Is the Trinity Biblical?

In the most recent issues of JETS is a review by Jeffrey A. Stivason of my Evangelical Theology. Its quite a fair review, with a bit of push back, and some nice points of affirmation as well.  Stivason claims that because I am reluctant – unlike B.B. Warfield – to find an explicit Trinitarian affirmation in the NT, [Read More...]

Two Mike Bird Books Reviewed at RBL

I had a couple of my books come up for review at RBL. Susan Wendel reviews my Jesus is the Christ, and while she thinks that my methodological approach was a bit inconsistent, she affirms the basic thesis of the volume that Jesus’ messiahship is central to the Gospels and Acts. Bob Becking reviews my 1 Esdras volume and has very nice things to say [Read More...]

Why You Should Read the Epistle to Diognetus!

My favourite piece among the Apostolic Fathers is the Epistle to Diognetus. Over at the City of God blog, “the Brooks” gives two reasons why you should read it: its account of incarnation and penal substitution. [Read more...]

Stanley E. Porter on Constantine Tischendorf

Stanley E. Porter has a book coming out on Constantine Tischendorf and T&T Clark has a podcast talking to Porter about it. Listen to it here. [Read more...]

Known by God – Ridley/Gordon-Conwell Conference

On 29-30 May 2015 in Melbourne will be the first Ridley/Gordon-Conwell conference on the theme of “Known by God.” The conference explores the theme of knowing God and being known by God in the Bible and in Christian thought. Speakers include Eckhard Schnabel, Sean McDonough, Jeffrey Arthurs, Brian Rosner, Lindsay Wilson, Scott Harrower, and Rhys [Read More...]

Timothy George’s Life Story

Timothy George (Dean of Beeson Divinity School) is my favourite Southern Baptist, he’s a great historical theologian, and he shares his life story about his upbringing, how he came to faith, and his early ministry.  It is a great story! Listen to it here (biographical portions starts around 8 mins). [Read more...]

Douglas Moo’s ETS Lecture in Bible Translation

As part of the NIV 50th anniversary celebration (see here), Douglas Moo gave a great presentation at ETS called, “We Still Don’t Get it: Evangelicals and Bible Translation 50 Years After James Barr.” You can watch the talk here. A great read for anyone interested in Bible translation and exegesis. It is “literally” the best [Read More...]

Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament

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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 Amazon.com 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...]


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