Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Six


There is a better way of conceptualizing what Tom Wright means when he says that Jews in the Holy Land saw themselves as still in exile. Following the schema of Steck and Koch, he means that many, perhaps most of them saw themselves as still under some sort of judgment of God for their sins. In the threefold pattern of sin leading to judgment, and after judgment comes restoration, 'exile' is seen as one paradigmatic form of judgment on Israel. I would prefer just saying that many Jews saw … [Read more...]

American Hustle—- “Do the Hustle, Con the Con”


Oscar time is coming around the bend, and definitely up for some awards is David O. Russell's Scorcese like crime film, 'American Hustle', once more exposing the seamy underbelly of big business, big criminals, and bad politicians. The cast is spectacular (De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and more) and the story is loosely based on the Abscam sting of the late 70s. Our story is set in 1978, complete with a 70s soundtrack to make those of my generation hum … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part Five


One of the major important contentions of Tom Wright is that Israel lived out of, or better said, lived as actors in, the grand story of God and his people, involving both their judgment and their restoration. Tom's understanding of this fundamental narrative that he believes early Jews not merely resonated with but lived out of has not changed much from twenty years ago until now, to judge from the retelling of the story in Chapter Two, pp. 108ff. Tom still sticks by his contention not only … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Four


Not many scholars or lay persons have swallowed the ouevre of Tom Wright whole. By this I do not mean that not many have bought his arguments, but rather that not many have read even all the seminal scholarly books he has written. I have read all the big ones (all the way back to the Climax of the Covenant and even before) and many of the littler more popular level books as well. Here I have to warn you that if you are planning to read Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2 volumes, 1700 and some … [Read more...]

Boston stays Classy— Emerson College names Journalism School after Ron Burgundy

http://www.emerson.edu/news-events/emerson-college-today/its-official-day-burgundy-school-comm#.UrGGLI2kD5A … [Read more...]

The Lottery Trick Illusion

I am no fan of lotteries, which rob from the poor and those who can least afford to buy lottery tickets and give a ridiculous amount of money to one or too few people. If you have to have lotteries I'm in favor of: 1) one third of the winning proceeds going to charities of various sorts (e.g. cancer research); 2) one third in taxes to pay off various state debts and provide essential state services, and 3) one third to winners.Playing the lottery is a form of gambling of course, and as … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Three


One of the things about being a global thinker is that you realize the merits of a spectrum of viewpoints, and even realize that it is not often wise to pick sides in the history vs. theology debate, not least because the Gospel involves both. Christianity is after all an historical religion, and as I am prone to stress nothing can be theologically true that is historically false, if we are talking about the places where theology and history intersect. Fortunately, Tom Wright is insistent that … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Two


One of the things I most appreciate about Tom Wright's work, including these new volumes is that Tom, like Paul himself, is a global thinker. And when I say a global thinker, I'm not just referring to the whole field of theology, but rather to the fact that Tom is interested in get right the whole mindset of Paul not just in regard to his theological ideas, but in regard to his praxis, and his symbols, and his stories. He is equally critical of the reductionism of the left (say e.g. the … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part One


As has once been said in jest, there is an appalling amount of Paul in the NT (13 of 27 books are attributed to Paul), and when it comes to Evangelical treatments of Paul, there is also a plethora of those available as well. Indeed one cannot read all the treatments are out there, as they number like the sands on the seashore. But if you are going to read some thorough treatments of St. Paul, then one of those treatments (at 1700 pages in two volumes) is Tom Wright's magnum opus entitled Paul … [Read more...]