The Meaning of Baptism in the Early Church

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions.  By Robin M. Jensen.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012. Teaching at a theological seminary, I find the breadth of each class challenging, something I have written about here and here.  At the same time, it helps me to develop an eye for larger patterns [Read More…]

Surveying Church History

This fall, I am teaching the most pedagogically challenging course of my short teaching career.   Earlier in my tenure as a seminary professor, I expected that upper-level electives in the Master of Divinity program, doctoral reading seminars, and classes that stretched beyond my primary areas of teaching competency would provide the biggest challenges in course [Read More…]