Book Notice: Ben Witherington’s new Philippians Commentary

Ben Witherington Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011. Available at This new volume in the SRC series is not simply a rehash of BW3′s earlier Philippians volume (Friendship and Finances in Philippi: The Letter of Paul to the Philippians [Harrisburg, PA: TPI, 1994]), but constitutes a fresh [Read More...]

Top Ten Books for NT Grad Students

Following the CSCO listing of top ten books for NT grad students to read, here’s my own: 1. Textual Criticism: David Parker, An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts. 2. NT Greek: Stanley E. Porter, Idioms of the Greek New Testament. 3. Christian Origins: Christopher Rowland, Christian Origins. 4. Historical Jesus: Gerd [Read More...]

Prayer for Second Week of Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Messiah your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and [Read More...]

Top Biographies on NT Scholars

In recent years I’ve read a number of biographies about NT scholars. Here’s my favourite one’s Werner Neuer, Adolf Schlatter: A Biogrpahy of Germany’s Premier Biblical Theologian (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1995). Paul R. Beasley-Murray, A Personal Portrait of the Life of George Raymond Beasley-Murray (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002). Tim Grass, F.F.Bruce: A Life: The Definitive [Read More...]

Infanticide: The New Liberal Frontier

Hi. I’m a shouty man, and I’m here to tell you about the latest in left wing health care. The philosophical left likes to be radical, but in case you haven’t noticed, when your radical views become mainstream, it gets harder every decade to find ways to be more radical. So, if you’re not getting [Read More...]

F.F. Bruce on the Vocation of a Biblical Scholar

A wonderful thought from the autobiography of F.F. Bruce: To hear the voice of God in Holy Scripture oneself, and to help others to hear it, is a worthy cause to which to devote one’s resources; to be commissioned to devote them to this cause is a sacred trust, not to be undertaken lightly, not [Read More...]

Jesus, Eyewitnesses, and Memory

I am currently working on a book called The Gospels of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (forthcoming with Eerdmans in 2013). So I’m reading a stack of books on the formation of the Jesus tradition, social memory, eyewitnesses, orality, and so forth. I’ve already written a bit on these [Read More...]

The Bird Finally Tweets

I have given into requests from friends and I have opened a twitter account. @mbird12 This bird will finally tweet! [Read more...]

Prayer for the first Week of Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you might to save; through Jesus Messiah your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More...]

Lenten Reflection for Week One


The Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent is taken from Matthew 4:1-11, the story of Jesus temptation in the wilderness. In the first full week of Lent we are invited to reflect on the gospel of Jesus’ temptation and the victory over the devil secured by the Word of God. The opening line [Read More...]

Around the Blogs

Stuff to note around the biblioblogosophere D.A. Carson offers and evaluation of Theological Interpretation of Scripture. The CSCO gives the top ten books for graduate students in NT to read. Joel Watts is again nearly persuaded by the progressive reformed view on justification. Nijay Gupta reports on a conference/festschrift for Anthony Thiselton, Eckhard Schnabel of [Read More...]

My Lenten Sermon – Three Crucifixions

At our Crossway College Chapel I lead a short devotional for lent speaking from Galatians on Three Crucifixions (approx 12 mins). You can listen to the whole thing at the Crossway resources page. But note, for some reason, I can only get it to work using the Firefox browser (Google Chrome won’t take it for [Read More...]

Remember the St. Andrews Galatians Conference !

Don’t forget the St. Andrews Conference on Galatians with some top speakers.  It is scheduled for 10-13 July 2012. It’s a lovely place in Scotland to visit. The Cathedral ruins are fantastics, lovely cafes, and some good papers to attend. Main papers include: Main Papers Jean-Noël Aletti Lewis Ayres John Barclay Ivor Davidson Beverly Gaventa [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday

In the words of the Book of Common Prayer, I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a [Read More...]

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Messiah our [Read More...]