Jens Schröter’s From Jesus to the New Testament


I have had finally gotten around to reading Jens Schröter’s book From Jesus to the New Testament: Early Christian Theology and the Origin of the New Testament Canon. It is a translation of his German, Mohr Siebeck volume Von Jesus zum Neuen Testament (2007). The translation was done my one of my very good friends [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, Part 2

This is part 2 of the review of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Togetherby Pete Sutton. Another insight from part 1 of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker came out of Root’s examination of Bonhoeffer’s “Eight Thesis on Youth Work” written while serving as the youth secretary for the ecumenical movement in [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root, Part 1

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Most of you know my passion for Bonhoeffer. Fewer may be aware of my long engagement in youth work. My major in college was youth ministry and I’ve been in full time and part time youth ministry in stents at different times. When I saw the title of this recent volume on Bonhoeffer by Andrew [Read More...]

Perhaps Mark 7:17-19 Doesn’t Teach What You Thought it Did about the Abrogation of Torah

Check out this provocative exposition of Mark 7 by Daniel Boyarin. [Read more...]

Guide to the Lament Psalms


What is your best guide to reclaiming biblical Lament for the church? I’ve been doing a good bit of work on biblical Lament in recent months. I have two publications, which are substantially the same, that will be coming out later next year called “Following the “Man of Sorrows” – Jesus’ Path toward Openheartedness for [Read More...]

Advent Wishes from The Willitts’ Family . . . Well from Zion

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“A heart made secure by grace” – An Advent Reflection


I recently watched an excellent film called The Book Thief. It was a story set in WWII Germany between the years of 1937 and 1945. The focus was on a young orphan named Liesel, played by a beautiful young young actress named Sophie Nelisse. The film demonstrated the devastation of war as well as the power [Read More...]

Prayer for First Sunday of Advent


Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his [Read More...]