Andrew Lincoln on the Water into Wine Miracle … [Read more...]

Andrew Lincoln on the Purpose of the 4th Gospel … [Read more...]

Huntin’ Season in Kentucky

[The following courtesy of intrepid internet searcher Jim Horn]Check List Complete:I scouted the area all summer. . .I searched out the best location for my tree-stand . .I set it all up a month ahead of time . . .I trailed the herd . . .I picked out a trophy buck ..Two days before opening day I rechecked every aspect of the hunt . ..Everything was in place . . ..Sunday morning, I woke up at 2 am . .. .I put on … [Read more...]

Andrew Lincoln on the Spiritual Gospel— John’s Lincoln was one of the best NT teachers I ever had at Gordon-Conwell Seminary between 1974-77. I am presenting here a series of his reflections on John. … [Read more...]

Only Have Eyes for You–Daryl and Jason Mraz goes out to those happy newly weds--- Dave and Emily, sung by Philadelphia's own Daryl Hall! … [Read more...]

Self-Designations and Group Identity– Part Three

The second major self-designation that Paul Trebilco explores at length is the term 'believer' (whether in a noun or a verbal ['the one believing'] form). This terminology occurs some 79 times in the NT with 65 of them being the substantive verbal form, the rest adjectival form. There is no debate that this same sort of terminology can be found in Josephus, Philo, and 15 times in the LXX we find the substantive use of the verb pisteuo, but what is notable is how much more frequent this … [Read more...]

Self-Designations and Group Identity– Part Two

The technical label fictive kinship is one a person frequently encounters in sociological literature when one is talking about a group that talks to and about each other as if they were family when in fact they are not physical kin. My problem with applying this technical phrase to the 'family of faith' language we find in the NT, is that it appears to me that Paul and others really believe there is such a thing as a spiritual kinship involved for those who are a part of the body of Christ (to … [Read more...]

Self-Designations and Group Identity— Part One

The sociological study on the NT has been going on now for decades, and it has produced some remarkable fruit ever since the landmark study by Wayne Meeks--- The First Urban Christians. More recently, one of the most useful and insightful approaches has involved appropriating social identity theory, especially when it comes to group identity. A good example of this is the recently published thesis of Aaron Kuecker on social identity in Luke-Acts. Paul Trebilco's work has for sometime made … [Read more...]

Jesus and his Disciples—- What’s in a Word

(A schematic of the large house of the fisherman unearthed in Bethsaida--- hometown of Peter and Andrew).The term mathetes is thrown around a lot in church these days, usually translated 'disciple'. It's actual literal sense is a 'learner' but often it means something more like 'adherent'. Interestingly, this term does not really show up in the NT outside of the Gospels and Acts, and in Acts the usage seems to be Lukan, by which I mean it does not seem to come from Luke's sources, but from … [Read more...]