Why Be Anglican? Let Me Count the Ways!

Scot McKnight has a great post on Why Be Anglican? referring primarily to the beauty and wonder of the liturgical year. It’s a great post and Scot talks about his own journey into Anglicanism as well. In addition, for my own amusement, and perhaps even yours, I have included a further list of ten reasons for [Read More…]

Book Notice: Basics of Classical Syriac

Steven C. Hallam  Basics of Classical Syriac: Complete Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. Available at Amazon.com By Jill Firth Steven C. Hallam has taught Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Syriac at a graduate level. He has written a clear and practical text welcoming new students into the Syriac language. Syriac is a dialect of [Read More…]

Book Notice: Preaching Christ from the Psalms

Sidney Greidanus  Preaching Christ from Psalms: Foundations for Expository Sermons in the Christian Year  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available from Amazon.com. Preaching Christ from Psalms builds on Greidanus’ foundational book, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (1999) and further volumes on preaching narrative (Genesis), wisdom (Ecclesiastes) and prophecy/apocalyptic (Daniel). Greidanus settled on a lectionary approach, [Read More…]

Douglas Campbell’s Critique of N.T. Wright’s PFG

Over at the journal Scottish Journal of Theology, Douglas A. Campbell has published a further critique of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Campbell offered his initial review of Wright’s book at Marginalia on N.T. Wright and the Lutheran-ness of Paul (2015), but he has more to say in a new article “Panoramic Lutheranism and apocalyptic ambivalence: [Read More…]

Why Australia Needs a Confident Pluralism

Check out my latest foray on The Drum into Aussie politics arguing that Australia needs a commissioner for political pluralism in order to make sure that extreme views from the margins like civic totalism (from the left) and ethno-nationalism (from the right) never gain a foothold in our pluralistic democracy. Why Australia Needs a Commissioner for [Read More…]

The Church in Exile? Maybe Not!

There is a great piece by Kate Harrison Brennan on No Place for Exile: How Christians Should (Not) Make Sense of their Place in the World. She argues that: Christians, however, cannot return to God’s true vocation by re-claiming the position of exile, or by re-claiming the powerful position of Jerusalem (a point made by John [Read More…]

New Editors for the NIGTC

I just heard the official news that the newly appointed editors for the NIGTC are Todd Still and Mark Goodacre. In my mind, that is a great choice for Eerdmans and two excellent guys to lead an excellent series. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has signed two leading New Testament scholars—Mark Goodacre, professor of New [Read More…]

Jesus the Eternal Son Now Ready for Pre-Order

For those interested, my book Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology is now available for pre-order from either Eerdmans or Amazon.com. Available in July 2017! Only $18.00 USD!! Adoptionism—the idea that Jesus is portrayed in the Bible as a human figure who was adopted as God’s son at his baptism or resurrection—has been commonly accepted in [Read More…]

The Most Truly “International” Commentary Series in the World

There are many commentary series that claim to be “international,” but the one series that is the most international and the most ethnically diverse is the New Covenant Commentary Series edited by Craig Keener (American) and myself (red-headed Aussie who self-identifies as an Anglo-Ranga). The three most recent volumes in the series are Andrew Mbuvi [Read More…]

Why We Need to Teach Biblical Languages

Here is one very good reason why we should never stop teaching biblical languages in our schools, colleges, and seminaries. [Read more…]

The Passing of Joseph Fitzmyer (1920-2016)

If 2016 was not already been bad enough (save wins by the Cubs in baseball, Cronulla in rugby league, and the Bulldogs in AFL), last week we had the passing of Catholic biblical scholar Joseph Fitzmyer S.J. Fitzmyer was the vanguard of American Catholic biblical scholarship in the post-Vatican II era. He and Raymond Brown [Read More…]

Coming Soon: The Divinity School – A Michael Bird Novel

For those who purchased my debut novel Iskandar – all four of you – I have another novel coming out fairly soon called The Divinity School. A Widower Catholic priest tries to reconcile with his gay daughter. A Rabbi confronts his abusive son-in-law A Muslim professor tries to stop a young girl from joining ISIS and [Read More…]

Michael Whitenton: Hearing Kyriotic Sonship

An old acquaintance of mine, Dr. Michael Whitenon (Baylor Uni) has had his PhD thesis published which is a fascinating take on Mark’s christology. The book is: Hearing Kyriotic Sonship: A Cognitive and Rhetorical Approach to the Characterization of Mark’s Jesus (BIS 148; Leiden: Brill, 2016). In Hearing Kyriotic Sonship Michael Whitenton approaches the characterization of [Read More…]

Book Review: Stanley Hauerwas on The Work of Theology

Stanley Hauerwas The Work of Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Elizabeth Culhane* The latest offering from retired Duke professor Stanley Hauerwas, The Work of Theology, perhaps unintentionally verifies his conviction that “the work of theology is never done” (p. 265). With his characteristic mélange of Aristotelianism, Wittgensteinianism, and (Alasdair) MacIntyreism, [Read More…]

Christianophobia in Eastern Melbourne

Less than a week after police thwarted a plot by jihadists to attack St. Paul’s Cathedral and Federation square, we read Fairfax propaganda that the barbarians are again at the gate, preparing to destroy our civilization and our way of life. The ironic thing is that in this narrative the barbarians are Christians. The Age’s [Read More…]