Feast of Epiphany – My Second Introdution


Epiphany’s Focus: Epiphany is about Christ manifest in us, and Christ manifest to the world through us. Epiphany’s Practice: Prayer and hospitality & outreach Thoughts about the Feast of Epiphany took a very long hiatus for me between that first introduction in my high school days at Tarpon Springs High School and my second introduction [Read More...]

Brand New App: BIBLE 360

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See this press release for a new app called Bible 360. MARK BURNETT & ROMA DOWNEY, GLO BIBLE, AND ZONDERVAN COME TOGETHER TO LAUNCH SOCIALLY INTEGRATED BIBLE APP: BIBLE360 The Greatest Book of All Time Enhanced Through Video, Interactive Technology & Social Media NEW YORK, January 4, 2012 –  Renowned producer Mark Burnett and his [Read More...]

Feast of Epiphany – My First Introduction


Tomorrow the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany (it’s called “Theophany” in Eastern Church). I’ve had two introductions to Epiphany. One over 25 years ago, the other this year. The first one. The first time I ever heard the word Epiphany was in High School. But it wasn’t in a church. It was in my [Read More...]

Paul and the Apostle John


I’ve done a good bit of thinking about Matthew and Paul and only a little about the relationship between Paul and other Apostolic writers. By the way, you can read my essay on Matthew and Paul and essays on Paul and the other Gospels in the book Paul and the Gospels (T & T Clark [Read More...]

Jewish Identity Markers in Pre-exilic Period


Shaye Cohen claims that in the pre-exilic period circumcision, while of unusual importance, was not an essential mark of Jewish identity. The status of circumcision as the essential mark of Jewish identity did not emerge until the Maccabean period. Cohen in From the Maccabees to the Mishnah writes: The central ritual of conversion was circumcision. [Read More...]

Scot McKnight’s Books of 2011


Over at Jesus Creed Scot McKnight gave his list of the best books of 2011. If your looking for books to read in 2012, Scot provides a good starting point. He categorized them under 10 headings and lists two or three under each. Scot’s best book of 2011 . . . Christian Smith’s The Bible [Read More...]

Funny Things Kids Say


Over the last couple of days, my kids have said some funny things. First, as I was putting Zion down for a nap yesterday he says to me “Daddy, I have something to tell you.”. I said to him, “Ok, what is it?”. He says, Sometimes big people say things that little people don’t understand! [Read More...]

Excellence in Preaching

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Excellence in Preaching: Studying the Craft of Leading Preachers (IVP, 2011) presents the composite of a good preacher. Simon Vibert of Wycliffe Hall in Oxford has written this book profiling some of the most gifted preachers in the Western Hemisphere. The preachers profiled in the book illustrate 12 things good preachers do well.   Tim [Read More...]