Summer in Turkey

Ah the bougainvillea, the food, the Sesame St. characters in beautiful Antalya, Turkey in the summer..... … [Read more...]

Put a Little Flash Mob (and Joy) in your Life … [Read more...]

Why Would God Let Trump Happen? answer must be---- to punish us for our sins, which are many. BW3 … [Read more...]

Ode to Joy—- For my Dad family have always been big Beethoven lovers, and of course who doesn't love the last portion of his Ninth Symphony, commonly called 'the Ode to Joy'. Hopefully Dad is listening to this even now performed by the heavenly choir. He would have been 100 years old right about now, were he still with us. Happy Birthday Dad, sure do miss you. Your Son, BW3 … [Read more...]

U2– Amazing Grace and Where the Streets Have No Name … [Read more...]

Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms … [Read more...]

Yahweh and Psalm 40— Bono … [Read more...]

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...]