Rob Bell's New Book— Love Wins

It seems that there are a ton of Christians out there in cyberspace who are prepared to judge Rob Bell before his book has even been published.  As I happen to have the same publisher as Rob now has (Harper),  I called them today and talked to my senior editor this afternoon.   They are tight lipped about the content of the book and the publicist will send me one at the appropriate juncture.  It will then be time to critically evaluate  Rob's latest thoughts.In this post,  I have a very differ … [Read more...]

Obama Sticking to his Guns….. or Sticking it to Guns


I was minding my own business this morning when I received an email from my Senator---- who is Rand Paul.  In just about his first act in office as a newly minted Senator he decided to rant and rave because President Obama has banned the re-importing of about a million antique  M1 rifles.   It appears that South Korea would like to give us back these antiques--- so gun collectors at gun shows can sell them all over the U.S. and make a profit.   Just what America needs--- more guns sold cheap … [Read more...]

Friday Night with Ellis Marsalis at Snug Harbor

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On Friday Nights at Snug Harbor, a tiny jazz club in Nola a elderly gentleman shuffles in at 10 p.m. sharp with his band, sometimes a trio, sometimes a quartet to play exactly an hour and a half of wonderful classic jazz.   The man in question?  The patriarch of the whole musical Marsalis family--- Ellis.   On Friday last I finally got there to see him,  and what an incredible treat it was.  I got to sit right on the front row, and ended up being the roadie for the show because Ellis' son Jason k … [Read more...]

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Vertical Jesus in a World of Horizontal Analysis


(This lecture was given at the Greer-Heard Forum  last Saturday at New Orleans Baptist Seminary after the presentations the previous day by Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans)I listened to my scholarly colleagues yesterday give us a variety of answers as to whether the Gospels are historically reliable when it comes to their portraits of Jesus, debate differences in the accounts and their significance, talk about how we derive historically responsible conclusions about  Jesus, and speak with p … [Read more...]

Retrospective on the Career of Dom Crossan

I have known Dom Crossan for a long time and read his work since the 70s.  We have done dialogues and discussions together, and it is certainly true we disagree on many things theological, ethical, and historical.   But I admire his enthusiasm for studying the Bible in its original contexts, including most recently its archaeological ones.     I consider Dom a friend, and he has always been kind to me.  Here is an article just up on CNN in which I am quoted a good deal about Dom,  and I would wan … [Read more...]

'How Is the Weather Up There?– Stanley Clarke's Global Warming Song

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DVDs of Dorothy Sayer's Novels

Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) was one of the most important Christian writers of the twentieth century, and behind only  Flannery O'Conner as a Christian woman writing fiction.  At the peak of her career, she rivaled any of her Oxfordian Christian contemporaries called the Inklings (Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams, etc.).  There must have been something in the water there in mid-century in Oxford as we have seldom seen such a large group of gifted Christian writers in one place at one period of ti … [Read more...]

Evangelicals and Muslims in Dialogue and Co-operation


Here below is a link to an article by one of my former students at Asbury,  Ben DeVan  who recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post based on his ThM work at Harvard on Evangelicals and Muslims.    See what you think----   BW3 … [Read more...]

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels— The Greer-Heard Forum at NOBTS

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This weekend is shaping up to be quite the little dialogue---- Bart Ehrman, Dale Martin, and Jennifer Knust on one side,  and  Craig Evans, Craig Keener, and me  on the other, debating the historical reliability of the Gospel accounts about Jesus at New Orleans Baptist's Greer-Heard Forum on this Friday and Saturday.   Your truly will also be preaching in chapel there on Thursday, and at  Calvary Baptist on Sunday.  The person to contact about this is Dr. Bob Stewart at the seminary.     Here is … [Read more...]