Richard Hays’– Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels– a Dialogue

(The full review of the book will come in tomorrow's blog post).“Richard B. Hays, The George Washington Ivy Chair of New Testament, Duke University, one of world’s most important and celebrated New Testament scholars, will release his most important book in June (Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels, Baylor University Press [add link]). I had the chance to discuss the book with Dean Hays.” Richard this book has been long in the making, as you expl … [Read more...]

The Boston Marathon Redux– A Sermon for Patriot’s Day

1993 seems like a very long time ago these days. It was the year I went to Boston and ran the Boston marathon with about 5,000 others. In those days there was no need for a certain qualifying time unless you wanted to compete for a timed outcome. I didn't I wanted to just run and finish the Boston marathon as a personal goal. I had run the Cleveland in 1990, but this was the big enchilada, so to speak (I've been in Texas too many weeks it appears). For someone who has actually run the … [Read more...]

All Scripture is Inspired—- David Watson on the Bible as God’s Word the ongoing debate in Methodism about the passages in the OT and NT that say that same sex sexual activity is immoral, one of the strategies of those who would change the Discipline's statements that affirm this Biblical stance, is to suggest that some parts of the Bible are less inspired than others, or worse, argue to de-canonize such passages. Here is a sane response to Adam Hamilton's suggestions on that front. See … [Read more...]

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes– The White Worm

I must say at the outset that I am very very picky when it comes to Sherlock Holmes stories by someone other than the originator, Conan Doyle. I mean I have the fully annotated Baring-Gould edition of all the original stories as they appeared in the Strand with the original pictures. There have been some good further adventure stories, including the recent film Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen as the old Holmes in retirement trying to solve one unresolved case whilst tending to his bees. That … [Read more...]

Americana– Waco Style Part One

So whilst here in Waco for six weeks, one has time to sample the local 'culture', I use the term loosely. There is indeed culture here at Baylor, but so far as the town goes.... well, there is the food culture. Look closely at the picture above. Yep, the name of that restaurant is Health Camp, proudly serving greasy burgers and onion rings since 1949. On the plus side.... they have about 50 different choices of excellent milk shakes and malts (remember malts?). So when you walk in, you … [Read more...]

Those Talking Animals— Again … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It— Here’s Why I’m not a Calvinist … [Read more...]

Miracles from Heaven– A Good Christian Movie was Einstein, no less, who said, 'either everything is a miracle, or nothing is a miracle'. I understand this sentiment, but of course to most people, if you use the word 'miracle' you're talking about something that is not by any means an everyday occurrence. The dictionary has defined the term variously (e.g. 'an event which violates the laws of nature', 'an event that is inexplicable in … [Read more...]

Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy—- Part Eight

Q6a.BEN: One factor that I would say your analysis overlooks in dealing with 1 Tim. 2.8-15 is that Paul is correcting existing problems--- the men are grumbling, the women are over-dressing and interfering with whoever is (presumably Timothy) the person Paul left behind as leader and teacher of these new converts. The problem is an abuse of the privilege of teaching, when in fact the women in question first need to be quiet and listen and learn, and be in submission to the teaching (nothing is … [Read more...]