1. The Bible did not fall out of the sky, bound in leather, written in English 2. The Bible is for our time but not about our time 3. We should focus on taking the Bible seriously, not necessarily literally 4. If interpreting the Bible were easy, we wouldn't need teachers 5. The purpose of Scripture is knowledge and hope 6. Scripture is normative, not negotiable 7. Christ is the foundation of our faith and the centre of the Christian Bible
Michael F. Bird is Academic Dean and lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God, Evangelical Theology, Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary Series), The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He also runs a popular theological studies blog called "Euangelion" and can be followed on twitter @mbird12.