About J. R. Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk writes and speaks about the big story of the Bible and how it intersects with life, faith, and culture. He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and taught in a variety of institutions over a ten-year teaching career. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Laura and two school-aged children. His back yard has been overrun by chickens who have no interest in being confined to their designated space, and his refrigerator is regularly stocked with his homebrewed Cursing Reverend beer.

A Man Attested by God: Response to Hurtado

Larry Hurtado has posted to his blog the review he read of my book, A Man Attested by God, at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in November. A number of people have asked for my response. What follows is not my response from the session, but a newly written response for my blog. Appreciation I want to [Read More…]


If we weren’t so busy fussing about shifts in geopolitical climates and trying to stay on top of every move that the current U.S. administration is making we might be having completely different conversations about how the world is changing right under our noses. Way back in the day there was this completely fantastic, absurd [Read More…]

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“God Made Me Like This”? Sexuality & Culture

But between “it’s a choice” and “God wired me like this” is a complex set of interactions between nature and culture. [Read more…]

Cuck Christology

Rejecting the manliness of conquest meant that Jesus embraced a deeply feminizing narrative. [Read more…]

Love Your Enemy: LectioCast Edition

This is not a matter of excessive righteousness for the few who are pious enough to afford it. This is a matter of being God’s people in the world. [Read more…]

Light to See Political Light

Yes, politics and I are in a relationship. But it’s complicated. [Read more…]

Love Your Enemy: Thoughts on Donald Trump

What I see when I look at our president is someone who has never known love. What does it look like to love Donald Trump? [Read more…]

Healing Spiritual Wounds

A man pours out his life pursuing a calling that would clearly put on display the grace and life of Jesus. He is thwarted at every turn. His prayers for help go unanswered. God is silent. A woman is abused by her husband. The church exhorts her to bear up under her cross as she [Read More…]

Today, the Human Jesus Matters

I wrote A Man Attested by God because I had an academic answer to an academic question. Given early Judaism, and how it depicts it God and its human heroes, how do we best understand the identity of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels? But once we’ve got the Jesus story straight there results a rich overflow of ramifications [Read More…]

The Church’s Challenge in the Age of Trump

The church’s challenge in the age of Trump, perhaps its biggest challenge, is to somehow follow Jesus as “light in the darkness” when light is shining out from every corner of our country and our world. For a people whose hero proclaimed release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, the advent of the justice [Read More…]