Interview on the Eric Metaxas Show

I was interviewed by Eric Metaxas on his radio show/podcast about my books What Christian Ought To Believe and The Divinity School. Great chat about the Apostles’s Creed, dirty Koalas, writing fiction, and religious liberty. [Read more…]

Paul Griffiths on Why He Resigned

Over at Commonweal – a progressive Catholic magazine – Prof. Paul Griffiths explains why he resigned from Duke Divinity School. Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and [Read More…]

My Top Ten Resources on Luke-Acts

Here are my top ten volumes on Luke-Acts to put on your bookshelf or to assign to a class for a reading list. Adams, Sean A., and Michael Pahl (eds.). Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias. An excellent collection of essays on what is happening in Luke-Acts these days, covers genre, unity, christology, [Read More…]

Why You Should Study Luke-Acts?

Luke-Acts is a highly significant double work within the New Testament. First, it is the largest sub-corpus of the New Testament. Luke-Acts makes up a whopping 28% of the New Testament, whereas Paul’s letters comprise only 24%, and the Johannine corpus covers a mere 20% (and that’s assuming the authenticity of the authorship of all [Read More…]

Book Notice: Servant of All by Craig C. Hill

Craig C. Hill Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at To be brutally honest, I have to confess that I have an ego the size of the Grand Canyon. I always have to dominate the social and intellectual spaces around me usually through humour [Read More…]

Christoph Heilig on Hidden Transcripts and the Counter-Imperial Paul

Paul and Empire is an amazing topic of study. Was Paul anti-empire or pro-Roman empire? Among scholars, I can’t help but notice that when a Republican is in power that there is a spike in anti-imperial readings of Paul and then folks get all Constantinian or Nieburhian when a Democrat holds the top job. But [Read More…]

Book Notice: A Gathering of Larks

Abigail Carroll A Gathering of Larks: Letters to St Francis from a Modern-day Pilgrim Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2017 Available at Reviewed by Felicity Clift Dear Friend of the Wild, Dear Lord of the Revels, Dear Wounded Saint, Dear Francis… Francis of Assisi, the famous saint, is the imaginary recipient of this [Read More…]

Book Notice: Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature

David G Firth and Lindsay Wilson (eds)  Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature.  Downer’s Grove, IVP, 2017. Available at By Jill Firth Wisdom literature has been the poor relation of Old Testament studies for much of scholarship’s recent history. This volume brings attention to a range of recent scholarship that shows the importance of wisdom [Read More…]

Peter Singer and the Sexual Abuse of the Cognitively Impaired

What is troubling is how Singer and McMahan imply that the sexual assault of a person with cognitive impairment is mitigated by the disabled person’s inability to grasp the concept of consent. [Read more…]

Did My Fiction Just Become Reality?

As some of you know, a couple of months ago I published a novel called The Divinity School – thanks to those who have read it so far – which follows the drama and comedy of an interfaith studies center and its faculty at the fictitious Hamilton University in North Carolina (“let the reader understand”). Much [Read More…]

Book Notice: A Shorter Life of Martin Luther

Thomas Kaufmann  A Short Life of Martin Luther Translated by Peter D. S. Krey and James D. Bratt. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at By Jill Firth This English translation of Kaufmann’s Short Life of Martin Luther has been hailed as ‘superb.’ Thomas Kaufmann is a professor of church history at the University of [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

The latest issue of JSHJ 14.3 (2016) is out and it has some great articles including: Tom Holmen Crucifixion Hermeneutics in Judaism at the Time of Jesus This essay strongly suggests that prior to Jesus’ death and its interpretation Judaism knew no interpretative means capable of transforming the ignominious death of crucifixion into something favorable. James McGrath [Read More…]

E.P. Sanders on Paul’s Life, Letters, and Thought

E.P. Sanders Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015. Available at E.P. Sanders, surely one of the most significant NT interpreters since the late 70s, has published his life and thought of Paul. It is not quite a Pauline biography but certainly not a Pauline theology either. More of an extended sketch [Read More…]

Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 3)

I urge that “the righteousness of God” is both the justifying verdict rendered over Jesus that resulted in his resurrection and a gift that we receive in Christ when we come to share in it. [Read more…]

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…]