More on Justification and Campbell’s Views


(The following info from Larry Hurtado shows the ongoing furor over Campbell's take on righteousness). More Engagement with Campbell on “Justification” by larry hurtadoRunning a little behind in tracking journals, I've only recently noted that a recent issue of Journal for the Study of the New Testament (vol. 34, 2011) is devoted to a robust debate over Douglas Campbell's book, The Deliverance of God (which Campbell also discussed with me in response to an earlier posting on this blo … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Hengel

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(Here's a fine reminder of the value of the voluminous work of Martin Hengel. See what you think. BW3).New Testament Chronology and Christian Origins by larry hurtadoIn the course of writing an essay this past week in which I'm trying to work up a conceptual model for early Christianity, I had occasion to read again Martin Hengel's pithy gem-essay: "Christology and New Testament Chronology," in his book, Between Jesus and Paul (London: SCM, 1983), 30-47. Since grad students and … [Read more...]

The Matriculants— Asbury’s First PhDs in Biblical Studies

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The newly minted PhDs are in the forefront of the picture--- Adesola Akala, David Shreiner, and Mark Awabdy. You may recognize a few other souls in the picture. Your's truly is on the back row wearing his puffy hat and lots of Durham and Jerusalem red. … [Read more...]

First Raitt— Concert Bliss

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Finding good concerts with stars of the 60s and 70s who still play and sing well is of course becoming more and more difficult. Too many of them are in the morgue, or at least they sound like they are dead, and I'm grateful I've managed to avoid most of those kinds of concerts. But when the opportunity arose to see a clean and sober Bonnie Raitt back on top of her game, and on top of that, an opening act of Marc Cohn who still sings and plays wonderfully, even after he was shot in the head in … [Read more...]

The Problem with Texting…..


( I don't normally do more than offer links and small quotes as requested from the NY Times, but this article strikes a major nerve and is so important that I am making a one time exception....)The Flight From ConversationBy SHERRY TURKLE Published: NY Times April 21, 2012WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. … [Read more...]

God in the Afternoon— a Homily by J. D.


(Here is a fine homiletical research piece by one of my students in Asbury's ACE program. See what you think). Whether a cram sermon writing session on Saturday night or a well thought out sermon series prepared over weeks’ time, pastors, at least the good ones, hope their Sunday morning messages do not fall on deaf ears. A greater hope may be that those who have come did not just “hear the Good News,” but are so inspired to go out and apply the content of the morning message and S … [Read more...]

James Howell on the Bible and Sexuality


James Howell is the senior ministry at my home church-- Myers Park UMC in Charlotte. See what you think of the following post. … [Read more...]

The NT and the LXX

NT Studies and the Septuagint by larryhurtadoIt has often struck me as curious that the "Septuagint" (LXX) as been so widely neglected among NT scholars, and so often overlooked by PhD students in the field. So, e.g., when PhD students tackle the meaning of some OT passage cited or alluded to in the NT, or the meaning of some word/expression that seems to be derived from the OT, they often (typically?) conduct an admirably detailed analysis of the Hebrew OT passage, but do little (often … [Read more...]

The Avengers— with a Vengeance

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The much anticipated, and now World Number One movie (grossing already a staggering one billion dollars), the Avengers has hit the movie screens in at three formats (2D, 3D, real 3D) and I will tell you now, you will do just as well to see it in 2D instead of 3D, unless you have real 3D. So much of Jos Whedon's first Marvel movie is shot in the dark that the dark 3D glasses make it frankly too dark to enjoy some of the crucial dark scenes. This is not a problem with the real 3D where the … [Read more...]