Jonathan Edwards on Mentoring

Jonathan Edwards Had an Opinion about Mentoring Too By Rhys Bezzant (Ridley College) I heard a leading American evangelist preach a sermon recently in which Jonathan Edwards was never named but his signature theology was everywhere. Edwards’s views on creation as an overflow of the life of God, and his understanding of the Christian life involving [Read More...]

Review of Joseph Fantin’s Lord of the Entire World

See my RBL review of Joseph Fantin’s excellent study Lord of the Entire World: Lord Jesus, A Challenge to Lord Caesar? Here’s the blurb: How would the confession, ‘Jesus is Lord’, have been understood in the first-century Roman world? Was it more than a statement of one’s devotion to Jesus? Was it also an implicit challenge [Read More...]

Remember the Bart Ehrman Review Session at SBL

If you’re going to SBL in San Diego then remember, remember the 22nd of November. Here’s why: Extent of Theological Diversity in Earliest Christianity 11/22/2014 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: Room 8 (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC) Theme: A Panel Review of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish [Read More...]

If You’re Near Las Vegas this Coming Monday, Then I’ll Be Here!

Grateful for the invitation from Paul Trainor and John Anthony Dunne to speak at this event: [Read more...]

Things to Do at ETS/IBR/SBL in San Diego

Okay, time for my annual list of things to do at ETS/IBR/SBL! Most important of all, remember that this year I will celebrate my 40th birthday at ETS/SBL! I think the best way for everyone to show their affection for me on this significant occasion is either by a gift certificate from Baylor University Press or handing over a bottle of [Read More...]

Le Donne on Bird on Social Memory

Anthony Le Donne has a post over at The Jesus Blog  where he notes my tacit endorsement of social memory as a hermeneutical framework for studying Jesus traditions. I have to confess that ever since I read the work of Anthony Le Donne and Chris Keith that I’ve had a side interest in the area. While [Read More...]

John Chrysostom on How God Became Jesus

So wish I knew of this quote before I wrote my chapters for the HGBJ book! Christ did not become god from human advancement – perish the thought … We preach not a human made into a god, but confess a god made human. Cited from M. David Litwa, Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of [Read More...]

Jason Hood’s Hilarious Review of Rob Bell’s New Book on Marriage

Over at Books & Culture, Jason Hood has a hilarious review of Rob Bell’s new book The Zimzum of Love by compiling the script for an editorial board meeting of the publishers to discuss Rob Bell’s book. Here’s part of it: JP: “Rob, I’ve been worried. Normally these books take six weeks to write—a few lovely stories, [Read More...]

Michael Holmes Appointed as Director of the Greens Scholars Initiative

Congrats to Mike Holmes who has been appointed as the executive director of the Greens Scholar Initiative. Assuming the role of executive director of the Green Scholars Initiative, Holmes will lead a team of researchers and student-scholars at more than 60 universities around the world advancing groundbreaking discoveries on artifacts from the Green Collection. Holmes holds [Read More...]

Interview about The Gospel of the Lord

I was interviewed over at Dunelm Road about my book The Gospel of the Lord. Thanks to  Jason Maston for the interesting questions! [Read more...]

Book Notice: Thinking Through Paul

Bruce W. Longenecker & Todd D. Still Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. Available at There are a lot of good introductions to Paul out there (heck, I’ve even written one!). However, this one by Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still stands out. It is [Read More...]

What Do Rick Warren, N.T. Wright, and Russell Moore All Have in Common?

Well, it turns out, that the Pope wants to know what they think about marriage? The three have been invited to a Vatican Colloquium on marriage and family. Read the article over at CT. Very interesting! In other Catholic news, some wonder if there is going to be papal schism with Pope Francis proving too [Read More...]

The Karl Barth and Katy Perry Song Challenge

Okay peeps, as part of the Ridley Follies, I’ve re-written the lyrics to the Katy Perry song “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked it” to “I Read Karl Barth and I liked it.” Idea comes from Jessica Parkes, but execution is strictly my own. See the lyrics below. What I want to know is [Read More...]

Simon Gathercole’s New Book on Penal Substitution

Just saw this in the SBL catalogue from Baker! Simon Gathercole, Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul, 144 pp., due out in Feb 2015. In recent decades, the church and academy have witnessed intense debates concerning the concept of penal substitution to describe Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Some claim it promotes violence, glorifies suffering and [Read More...]

Review of Gospel of the Lord by Mike Skinner

Check out the swell  review of GOTL by Mike Skinner. Wish I could use this line as a blurb!! In the end, perhaps the highest praise I can give this book is to say that it stands in my mind as a close cousin to N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God. Bird mentions in [Read More...]