Bruce Longenecker on Apocalyptic and Salvation-History

Great quote from Bruce Longenecker on salvation-history: In effecting salvation in Christ, God has not avoided, neglected, trivialized or rendered irrelevant Israel’s situation. Instead, the situation of Israel is the arena wherein God’s transforming power has initially been operative before extending to universal proportions. The rectification of Israel’s predicament, rather than its abandonment, stands as [Read More...]

Australia is Officially Becoming a Scary Place for Christians

I have always thought that my country of Australia was a tolerant place for people of all faiths and none. However, two recent events in the last 48 hours have convinced me that this might no longer be the case as the political left is flexing its muscle to gag and persecute Christians who publicly express views [Read More...]

What Should Protestants Make of Pope Francis Mania?

Over at the Ridley Website, I have a short piece on what Protestants, Evangelical Anglicans in particular, should make of Pope Francis and his whirlwind tour of the USA. Here is my introduction: It’s hard not to like Pope Francis. On the one hand, he remains religiously and ethically conservative, while on the other hand, [Read More...]

Book Notice: I (Still) Believe – Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship

John Byron and Joel N. Lohr (eds.) I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015. Available at This is a refreshing and inspiring read about Christian scholars who have retained a vibrant and earnest faith throughout a career in biblical scholarship. The many biographical [Read More...]

Top Ten Things to Read About the NT and the Imperial Cult

If you are wanting to read stuff on the NT and the Imperial Cult, wrestle with the counter-imperial Paul, and the whole “Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not” thing, well here’s my recommended reading: 10. Denny Burk, “Is Paul’s Gospel Counterimperial? Evaluating the Prospects of the ‘Fresh Perspective’ for Evangelical Theology,” JETS 51 (2008): 309-37. [Read More...]

Luke Timothy Johnson on the “Historical Jesus” as Heresy

I’ve been reading through Luke Timothy Johnson’s The Creed and found this provocative statement: [T]he most remarkable evidence for Christianity’s confusion – at both extremes [progressive and conservative] – is the fact that since the time of the Enlightenment, the longest-running of all Christologies heresies has deeply infiltrated the church with scarcely any protest or controversy, [Read More...]

Logan Williams on “Why Did Jesus Use Alcohol for Communion?””

Logan Williams has a nice piece over at The Two Cities on Why Did Jesus Use Alcohol for Communion? As a wine lover, I was already convinced, but loved his conclusion: “Oh Death, where is your sting?!” cries the prophet! The ascetic taste, the sting of the alcohol in wine impresses upon its consumers a special meaning when used in the [Read More...]

God and the Faithfulness of Paul: A Critical Examination of the Pauline Theology of N.T. Wright

Coming out either late 2015 or early 2016 is this beast of a book: Michael F. Bird, Christoph Heilig, J. Thomas Hewitt (eds.) God and the Faithfulness of Paul: A Critical Examination of the Pauline Theology of N.T. Wright WUNT 2; Tuebingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2015. Pre-order at Mohr Siebeck. N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God is [Read More...]

Scot McKnight Reviews David deSilva’s New Book on Justification

David A. deSilva, who is currently busy writing a commentary on Galatians for the NICNT series, has a punchy and controversial book out about justification by faith called Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel (Snapshots 1; ed. M.F. Bird; Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2014). See or cheaper on Logos. The crux is that deSilva argues that for [Read More...]

New Book on Israel and the Church

A short and very pointed book about Israel and the Church has just been released: P. Chase Sears, Heirs of the Promise: The Church as the New Israel in Romans (Snapshots; ed. M.F. Bird; Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2015). Available in paper back and esp. through Logos. $9.99. Here’s the blurb: In Heirs of Promise, P. Chase Sears answers [Read More...]

Whose Religion? Which Secularism?

ABC Religion and Ethics has published my piece on: Whose Religion? Which Secularism? Australia Has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem Where I show the slipperiness of the term “secularism,” try to explain to secularists why people actually enjoy being religious, and assert that church and state should be separated but can and do work together [Read More...]

NT Job: Trinity Theological College, Perth, Western Australia

SENIOR LECTURER/LECTURER IN NEW TESTAMENT (2016) Trinity Theological College, Perth an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology, invites expressions of interest and nominations for the position of full-time Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in New Testament (to begin July 2016; earlier start date is possible). The successful candidate will demonstrate: a lively personal Christian faith and [Read More...]

Revisiting Salvation in Paul’s “Judaism” with Preston Sprinkle

I’m refurbishing an old essay on “Salvation in Paul’s Judaism” and Preston Sprinkle is a good dialogue partner to spring ideas off: Paul teaches that salvation comes from Judaism in a positive sense in terms of its point of origin because Christ himself came from Israel and to Israel (esp. Rom 9:4-5). In Pauline language, Gentiles [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Conference on the Cross in Baltimore this November

For those in Baltimore or nearby, you might wanna get to this: N.T. Wright Conference: The Royal Power of the Cross November 18-19, 2015 The Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30-9 pm (doors open at 6 pm) Dunning Lecture: “The Puzzles of the Cross: Ancient Text, [Read More...]

Book Notice: Goldingay on Isaiah for Everyone

John Goldingay  Isaiah for Everyone London: SPCK, 2015. Available at Many of us have favourite passages in Isaiah, such as the promises for the child to be born in Isaiah 9, or the suffering servant of chapter 53. Other passages are puzzling, such as the disturbing vision of the last words of the book, [Read More...]