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…]

Ben Myers on New Theological Books to Read

Over at Christian Century, Ben Myers, Australia’s premiere theologian, has a great annotated list of recent theological books to read. Well worth consulting if you want to know what’s new and worth reading. [Read more…]

Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 1)

Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) MIKE BIRD: In this book you argue that pistis should often – but not always! – be understood with connotations of “allegiance.” So rather than justification by faith alone we have justification by [Read More…]

Review of Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor

Over at RBL is my review of  Terrance Callan, Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor: The Second Letter of Peter. I’m planning to spend a lot of time in the future on 2 Peter and Jude, so this was great to read. In sum: I find Callan’s commentary to be a careful and deliberate application of Vernon Robbin’s [Read More…]

Invitation to Ridley’s Preachers Conference on Romans

Make sure you come to Ridley College’s annual preachers conference, this year focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans! Tuesday 22nd August -Thursday 24th August, 2017 Speakers will be Ray Galea (Multi-cultural Bible Ministry in Sydney) and Mike Bird (Ridley College, Melbourne). Hope to see you there! [Read more…]

Video Book Review and Mike Bird Challenges Oliver Crisp to a Duel

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Simon Gathercole on the Historical Evidence for Jesus

Over at The Guardian (of all places!) Simon Gathercole has a great piece on What is the Historical Evidence that Jesus Christ Lived and Died? He concludes: These abundant historical references leave us with little reasonable doubt that Jesus lived and died. The more interesting question – which goes beyond history and objective fact – is [Read More…]

Video Book Review: Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources

From Ridley’s NNY! [Read more…]

Richard Hays on What Is Handed Over

Over at ABC Religion & Ethics, Richard Hays has a great Easter reflection: What is Handed Over: Maundy Thursday, Memory and the Gospel. When we remember the Lord’s death, we suddenly see that Jesus’s act of footwashing, like his self-emptying death on a cross, comes into focus as a revelation of the true character of [Read More…]

Ridley’s Conference on Evangelical Women in Academia

Ridley College is Hosting a Conference on Evangelical Women in Academia  Saturday 22nd July, 2017  9 am – 4 pm Speakers: Lynn Cohick and Delle Matthews Women’s writing and women’s voices are underrepresented in evangelical academia in Australia, and experience of women’s leadership is limited. This conference offers an opportunity for women theological students, graduates [Read More…]

Video Book Review: Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Matthew Levering

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New Story of God Bible Commentary Volumes on Ephesians and Johannine Letters

Look what is hot off the presses! Mark Roberts on Ephesians and Con Campbell on 1-3 John in the Story of God Bible Commentary Series. [Read more…]

Did first century Jews think they were still in exile?

One of the things that N.T. Wright has argued is that for most Jews living in the second temple period, their worldview, when one sums it up, is that they lived in a protracted state of punitive exile despite the return of the Jews to Judea in the sixth century. Wright has argued: Most Jews [Read More…]

Book Notice: A Shared Mercy by Jon Coutts

Jon Coutts A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth on Forgiveness and the Church Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. Available at Amazon.com Reviewed by Felicity Clift   ‘This is a book about forgiveness, and as such it is a book about the church.’ In this opening line of his introduction to A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth [Read More…]