Yahweh and Psalm 40— Bono

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The Book of Revelation: A Different Kind of Apocalyptic Text

Here is a helpful blog post on Revelation by my friend and colleague Larry Hurtado. See what you think. BW3Prompted by a recent guest lecture on the Book of Revelation given here, I pondered to myself again how unusual the book is. We (scholars) typically associate Revelation with a body of ancient texts that we classify as “apocalyptic” writings. But, actually, Revelation stands out in a number of interesting features that may signal something historically significant.Typically, f … [Read more...]

Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy— Benefaction

Q11. BEN: I wonder if you have had occasion to read John Barclay’s masterful study Paul and the Gift, as he has quite a lot to say about Paul’s views on grace and benefaction, not always agreeing with you. You push hard for the view that the author of the Pastorals is rejecting the notion of human benefactors and wants to insist that only God is a true benefactor. I take it that this is part of your equally hard push for the notion that the Pastorals are adopting a counter-cultural approach to th … [Read more...]

Rob Renfroe’s Defining Moments Address

Here is an excellent sermon by one of our best Methodist preachers..... which I happened to be present for at the Woodlands UMC....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TJqcnLbDxg&feature=youtu.be … [Read more...]

Americana- Waco Style/ Buzzard Billy’s

If you've been to the South, but never been to a swamp shack, well.... you haven't truly been to all the South. I mean at a swamp shack the 'gators don't do the eating, they get eaten, much to their own chagrin. Now Buzzard Billy's is not unique to Waco, it's something of a chain, and it is a chain that has roots in Cajun and Creole country, and the cooking down on the Bayou and in New Orleans. Can you hear the Creedence Clearwater music now?? Anyway, on one of my last days in Waco, me and my … [Read more...]

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

After the Bible, the book, or collection of books most read, studied, performed around the world, whether in English or not, is of course Shakespeare. And the impact has been, and continues to be enormous. If you don't know the Bible and Shakespeare, and you're an English-speaking person,then you are a functional illiterate when it comes to the history of the English language and the formation of Western culture. This is not a judgment, it's just a fact. So here, to celebrate the Bard is a … [Read more...]

Southern Discomfort—- You’re Summer Reading is Now Ready!!

Here is an offer you absolutely should not refuse. Available on Kindle already (cut and paste this link into your browser---https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FTEBDFM), my brand new summer beach reading special 'Southern Discomfort', available at only $9.99.In the wake of my bestseller, A Week in the Life of Corinth, I turned, in this novel, to what I know even better than Biblical studies, namely the South, and Southern fiction. If you like Grisham, you will love this. If you like the … [Read more...]

A Spirited Discussion— Waiting is Hard

Here are some thoughts about Pentecost I recently wrote up for Missio-Alliance. See what you think...In the process of figuring out next steps when it comes to evangelism and mission work, there is a tendency on most people’s part to look for new techniques, plans and processes that work, strategies whether long or short term that lead to success and so on. We like to be hands-on and feel like we are in control. But alas, when it comes to the work of God’s Spirit, we are not in control, a … [Read more...]

Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy— The Issue of Slavery

Q10.BEN: Obviously the issue of slavery is a ethically difficult one for Christian scholars to discuss, and there have been recent treatments of the household codes and related passages such as the one you deal with in 1 Timothy, that in essence suggest that the writers of the NT, and perhaps especially those in the Pauline circle simply capitulated to the status quo, or even endorsed it, when it came to slavery (see e.g. Harrill’s book)? My response to that whole way of reading the NT is it f … [Read more...]