Martin Freeman as Bilbo

It’s been all quiet on the The Hobbit front for the past few weeks, as breaks in production has caused for minimal updates to report.  We expect another video blog from Peter Jackson to be released within the next month or so, which are always a treat for Hobbit fans.A writer for the LA Times was able to share a car ride with Jackson while at Comic Con.  He had some great things to share about his thoughts on Bilbo Baggins as well as Martin Freeman playing that role.  He is what he had … [Read more...]

The Pretenders and the Contenders– NT Studies Doctoral Students

Here is a recent post of Larry Hurtado which I entirely agree with. One of the reasons I wrote 'Is There a Doctor in the House' was precisely this problem. Not knowing the languages.Tools of the Trade larryhurtado | September 4, 2011 At the annual British New Testament Conference (held this year in Nottingham), along with some interesting papers and a plenary-session dialogue on "The Veneration of Jesus in Early Christianity and the First Commandment" involving Prof. J.D.G. Dunn and me, … [Read more...]

BBC Funny Talking Animals– Part Four

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BBC Funny Talking Animals— Part Three

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BBC Funny Animals— Part Two

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Gimli in the Hobbit? was able to sit down with John Rhys Davis (played Gimli in Lord of the Rings) and discuss his upcoming movie.  Of course, one big thing on the interviewers mind is whether or not he will have a role in the upcoming Hobbit movies… His response may surprise you.  Here is what he said: HeyUGuys:  We saw you on set in the latest Peter Jackson Production diary. What was it like going back and is there any chance you might cameo in it?“I would love to! I’ve had a great sort of … [Read more...]

Six Commentaries Listed in Top 100

In a recent listing of the top 100 NT commentaries, six volumes from my socio-rhetorical series were listed.  Also my Paul's Narrative Thought World was listed as one of the top twenty theological … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Nomina Sacra and Christian Graffiti

Nomina Sacra in Early Graffiti (and a Mosaic) larryhurtado | August 18, 2011 at 9:15 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: (Larry Hurtado):  In connection with my moving office I've run across a few journal articles accidentally misplaced, and have now taken the time to catch up in reading them.  One of these is a stimulating study of nomina sacra (special abbreviated forms of certain key words in early Christian discourse) in graffiti, inscriptions and a mosaic, all … [Read more...]

James Howell on Perfection

(James Howell is the senior minister at my home church Myers Park UMC in Charlotte N.C.  The following is taken from his summer series on Genesis).----------In Genesis 17:2, God urges Abraham to "walk before me, and be perfect." Much as we might dream of perfection before God, not many of us think we have the slightest chance to get anywhere near perfection - at anything, much less in the eyes of God.But what is this perfection? and why does God ask such an obviously flawed … [Read more...]