Scot McKnight’s Fellowship of Differents

Just got my copy of Scot McKnight’s  A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together. A great piece by Scot on the nature of the church and what it means to really “be” the church. Great mix of biblical exposition, theological reflection, biting exhortation, and memorable illustrations. The chapters on “The Table of [Read More...]

Michael Bird’s Lecture on Romans Now Online

Here is my lecture for Lincoln Christian University’s Las Vegas extension campus professorial lecture delivered in Las Vegas in November 2014. My thanks to Paul Trainor for posting it on-line. [Read more...]

Book Review: NIDNTTE

Moises Silva (ed.) New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis 5 vols.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Available at When this behemoth landed on my doorstop I was little more excited than when I get most book packages. The  NIDNTTE is a terrific reference source for Greek words and their meanings. To give [Read More...]

Book Notice: Let Creation Rejoice by J. Moo and R. White

Jonathan A. Moo & Robert S. White Let Creation Rejoice: Biblica Hope and Ecological Crisis Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014. Available at I know that any talk about the environment can elicit a sway of responses ranging from a new age-esque earth worship to the other extreme of advocates for environmental vandalism. In this book, Moo [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Text of the OT

Ernst Würthwein The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica. 3rd Edition. Revised and expanded by Alexander Achilles Fischer. Translated by Erroll F. Rhodes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 363 pages. Available at By Jill Firth Würthwein’s classic Der Text des Alten Testaments was first published in 1952, and the fifth [Read More...]

Book Notice: Blenkinsopp Festschrift

Richard J. Bautch and J. Todd Hibbard (eds) The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew. Essays Honouring Joseph Blenkinsopp and his Contribution to the Study of Isaiah. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. 234 pages. Available at Joseph Blenkinsopp is the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Notre Dame. While he [Read More...]

Harold Attridge on Romans

I was poking around on where I found some interviews with Harold Attridge (Yale Divinity School) on Romans. There is a whole series of them, but particularly relevant for my students this week, is the discussion on Romans 5. Good discussion on stuff like: Original sin, universalism, grace and law, usefulness of the word [Read More...]

Preston Sprinkle Nails Homosexuality in Romans 1

My buddy and home-boy, Preston Sprinkle (Eternity Bible College, Idaho) has a cracking good article on homosexuality in Romans 1 in the latest issue of BBR. Preston M. Sprinkle, “Romans 1 and Homosexuality: A Critical Review of James Brownson’s Bible, Gender, Sexuality,” BBR 24.4 (2014): 515-28. James Brownson argued that none of Paul’s prohibitions about homoerotic [Read More...]