Book Notice: John Flett on Apostolicity

John G. Flett Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective Missiological Engagements Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016. Available at This is an interesting book on a juicy topic of apostolicity. It touches on the Catholic/Protestant divide, world Christianity, and what is continuous and contingent in the Christian message. According to Flett, a PCUSA [Read More…]

Lewis Ayres on the Meaning of Nicene Orthodoxy

Here is a guest post from Prof. Lewis Ayres, Durham University, on meaning of Nicene Orthodoxy in light of evangelical debates about eternal functional subordination. ___ After conversations on facebook and email about the on-going controversy over “eternal subordination” among evangelicals I said to Michael Bird that I had two more things to say (in [Read More…]

Fleming Rutledge on Christus Victor

I’m currently reading Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015) and it’s a fine read written by a pastor/scholar known for her preaching. I particularly liked her summary of the significance of apocalyptic theology for Christian hope: The apocalyptic emphasis on the triumph of God celebrates not only God’s initiative [Read More…]

More Trinity and Gender Reflections … This Time from Women

It is good to see more women getting into the Complementarian-Trinity “civil war,” well no actually, its not good, all civil war is bad, disunity is harmful, but you know what I mean. Over at Practical Theology for Women, Wendy Alsup gives her view on eternal subordination and makes a forthright statement which should be [Read More…]

Rafael Rodriguez’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s “Jesus before the Gospels”

Over at The Jesus Blog, Rafael Rodriguez has finished up  his 8 part review of Bart Ehrman’s Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior. Probably Rodriguez’s main critique of Ehrman is that he does not really understand memory studies and their application to early Christianity. Although Ehrman [Read More…]

Blast from the Past: The Saving Righteousness of God

In my book, The Saving Righteousness of God, I tried to articulate a middle view between old and new perspectives on Paul. Is the unity of Jews and Gentiles in the body of Christ illustrative of the effects of justification or is it constitutive in that God’s saving righteous creates a new people, with a new [Read More…]

Matthew Crawford: Clarifying Nicene Trinitarianism with Cyril of Alexandria

Matthew Crawford is a graduate of SBTS, he did a doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship at Durham University, and is currently research fellow at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He is the author of Cyril of Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology of Scripture (Oxford: OUP, 2014). In the miniature essay below, he shows what Cyril contributes to the debate about [Read More…]

What Christians Ought To Believe is # 1 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Christian Theology

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What Would the First Century Church Have Said to Second Century Christianity

I’ve just finished a very slow read through James Dunn’s mammoth Neither Jew nor Greek, and he asks a fascinating question early on: I want to ask the unrealistic, but nevertheless fascinating question: would Peter, James and Paul have been as satisfied with what happened in the second century, and thereafter, as Eusebius was? Would they [Read More…]

Two Must Read Articles on Christendom and Secularism

I just read two great articles that I thoroughly recommend to you: In Comment Magazine, James K. A. Smith writes on “Rethinking the Secular, Redeeming Christendom.” Christendom, then, is a missional endeavor that refuses to let political society remain protected from the lordship of Christ while it also recognizes the eschatological distance between the now and [Read More…]

Update on the Complementarian Trinity Debate

Just when you thought the melee was over, some interesting posts on the Complementarian Trinity Debate have gone up! Over at TGC-A, Andrew Moody has part 2 of “The Ordered Godhead.” He confesses that he is driven by an “aesthetic agenda” rather than by a gender agenda where “The idea that creation arises out of the [Read More…]

Book Notice: Anthony Thiselton on Systematic Theology

Anthony Thiselton Systematic Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Reviewed by Adam Ch’ng Most systematic theologies are structured around a key organising principle, whether explicitly adopted or implicitly assumed.  For John Frame, it is the lordship of Christ.  For Millard Erickson, it is the magnificence of God.  And for Michael Bird, it [Read More…]

Still Time to Pre-Order What Christians OUGHT to Believe

Still time to pre-order and get your free ebook, book mark, and poster!   [Read more…]

Michael Bird Testimony in The Challenge Newspaper

I am the subject of an article in Challenge, a Christian newspaper, where Darryl Budge describes some snippets from my life story of how I came to faith. Doubt gave way to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of the Universe, which Michael says “opened a constellation of meaning, beauty, hope, and life that I had [Read More…]

Latest Episode of The Now and Not Yet Vodcast – About the Church

In this episode of The Now and the Not Yet, we look at the church with a special focus on two books: Michael Bird and Brian Rosner (eds.), Mending a Fractured Church (Lexham Press) Jonathan Leeman, Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule (Crossway) In a nutshell, in this episode we discuss the how to [Read More…]