Extracurricular Activities 7.19.14 — Scripted Prayers and Why Writing on Romans is “Jolly Hard Work”

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Michael Bird's Interim Report on Writing a Romans Commentary

I’m just now half way through writing my Romans commentary for the SGBC series. I plan to finish it by October/November. Let me say that it is jolly hard work. Romans is, after all, the magnum opus of the Pauline corpus, with disputed purposes, some curious text-critical problems, a plethora of exegetical problems, covering wide ranging themes, weaved together with a rich tapestry of intertextual citations and allusions, with huge theological capital, and rich rhetorical technique too. There is so much secondary literature in terms of articles, monographs, and commentaries. Realizing that I wasn’t writing a technical volume for the Hermeneia, ICC, or WBC series, I gave up even attempting to read everything. Instead, I found myself gravitating towards stuff that took my fancy and…

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Extracurricular Activities 7.12.14 — Remembering Morris, Clark Pinnock & Hell, and Arminianism

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Tom Schreiner Remembers Leon Morris

I never had the privilege of meeting Leon Morris, nor did I ever see him in person or hear him give a lecture, but I would like to write my appreciation of Morris from an autobiographical standpoint. As a young theological student in the 1970s I devoured his books, for he was one of the first scholars I read as a budding student. And how many books there were! 

Larry Hurtado Casts a Vision for International Biblical Scholarship

In an hour or so I’ll take part in our summer graduation ceremony in the University of Edinburgh, and one of the pleasures will be the graduation of a particularly fine young New Testament PhD student from a country in the southern hemisphere, a “developing” country.  He is one of the most talented…

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Extracurricular Activities 7.6.14 — Creeds, Changing Evangelicalism, and Inerrancy

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Timothy George on Why Religious Freedom Is One of the Most Pressing Issues

Religious freedom is not merely political; it is pre-political. As a fundamental, “unalienable” right, it existed before the state. Religious freedom did not begin in modern times; it began when God brought humanity into existence. Rooted in the biblical understanding of human dignity and freedom, religious freedom is a part of what it means to be created in the image of God.

Scot McKnight Asks, "Is the Bible Our Only Creed?"

There is, I would contend, a difference between having a “creed” or a “confession” or a “statement of faith” and having a theology. We all have a theology; some Christians though do not want any authoritative statement to which we have to subscribe or submit. That’s a creed vs. a theology. Still,…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.28.14 — False Teachers, Anselm & the Chinese, and Why Pastors Quit

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Russell Moore Asks, "Could the Persecuted Church Rescue American Christianity?"

It would be easy to assume that American evangelicals are the “strong” ones, standing up for our “weak” brothers and sisters imperiled around the world. In one sense, that’s obviously true. We can pressure the State Department to act. We can send relief to communities in peril. We can use information technology to alert the global community to what is happening to religious minorities (not only Christians) due to persecution.

But more and more American Christians are recognizing that we should not only advocate for our persecuted brothers and sisters; we should also learn from them how to live as Christians.

Lessons Tim Challies Has Learned from False Teachers

A few months ago I began a short series called “The False Teachers.” I wanted to…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.21.14 — Hell, Ministry Burnout, and the Call to Priesthood

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Fred Sander's Theses on the Revelation of the Trinity

As I’ve been working on a large writing project on the doctrine of the Trinity (The Triune God in Zondervan’s New Studies in Dogmatics series), one of the things that has increasingly called for attention is the peculiarity of the way this doctrine was revealed. It’s simply not like other doctrines. I think the doctrine ought to be handled in a way that takes account of the way it was made known. More strongly: the mode of the revelation of the Trinity has structural implications for the right presentation of the doctrine. Here, in compressed form (propounded but not defended), are guidelines I’ve been working with for handling the doctrine.

Tim Challies on One of the Most Important Theological Works You've Never Heard Of

The Reformers wrote a great body…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.14.14 — Christ’s Ascension, “Cosmos,” & 10 Reasons for Seminary

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Michael Bird Asks, "What’s So Great About the Ascension?"

Question: Why does God the Father always have to use his left hand? Answer: Jesus because is sitting on his right hand! That’s a corny joke I know, but a good opener to talk about Jesus’ ascension, the moment which marks Jesus’ departure from the earth and the beginning of his heavenly session.

Sadly, the ascension is something of a poor cousin in terms of both the theological import attached to it and the relative neglect of Ascension Day even among churches that would identify themselves as liturgical. 

Peter Enns on "Cosmos" and Christianity 

Like many of you, I watched the entire FOX series Cosmos for the last several weeks and which concluded this past Sunday. More than once I found myself in stunned awe of the incomprehensibly…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.7.14 — Biblical Authority, Jesus’ Mistakes, & Unanswered Prayer

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N.T. Wright on the Problem with Biblical Authority

In the Bible all authority belongs to God and is then delegated to Jesus. The risen Jesus doesn’t say, “All authority in heaven and earth is given to . . . the books you chaps are going to go and write.” He says, “All authority has been given to me.” The phrase authority of scripture can only, at its best, be a shorthand for the authority of God in Jesus, mediated through scripture. Why would we even want to mention biblical authority? Why not say, “We live under Jesus’s authority,” and leave it at that? Wouldn’t that be the biblical thing to do? Well, yes, but as centuries of history demonstrate, the Bible is the God-given means through which we know who Jesus is.

Did Jesus Make Mistakes?…

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Extracurricular Activities 5.31.14 —Secret Gospel of Mark, Neo-Calvinists, & Obeying the Gospel

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Philip Jenkins: Secret Gospel of Mark is a Hoax

In 1973, Morton Smith announced a spectacular discovery that promised to reshape the understanding of the New Testament. The authenticity of that alleged find is still hotly debated, and I belong to the school that believes it to be fiction. Actually, I would go further. I think his find was from the first inspired by fiction, by novels. One of those fictional sources is now well known, but I believe that I am the first to draw attention to another…

Michael Bird Asks, "What does it Mean to 'Obey the Gospel'?"

In traditional Reformed theology there is often posited a strong contrast between Law and Gospel. Gospel tells you how to receive eternal life, Law tells you how to do God’s moral will. Don’t confuse the two,…

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Extracurricular Activities 5.24.14 — Heretics, Critical Judgment & Millennial Matters

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Scot McKnight Asks "Who Is a Heretic?"

From time to time I read a blog or hear someone call another person a “heretic.” Recently a blogfriend asked me how I would define “heretic” or “heresy.” I’ve been asked this about two people, and I won’t use names but it wouldn’t be hard to figure out about whom it was asked. Yes, the term “heretic” can both be defined and describes a reality, though some would like to think the term is now obsolete (like Model-T sales strategies).

How do you define “heretic”?

Michael Bird Interviews Justin Holcomb about Heresies and History

Justin Holcomb teaches Gordon-Conwell and Reformed Theological Seminary and he has written two books on Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils (Zondervan, 2014). Here is my interview with him about the…

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Extracurricular Activities — May 17, 2014

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Larry Hurtado on 18th Century Deist Christological Assumptions and Jesus' Divine Self-Understanding

First, a quote: “The Church cannot indefinitely continue to believe about Jesus what he did not know to be true about himself,” J. W. Bowman, The Intention of Jesus (London: SCM, 1945), p. 108.

This is not really a historical claim but a theological one, and it reflects a common assumption: The assumption that the theological/religious validity of claims about Jesus rest upon what Jesus believed and taught about himself. In my book, Lord Jesus Christ (pp. 5-9), I’ve noted the irony of how this assumption has been shared by critics and advocates of Christian faith, and also how it has worked mischief in the historical investigation of Christian origins.

Kevin DeYoung Suggests 100 Bible Knowledge Questions

Several years ago our church started offering…

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Extracurricular Activities — May 9, 2014

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Michael Bird Outlines Bart Ehrman’s Response to Bird's Response Book

Bart Ehrman has written a response to HGBJ over at his blog CIA (thankfully available for public viewing). It is quite a cordial piece, critical but not adversarial, it sets out his side of the story, and what he thinks is lacking in our response book…I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed with the lack of outlandish claims made by Ehrman – it certainly was not the Da Vinci Code with footnotes and a bibliography – though I was disappointed by several omissions like no reference to the work of Richard Bauckham, no mention of the archaeological evidence for the burial of a victim of crucifixion named Yehohanan, and perplexed by the strange interpretation of Gal 4.14 which Ehrman hangs so much of Paul’s christology on.

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Extracurricular Activities — May 3, 2014

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A Fascinating Conversation between Albert Mohler and Stanley Hauerwas

[Mohler begins by asking]: Professor Hauerwas, you have been in an ongoing conversation partner with me, perhaps without even knowing it. I read everything you write and always find a great deal in it that makes me to think. Sometimes, quite frankly, that aggravates me; other times that pleases me. You are one of the most unusual writers and thinkers that I engage with quite regularly. You’re newest book is entitled Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics and Life. How in the world did you get there?

David Lamb Explains the Western Wall and His Recent Experience at It

The wall dates back to the time of Jesus; it is the only part of Herod’s Temple that has survived 2,000 years. It’s not the wall for…

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