New SBL Consultation: Texts and Traditions in the Second Century

Heads up folks, largely inspired by Larry Hurtado, and my own forays into second century texts, esp. Epistle of Diognetus, I’ve teamed up with Chris Hays and Jeremiah Bailey to set up a consultation at SBL on Texts and Traditions in the Second Century. We’ve got a great board with Ben White, Dieter Roth, and Candida Moss [Read More…]

Women Leaders in the New Testament and Church History

I just came across a website called Alabastar Jar: Stories of Female Leaders from Church History, about the important role played by women in the history of the Christian church. Alabaster Jar is a website set up to remember and celebrate other women who have done something beautiful for Jesus, particularly women who have led [Read More…]

Listening to Scripture and Telling You What I Hear

I came across a great story about Karl Barth. During one of Barth’s seminars in the 1950’s a debate arose among students in the class about his method in Church Dogmatics. This debate, as it was recounted, was heated and lasted for over an hour. During the debate Barth remained silent; he puffed on his [Read More…]

Eric Metaxas Hosts 100 Huntley Street

Eric Metaxas and April Hernandez are hosting a new talk show called 100 Huntley Street, based on the long running Canadian version, read about it here. Here is the clip. Looks cool! [Read more…]

Do We Need a Code of Ethics for Mega-Pastors Who Write?

Recently World Magazine had a piece on Unreal Sales for Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage to the effect that the Mars Hill Church bought Driscoll’s book a place on the NYT best seller list through a marketing company with a deliberate intent to by-pass the NYT’s own safe guards against authors or publishers artificially inflating the [Read More…]

Book Notice: Andrew Streett, The Vine and the Son of Man

Andrew Streett The Vine and the Son of Man: Eschatological Interpretation of Psalm 80 in Early Judaism Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. Available at This is a good book on the use of Psalm 80 in early Judaism and in the NT, esp. the Gospel of John. Streett shows how Psalm 80 was given an explicitly [Read More…]

Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still on their new Paul book

Here’s a couple of good interviews by Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still about their forthcoming volume Thinking Through Paul: A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014). Looks like a good overview of Paul by two great Pauline scholars! [Read more…]

Ronald Osborn on Faith, Science, and Foundationalism

In the latest IVP Academic Alert, David Congdon talks to  Ronald Osborn about his book Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, which includes this audacious claim by Osborn: In both its fundamentalist and atheistic varieties, foundationalism rules out the possibility of an authentic dialogue between faith and science. Now that [Read More…]

Review of Jesus is the Christ at the Wheaton Blog

Over at the Wheaton Blog, For Christ and His Kingdom, Susan Rieske reviews my Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels. Very nice review, quite positive, have to confess that I liked Susan’s conclusion: Bird is to be commended, as previously mentioned, for bringing contemporary research to bear on an age old discussion [Read More…]

My Interview with Eerdmans about the Gospel of the Lord

Here is a video I did with Eerdmans about my forthcoming book The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus. Interesting fact, the guy asking me the questions and politely laughing at my jokes is Jacob Thielman, nephew to the great Frank Thielman! [Read more…]

The Leon Morris Centenary

2014 is the centenary anniversary celebration of Leon Morris’ birth. For those who don’t know – and you all should- Leon Morris is arguablyAustralia’s greatest biblical scholar. Morris is best known for his masterful works on the biblical teaching about the atonement as well as studies on the Gospel of John. Morris was also principal [Read More…]

Alister McGrath Video on Adam and Eve

A short, interesting, and generous account of Adam and Eve by Alister McGrath: [Read more…]

Can We Have a “Church” with Clergy But No Actual Churches?

In the British Church Times, Linda Woodhead, a sociologist of religion, has been thinking what might happen to the Church of England if church attendance keeps declining. She ponders that even if all Sunday services closed down, leaving only clergy remaining, the church’s most significant activities could still continue through clergy doing weddings, funerals, baptisms, being [Read More…]

Book Notice: Michael Allen on Justification and the Gospel

R. Michael Allen Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2013. Available at In this book, R. Michael Allen (Knox Theological Seminary) engages a number of controversial theological issues about justification with a view to showing how the Reformed tradition has more than enough depth and diversity to [Read More…]

One of My Favourite Sermon Series: D.A. Carson, The God Who is There

I have to confess that one of the sermons series that I really enjoy listening to and reading over every now and then, is D.A. Carson’s series “The God Who is There” and the book that the sermons are based on The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2010). [Read More…]