Marked Messengers— angelloi in Mark, Part One


One of the problems Christians have in reading the New Testament is that their scope of semantic understanding is limited by translation. What I mean by this is that translators have to make choices about the meanings of words. Take for example the word euangellion. It simply means good news, as opposed to bad news, and is not yet a technical term for a particular kind of literature, namely a gospel. Probably it should be translated 'good news' (not in caps) most everywhere you find it in … [Read more...]

Ora et Labora— A Work in Progress

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On the Road with Jesus Part Two


I am pleased to announce that the second volume in a projected three volume set of little books for Bible Study and Sunday school teaching in our On the Road with Jesus series is now available for purchase (only $8 on Amazon).  These little study guides also have a companion DVD that go with them that is available as well from Amazon of Cokesbury.The response to the first volume has been quite excellent and it is now being used rather widely for Bible study and Sunday school, and small group … [Read more...]

Christy’s Fund

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So many, many of you have responded to the news about our Christy girl's sudden death, and I want to say thank you for that. Today is an especially sad day for us as we are in Durham N.C., sorting through Christy's clothes and belongs, sending some to Good Will, parceling out furniture to family, and packing up her house and putting it in a Penske truck to drive back to Lexington Ky. It is hard to see our sweetpea disappear by inches as her personal effects are given away, the things she … [Read more...]

The Patio Tomb of Joseph? Part Four


Having had time now to digest James Tabor's latest discoveries  there are a variety of things that need to be said about them. Let's deal with a few facts first. I am going to assume that at the least you have scanned the report in Part Three of this series. If not, go back and look over the 46 pages closely. Here are some of the things that strike me about it. (To the right see the James ossuary with its inscription, which has no known connections with the Talpiot tomb and was found in … [Read more...]

The Patio Tomb of Joseph? Part Three is James Tabor's preliminary and detailed archaeological report on the new tomb discovery. … [Read more...]

The Patio Tomb of Joseph? Part Two

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‘The Rest of Life is Coming’

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Here's the next book in the Kingdom Perspectives Series for Eerdmans. Coming soon. … [Read more...]

The Patio Tomb of Joseph? Part One

Here is the first of many reviews (this one is quite sane-- by msnbc science editor Alan Boyle) of the new claims of James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici to have found a tomb that has some relationship to the burial and family of Jesus. … [Read more...]