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 historical and the apocalyptic [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 have [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 lecture Speaker: Lynn Cohick The Leon Morris Lecture [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 [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 a Nazi? During the Third Reich, German Protestant theologians, motivated [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 literacy in the ancient world, and [Read More…]

BREXIT viewed from Downunder

For my British friends, over at Expository Times, I have a piece on And Finally … Brexit Viewed from Down Under, where the whole article is available for reading.   [Read more…]

Steve Walton’s Professorial Lecture on Doing Theology Lukewise

Great lecture by Steve Walton on “Doing Theology Lukewise” his inaugural professorial lecture at St Mary’s. [Read more…]