Debates about Dust, DNA, and Death

Given the release of the controversial volume by Ronald E. Osborne, Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014), I’ve been reading up on a bit of Genesis 1 stuff. Along the way I found this provocative quote from Jack Collins: “Each of us is, ultimately, ‘formed [Read More…]

Mariam Kamell to Deliver the 2nd Annual Leon Morris Lecture

Later this month Dr. Mariam Kamell (Regent College) will deliver two lectures at Ridley Melbourne, including: Open Public Lecture on 22 May at 1400 on “A Biblical Theology of Social Justice.” The Leon Morris Lecture on 26 May at 1745 on “Living the Kingdom Law.” This session deals with the kingdom law as it was [Read More…]

Response Book to John Dickson on Women in Ministry

Last year Zondervan released three ebooks on women in ministry by Katherine Keller, Michael Bird, and John Dickson. John Dickson’s book, Hearing Her Voice, caused a bit of a storm in Sydney Anglican circles and it has prompted its own response ebook from within Sydney Anglicanism called Women, Sermons, and the Bible edited by Peter Bolt [Read More…]

Book Review: Dale Hanson Bourke on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Dale Hanson Bourke The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. Available at Okay, the Israeli-Palestinian is a sensitive issue, invoking great pathos and emotion, and a lot of theological baggage is also bound up with the discussion. I’m glad to say that this book by Dale Hanson Bourke, as [Read More…]

Ehrman’s Response to the Bird Response Book

Bart Ehrman has written a response to HGBJ over at his blog CIA (thankfully available for public viewing). It is quite a cordial piece, critical but not adversarial, it sets out his side of the story, and what he thinks is lacking in our response book. Ehrman is fully aware of why his book is [Read More…]

More Reviews of Bart Ehrman and Michael Bird on Jesus as God

Many reviews of HJGB and HGBJ are now available. Over at Grace for Sinners, Jennifer Guo reviews HJGB and HGBJ. Over at Crux Sola, Nijay Gupta reviews Ehrman’s book here and here and then HGBJ here and here. Andrew Sullivan reviews both books here. Gerrit Dawson reviews HGBJ and reports a near-miracle: ” I was so happy to see [Read More…]

Chris Tilling on How God Became Jesus

Over at the St. Mellitus website, Chris Tilling has a short video about his part in How God Became Jesus and why Christians should read Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God. [Read more…]

Book Notice: Stanley Porter, How We Got the New Testament

Stanley E. Porter How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2013. Available at Stan Porter’s book on the origins of the NT is based on a series of lectures delivered at Acadia Divinity College in 2008. In sum, Porter deals with three areas: The text of the NT, [Read More…]

Bob Gundry Reviews N.T. Wright’s How God Became King

In the latest issue of BBR (24.1 [2014]: 57-73), Robert Gundry has a critical review of N.T. Wright’s How God Became King, here’s the blurb: During his public ministry, Jesus taught extensively in words and deeds about the kingdom of God. IN How God Became King, N.T. Wright weds this material with Jesus’ self-sacrificial death to argue [Read More…]

My Blogging Life and Musings on My Writing Identity

Mike will attest to this. About once a year or so I email him and say something like, “Mike, I don’t know if I should continue to be your blog mate. I’ve not blogged in so long. And I feel guilty for not contributing to our blog. Maybe I should give it up.” Every time [Read More…]

This made me laugh out loud

HT: Sasha Flek [Read more…]

Bob (Gundry) on Tom (Wright)

In the recent issue of BBR (24.1, pp. 57-73), Bob Gundry published a critique of Tom Wright’s very popular book How God Became King called “An Exegetical and Biblical Theological Evaluation of N.T. Wright’s How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels.  Many of course will know this book. It is typical of [Read More…]

Great Student Video on the Bible and Inerrancy

In my Knowledge of God course, I set two of my student the task of creating a short video on “Is the Bible Inerrant, Infallible, or Whatever?” Well, they did a cracking good job, and here are the results: [Read more…]

Craig Evans on “Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism”

Over at, Craig Evans writes on Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism. No surprises here at to who he has in mind! Bart Ehrman is arguing like a fundamentalist. It is an all-or-nothing approach. If the Bible is truly inspired (and therefore trustworthy), it must be free from discrepancies. But this is not how most seasoned [Read More…]

Stephen Colbert and Faith

I have to say that Stephen Colbert is my favourite American comedian and is the best source for American news. In fact, the other night, I had a dream that I wrote a book called, “Killing Colbert.” Yes, I write books in my sleep! Any way, Relevant Magazine has a great piece listing the moments [Read More…]