What to Expect from the Hobbit Movies

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Here is the latest inside scoop from my Hobbit sources in New Zealand...."As we near the year out mark of the most anticipated movie of 2012, The Hobbit, here is some information to keep you salivating. The studios released an in depth synopsis of exactly what the first Hobbit installment, An Unexpected Journey, will be about. There has been a lot of confusion about just how the book will be integrated into the two movies and how Lord of the Rings characters fit into that as well. Here is … [Read more...]

Novel Devotional Practices in Early Christianity

Here is a useful discussion by Larry Hurtado that makes clear the importance of early Christian worship practices in evaluating early Christianity. ------ Words, Actions and Meanings by larry hurtadoIn discussions after my lectures in Chicago and Waco (in which I focused on the place of Jesus in earliest Christian prayer), I tried to clarify why I have placed emphasis over many years on the importance of early Christian devotional practice. I have done so both because devotional … [Read more...]

Edwin Judge– a Scholar for All Ages

(The following is a post by Larry Hurtado my colleague and friend. I whole-heartedly agree with Larry's assessment of him). Celebrating a Scholar: Edwin A. Judge by larryhurtadoAt the recent annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Alanna Nobbs kindly presented me with a gift copy of a collection of essays (edited by her) by the important Australian scholar of early Christianity and its Roman-era setting, Edwin A. Judge, Jerusalem and Athens: Cultural Transformation in Late … [Read more...]

Towards a Biblical Theology— Part Three


(This is the last pre-Christmas post in this series. We will pick up the thread again on Dec. 26th).RETHINKING NT THEOLOGY AND ETHICS AND POST-MODERN EPISTEMOLOGY In a provocative essay, Leander Keck suggests that tracing a history of ideas and their development is not really doing theology. He puts it this way:NT theology as theology cannot be pursued simply by extending, correcting or refining the history of early Christian theologies even when limited to those in the NT. … [Read more...]

Peter Berger on the New Calvinism

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The following is a re-post of a blog post by Peter Berger. My own observation would be that while Wesleyan theology does owe something to Jacob Arminius' thought, it does so in the same way that Brahms owed something to Beethoven, while producing new creative works of art (or in the case of Wesley, works of theology). Wesleyan theology is certainly not a variation of Calvinism any more than the Anabaptist pacifistic ethic is a variant of Lutheran two realm theology. … [Read more...]

The Kingdom Perspective Series


While the cognoscenti may not need this insider tip, for everyone else, I trust this post will be helpful. For some years now, I have been doing several series of small books. There was the sacraments series I did for Baylor--- Troubled Waters, Making a Meal of It, and The Living Word of God. These books were meant to be read together to help conceptualize an overall approach to the sacraments in the Protestant tradition.Another series of small books is the Kingdom perspective … [Read more...]

God of the Living— Part Two


The Prolegomena to the discussion of Biblical Theology in God of the Living is far from perfunctory. It sets up the discussion in various ways. From the outset the authors make clear that God is not knowable in himself by mere human inquiry, only as God reveals himself to us. This means that the doctrine of God is inevitably linked to a doctrine of revelation. But that is not all. This volume is not merely Karl Barth all over again. The authors stress that God must be experienced to be … [Read more...]

God of the Living– Part One


Let's start the New Year off with a bang---- an extended review and critique of one of the most important books written on Biblical Theology in many years. Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckerman have produced a $60, 620 pages salvo of monumental proportions which has already been favorably reviewed at the SBL by several major scholars. At the end of this series of posts, I will post several of their briefer reviews, so you can hear other voices chiming in other than mine. Needless to say, … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolution— Better Ecclesiology


One of the real problems which has plagued the Protestant movement from Day One is bad or weak ecclesiology. What I mean by this is that in various cases it is both unBiblical, and it is also often unworkable. It is unBiblical because there definitely is a hierarchy of leadership in the early church that extends beyond a particular local congregation, and furthermore, there is a concept of 'church' and its leadership structures which transcends a particular local expression of the church say … [Read more...]