Ernst Kasemann on Paul’s struggle for Legitimacy

The Apostle Paul struggled for legitimacy. That is evident from Galatians, Philippians, and 2 Corinthians. Some Jewish Christians contested Paul’s apostolic credentials and the validity of his proselytism-free gospel. So when Paul writes to the Romans, with a view to visiting them, it is a risky venture. He knows that his reputation was subject to misrepresentation [Read More…]

Brian LePort Plugs my Rom 13:1-7 Interpretation

Brian LePort is reading Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire Studies in New Testament Studies and he has some quotes from my essay “‘One Who Will Arise to Rule Over the Nations’: Paul’s Letter to the Romans and the Roman Empire” and a description of the essay itself. Read about it here. [Read more…]

John Dickson – The Church in Secular Culture

Over at Leadership Journal is an interview with my good friend John Dickson on The Church in Secular Culture. John is co-founder of the Center for Public Christianity and senior minister at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Sydney. He argues that we have to stop assuming Christianity’s privileged position in society. We cannot admonish the masses [Read More…]

Pre-Order Evangelical Theology

You can now pre-order my forthcoming Evangelical Theology from … if you’re into that! Due out 29 Oct 13. Here’s a blurb: Evangelical Theology is a systematic theology written from the perspective of a biblical scholar. Michael F. Bird contends that the center, unity, and boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel (= [Read More…]

Moss, Martyrdom, and my friend Michael

Some of you might be familiar with the work of Candida Moss on martyrdom. Her monograph Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Theologies, and Traditions and her more popular piece The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. The her most recent work, Moss argues that Christians invented or inflated stories of martyrs. A [Read More…]

Bruce McCormack on Reformed Kenoticism

Today I did a seminar with my students where we read Bruce McCormack’s piece on  “‘With Loud Cries and Tears’: The Humanity of the Son in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” in The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, ed. R. Bauckham et al (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009). McCormack constructs a Reformed Kenotic Christology [Read More…]

100th Anniversary of Eduard Schweizer’s Birth

The University of Zurich is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of its former professors and rectors Eduard Schweizer by holding a seminar on “The New Testament and the Church.” Schweizer is best known for his three commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels. I particularly liked his one on Mark, but [Read More…]

Review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views at RBL

Over at RBL is a review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views by Arthur Dewey. [Read more…]

Book Notice: The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament

I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, and Cornelis Bennema (editors) The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology Essays in Honor of Max Turner Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Available at Max Turner has had a distinguished career in NT studies as both a teacher, supervisor, and author. His work on the [Read More…]

Infanticide: The Coming Battle

Yesterday I created a file on my computer marked “Infanticide.” I intend to start making notes, collecting articles, and finding materials about the subject. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and I’m convinced that now is the time to start gathering info and getting ready to deal with the subject. Let me [Read More…]

Church of England Document on Same Sex Marriage

The COE has released a document from its Faith and Order commission entitled, Men and Women in Marriage. The report ends with these words: It has seemed to some that the disagreement over same-sex marriage is a disagreement over mere names. But names govern how we think, and how we think governs what we learn to appreciate. When [Read More…]

“Seeing the Son of David”

I’m just now rereading my Doktorvater Markus Bockmuehl’s book Seeing the Word, particularly the chapter “Seeing the Son of David”. If you’ve not yet read this book I highly recommend it. I had the privilege of being a member of a reading group that met fortnightly in Markus’ home in Cambridge where we engaged these [Read More…]

Mike Bird’s Inaugural Ridley Lecture

As part of my move to Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry, the college is hosting my inaugural public lecture. The topic is: What is “Evangelical” about Evangelical Theology? Tuesday 23 April 10am for a 10:30 start Followed by question time chaired by Principal, Brian Rosner For those in Melbourne, you can RSVP here. [Read more…]

Romans 1:1-17 – A Paraphrase

Here is my attempt at a paraphrase of Romans 1:1-17. Does it make people cringe any where? NB: Before people rag on paraphrases, remember this, for me, paraphrases are not substitutes for translation. They are, rather, more like interpretive triage; paraphrases are like the first line of interpretation that we can undertake. Paul Introduces Himself to [Read More…]

Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist is the name of Con Campbell’s new book. It is about evangelism to and through the creative arts. Con himself – heading to TEDS I should add – is NT scholar and an accomplished jazz musician. The video below gives a cool explanation of the book and what it is about. [Read More…]