Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament


I have had finally gotten around to reading Jens Schröter’s book From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. It is a translation of his German, Mohr Siebeck volume Von Jesus zum Neuen Testament (2007). The translation was done my one of my very good friends [Read More...]

Thomas C. Oden’s Autobiography

Thomas C. Oden A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at I have to say that Thomas Oden’s autobiography will probably be one of my favourite reads of 2015.  Oden recounts his beginnings as a radical lefty, a theologian into Bultmann, Freud, Nietzsche, and Marx, but then [Read More...]

Call for Papers for Ecclesia and Ethics Conference

The on-line conference Ecclesia and Ethics run out of St. Andrews University will be hosting its third annual conference, this year on Human Sexuality (nothing controversial here, I’m sure) on 21 March 2015. Speakers include: Tremper Longman (Westmont), Irmtraud Fischer (U. Gratz), Preston Sprinkle(Eternity Bible College), Wesley Hill (Trinity School for Ministry), Jenell Williams Paris (Messiah College), Frank Heinrich (Deutscher Bundestag), and Andrew Marin (The Marin Foundation). There [Read More...]

Christianity Today on N.T. Wright’s Gospel Book

N.T. Wright’s Simply Good News is discussed in a CT article by Andrew Wilson called The Greatest Hits of N.T. Wright. He gives a good review of the book which confirms my own impression that Simply Good News is a summary of several of Wright’s earlier books, even so, the last two chapters are still worth reading! Simply Good News may feel [Read More...]

Houston Conference on the Early Church

The Theology Department of Houston Baptist University will be hosting a conference on “The Church and Early Christianity,” on 16-18 April 2015 at its campus in Houston. Main speakers are John Barclay, Ben Witherington, and Everett Ferguson – quite a line up. There is also a call for papers from other presenters too. Wish I was [Read More...]

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

I was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Marcus Borg, a former member of the Jesus Seminar, long time professor at Oregon State Uni, and the author of several popular books on religion like Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and Speaking Christian. The book I co-wrote with James Crossley, How Christianity Began: A [Read More...]

More on Alleged First Century Fragment of Mark

Over at Live Science, Craig Evans has provided some clarification and comment on the claim that a first century fragment from the Gospel of Mark has been found in a mask for an Egyptian mummy. Evans says that the text was dated through a combination of carbon-14 dating, studying the handwriting on the fragment and studying [Read More...]

Michael Bird Interviewed as Part of Culture Creators Series

Over at Grace for Sinners I was interviewed by Matthew B. Sims as part of his “Culture Creators” series about my life and work habits. Here’s the best part in my view: MBS: What’s the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had? MFB: I would rather be tied to a chair, have my eyelids glued [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, Part 2

This is part 2 of the review of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Togetherby Pete Sutton. Another insight from part 1 of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker came out of Root’s examination of Bonhoeffer’s “Eight Thesis on Youth Work” written while serving as the youth secretary for the ecumenical movement in [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Online

A website has been launched called N.T. Wright on-line which offers non-accredited courses through the Wisconsin Center for Christian Study largely using works from N.T. Wright. Courses include: Simply Good News – Available March 2015 Paul and His Letter to the Galatians – Available March 2015 Worldviews, the Bible, and the Believer – Available March 2015 [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root, Part 1

bonheoffer as yw

Most of you know my passion for Bonhoeffer. Fewer may be aware of my long engagement in youth work. My major in college was youth ministry and I’ve been in full time and part time youth ministry in stents at different times. When I saw the title of this recent volume on Bonhoeffer by Andrew [Read More...]

Louisville Conference on New Testament Interpretation

I had a great day at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville with Jonathan Pennington (SBTS), Susan Garrett (Louisville Theological Seminary), and David deSilva (Ashland Theological Seminary) about how to interpret the NT. In the future the videos from the conference should be available from 2nd Prez in Louisville. Best quote of the conference was David deSilva [Read More...]

N.T. Wright vs. Australia

In the opening chapter of Simply Good News, Wright gives an example of hearing “good news” by relating the story of the time he was in Atlanta and he heard the “good news” that England had beaten Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup (see pp. 7-8). Jonny Wilkinson, the poster boy of English Rugby, had won the game with [Read More...]

What Are the Best Places to Take a Sabbatical for Biblical or Theological Studies?

Since my sabbatical has just ended, I’m now wondering where in the world is the best place to take the next one. From what I’ve gleamed in my travels and in talking to friends, I’m gonna suggest the following: Tyndale House (Cambridge) Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton) Lanier Theological Library (Houston) Ecole Biblique de Jerusalem (Jerusalem) [Read More...]

N.T. Wright’s Simply Good News

N.T. Wright Simply Good News: Why the Gospel is News and What Makes it Good New York: HarperOne, 2015 Available at I’m currently in Houston staying with the delightful Dr. Peter Davids and his wife Judy Davids when I notice N.T. Wright’s latest book on the shelves. So naturally I pick it up and start [Read More...]