Christian Cynics, the Future of the Church


Andrew Byers has published a really good book Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. This book is one that I resonated with. I must confess I am a Christian cynic, hopefully becoming what Andrew labels a “Cynic-saint”. What is a Christian cynic you ask? Andrew defines a Christian cynic as one who through [Read More...]

Scot McKnight Like You’ve Never Seen Him!


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Epiphany Prayers

O God, who by the leading of the star did manifest your only-begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may behold your glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the [Read More...]

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...]