A.D. The Bible Continues— Part Four

It might be possible, through a mere reading of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' trials, to come to the conclusion that Pilate was not all bad as a procurator of the province of Judaea. But this is not the whole picture, as Josephus makes very clear indeed in his Antiquities and Jewish Wars. Pilate as anti-Semitic, and he was brutal. Two of his more infamous acts early on in his rule was the attempt to bring the Roman standards into the Temple courts in Jerusalem, and his appropriation of Temple … [Read more...]

A Fellowship of Differents

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Ben: Scot it seems that I've been reading a lot of your recent offerings ranging from Jesus is Lord, and little Caesar is not, (it's a pizza), to your book on the Kingdom, and most recently to A Fellowship of Differents (Zondervan, 2014), a book on the nature of the church. What has prompted all this recent useful productivity?Scot: Thanks Ben, and I appreciate your reading those books. In about 2000 I made a decision that I wanted to write for the church as well as the academy. Because of … [Read more...]

The Way of the Wesleys– An Excellent Primer

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I've been reading Wesleyana materials for most of my life. I'm a cradle Methodist, and someday I suppose I'll be a grave Methodist. I've read all sorts of books on John Wesley and on Wesleyan theology. In my opinion the very best short introduction to the theology, ethics, and praxis of the Wesley has now finally emerged! It's very readable, it focuses on the views of both John and Charles Wesley, and unlike many studies sticks almost exclusively to the primary sources with lots of judicious … [Read more...]

Remember the Winter of our Discontent?

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The Minions are Coming, the Minions are Coming!

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Ben’s Books– Part Eight

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History matters to an historical religion like Christianity, and so I've spent a lot of time on the history in and about the NT. My survey of the history of the whole period is New Testament History . This book has been used as a textbook a good deal and should be read in tandem with my Acts of the Apostles commentary. It should also be read in tandem with the collection of essays that I edited and contributed to entitled History, Literature, and the Book of Acts. There are some excellent … [Read more...]

Living Sacrifices— a Meditation on Romans 12

MEDITATION ON ROMANS 12Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to keep on offering your bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly t … [Read more...]

The Newsroom– Season Three ‘Common Decency’

As I have said before, Aaron Sorkin is a brilliant writer who kept West Wing afloat for many a season. Sadly, 'The Newsroom' has now bowed out, and had its last run of six episodes last Fall on HBO. Honestly, there are hardly any dramas on any network that deal with Americana and freedom of the press that are of this quality. Madam Secretary is a distant second. In this third season we still have the stellar cast, Jeff Daniels as the lead anchorman, Jane Fonda as Leona the owner, who has now … [Read more...]

A.D. The Bible Continues— Episode 3

The third episode of A.D. the Bible Continues deals with the period between the Ascension and Pentecost, and then a bit beyond that into Acts 5. The centerpiece of this episode is of course the Pentecost event itself, which as it were is the bright foreground of the story, with the dark clouds of Roman and priestly machinations being the frame or backdrop of the story. For my money there is too much of the latter, including too much bloodshed, and too little focus on the former. One nice … [Read more...]


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