Book Notice: Walter Moberly on OT Theology

R.W.L. Moberly  Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2013. Available at Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture provides an engaging and accessible contribution to the methodology of Old Testament Theology. Walter Moberly is professor of theology and biblical interpretation at Durham [Read More...]

Perhaps Mark 7:17-19 Doesn’t Teach What You Thought it Did about the Abrogation of Torah

Check out this provocative exposition of Mark 7 by Daniel Boyarin. [Read more...]

Sam Storms on “The Word Became Flesh”

Just got emailed this lovely poem from Sam Storms about the incarnation, a beautiful Christmas message: The Word became flesh! God became human! the invisible became visible! the untouchable became touchable! eternal life experienced temporal death! the transcendent one descended and drew near! the unlimited became limited! the infinite became finite! the immutable became mutable! the unbreakable [Read More...]

Guide to the Lament Psalms


What is your best guide to reclaiming biblical Lament for the church? I’ve been doing a good bit of work on biblical Lament in recent months. I have two publications, which are substantially the same, that will be coming out later next year called “Following the “Man of Sorrows” – Jesus’ Path toward Openheartedness for [Read More...]

Advent Wishes from The Willitts’ Family . . . Well from Zion

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“A heart made secure by grace” – An Advent Reflection


I recently watched an excellent film called The Book Thief. It was a story set in WWII Germany between the years of 1937 and 1945. The focus was on a young orphan named Liesel, played by a beautiful young young actress named Sophie Nelisse. The film demonstrated the devastation of war as well as the power [Read More...]

The Meaning of the Birth of Jesus

The virgin conception is not a Christianized version of pagan mythology, nor an odd tale of God’s one time enterprise of running a Galilean fertility clinic for teenage girls. The virgin conceptions tells us about Israel’s hopes coming true, God’s Son made flesh, the Spirit’s power in Jesus’ life, a new world dawning, and God’s [Read More...]

Latest Issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical (2014)

Some neat articles in the latest issue of JSHJ 12.1-2 (2014): Fernando Bermejo-Rubio Jesus and the Anti-Roman Resistance: Reassessment of the Arguments Michael R. Licona Historians and Miracle Claims Robert J. Miller The Domain and Function of Epistemological Humility in Historical Jesus Studies Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong Memory, Orality, and the Fourth Gospel: A [Read More...]

Book Notice: Tremper Longman on the Psalms (TOTC)

Tremper Longman Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (TOTC) Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available by By Rev. Jill Firth, Adjunct Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Ridley College How is the new Tremper Longman TOTC Psalms commentary different from all other Psalms commentaries? While multi-volume commentaries on the Psalms, such as WBC or [Read More...]

Book Notice: Psalms as Christian Lament

Bruce Waltke, James M. Houston, & Erika Moore The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Review by Rev. Jill Firth, Adjunct Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Ridley College The Psalms as Christian Lament (hereafter, PACL) is a companion volume to The Psalms as Christian [Read More...]

Mike Bird’s “The Gospel of the Lord” wins CT Book Award For Biblical Studies

I am elated to announce that my book The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus has won the Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year for Biblical Studies. Second year in a row that an Aussie has taken out this gong. Last year it was won by Con Campbell for [Read More...]

Book Notice: Jesus, the Temple, and the Son of Man

Robert H. Stein Jesus, the Temple, and the Coming Son of Man: A Commentary on Mark 13 Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. Available at Robert Stein has written some great books on the Gospels, climaxing in his Mark commentary for the BECNT series. Here he attempts the first real full-length treatment of Mark 13 [Read More...]

An Australian Perspective on CIA Torture Report

Glad to see that my former boss, Dr. John Blaxland, is now a senior fellow at ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Center. He provides a great response as a defence analyst to the recent CIA report on interrogation and torture (see here as well). Listen to it here, goes for 6 mins. His opening quote from Winston [Read More...]

Louisville Conference in January on Interpreting the NT

I’m glad to report that I’ll be teaching a course on “Grace & Eschatology” at Houston Baptist University in the first two weeks of January. After that, I’ll be speaking at a one day conference at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky on 17 January on Reading the New Testament in the 21st Century. The [Read More...]

Faith Debates – What Does the Church Offer the Next Generation

A somewhat intriguing and slightly disturbing discussion at Lancaster University about what the COE can offer the next generation. I have to say that the only real thing that the Church of England, or any Church for that matter, has to offer is Jesus. Not its clergy, its bishops, its synod, its buildings, its press releases, its [Read More...]