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…]

5 Tips on Mentoring (Plus 5 Tips not to be mentored by John the Baptist)

In this clip from the Now and the Not Yet show, we give 5 tips of mentoring and 5 reasons why John the Baptist would be a bad mentor. [Read more…]

Eric Metaxas and the Australia Media Frenzy

American author and speaker Eric Metaxas has been in Australia talking on the topic of “courage,” and his speaking events have been protested by pro- LGBT activists. I know, I was at one event last night, which didn’t get out of hand thankfully, but it is kind of intimidating walking into a church with 50+ angry [Read More…]

Meeting Michael Gorman

If you don’t know who Michael Gorman is, then you clearly haven’t kept abreast of NT studies. Gorman is a Pauline scholar, who makes the odd forays in Johannine literature, and he is always worth reading. His Apostle of the Crucified Lord is an excellent intro to Paul’s letters which I still use (and a second [Read More…]

Regent Review of Mike Bird’s Romans Commentary

I confess that I blushed when I read Jim Gordon’s generous review of my Romans commentary forthe SGBC series in the Regent’s Park College Review (a Baptist College in Oxford). Here’s my favourite paragraphs (forgive the shameless self-promotion): The exegesis is readable. This is not a banal or fatuous comment. A major strength of Bird’s [Read More…]

Everything Wrong with American Evangelical Civil Religion in one Picture

Talk about heresy. This picture not only exhibits binitarian Arianism but is combined with the deification of moral reprobate of a man, who some hope will create a theocracy on earth, by fixing every problem with bombs or walls. Picture from Rhyne Putman on FB. [Read more…]

Gospel of the Lord Now Available in Logos

Glad to announce that my volume, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus is now available via Logos. [Read more…]

Book Notice: How to Read Job

John Walton & Tremper Longman How to Read Job Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015. Available at By Lauren Weatherake John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III’s book, ‘How to Read Job’ provides refreshing new insights for its readers as these prolific Old Testament scholars go against the grain and reject the idea that the [Read More…]

Latest Issue of JSPL

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 5.2 (2015) is out and is a bumper issue including presentations from the HBU conference on Paul and Judaism: Ben C. Blackwell Paul and Judaism Nathan Eubank Justice Endures Forever: Paul’s Grammar of Generosity Daniel R. Streett Cursed by God? Galatians 3:13, Social Status, [Read More…]

Kavin Rowe’s Review of John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift

In the latest issue of First Things there is a great review by Kavin Rowe of John Barclay’s new book Paul and the Gift. Kavin Concludes: What this book does above all is show that the mainstream of Christian tradition is in fact a reasonable exposition of the heart of Paul’s writing. God’s grace in Christ is unmerited, [Read More…]

Good Book for Basic Discipleship

Brandon Smith and J.A. Medders have a nice book on Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Medders and Smith try to make theology practical for Christians who want to grow in their faith.Rooted covers areas like the Trinity, Scripture, redemption in Christ, and eternity. A helpful book for beginners to theology, teenagers, and those whose first language is not English. [Read More…]