Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 2)

Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) MIKE BIRD: I noticed that you translate Rom 1:17 as “The righteous one, Jesus the Christ, will live by pistis – that is, by his faithful loyalty to God.” How does this translation [Read More…]

Ben Myers on New Theological Books to Read

Over at Christian Century, Ben Myers, Australia’s premiere theologian, has a great annotated list of recent theological books to read. Well worth consulting if you want to know what’s new and worth reading. [Read more…]

Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 1)

Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) MIKE BIRD: In this book you argue that pistis should often – but not always! – be understood with connotations of “allegiance.” So rather than justification by faith alone we have justification by [Read More…]

Review of Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor

Over at RBL is my review of  Terrance Callan, Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor: The Second Letter of Peter. I’m planning to spend a lot of time in the future on 2 Peter and Jude, so this was great to read. In sum: I find Callan’s commentary to be a careful and deliberate application of Vernon Robbin’s [Read More…]

Invitation to Ridley’s Preachers Conference on Romans

Make sure you come to Ridley College’s annual preachers conference, this year focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans! Tuesday 22nd August -Thursday 24th August, 2017 Speakers will be Ray Galea (Multi-cultural Bible Ministry in Sydney) and Mike Bird (Ridley College, Melbourne). Hope to see you there! [Read more…]

Video Book Review and Mike Bird Challenges Oliver Crisp to a Duel

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Simon Gathercole on the Historical Evidence for Jesus

Over at The Guardian (of all places!) Simon Gathercole has a great piece on What is the Historical Evidence that Jesus Christ Lived and Died? He concludes: These abundant historical references leave us with little reasonable doubt that Jesus lived and died. The more interesting question – which goes beyond history and objective fact – is [Read More…]

Video Book Review: Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources

From Ridley’s NNY! [Read more…]