The Ghost of Future Perfect Passive


A special thanks to Doug Savage who deserves all the credit and kudos for these Savage cartoons. … [Read more...]

Seeing Christmas with New Eyes


I have always loved Christmas ever since I was little. I have memories of the Christmas in High Point when my cat decided it was a good idea to climb the Christmas tree so as to swat the bubble lights which were making him crazy. The tree came down in the middle of the night, breaking my favorite bubble lights. Things do go wrong at Christmas.While things didn't go wrong last Christmas, little did we know that our sweet Christy girl would be found dead only a couple of weeks later in … [Read more...]

Christmas— When God Says— I Won’t Give up on Us … [Read more...]

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The Meaning of Incarnation

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Incarnation is a big word, and sadly, not a lot of Christians either use it, or know what it means. It does not refer to the same thing as the virginal conception, though the latter is the means by which the incarnation of the Son of God took place. Incarnation refers to the choices and acts of a pre-existent divine being, namely the Son of God, that the Son took in order to become a human being. He took on flesh, and became fully, truly human without ceasing to be fully, truly divine. … [Read more...]

The SBL in Chicago-A Potpourri of Things– Part Four


Me with my Turkish friends, Levent Oral and Mark Wilson at the Tutku Tours booth at the SBL.Certainly one of the major sessions at the SBL this year was the panel discussion of the recent collection of essays published by T+T Clark and entitled Paul and the Heritage of Israel. Those participating were Rob Wall, Mikael Parsons, Daniel Marguerat, Loveday Alexander, David Moessner, and Mark Reasoner. The purpose of the book and the seminar is to work across disciplines comparing themes and … [Read more...]

O Mayan

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The SBL in Chicago–A Potpourri of Things– Part Three


Jeff Cate gave an intriguing lecture on a specific papyrus-- p43. He pointed out that rarely were compendiums of Scripture references made and written down in the early centuries of Christianity. And when they were they were parts of primitive lectionaries. It is interesting that the Greek and Syriac lectionaries included no references from the book of Revelation, but the Coptic and Latin ones did do so. One reason to use the verso or back side of a papyrus was to have the whole of a book on … [Read more...]

The SBL in Chicago– A Potpourri of Things Part Two

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One of the more enjoyable things to do at the SBL (besides going to great restaurants like Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, or Santorinis Greek restaurant or the Green Zebra) is going to specialist lectures and learning something. For example, I attended the lecture of MacQuarrie doctoral student Julien Ogereau on the Epidosis Decree in Troizen and its Similarities to Acts 2 and 4. This decree (found in IG IV 757), talks about a one off contribution to the poor and needy, not an ongoing giving to … [Read more...]