Paul and the Heritage of Israel– Part Five


The second major portion of Paul and the Heritage of Israel deals with The Figure and Legacy of Paul in Acts. The first essay in this section is an important one by David Moessner.Moessner situations Acts, quite rightly, as a volume completed in the last couple of decades of the first century when the first generation of witnesses had died off or were no longer able to give credible witness. Written apostolic traditions are proliferating, collections of Paul's letters are circulating and … [Read more...]

Coffee and Tea Work Well for Me


Thanks to Amy George for the lead on these pictures! … [Read more...]

Early Christian Jesus Devotion— Hurtado Clarifies


My friend and colleague Larry Hurtado, now emeritus at Edinburgh is one of the leading authorities on early Jesus devotion by his followers. Here is a helpful clarifying post of his that he put up a month ago. ------- On Being Understood (about the Origins of Jesus-Devotion) by larryhurtadoIt's discouraging to be misunderstood. It happens to others as well. In some cases it may seem entirely accountable to the way that some express their views, e.g., with vague or complicated … [Read more...]

When a Koala need a Cola and a Bath


The recent droughts and wild fires over the last five years (think yet another effect of climate change) have led to some astonishing things animals have done to find water and survive. … [Read more...]

The Bear Facts about Friendship


For a full week, this lonely polar bear came out to play with his new friend, the huskie. To heck with survival of the fittest, or biggest, or most unbearable. … [Read more...]

The Premonition— God’s Early Warning System


All day my wife had had this sense of dread, a sense that something had gone terribly wrong. The dread had a focus--- our daughter Christy, whom we had not heard from for a couple of days. Then came the phone call late at night that no parent ever wants. Christy was dead and gone, felled by an unexpected pulmonary embolism. The thing is, that Ann had carried around the strong sense that it had already happened before it was confirmed.Then there was the story my old English prof Chris … [Read more...]

Silver Linings Cloud Drive


Hope springs eternal in the human breast, or so we are told by optimists of all kinds. This seems to especially be the case when what one is hoping for is that ever elusive 'true love'. It becomes all the more elusive when you are dealing with seriously messed up young people-- such as encounter in 'Silver Linings Playbook'. It is sometimes hard to tell who exactly is the most messed up--- Is it Pat Solitano (played very well indeed by Bradley Cooper) who is bi-polar and on top of that has … [Read more...]

AFTE— The John Wesley Fellows and their Impact


Here is a nice article on the legacy of the John Wesley Fellows by Mary Jacobs in the UM reporter..... It has been one of my great privileges to be a John Wesley Fellow, from the very start of the program when I was one of the first three to be funded in 1977. As the article makes clear, the impact of this group of scholars has already been considerable especially at … [Read more...]

Preaching in the Land of Lincoln

images copy 121

Going to Springfield Ill. is a trip back into the past. Here Abraham Lincoln built a house and lived for 17 years, and from here he was elected to the Presidency. The Lincoln Presidential Museum, and Library, and House are all here, and so is the pew his family would city in at the Presbyterian Church just down the road from his house. While I was in Springfield on Monday to do an event for my Methodists, preaching and teaching them, I had Monday morning off, and I made good use of it, … [Read more...]