The Problem with Queer Theology

As I prepare to attend the Greer-Heard Forum at NOBTS on The Bible and Sex, I’ve been thinking a lot about Queer hermeneutics and Queer theology. I don’t agree, but I understand, how Queer theorists see “neither gay nor straight” as a logical consequent of Paul’s remarks in Gal 3:28. Daniel Kirk has come out [Read More...]

John Dickson Responds to Simon Robert’s Critique

Response to Simon Roberts’ review of Hearing Her Voice: a Case for Women Giving Sermons by John Dickson Simon Roberts’ critique of Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons is perhaps the most on-topic of all the reviews I have read so far. On the whole it is written in a spirit of [Read More...]

Nijay Gupta Reviews Con Campbell’s Union with Christ

Over at Crux Sola, Nijay has a helpful chapter by chapter review of Con Campbell’s book Paul and Union with Christ. [Read more...]

Chris Keith Responds to Paul Foster’s JSHJ Piece

Over at The Jesus Blog, Chris Keith responds to Paul Foster’s JSHJ article about three dead ends in historical Jesus research. He writes: Foster’s essay is important, and as an indication of this importance, just think about the fact that I’ve here addressed only the first third [issue].  He has perceptively noted, and demonstrated, some [Read More...]

Review of “Jesus is the Christ” at TGC

Over at TGC, Sam Emadi has a very positive review of my Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels. Now published by IVP in the USA. Can’t help but love any review that says in the opening paragraph: “Bird’s exploration of the messianic Christology of the four Gospels, is a tour de force.” Looks [Read More...]

John Dickson’s Response to John Starke’s TGC Review

A Fesponse to The Gospel Coalition review of Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons by John Dickson  The most awkward rejoinders are those you write to your friends and theological kin; doubly so when you feel you have to point out to them that they have not correctly described the argument of [Read More...]

Paul Foster’s Grenade in the Playground of Historical Jesus Studies

My good friend Dr. Paul Foster (Edinburgh Uni) has chuzpah! He’s just thrown down the gauntlet to a lot of historical Jesus scholarship with an article so provocative that it is like, metaphorically speaking, slapping someone in the face with a velvet glove and in the glove are several ball bearings! In the latest issue [Read More...]

RBL Review of Craig Keener’s Romans Commentary in the NCCS

Craig Keener’s fine Romans commentary in the New Covenant Commentary Series gets a positive review over at RBL. [Read more...]

Michael Bird American Speaking Engagements in February 2013

Week after next I’m off to the good old USA to get my fix of Chik-Fil-A and Bible geek fellowship. I’m especially honoured to have been invited to deliver the 2013 David Jones Lectures at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. It’ll be great to get my Presbyterian back on after my recent Anglicanization. I’ll be delivering [Read More...]

N.T. Wright Interview: Why Left, Right & Lewis Get it Wrong

Over at Read the Spirit, is a great interview with N.T. Wright about his book How God Became King, where he makes a number of points about the polarization of American politics and chimes in on the healthcare debate. I really, really liked this remark: In your country, for example, there seem to be Christian political [Read More...]

Paul Achtemeier (1927-2013)

Chris Skinner has the news on the sad death of Paul Achtemeier. The Achtemeier’s, Paul and Elizabeth, were quite a biblical studies duo, covering both OT and NT! [Read more...]

Reviews of “Fresh Perspectives on Women in Ministry” at TGC

Over TGC, John Starke reviews the books on gender and ministry by Keller, Bird, and Dickson. It’s a critical but non-polemical review, though I do have a few points of contention against Starke’s criticism: The fact that I use language like “infer” or “speculate” at times, while it might diminish my rhetorical appeal, was done [Read More...]

Book Notice: Sydney Anglicanism: An Apology by Michael Jensen

Michael P. Jensen Sydney Anglicanism: An Apology Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Available from (USA) – $9.99 on Kindle Available from Mosaic Books (Australia) Here’s the blurb: Sydney’s evangelical Anglicans have been the focus of a great deal of controversy and criticism in the Anglican world. Their blend of conservatism towards doctrine and radicalism towards [Read More...]

Introduction to Messianic Judaism


I’m pleased to announce that the book, Introduction to Messianic Judaism, I co-edited with David Rudolph is coming out next month. HT: Katya Covrett [Read more...]

Things you don’t remember saying, but glad you did

I recently received an email from a student who wrote to thank me for my Paul course which he apparently found very foundational. He wrote a couple of the things he remembered me saying that made a great impact on him. Here’s my favorite. My goal is not, necessarily, for you to agree with me. [Read More...]