Matthew Lee Anderson on Social Justice and the Mohler/Wallis Debate

Last week Al Mohler (Southern Seminary) and Jim Wallis (Sojourners) debated whether social justice is an essential part of the church’s mission. This of course is relevant to the discussion DeYoung and Gilbert’s book. Matthew Lee Anderson was present and wrote a review of the debate on the Gospel Coalition blog. In this excerpt, at [Read More...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 5

I’ve been writing a series of posts critically engaging Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s new book on the mission of the church: What is the Mission of the Church?. I too am very concerned that we get this right. I have the unique privilege of being both a professor of New Testament at North Park [Read More...]

Celebrating Advent with a young family

Can you help me? I’m a low-church Baptist turned non-demoninational evangelical who grew in a fundamentalist environment. So I never learned about the Christian year or how to follow the it. One of my 2012 resolutions is to orient time around the Christian year. That year as you might know begins in just a few [Read More...]

In Praise of the Visible Church

The pomo obsession with “spirituality” over “religion” and “churchless” Christianity over “institutional” Christianity is a ridiculous cop out. This semester I’ve had students some read Kevin de Young and Ted Kluck’s book Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. There is a cool quote in this book: “Churchless Christianity makes [Read More...]

Michael Bird’s Evangelical Quarterly articles go on-line

Big thanks to Rob Bradshaw over at, that two of my earlier Evangelical Quarterly articles are now available on-line. They are: “Mission as an Apocalyptic Event: Reflections on Luke 10:18 and Mark 13:20,” EQ 76.2 (2004): 117-34. “The Peril of Modernizing Jesus and the Crisis of Not Contemporizing the Christ,” EQ 78.4 (2006): 291-312. [Read more...]

Going to SBL … Get Ready for the Ultimate Dining Experience

You HAVE to check out this link about a dining experience in San Francisco that has recently been declared illegal. I won’t spoil the surprise for you. I probably won’t try it myself, but I promise to take photos of any friends that I see eating there, esp. anyone from IVP Publishers and Southern Seminary! [Read More...]

How Christian Humility Upended the World

John Dickson has a great article on  How Christian Humility Upended the World, which is about how Christians contributed the virtue of humilitas to the virtues of western culture. It is based on his book Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership. Watch a video about the book here (ironically being promoted and [Read More...]

Why was Q named Q?

I have always taught, for I was always taught, that that the hypothetical source “Q” for material common to Matthew and Luke, took it’s name from the German word Quelle for “source”. However, this might not be the case. Over at Sheffield Biblical Studies I read this quote from R.H. Lightfoot: It seems now to [Read More...]

Book Notice: Martin Hengel, Saint Peter

Martin Hengel Saint Peter: The Undestimated Apostle Trans. Thomas H. Trapp Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010. Available at This book, I believe to be Martin Hengel’s last volume before his death (at least in English), is divided into two parts. (1) Peter the Rock, Paul, and the Gospel Tradition; and (2) The Family of [Read More...]

RTS guys on the Gospels

Reformed Theological Seminary has some good guys who know their collection and canon of the New Testament. First, Charles Hill has the book Who Wrote the Gospels? Probing the Great Conspiracy which argues that the canonization of the four Gospels to the exclusion of the “other” Gospels was not a power play by an ecclesial oligarchy imposed [Read More...]

20 Theses why the Reformation is Not Over – Michael Jensen

The Rev. Dr. Michael Jensen of Moore Theological College has 20 Theses on why the Reformation is not over! Whereas: – 1. Continued division between Christians who hold to the orthodox faith is deplorable and regrettable and we should work to heal it; 2. Insisting on division based on mere prejudice against Roman Catholics, or [Read More...]

Happy Reformation Day

Yes, it’s Reformation Day. To celebrate, let me point to three posts. On why the church always need to be reformed by returning to its catholic roots, read the CT article about Thomas Oden’s journey from liberalism to orthodoxy. And note why you need more than your ESV and a concordance to do good theology! [Read More...]

John 13 and the Disciples’ Mission

In John 13 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. Commentators agree that, at the very least, this story makes the point of Mark 10:45 in narrative (see comments by Michaels, p. 725): For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. [Read More...]

What’s NOT the Mission of the Church? 4

I’ve been analyzing the biblical and theological arguments in Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s new book on the mission of the church What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Their thesis is the church’s mission is singularly proclamation and worship. As they stated: The mission [Read More...]

Halloween and Romans 14

When I preach on Romans 14, which is quite often to be truthful, I give two examples of how I am both the weaker and stronger brother on some issues. For example, my theology of Christian freedom means that I have no problem with Christians drinking alcohol in moderation. While drunkenness is censured, a leisurely [Read More...]