Reviews of God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Over at Exegetical Tools is great review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul (see description here), which includes a nice sales pitch at the end: I highly recommend it to any students of Pauline theology and even to pastors who want to engage in rigorous Pauline debates. For Pauline scholars, it would be irresponsible not to own [Read More…]

Latest Episode of The Now and the Not Yet

In this episode of the NNY, Scott Harrower and I: – Discuss the New Monasticism – Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday – Review Bruce Longenecker’s The Cross Before Constantine. If you like the show, then please: – Hit “like” – Subscribe – Share with friends – Leave a comment     [Read more…]

The Gospel of Mark and God’s Unimperial Empire

The latest issue of Interpretation (2016) is a special feature on the Gospel of Mark with some great articles on kingdom of God, disability and healing, cross over boundaries, and the Roman empire, all in relation to Mark. It includes an interesting article by Suzanne Watts Henderson on the kingdom in Mark’s Gospel. I think she wrongly plays [Read More…]

Free E-Book with Every Pre-Order of “What Christians Ought To Believe”

Good news, everyone who pre-orders a copy of What Christians Ought To Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed can get a free bonus e-book on “What Christianity Would Miss Without the Apostles’ Creed.” Info is at, but here’s the gist: Pre-order What Christians Ought to Believe now from any retailer and you’ll get [Read More…]

Christian Imaginations: Dante and the Three Beasts

My colleague Scott Harrower continues his series of reflections on Dante’s Inferno. [Read more…]

New Book “The Gender Conversation” Now Available

The Gender Conversation is now available. This book is based on a multi-disciplinary conference held at Morling College in Sydney, and features a wide ranges of contributors, views, and topics, on all things related to gender, identity, and Christianity. The stuff on transgenderism alone by Justine Toh is worth the price of the book! What [Read More…]

Susan Eastman Reviews John Barclay on Paul and the Gift

Over at the Marginalia Review of Books is a review by Susan Eastman titled Grace and Transformation about John Barclay’s volume Paul and the Gift. Eastman raises some good questions about Barclay’s articulation of divine and human agency. For instance, does the efficacy of grace cancel the need for a human response or work immanently to evoke and sustain the human [Read More…]

Michael Gorman’s Reading of Revelation and the Idolatry of Donald Trump

There is an excellent piece in The American Conservative by Bonnie Kristian (a Bethel Seminary grad) on The Idolatry of Donald Trump where she resources Michael Gorman’s book Reading Revelation Responsibly and his critique of dictators masquerading as divine, and uses it as a sober warning against Trump: Americans might rightly protest that we don’t ascribe [Read More…]

In Defense of the Descendit by Jeff Hamm

In addition to Justin Bass’ awesome monograph on the descent of Jesus to the underworld in light of Rev 1:8, in latest issue of WTJ is a great article by Jeffery L. Hamm on “Descendit: Delete or Declare? A Defense Against the Neo-Deletionists,” WTJ 78 (2016): 93-116. Hamm writes: Finally, in view of the history of descendit, [Read More…]

Interview with Mike Bird on the Paulcast Podcast

I had a great time being interviewed by Kurt Willems on The Paulcast on an episode called “Michael Bird on Paul, the Mafia, and Integrating Old & New Perspectives.” In the interview I talk a bit about my background, my Romans commentary (Zondervan) and my forthcoming essays on Paul called Anomalous Jew (Eerdmans), how to have the [Read More…]

Rowan Williams on John Calvin as Greek Father

A very interesting lecture by Rowan Williams on John Calvin as Greek Father as part of the Hulsean Lectures in Cambridge on Christ and the Logic of Creation. [Read more…]

Book Notice: Apocalpyse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy

John J. Collins Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available on This book is a collection of essays by John J. Collins, long time scholar of the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple literature, specializing in apocalyptic writings. The best chapter is the first one on the genre [Read More…]

Latest Episode of “The Now and the Not Yet”

Here is the latest episode of the Ridley College Vodcast The Now and the Not Yet hosted by Scott Harrower and Mike Bird. In this episode we: – Review James Dunn’s Neither Jew nor Greek. – Talk about the Oxyrhynchus Papyri translation project. – Teach you the “Anglican Word of the Day”: Episco-pal! – Interview Bishop John [Read More…]

Seminary Professor Kylo Ren – I’ll Show You the New Perspective!

May the fourth be with you!   [Read more…]

Book Notice: Richard Bauckham on The Bible in the Contemporary World

Richard Bauckham The Bible in the Contemporary World: Hermeneutical Ventures Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available on This is a great collection of essays by Richard Bauckham on matters related to postmodernism, biblical criticism, biblical prophecy, creation, ecology, freedom, and wisdom. I thought the first chapter of the book on “Reading Scripture as a [Read More…]