America Goes to Pot


No doubt you've heard about how Colorado now has marijuana for sale over the counter quite legally. No doubt as well, you can imagine cash strapped individuals, cities, and states salivating over the possibilities of making good money off of such sales. Why there are testimonials all over the place about how harmless, or alternately helpful marijuana can be, and not just for medicinal purposes when you are in pain. It's supposed to unwind your mind, and re-thread your head in good ways, and … [Read more...]

Emotionally UnHelpful and Unhealthy Spirituality


Here is an excellent post by my friend Dr. James Howell. See what you think. BW3 -----Emotionally Un-Healthy SpiritualityDuring my lifetime, we the people have become far more attuned to healthy eating. We care about how the food was processed, how it's prepared, and the impact on our bodies, now and over a lifetime.So how odd then that when it comes to our spiritual life, we gobble up spiritualities that are maybe quick, readily available, easy and even cheap! There is a lot … [Read more...]

The Apostolic Fathers– Helpful Editions


Here below is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado. He does not mention what I would consider the best Intro to getting into the Fathers, namely my former GCTS classmate Rod Whitacre's Patristic Greek Reader published in 2007 by Baker, but otherwise this is a helpful summary. I should also add, that new unpublished works by Lightfoot, including essays on the Apostolic Fathers, will soon be forthcoming from yours truly and Todd Still under the title The Lightfoot Legacy. Stay tuned. ----The … [Read more...]

Rock n’ Roll and Me—- Part Four


A Rack Jobber? Perhaps you've not heard of the term. It's a person who puts record products up on prominent racks in the record store in order to promote those records. They work in tandem with promoters. Ahhhh.... promoters. They were some of the great evangelists of the 70s who were never recognized as such. I remember very well the day in 1973 that Mr. Grand Funk Railroad promoter landed in the Record Bar in Charlotte. He was flogging the band's new single 'We're an American Band'. Mark … [Read more...]

Parochialism in a Global World


(That's me preaching on Phil. 2.4-11 and Sam is translating it into Hindi).That's me preaching in yet another country last Sunday. Somehow the list has gotten long. This month I added India to the list of where I've preached and taught. I did not realize when I signed up for the itinerant Methodist thing, that it would involve going to dozens of countries. I was thinking a dozen appointments perhaps in good ole North Carolina. Something happened along the way, chiefly because my books … [Read more...]

Troubled Waters— a New Review


Here is an interesting new review of my little book on baptism, entitled Troubled Waters. See what you think... … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Nine


Chapter Three of Tom Wright's magnum opus is a first rate summary of Greek philosophy insofar as it has relevance to understanding the thought world and writing of Paul. Particular focus is given to Stoicism (including helpful discussions of Seneca and Epictetus of course). Such a precis is important because, as Tom stresses, Paul believed he was offering an essentially Jewish message to a largely pagan world (p. 200) and he wanted it to be a word on target, a persuasive word. The one thing I … [Read more...]

On the Separation of Church and State– Lincoln Weighs In


Here is a fascinating article about the blurring of the lines of the separation of church and state during the Civil War (an excerpt of which you will find below). It is a story about a North Carolinian, Presbyterian minister named Samuel B. McPheeters (a graduate of UNC and Princeton Seminary), who ran into trouble in 1863 in St. Louis due to his neutrality on the war, and finally ended up in 'my ole Kentucky home'. See what you … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Early High Christology


“High/Early Christology”: An Emerging Consensus? by larryhurtadoAlmost exactly a year ago, I posted on a very informative and judicious (in my view) review of recent scholarly work on the emergence of "high" christology (which = Jesus regarded and treated as in some meaningful way "divine") by Dr. Andrew Chester (Cambridge University), my earlier posting here. Given the tone of one or two recent comments, claiming, e.g., that any such view reflects some sort of theologically "conservative" … [Read more...]