, Ben Witherington, and Everett Ferguson - quite a line up. There is also a call for papers … [Read More...]

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

I was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Marcus Borg, a former member of the Jesus Seminar, long time professor at Oregon State Uni, and the author of several popular books on religion like Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and Speaking Christian. The book I co-wrote with James C … [Read More...]

More on Alleged First Century Fragment of Mark

Over at Live Science, Craig Evans has provided some clarification and comment on the claim that a first century fragment from the Gospel of Mark has been found in a mask for an Egyptian mummy. Evans says that the text was dated through a combination of carbon-14 dating, studying the handwriting on … [Read More...]

Michael Bird Interviewed as Part of Culture Creators Series

Over at Grace for Sinners I was interviewed by Matthew B. Sims as part of his "Culture Creators" series about my life and work habits. Here's the best part in my view: MBS: What’s the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had? MFB: I would rather be tied to a chair, have my eyelids glued open, and be for … [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, Part 2

This is part 2 of the review of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Togetherby Pete Sutton.Another insight from part 1 of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker came out of Root’s examination of Bonhoeffer’s “Eight Thesis on Youth Work” written while serving as the yout … [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Online

A website has been launched called N.T. Wright on-line which offers non-accredited courses through the Wisconsin Center for Christian Study largely using works from N.T. Wright. Courses include:Simply Good News – Available March 2015 Paul and His Letter to the Galatians – Available March 2015 … [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root, Part 1

Most of you know my passion for Bonhoeffer. Fewer may be aware of my long engagement in youth work. My major in college was youth ministry and I've been in full time and part time youth ministry in stents at different times.When I saw the title of this recent volume on Bonhoeffer by Andrew Root … [Read More...]

Louisville Conference on New Testament Interpretation

I had a great day at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville with Jonathan Pennington (SBTS), Susan Garrett (Louisville Theological Seminary), and David deSilva (Ashland Theological Seminary) about how to interpret the NT.In the future the videos from the conference should be available from … [Read More...]