Book Notice: Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities

Don Little Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015. Available at Review by C. Hine Don 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 [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 characters and asked people [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 central pillars that should guide Christian [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 at Catholic schools, is alleged to be deaming to LGBT people. This [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 historian/artist Tomie DePoala, is a [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 [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 By Chris Porter Since the work of Lesslie Newbigin the observation that cross-cultural theological insights can serve to sharpen our own theological understanding has become commonplace. Jesus Without Borders: [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 fire, ‘head belief’ and ‘heart experience’ brought together.” “First, doctrine informed [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-End Sean F. Everton What Are the Odds? The Jesus Seminar’s Question for Objectivity Tobias Hagerland The Future of Criteria in Historical Jesus Research Jordan J. Ryan Jesus at the Crossroads of Inference and Imagination: The Relevance of R.G. Collingwood’s Philosophy of History for Current Methodological Discussions in [Read More...]

Book Notice: Chris Wright on Lamentations

Christopher J.H. Wright The Message of Lamentations (BST) Downers Grove: IVP, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth Christopher 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 an agonised woman during floods in Northern Pakistan in 2011. In [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 Reviewed by Jill Firth ‘This book is smokin’ hot! I wish I’d read this while I was alive’ (St Augustine) Roaaaaarrrr! (Leviathan, mythical chaos monster) These imaginative ‘recommendations’ which introduce Parry’s [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 that important aspects of Paul’s thinking [Read More...]

The Gospel of Mark and End of Exile

Just found this great quote by James Scott about the opening of Mark’s Gospel and the theme of “end-of-exile.” ‘Taken as a whole, then, the introduction to Mark’s Gospel provides a mutually reinforcing, prophetic picture of the focus and intent of Jesus’ appearance on the scene: he will be the divinely appointed messenger of a [Read More...]