Advice to Younger Scholars

Over at Zondervan’s Koinonia blog is a short video I did on advice to my students, specifically, advice to younger scholars. Michael Bird, contributor to Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, has three things to say to young Bird and young up-and-comers: (1) Don’t be a man pleaser. “Because if you go chasing respect or chasing [Read More...]

Houston Gets the Bird

Just announced, I’ll be teaching some courses for Houston Baptist University over the next few years. In an announcement, I’ve been appointed to an adjunct role as Distinguished Research Professor of Theology. Looking for Just to be clear, I am remaining at Ridley College where my primary responsibilities lie and where I’m very happy at. [Read More...]

Interview about HGBJ

Over at Books at a Glance, I did an interview about HGBJ … if anyone is still interested in that debate. [Read more...]

TGC Australia

In interesting news, an Australian chapter of The Gospel Coalition has been launched, see the details here. Good to see so many folks with Ridley College and Moore College connections featuring prominently. The Aussie Bible Society also has a write up on the organization. I do have several questions going through my mind, but on [Read More...]

Paul as Pastor Conference – Synopses of the Papers

The Paul as Pastor conference is scheduled for 1-2 August at Ridley College. It features speakers like Robert Yarbrough, Brian Rosner, Paul Barnett, Glenn Davies, Peter Orr, Sarah Harris, and others.  You can see the list of presents and topics with their synopses here. Here’s Bob Yarbrough’s key note: Robert Yarbrough (Professor of New Testament at Covenant [Read More...]

Logos Interview about Evangelical Theology

I was interviewed by Logos Academic about Evangelical Theology, read it here. Also includes a coupon for a discount code to buy the book through Logos. [Read more...]

Zondervan Biblical Studies eBook Bargain Sale

Zondervan has a great bargain sale for great ebooks on biblical studies going for only $3.99. See the link here. Books like: Kevin Vanhoozer, Is There A Meaning in This Text? Scot McKnight, Blue Parakeet. Al Mohler et al, Five Views on Inerrancy. Fee/Stuart, How To Read the Bible For Al its Worth. And more goodies [Read More...]

A Baptist View of Gaza

Over at the website Come and See, is a great post by Yohanna Katanacho on A Palestinian Baptist in the bombarded Gaza shares his thoughts and prayer requests. Do read it. Interestingly, Shadi is not harboring anger and revenge. He is part of a church that has a martyr who was murdered by Muslim extremists, and [Read More...]

Book Notice: New Atheism: A Survival Guide

Graham Veale New Atheism: A Survival Guide Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2013. Available at This is a good little book on the New Atheists written by an Irish Presbyterian high school teacher. Veale also has a website called with various apologetics resources including articles and videos. Veale notes how atheism has been spurned [Read More...]

Con Campbell’s Evangelical Greek

Con Campbell (TEDS) is a very naughty boy as he’s done a parody video about my Evangelical Theology. Evidently I’ll have to do my own parody video on Verbal Aspect and Jazz! [Read more...]

Writing a Romans Commentary: An Interim Report

I’m just now half way through writing my Romans commentary for the SOGBC series. I plan to finish it by October/November. Let me say that it is jolly hard work. Romans is, after all, the magnum opus of the Pauline corpus, with disputed purposes, some curious text-critical problems, a plethora of exegetical problems, covering wide [Read More...]

How God Became Jesus Excerpt and a Review by Fulcrum

Over at is an excerpt of HGBJ. Also, there is a nice review of the book by Bowman Walton over at Fulcrum called Bauckham’s Line – A Review of “How God Became Jesus”. He writes: Bird and his co-authors ground their case for “Yes” mostly in Bauckham’s “line that monotheism must draw between the Creator and [Read More...]

A Response to Same-Sex Unions by Ian Paul

A good little booklet in the Groves series about Same Sex Unions has been put together by Ian Paul which is worth checking out. See here. The debate about same-sex unions continues to dominate the media. Within discussion, it is often assumed either that the biblical texts have little to contribute, or that, rightly understood, [Read More...]

A Pilgrim Theology

Down the road from where I am at Ridley, the Uniting Church has renamed its theological college as Pilgrim College, which is rather appropriate in light of this quote from Ernst Kasemann on Rom 8:17: “[T]he Spirit  who makes Christ present on earth is the very one who imposes on them a pilgrim theology … Only he [Read More...]

Alan Torrance on the Priesthood of Christ

Just read the last chapter by of Christology Ancient and Modern by Alan Torrance on “Reclaiming the Continuing Priesthood of Christ” and noticed these powerful words: In January 2008, my wife, Jane, died of cancer. She was the most wonderful Christian woman, wife, and mother. Watching her die in pain as the cancer spread through out her [Read More...]