The Christy Fund— a Christmas Option

For those who have asked, the way to donate to the Christy Ann Witherington scholarship fund is by going to , filling out the form and specifying under the “other” category the “Christy Witherington Scholarship”. Of course, you can also mail checks to the Asbury Seminary Advancement Office and just specify the scholarship on the check memo or in a note.Ann and I wrote the following poem for the ebook.WHEN A DAUGHTER DIES…When a daughter … [Read more...]

Study the Bible at Oxford During your 2013 Vacation

Oxford Vacation Term for Biblical Study 2013by larryhurtadoThe Oxford Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS) is an annual opportunity to take in lectures by established scholars in Biblical Studies, and also offers the chance to acquire and refine abilities in biblical Greek and/or Hebrew. The event is organized by a group of volunteers, and has been held annually for many years. I've enjoyed invitations to give lectures, and have been very impressed with the quality of what is on … [Read more...]

The Perks of Being Over 60

Since I am now approaching my 61rst birthday, I was thankful for this particular little list my 85 year old Mom sent me.THE PERKS OF BEING OVER 6001. Kidnappers are not very interested in you. 02. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first. 03. No one expects you to run--anywhere. 04. People call at 9 pm and ask,"did I wake you?" 05. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. 06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. 07. Things you buy now won't … [Read more...]

Neither gods nor dogs

What is the nature of human nature? What are we intended to be.... and to do? The Feast of the Incarnation, when the Son of God took on human flesh is the perfect time for a meditation on this very subject. Professor K. Scott was giving a chapel address at Asbury last month, and he was stressing that God created our world in such a fashion that we might grow up and grow into our true humanity, like Jesus himself who, according to Lk. 2.52 'grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with … [Read more...]

The Providence of God—- Dave Robertson’s Story

Things happen to me that simply don’t happen to “normal” people. So much so in fact, that my family has long ago come to call these events “Dave-ism’s”.It was in the Spring of 2010 in Prattville, AL and I was helping my 23 year old son Jason move into his first apartment. Jason was in the Air Force and had elected to move off base into his own place. As usually happens in such events, he got “donations” of furniture from several of his buddies, but the big deal was that one of his Sergeant … [Read more...]

Take Five—- RIP Dave Brubeck

Yesterday one of the real lions of American, and indeed world jazz passed away only one day before his 92nd birthday--- Dave Brubeck. Brubeck, along with his long time collaborator Paul Desmond is rightly credited for helping make jazz more accessible to audiences around the world, and especially in his early period is credited with being one of jazz' great innovators. Certainly one of top five most influential jazz albums of my lifetime is 'Time Out' first issued in 1959, with many classic … [Read more...]

The Cinderella Christian Century

The Cinderella Century in Early Christianity? by larryhurtadoChatting with a colleague yesterday, the importance of the second century CE came up, and we agreed that it's a crucial period insufficiently taken account of in scholarship, at least in comparison with the massive attention given to the NT and even to later patristic times/figures/texts. Back in the 80s, there was a journal that ran for a number of years entitled The Second Century (which was re-founded as Journal of Early … [Read more...]

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Hurtado on Keener on Acts

Keener on Acts of the Apostles by larryhurtadoOf the making of commentaries on biblical writings, there is much, increasingly so (it seems) in recent decades, often in various series, each with its own intended focus, readership, and approach. One of the most prolific writers of commentaries is Craig Keener, with hefty tomes on the Gospel of Matthew (1999), the Gospel of John (2 vols, 2003), and now the first of a 4-volume commentary on Acts of the Apostles: Acts: An Exegetical … [Read more...]