The Gospel of Jesus– Kindle Edition

O.K. Kindle hounds, you now have another good offering available to you from yours truly-- The Gospel of Jesus. One could call this Ben's Diatesseron, if you know what that is. Many centuries ago, Tatian, a church father sought to combine the stories in the four Gospels to provide one seamless narrative. That is not quite what this is--- this is the singular oral story behind the various Gospel tellings of the life of Jesus, as I have reconstructed it. So, it involves both historical … [Read more...]

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

There are important points along the way where Tom helpfully summarizes what he is arguing for or believes, and this helps provide clarity to the discussion. For instance on p. 710 we hear: "with both christology and pneumatology it seems that the normal assumption of many [modern] writers is radically mistaken. It is not the case that the NT is unclear or fuzzy on these subjects, and that the early Fathers invented a high view of Jesus and the spirit which was then wrongly read back into the … [Read more...]

Ephesian Miracle— Now Available for Kindle

O.K. all you Kindle hounds, the Kindle edition of 'Ephesian Miracle is now available for less than $10! Here's the link---'s a a steal, and complete with pictures too. The first to do a good lengthy review on Amazon can have a free (different) book, my new Gospel of Jesus book, from me if you will send me a self-addressed, stamped mailing envelope to my school address--- ATS, N. Lexington Ave. Wilmore, Ky. 40390. Enjoy the fun....BW3 … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Twenty Nine

In order to get clarity on Tom's argument about various Pauline texts referring to 'the return of YHWHW' being associated with the incarnation of Jesus, I have asked Tom to state as clearly as possible which texts in Paul definitely refer to the second coming. His short list, sent to me via email includes the following--"clearly Phil 3.20f., 1 Thess 1.10 and 1 Thess. 4 of course, Col 3.4… and I assume that Jesus’ coming/appearing is the central feature of the ‘big picture’ passages such as Rom … [Read more...]

Stephen Saylor’s– ‘Raiders of the Nile’ (or a ‘Bandit’s Life for Me’)

There is a rather fine line between pandering to one's audience, and seeking to please them. Sometimes even very good writers cross the line. Stephen Saylor is indeed an excellent novelist of ancient Rome and its environs and I would recommend his sub Rosa series to anyone interested in learning more about that culture and time. Indeed, I have used one of his novels in a NT class (A Mist of Prophecies). I approached the reading of this novel with a bit of hesitation and trepidation because I … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong with ‘Just Win Baby’?

It was reportedly Vince Lombardi who said 'winning isn't everything, it's the only thing'. This mantra replaced 'winning isn't everything' and the earlier one 'it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game'. And when winning became the be all and end all of all sorts of sports and competitions, ethics went right out the window, down the street, to the airport, and flew off into the sky never to return. Things have gotten progressively worse in big time college athletics, but … [Read more...]

Noah, The Movie— Down in the Flood

On the one hand, asking Darren Aronofsky to direct an 130 million dollar movie about Noah is rather like asking Machiavelli to write 'The Little Prince' instead of 'The Prince'. 'The Black Swan' meets 'two white doves and a raven'. It doesn't seem a natural alignment of the stars. But on the other hand, it certainly eliminates the 'cheese factor'. This movie (apart from its very strange comic book opening.... was that an indirect comment on the character of Biblical stories?) could in no way … [Read more...]

Tommy Tomlinson’s and Alexander Wolff’s Tribute to Dean Smith

Here is a wonderful brief tribute to Deano from Mssrs. Tomlinson and Wolff. It's very appropriate as well to add, and ask that you pray for that good Baptist Dean Smith, as he suffers now from dementia. I remember Dean well, and personally. You see I went to his basketball camp in Chapel Hill in the summer of 1967. I was coached by Eddie Fogler and Charlie Scott at the camp. At the time, I thought I might become a basketball player. But I never grew any more after the ninth grade. What did … [Read more...]

Noah Redivivus— Revisiting Gen. 6-9

The key here is Walton's statement that we must understand the text literarily before we can understand it theologically, and only then can we begin to understand what sort of historical or empirical claims the text is making (BW3). … [Read more...]