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John C. Holbert

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John C. Holbert was born in Indiana, raised in Arizona, and educated in Iowa and Texas, receiving a Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible in 1975. He has been a local church pastor in Louisiana, professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and was Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979. He retired from this faculty position in May, 2012. John is married to Diana, a retired minister of the United Methodist Church. They have two children: a son, Darius, and a daughter, Sarah. John has extensive vocal solo experience, having sung in musicals, opera, and oratorio. Darius has sung with the Texas Boys' Choir, and is now a studio musician in Los Angeles, writing for film and TV. He and John have written an opera, based on the book of Job, entitled “Job’s Truth.” Sarah lives in Los Angeles where she works for the ABC Channel. John has authored eleven books and many articles in scholarly and church journals. He was the editor for the Psalms and Canticles material of the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. He has also served as Interim Senior Minister of two large United Methodist churches, 1st UMC in Fort Worth in the Fall of 1994 and 1st UMC, Dallas, in the spring of 1997. He has preached and taught in over 1000 churches in 40 states and 20 countries. In 2007, he was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University. His first novel, King Saul, was published in 2014.

Opening The Old Testament

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When One Leader Dies: Reflections on Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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We can experience God’s compassion, grace, love, and faithfulness, but of God's name and glory and essence and face we can know nothing. Read More »

You Can’t Have It Both Ways! Reflections on Exodus 32:1-14

Do not imagine that Aaron is dead; he is alive in us whenever we try to have it both ways: a little bit of YHWH and a little bit of the calf, too. Read More »

A Very High Bar Indeed: Reflections on The Ten Commandments and World Communion Sunday

Preachers, you and I have a problem, as the old Ten roll around again. We utter the Ten Commandments into the ears of many who could just care less. Read More »

Well...Is YHWH with us or Not? Reflections on Exodus 17:1-7

It turns out that the greatest trial for the Israelites is not unlike our greatest 21st century trial: just how can we finally know if God is with us or not? Read More »

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No, It’s Not "Revelations," and It Is Not About That! Reflections on Revelation 7:9-17

Do not allow anyone to make the book of Revelation into a thing of scary fear, of partisan choice, of believing rightly lest you end in fire. No! Read More »

When One Leader Dies: Reflections on Deuteronomy 34:1-12

There are and always will be wise leaders who speak the hard word of truth into ears who would prefer the easy words of the soft lie. Read More »

How Much Can You Know About God? Reflections on Exodus 33:12-23

We can experience God’s compassion, grace, love, and faithfulness, but of God's name and glory and essence and face we can know nothing. Read More »

You Can’t Have It Both Ways! Reflections on Exodus 32:1-14

Do not imagine that Aaron is dead; he is alive in us whenever we try to have it both ways: a little bit of YHWH and a little bit of the calf, too. Read More »

A Very High Bar Indeed: Reflections on The Ten Commandments and World Communion Sunday

Preachers, you and I have a problem, as the old Ten roll around again. We utter the Ten Commandments into the ears of many who could just care less. Read More »

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