Secularism and Aged Care

My buddy John Dickson writes a provocative piece in the SMH that an increasingly secular culture and an increasingly aged population are disastrous. It will lead to a decline in aged care for those with intensive needs like dementia because secularism has no capacity to assign value to the mentally ill. He writes: Yale’s great philosopher-theologian [Read More...]

Not a Good Week to Be Episcopalian

Here is a couple of depressing news article about The Episcopal Church in the USA. See Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse on Beliefnet and What Ailes the Episcopalians in WSJ. Their general convention just finished and it made such wonderfully Christian decisions as approving liturgical blessings of same-sex relationships (I understand this, but [Read More...]

Playing the Bagpipes

While I was in St. Andrews attending the Scripture and Theology conference, I made time to learn to play the bagpipes. Check this out. [Read more...]

Darrell Bock on the Non-Pauline gospel of the Speeches in Acts

Darrell Bock, who is touring Australia at the moment, wrote a very good essay on “The Gospel Before the Gospels: The Preached Core Narrative” in the recent Howard Marshall festschrift. In particular I like these two quotes: In the church today we often present the gospel as if it were about forgiveness of sins alone. Jesus [Read More...]

Zondervan Give Away: Four Views of the Apostle Paul

The Zondervan blog Koinonia announces a give away for the book Four Views of the Apostle (ed. by Mike Bird with Douglas Campbell, Thomas R. Schreiner, Mark Nanos, and Luke Timothy Johnson) which is due out at the end of the month. They write: To enter the giveaway, comment below with your answer to this [Read More...]

RBL Review of Paul and the Second Century

Over at RBL is a review by Joseph B. Tyson of Paul and the Second Century edited by M. Bird and J. Dodson. [Read more...]

St. Andrews Here We Come!


I’m now in the third stage of my European trip. Justin Hardin and I are heading up by train to St. Andrews. Justin and I are both giving papers at the conference; the difference is he’s really a Galatians scholar! He’s wrote his thesis at Cambridge Galatians and the Imperial Cult (see now WUNT 2008). [Read More...]

Adam, Christ, and Star Wars

Over at Kingdomview, Joseph Torres notes my analogy of Romans 5.12-21 with the Star Wars Saga. Something that probably only GenXers will understand! [Read more...]

Origen: Blessed are the Harmonizers!

Just reading through Origen’s Commentary on Matthew and I noticed how he applies “blessed are the peacemakers” to harmonizing parts of scripture together: [He] becomes a …peacemaker as he demonstrates that that which appears to others to be a conflict in the Scriptures is no conflict, and exhibits their concord and peace, whether of the [Read More...]

Hans Bayer on Discipleship in Mark

Hans F. Bayer (Covenant Theological Seminary) has a neat little book on discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. Mark is my favourite Gospel and I’ve written on the discipleship theme myself elsewhere (see here). It is called: A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship (Philipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2012).  There is an [Read More...]

Lawrence Garcia reviews Justification: Five Views

Lawrence Garcia of Academia Church reviews Justification: Five Views. My favourite line was, of course, this one: Though all the contributors are to be commended for their work in this reflective-cornucopia on justification, the most persuasive presentation was Michael F. Bird’s Progressive Reformed view. And the angels wept! [Read more...]

Evangelical Identity Conference in Melbourne

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Brown of the Melbourne School of Theology for the heads-up on a two day conference on Recapturing Evangelical Identity to be held in Melbourne on 25-26 July. Recapturing Evangelical Identity is a two day mini-conference for pastors, teachers, students and engaged Christians  in late July at Melbourne School of Theology featuring  guest speakers [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Health Care (Updated)

I have to confess to always being perplexed not only by American opposition to universal healthcare, but to opposition to universal healthcare by evangelicals on purportedly theological grounds. I was simultaneously amused and confused by the image on TV of two pastors prostrating themselves before the Supreme Court and praying that Obamacare would be thrown [Read More...]

“Narratology”, “narratological”

narrative arc

I learned a new word this week during my meetings in Cambridge. The noun form of the word is “narratology” with the adjective “narratological”. Daniel Kirk used this word and it’s the first time I heard it. At first, I assumed he coined it because he’s such a creative thinker and knows how to turn [Read More...]

Back to 430 BC

Things don’t change much since 430 BC do they! [Read more...]