Memorials to British Theologian John Webster

I’m sure many of you have heard the news this week that British theologian John Webster unexpectedly passed away. Webster was a professor at St. Andrews University in Scotland and a celebrated Christian scholar. Stephen Holmes wrote a tribute to Webster for Christian Today and over at Mere Orthodoxy are some nice words about Webster’s description. [Read More…]

Wonderful Student Documentary on the Gospel of Judas

Christian Askeland taught an Honours course at Indiana Wesleyan University where he got students to make a short documentary about the Gospel of Judas … and it is really good. The young sheila Rachel Price (about 15:00 mins) is hilarious, I just want to fix her pronunciation so badly! I’m tempted to assign a task [Read More…]

My Top 8 Podcasts Programs … You’ll Want to Know Them Too!

I thought I’d share my top eight favourite podcasts programs: 8. Eric Metaxas Show.  I enjoy the Eric Metaxas show, it keeps me informed of politics and culture wars in America, Metaxas is super smart and quirky, but I’m silently grieving his (tacit) support for Trump. 7. Word Matters by Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax. These are two of [Read More…]

Review of Richard Hays on Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

Over at Faith and Theology, Jeff Aernie has a great review of Richard Hays’ new book Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Hays has provided another masterful foray into the hermeneutical question of how the New Testament authors read Scripture:Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels (Baylor University Press, 2016). In this volume Hays turns his attention [Read More…]

First Review of What Christians Ought To Believe

Over at Theology in the Raw,  Josh Cramer  reviews my soon-to-be-released volume What Christians Ought To Believe: An introduction to Christian Doctrine through the Apostles’  Creed. Bird writes well and accessibly, at home quoting Irenaus/Pannenberg/Balthasar and Stephen Colbert/Joan Osborne/Star Wars. He combines solid biblical scholarship with good historical, churchly theology to ground the Creed in the Scripture’s [Read More…]

Go Ahead, Evangelicals, Use the P-Word! My Article for Christianity Today on Priesthood

Over at Christianity Today is my article “God Ahead, Evangelicals, Use the P-Word,” about my journey into the Anglican priesthood and the meaning of priesthood for all types of Christian service whether ordained or not. This past November, at the gorgeous St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, I was ordained as a priest in the Anglican [Read More…]

Reviews of God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Over at Exegetical Tools is great review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul (see description here), which includes a nice sales pitch at the end: I highly recommend it to any students of Pauline theology and even to pastors who want to engage in rigorous Pauline debates. For Pauline scholars, it would be irresponsible not to own [Read More…]

Latest Episode of The Now and the Not Yet

In this episode of the NNY, Scott Harrower and I: – Discuss the New Monasticism – Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday – Review Bruce Longenecker’s The Cross Before Constantine. If you like the show, then please: – Hit “like” – Subscribe – Share with friends – Leave a comment     [Read more…]

The Gospel of Mark and God’s Unimperial Empire

The latest issue of Interpretation (2016) is a special feature on the Gospel of Mark with some great articles on kingdom of God, disability and healing, cross over boundaries, and the Roman empire, all in relation to Mark. It includes an interesting article by Suzanne Watts Henderson on the kingdom in Mark’s Gospel. I think she wrongly plays [Read More…]

Free E-Book with Every Pre-Order of “What Christians Ought To Believe”

Good news, everyone who pre-orders a copy of What Christians Ought To Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed can get a free bonus e-book on “What Christianity Would Miss Without the Apostles’ Creed.” Info is at, but here’s the gist: Pre-order What Christians Ought to Believe now from any retailer and you’ll get [Read More…]

Christian Imaginations: Dante and the Three Beasts

My colleague Scott Harrower continues his series of reflections on Dante’s Inferno. [Read more…]

New Book “The Gender Conversation” Now Available

The Gender Conversation is now available. This book is based on a multi-disciplinary conference held at Morling College in Sydney, and features a wide ranges of contributors, views, and topics, on all things related to gender, identity, and Christianity. The stuff on transgenderism alone by Justine Toh is worth the price of the book! What [Read More…]

Susan Eastman Reviews John Barclay on Paul and the Gift

Over at the Marginalia Review of Books is a review by Susan Eastman titled Grace and Transformation about John Barclay’s volume Paul and the Gift. Eastman raises some good questions about Barclay’s articulation of divine and human agency. For instance, does the efficacy of grace cancel the need for a human response or work immanently to evoke and sustain the human [Read More…]

Michael Gorman’s Reading of Revelation and the Idolatry of Donald Trump

There is an excellent piece in The American Conservative by Bonnie Kristian (a Bethel Seminary grad) on The Idolatry of Donald Trump where she resources Michael Gorman’s book Reading Revelation Responsibly and his critique of dictators masquerading as divine, and uses it as a sober warning against Trump: Americans might rightly protest that we don’t ascribe [Read More…]

In Defense of the Descendit by Jeff Hamm

In addition to Justin Bass’ awesome monograph on the descent of Jesus to the underworld in light of Rev 1:8, in latest issue of WTJ is a great article by Jeffery L. Hamm on “Descendit: Delete or Declare? A Defense Against the Neo-Deletionists,” WTJ 78 (2016): 93-116. Hamm writes: Finally, in view of the history of descendit, [Read More…]