Book Notice: Abraham – The Story of a Life

Joseph Blenkinsopp Abraham: The Story of a Life Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015 Available at By Jill Firth Joseph Blenkinsopp is the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Notre Dame. He is well known to theological students for his classic studies on the servants and the servant in Isaiah, but has [Read More…]

The “Gracism” of Romans 3:21–31

Over at the Zondervan Blog, Jeremy Bouma gives a summary of my take on Rom 3:21-31 from my Romans commentary under the heading “Gracism.” He closes with this: Bird introduces a theological neologism here, insisting Paul is ruling out ethnocentric nomism, “the view that you have to become a Jew in order to be a [Read More…]

D.A. Carson Interviewed on the Enduring Authority of Scripture

Below is an interview between Eerdmans and D.A. Carson on the new book The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scripture, and its quite an interesting Q&A about several topics related to Scripture and Inerrancy. Carson is great to listen to here. And, irrespective of your position on Scripture’s truthfulness, this sounds like a book worth getting hold [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on the Christological “Leap” for Theology

I’m habitually reading back over N.T. Wright’s beast PFG and you keep getting hit with these dazzling quotes, like these: What Paul has done (or what someone else has done, which Paul is here quoting) is [in Cor 8:6] to separate out theos and kyrios, ‘God’ and ‘lord’, in the original prayer [of Deut 6:4], adding brief [Read More…]

Eric Metaxas Touring Australia in April!

Eric Metaxas, bestselling author of biographies on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce will be touring Australia in April on his Fearless tour. See dates and details here. Does faith still have a role to play in public life? In these uncertain times we can draw hope and courage from the fearless conviction of Christian heroes who have [Read More…]

Brant Pitre on Jesus and the Last Supper

Here is a great video by my good friend Dr. Brant Pitre on the Jewish context of Jesus’ Last Supper: [Read more…]

E.P. Sanders Book Giveaway

Over at Crux Sola, Nijay is announcing the chance to win a copy of E.P. Sanders’ new book on Paul which will be reviewed at IBR on 18 Nov (which you all know is my birthday). Here’s the deal: If you are planning on going to the session at IBR (I’m trusting your honesty!),please RSVP for free on Facebook. Then [Read More…]

The Ethical and Missional Implications of the NPP

I just got my copy of The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica. While the NPP debate is now a bit passe, esp. when the “apocalyptic Paul” and the “Paul within Judaism” views are now the center of attention, it is worthwhile [Read More…]

Tim Keller on the Access of Grace

Found this great quote from Tim Keller about the access of the grace we through Christ: However, in light of my own parenting experience, I’d like to tweak it a bit: “The only person who can barge in on a king while he’s on the toilet to ask what’s taking him so long, discuss mine-craft, complain about [Read More…]

Personal Story Featured on Eternity News

The Australian Bible Society has a newspaper called Eternity and they’ve done a story where I give my testimony about how I came to faith. As a young teenager, Michael Bird was so anti-religion he would write poetry mocking belief in God. He saw Christianity “as a way of oppressing people, a purely human construct.” [Read more…]

Two Forthcoming NT Books You Need to Know About!

Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism by Gabriele Boccaccini (Editor) Carlos A. Segovia (Editor) published by Fortress. Available 1st May 2016. See the preface here. The decades-long effort to understand the apostle Paul within his Jewish context is now firmly established in scholarship on early Judaism, as well as [Read More…]

Book Notice: John Goldingay on Exodus and Leviticus

John Goldingay Exodus and Leviticus for Everyone London: SPCK, 2010 Available at By Laura Paul The very first line of the introduction to John Goldingay’s Exodus and Leviticus for Everyone begins by noting that, “as far as Jesus and the New Testament writers were concerned, the Jewish Scriptures that Christians call the “Old Testament” [Read More…]

Andrew Mbuvi on Jude & 2 Peter

For those of you who dare to read, study, teach, and preach from the General Epistles, the latest installment in the NCCS is Andrew M. Mbuvi, Jude and 2 Peter (NCCS; Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2015). This is a great volume, written by an African scholar (now teaching at Shaw University), with a fresh translation, making great use [Read More…]

Russell Moore on Why the Church Needs to Confront Social Darwinianism

Russell Moore is quickly becoming my second favourite Southern Baptist (behind, Timothy George – peace be upon him!), because he’s doing some good stuff like this excellent lecture on The Gospel vs. Sunday Morning Social Darwinianism. If I had to make one ironic criticism of so much American evangelicalism, its that people who don’t believe [Read More…]

Morna Hooker’s New Article on Pistis Christou

I just saw this today, Morna D. Hooker, “Another Look at πίστις Χριστοῦ,” SJT 69 (2016): 46-62. The debate regarding the meaning of πίστις Χριστοῦ in the Pauline epistles continues and is important because of its implications for theology. In the phrase there is a double ambiguity, which touches not only the significance of the genitive, but [Read More…]