Michael Bird to Join Ridley College in 2013

I am happy to announce that I’ve just accepted an invitation to join the faculty at Ridley College in Melbourne in 2013 as Lecturer in Theology. You can read the announcement here. It is an exciting opportunity for me, my family, and my academic ministry, to work for evangelical renewal in churches in Melbourne, especially [Read More…]

Richard Burridge on the Gospels

Richard Burridge speaks with Simon Smart of CPX about the Bible and Ethics. [Read more…]

The Jesus, Paul, and the Gospel of God … Competition

I just so happen to have a few spare copies of the book The Apostle Paul: Four Views, but what to do with them? Well, after a profound brain thing happened inside of my head, I am proud to announce a competition for a copy of the book. I will give away three copies of [Read More…]

Pro-Nanos Review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views

Bill Tammeus gives a glowing review of Mark Nanos’ position in The Apostle Paul: Four Views over at his blog Bill “Faith Matters” Blog. Good to see more attention given to this cool book! [Read more…]

Healthcare in Early Christianity

I’ve just finished reading several chapters from a very interesting book by Gary B. Ferngren on Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity (Baltimore: University of John Hopkins Press, 2009). He contends that Christians really pioneered organized community healthcare, both for the church and for those external to it: From the very beginning Christianity displayed [Read More…]

Bonhoeffer on the impotence of “Self forgiveness”

I published this back in June, but I found the need to refresh myself with it again today and thought you might be challenged by it again (or for the first) so republish it. — In Life Together Bonhoeffer has a provocative discussion about the all too common practice of confessing and forgiving ourselves. We [Read More…]

Books to Read Before You Start Seminary/Divinity College

I wish students were a bit more literate before they started theological education. So my top books – mostly short books designed for lay folks – to read before starting seminary or divinity college are: Andrew Cameron and Brian S. Rosner (eds.), The Trials of Theology: Becoming a “Proven Worker” in a Dangerous Business (Fearn, Ross Shire: Christian [Read More…]

Truth, Marriage, and Religious Liberty

Very good article by Catholic Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher on Truth, Marriage, and the Threat to Religious Liberty. Some generalization I would contest, but he does allude to the zealous efforts of SSM supporters to marginalize and take punitive actions against public figures who dare to oppose their position. He writes, quite provocatively: Whether it [Read More…]

The Lord’s Prayer is the Gospel

I’m working on a short essay in which I want argue that the Lord’s Prayer contains the essence of the gospel. It is a gospel prayer that shapes (creates really) a gospeled people. 9 “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in [Read More…]

New Zondervan Catalogue

The new Zondervan Academic Catalogue is out here. Featuring books by our own Joel Willitts on Messianic Judaism and my buddy Con Campbell on Paul and Union with Christ. Oh, and don’t forget, The Apostle Paul: Four Views. [Read more…]

New NA28 Launched

Here Prof. Dr. Holger Strutwolf, director of Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung, explains the institute and the launch of the NA28 edition of the Greek New Testament HT: ETC. [Read more…]

Interview with Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury

Over at the Telegraph is an interview with outgoing ABC Rowan Williams about his time at the top, Richard Dawkins, his new book on faith in the public square, and lots of other stuff. [Read more…]

Two Cool Conferences Coming Up

Two gucci and bodacious conferences happening in the future include: Beyond Old and New Perspectives at Duke University: A Critical Engagement with Douglas Campbell’s Deliverance of God, 9-12 November 2012. Speakers include  Stephen Chapman, Susan Eastman, Stanley Hauerwas, Willie Jennings, Warren Smith, and David Steinmetz. Peter in Earliest Christianity at Edinburgh University, 4-6 July 2013 (just [Read More…]

Justification and Chris Wright’s “The Mission of God”

Joseph Torres reviews Chris Wright’s book The Mission of God’s People, including this quotation: Thus, though we cannot now study the passages in detail, Paul’s argument from Romans 3:29 to the end of Romans 4, and even more so in Galatians 3, is not (as sometimes suggested) merely using Abraham as an illustration of his [Read More…]

Tyndale House to Produce its Own Edition of the Greek New Testament

A project I’ve heard about for a while is that Tyndale House (known to insiders as Textual Criticism House) is producing its own edition of the Greek New Testament called the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament (THEGNT). See details form Peter Williams here. [Read more…]