What if Arianism Had Won?

Princeton University Press puts on a lecture by Diarmaid MacCulloch entitled, “What if Arianism Had Won?” [Read more…]

Andreas Kostenberger Reviews Ehrman and Bird at TGC

Over at TGC, Andreas Kostenberger has reviews of both How Jesus Became God and How God Became Jesus. Good reviews. He gives a good summary: Jesus was not a mere man who only later became God; rather, God took on humanity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Within a short decade or two, the early Christians [Read More…]

How God Became Jesus Stuff in the News

Okay, I know I’ve been flogging hard reviews and articles about HJGB/HGBJ, author promo work, but it will start petering off soon. Any way, here’s a few things about the melee that might interest folks: Over at ABC Religion & Ethics I wrote a piece on How God Became Jesus: Bart Ehrman gets it wrong [Read More…]

The Meaning of Resurrection

Thanks to Jeremy Bouma, over at Zondervan’s Koinonia blog is an excerpt from my Evangelical Theology about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “The cross without the resurrection is just martyrdom…Conversely the resurrection without the cross is a miraculous intrusion into history, a redemptive-historical enigma, and a paranormal freak show with indeterminable significance.” (436)   [Read more…]

Book Notice: Michael Frost Incarnate

Michael Frost Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Discernment Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014. Available at Amazon.com A review of Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement, Michael Frost, IVP, by Kara Martin I have read several books by Michael Frost, and had feared that his latest offering [Read More…]

Athanasius on the Atonement

Here is a great quote from Athanasius (Incarnation 4.20): You must not be surprised if we repeat ourselves in dealing with this subject. We are speaking of the good pleasure of God and of the things which He in His loving wisdom thought fit to do, and it is better to put the same thing [Read More…]

An Economist Reflects on Easter

Prof. Ian Harper is a leading Australian economist and a board member of Ridley Melbourne. Find here a wonderful piece he wrote for the Australian Financial Review about Easter. We are surrounded by death every day; not just literal death but the figurative death of projects, businesses, and plans we might have for the future.  [Read More…]

How God Became Jesus at Christianity Today

Over at Christianity Today, I have a piece on How God Became Jesus – And How I Came to Faith in Him. Here’s the money quote: Some have great confidence in skeptical scholarship, and I once did, perhaps more than anyone else. If anyone thinks they are assured in their unbelief, I was more committed: [Read More…]

Leon Morris on Biblical Authority and Inerrancy

Great quote from Leon Morris: My … point is that what we need more than anything is a way of looking at the Bible which holds fully to its authority, but which does not bog down on the defence of minor points. The Bible writers, while consistently regarding what they have written as reliable, do not [Read More…]

Bird and Ehrman on FaithStreet

Over at FaithStreet are articles by Bart Ehrman and Michael Bird. Here’s the links: Bart Ehrman, Why I Am Obsessed with Jesus, he concludes: So now I understand my obsession better. One could argue that the historical Jesus himself is a footnote in history. The overwhelming majority of Christians do not, and never did, believe [Read More…]

Gay Justice, Cultural Conflicts, and Secular Dhimmitude

I’m sure many of you have heard how Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign after it was discovered that he made a donation in support of a gay marriage ban in California. See the report at The Guardian. Whether one agrees with Brendan Eich is beside the point. Is opposing SSM really grounds [Read More…]

BibleGateway Interview on How God Became Jesus

Apologies for the forthcoming flurry of self-promotion, but a spate of interviews and articles on How God Became Jesus is about to come out. Top of the list is an interview I did with Emily Varner at BibleGateway on Did the Early Church Invent Jesus’ Divinity After the Fact? [Read more…]

More on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife from Le Donne and Moss

More stuff on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife from Candida Moss and Anthony Le Donne. Moss has a good sum up: In the absence of clear evidence, the debate is still where it was over a year ago. On the one hand, tests designed to prove that the text is a forgery failed to establish its [Read More…]

Wonderful Palm Sunday Photos from Around the World

Over at the HuffPo is a series Palm Sunday photos from around the world. Absolutely wonderful!!! I particularly loved the one’s from Iraqi Christians! [Read more…]

Michael Bird and Co-Authors on Radio Program “The God Solutions Show”

Myself and the co-authors How God Became Jesus had the pleasure talking to Nate Herbst and Justin Wynne on The God Solutions Show. Part I of the discussion features myself talking about HGBJ. Part II of the discussion features Chris Tilling. Part III of the discussion features Craig Evans. Part IV of the discussion features Charles Hill. [Read more…]