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

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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...]

What Atheists Can Learn from Religion – Video Interview with Alain de Botton.

Over at ABC news is this excellent interview with atheist philosopher Alan de Botton on what atheists can learn from religion. Only 8 minutes, do watch it! [Read more...]

New Book Honoring Martin Hengel

Out any day now is this bodacious biblical studies bonanza: Earliest Christian History History, Literature, and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel Edited by by Michael F. Bird and Jason Maston Martin Hengel (1926-2009) was a historian of the early church and ancient Judaism. His influence extended through his many [Read More...]

The Lent Experience

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My good friend and fellow pastor in Student Ministry and one of the Teaching Pastors at Christ Community Church, Eric Ferris, has developed a website called The Lent Experience. The website is a video blog designed to help people practice Lent and rediscover the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus personally.  Eric provides [Read More...]

Prayer for Last week of Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More...]

Baylor Study on Religion in America … Not as Bad as People Thought

Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson have an article in The Wallstreet Journal about religion in America. They note that atheism is not surging and young people are not leaving the church in the droves that everyone thought. [Read more...]

Invitation to Lent

What is a Lenten spirituality? Lenten spirituality is baptismal spirituality. Lent orders your spiritual life around the theology of baptism. In Ancient Future Time, Robert Webber tells us that the roots of the Lent are to be found in the early church’s baptism preparation.  In the early centuries of the church, baptism of adult converts [Read More...]

Invitation to Lent

Robert Webber in his book Ancient Future Time writes of Lent the following.  Does Webber’s experience reflect your own in the Protestant and evangelical church? How can we recover a Lenten spirituality without failing into the trap of empty ritual? For most people coming from my background, an Ash Wednesday service and Lent are quite [Read More...]


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