N.T. Wright and Oliver Crisp Caption Contest

In the photo is N.T. Wright (NT scholar, St. Andrews) and Oliver Crisp (Theologian, Fuller Seminary), this so calls out for a caption! Here’s my captions: “Analytic Theology sounds like a baby made by Charles Hodge and A.J. Ayer. Olly, seriously bro, do you even exegesis?” “No offense Oliver, but you are fruitier than that [Read More…]

Good News: Joint Statement by IVP and SBL

Following constructive discussions between IVP and SBL, I’m very glad to report that these two organizations have issued a joint statement which demonstrates that IVP has satisfied concerns that were raised by SBL about IVP’s commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry. What this means, is that IVP will be – as it should be [Read More…]

Make Them Change Their Religion! Unmasking Civic Totalism

I’m reading some political philosophy these days and I’m coming across books that really do say that the state should be allowed to force people to change their religious beliefs. How on earth did it come to this? In my mind, the political left is no longer characterized by a broad and inclusive platform, but [Read More…]

Epic Ebook Sale on Reformed Theology – Win Bird’s What Christians Ought To Believe

The Deal On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent the Ninety-five Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz. In remembrance of this important day, Zondervan Academic is running a special Reformation Week eBook sale October 31 – November 6. Readers can save up to 77% on titles including the following: –       What Christians Ought To Believe by Michael [Read More…]

Eschatology in 1 Corinthians

The latest issue of ExpT includes some good articles on 1 Corinthians, including one by my former PhD student David Wenkel on “Kingship and Thrones for All Christians: Paul’s Inaugurated Eschatology in 1 Corinthians 4–6.”  Here’s the blurb: The central argument presented here is that 1 Corinthians 4–6 reflects a single eschatological vision of the [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on Church, Media, and Public Life

See the plenary by N.T. Wright at a conference on Christians and Media, it was on Church, Media, and Public Life in a Post-Rational World. Here’s my favourite quote from the talk. As long as the countries of the Enlightenment could keep the rest of the world at bay, sending the occasional gun-boat to sort [Read More…]

Oliver Crisp on Incarnation Anyway

Just read a great article by Oliver Crisp (Fuller Seminary) for a version of the “incarnation anyway” argument, i.e. even if Adam and Eve had not sinned, the incarnation would have happened. Crisp concludes: The aim of this paper has been to commend one particular incarnation-anyway argument, namely, the christological union account. If the christological [Read More…]

Do the Paul Quizz and Win a Free Copy of “An Anomalous Jew”

Okay, I have a free copy of An Anomalous Jew to give away to one of the persons who gets ALL the right answers to the following questions: 1. Paul was born in: a. Jerusalem b. Antioch c. Tarsus d. Rome 2. Paul dictated Romans to … a. Tertius b. Timothy c. Phoebe d. Luke 3. Paul’s [Read More…]

An Anomalous Jew has Arrived!

My new book, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans (Eerdmans) is now out and available for purchase! Only $16.66! Let me explain why I think this book will interest folks into Pauline studies: The introduction gives a fresh overview of discussions in scholarship about how Paul was Jewish, with a review ranging from Markus Barth to Francis [Read More…]

Open Letter to SBL concerning their Proposed Ban of IVP from the Annual Convention (Updated)

I’ve just heard word that Dr. John Kutsko, Executive Director of SBL, has written to InterVarsity Press, informing them that there is a proposal to temporarily suspended IVP from hosting a book stall at the annual convention in Boston in 2017 pending advisement from the executive committee and AAR (who can ratify or reject the [Read More…]

Ebook Sale on Mike Bird’s Romans Commentary

Right now my eBook on Romans (#SGBC) is 64% off going for $8.99: http://bit.ly/2epiGcS  This deal disappears end of day Oct. 21. [Read more…]

Markus Bockmuehl on Apocryphal Gospels

I just saw that Markus Bockmuehl’s volume Ancient Apocryphal Gospels is soon to be out. I’ve read some parts of it and it really is good. In particular, I like Bockmuehl’s notion of some apocryphal Gospels and fragments as “para-textual” rather than “apocryphal” or “heterodox” as categories. It will be one to get, probably not available [Read More…]

Mike Bird Interviews N.T. Wright for Christianity Today

Over Christianity Today, I interview N.T. Wright about his book The Day the Revolution Began. I ask him some juicy questions, like “If you had to preach one biblical text on the cross, what would it be, and roughly what would you say?” [Read more…]

US Agency Calls Religious Freedom a Form of Bigotry

Over at Relevant is a great article on Multi-Faith Leaders Ask Pres. Obama to Reject a Report That Calls Religious Freedom Discriminatory. It opens by saying: “Last month, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on the topic of religious liberty called Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties. Recently, faith leaders including [Read More…]

Michael Horton Reviews N.T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began

Over at TGC, Michael Horton reviews N.T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began. Quite a positive review in many ways, Horton comments at one point: My impression is Wright has somewhat moderated his own view of justification. Deuteronomy makes clear, he observes, that in covenant justice God punishes his people, hence the exile (304). In Romans 3:21, dikaiosynē theou means “God’s covenant [Read More…]