On the Road with Jesus


As some of you already know,  last May I took the whole month to do hi def filming in the lands of the Bible.   The goal was to produce introductory level books with a DVD to help lay people and entry level college and seminary students get a sense of the context of the ministry of Jesus, Paul, and other early Christians.    I am pleased to announce that probably about time for Easter, the first On the Road with Jesus book and DVD will be out and will be just as reasonably priced as the Revel … [Read more...]

Why the Ipad is not as Useful as the Newspaper

Kudos to Katya for finding this.   Bw3 … [Read more...]

'Among the Gentiles'— Was Christianity a Greco-Roman Religion? Final Thoughts

There are lots of good reasons to read good books, including good ones that don't already agree with your own predelictions and viewpoints.  As should be clear from these posts, I have some significant disagreements with Luke Johnson on the subjects he is addressing in this book, but also some agreements as well.  It is a good and provocative book and it provides a service in that it forces one to look at early Christianity through the lens of 'ways of being religious' or  religious se … [Read more...]

The Duality Personality Quiz for Christians

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THE DUALITY PERSONALITY TESTYou learn a lot about yourself when you are forced to make choices, and there are only two choices.  The following test is meant to be a non-scientific diagnostic test with a pop culture and Christian orientation.   You should be playing in your head the ‘You can give me this, or you can give me that, but please give me this, for this is where’s it at--- do da dippity’ Kia commercial, whilst taking this test.   Remember, no fair not choosing or choosing both.    An … [Read more...]

'Among the Gentiles'— Was Christianity a Greco-Roman Religion? Part VII

In Chapter 15 Johnson turns to evidence for Religiousness D in 2nd and 3rd century Christianity,  an approach to religion that sees it as a world stabilizing force.   The concern here is for the role of religion in society.  In some ways it is odd to address this subject when one is talking about the pre-Constantinian church.  After all, Christianity was still not a religio licita,  it did not contribute to stabilizing the Roman empire, nor even to stabilizing the religious world within the Empi … [Read more...]

'Work' Completed—- Coming to a Bookstore Near You

My next book in my little Kingdom Perspectives series for Eerdmans is my book succinctly titled WORK,  and it has just come out this week.  Here below is a little sample for you to tease your mind into active thought.     If you wonder what you are looking for,  you will find the cover below as well.    Yes, it's available on Kindle (though I hate that format)  and yes its inexpensive---- $12.00 or thereabouts.  You shouldn't have to do much work to buy this book  :)CHAPTER FIVE: WORK AS MI … [Read more...]

'Among the Gentiles'– Was Christianity a Greco-Roman Religion? Part VI

In his discussion of Gnosticism in Chapter 14,  there is not much to quibble with in terms of the actual analysis of Gnostic thought and, to the degree we can tell anything about it,  Gnostic praxis. Johnson is right that "however diverse the respective Gnostic systems are in detail, they are remarkably consistent with regard to their basic soteriology." (p. 215).   One is saved by what one knows, not who one believes in.  The key to salvation is revelatory knowledge, and if you don't have the wa … [Read more...]

Bill O'Reilly Proves the Existence of God

On the Colbert Show, Bill O'Reilly provides us with irrefutable proof of the existence of God!   Check it out about 3:38 seconds into this Colbert Monologue at the following link.http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=373367 … [Read more...]

'Among the Gentiles'– Was Christianity a Greco-Roman Religion Part V

In various ways, what the church became after the NT era is of less importance, than what its foundational NT documents say it should be. There has always been a gap between Christianity on the ground, and the beliefs and behavior and praxis called for in Scripture.  No one, I think, would debate this.  Nor do I think there is much debate that Christianity became increasingly more like other established religions as time went on.  It began to have buildings, it began to have priests,  it began to … [Read more...]