My Top 5 Books for 2013

Okay, in keeping with fashion, I thought I’d post my top five books for 2013. 1. N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. No surprises here. This book is to theology what Star Wars is to sci-fi. We’ve been waiting for this since 1991 and it has not disappointed. Bigger than Ben Hur, denser than [Read More…]

The Australian Greens Have a Problem with Religion

The Australian Greens could easily be the preferred party of Christian voters, so why aren’t they? Christian voters – I think here of Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Catholics – represent about 2-5% of the population depending how you define it. They are highly sympathetic to the Greens on taking a compassionate approach to asylum seekers (Jesus [Read More…]

Dale Allison on the Christology of Jesus

I’ve been reading some Dale Allison lately, re-reading in fact, always good to re-read his stuff. One thing I find frustrating and yet utterly arresting bout Allison’s style is how he’ll write about something and lay out a rigorous case for scepticism and uncertainty, be entirely sympathetic, and then turn around and say words to [Read More…]

Latest Issue of Presbyterion

The latest issue of Presbyterion 39 (2013), published by Covenant Theological Seminary, includes my article: Michael F. Bird, “Not By Paul Alone: The Importance of the Gospels for Reformed Theology and Discipleship.” One day I hope to post a PDF at my homepage. Also in the same issue are: David B.Calhoun, “Bob Childress (1890-1956): “The [Read More…]

Marc Cortez’s Review of Evangelical Theology

Marc Cortez (Wheaton College) continues his review of Evangelical Theology with a good mix of affirmations and criticisms. Cortez concludes: Bird’s Evangelical Theology is one of the more unique, readable, and engaging systematic theology textbooks that I’ve come across. It is ideally suited for use in an introductory theology class where the teacher can supplement it with [Read More…]

New Documentary Movie – The Jesus of Testimony

On FB I just learned about a documentary movie about the reliability of the Gospels. It is called “The Jesus of Testimony.” I think it should have the subtitle: Richard Bauckham on the Big Screen. See the website here and the promo clip is below: [Read more…]

My ebook on Women and Ministry is only 99 cents!

This month only, my ebook Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, & Bobby Haircuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry is only 99 cents from Zondervan! Crazy bargain price. I do not guarantee that you’ll like the book or that you’ll agree with it, but I think I can guarantee that you’ll get something out of it, [Read More…]

The Virtues of Romans 5:3-4 – Part 3: Hope

“We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (CEB). Hope Paul says that character produces hope. Hope is not some ephemeral thing like that which might be, could be, or possible be. Hope can sometimes seem futile. Chicago Cubs fans will know [Read More…]

TGC Review of Evangelical Theology

Over at TGC is a review of Evangelical Theology by Matthew Barrett (California Baptist Uni). Barrett commends a few aspects of the book like it’s gospel focus, its use of historical theology, trying to bridge biblical and systematic theology, and attempting to incorporate redemptive history into a doctrine of salvation. However, he does have a [Read More…]

Epiphany Prayer

I found this week’s prayer in the Collect for the second Sunday of Epiphany particularly impactful: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and [Read More…]

The Virtues of Romans 5:3-4 – Part 2: Character

“We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance,  endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (CEB). Character Paul says that endurance produces “character” and the word for “character” is dokimē which means the quality of being approved.[1] I think it was Nancy Regan who said that, “I’m a lot like [Read More…]

And the Winner is Sydney: A Short Note on Australian Evangelicalism

Today I learned a very interesting fact. The TGC website was visited by more people from Sydney than from any other capital city in the world. According to the TGC FB page, the top 10 most-read cities are:    1. Sydney 2. Chicago 3. New York 4. London 5. Louisville 6. Los Angeles 7. Dallas 8. [Read More…]

The Virtues of Romans 5:3-4 – Part 1: Endurance

Endurance “We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance,  endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (CEB). Endurance was celebrated by moral philosophers of antiquity as one of the manliest of virtues. The ability to persist under adversity and hardship were marks of masculine and even kingly character. We [Read More…]

Mike Licona on the differences between the Gospel’s resurrection accounts

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A New Blog on the Reception of the Parables

My friend David Gowler is writing a book on the reception of the Parables for Baker Academic and he’s created a new blog called a Chorus of Voices: The Reception History of the Parables to complement the writing of the book. David has already written on the Parables with this book What Are They Saying [Read More…]