On my way to Czech


This week I head to Prague/Pisek Czech Republic  for a weekend of teaching in the local church. I’m traveling with a very good friend who I’ve known almost 20 years, Larry Stratton. We’re going as emissaries of our church as both Larry and I are on staff. The ministry opportunity is unique and very exciting. What [Read More...]

Cicero on the “Living Voice”

With all the talk of “eyewitnesses” and the “living voice,” I found this story from Cicero quite curious: But observe a coincidence. I had just made my way from Antium on to the via Appia at Three Taverns, on the very day of the Cerealia, when my friend Curio meets me on his way from [Read More...]


No doubt everyone has heard the news that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has said that he will resign at the end of the year to take up a position as Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge. To mark the occasion, I just purchased Benjamin Myer’s book Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams [Read More...]

Faith amidst Cynicism and Skepticism

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Today’s world is cynical of all things not least of faith. Even the most sympathetic to the Christian faith struggle with the sense of certainty. In a world as pluralistic as ours, it is difficult to feel any real sense of certainty about what we personally believe. We are often plagued by the questions of [Read More...]

The Jesus Tradition and Notebooks

Sadly most scholars are accustomed to explaining the complexities of the Synoptic Gospels purely in terms of literary relationships, while they account for the intricacy of the Jesus tradition exclusively with regard to oral transmission. But if the lines between orality and textuality were fluid –and they were– with oral material written down and written [Read More...]

Sigurd Grindheim on Christology of the Gospels

Dr. Sigurd Grindheim (see his webpage) is visiting professor at Fjellhaug International University College, Oslo, Norway, having taught previously at the Ethiopia Graduate School of Theology, pastored a Norwegian congregation in Chicagoland, and has a Ph.D from TEDS. He has two new books out, both on the Christology of the Gospels (one academic, the other popular), [Read More...]

“Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”


Recently I came across a hymn by James Montgomery (4 November 1771 – 30 April 1854). Montgomery was a British editor, hymnwriter and poet. He was particularly associated with humanitarian causes such as the campaigns to abolish slavery and to end the exploitation of child chimney sweeps. He wrote an amazing hymn of praise to [Read More...]

Cicero on his Slave

More from Cicero, this time how much he grieved the death of his slave, Sosthenes! I am in considerable distress: for a delightful youth, my reader Sosthenes, has just died, and his death has affected me more than that of a slave should, I think, do. Pray write often. If you have no news, write [Read More...]

Stanley Porter is now Blogging

My favourite NT Greek guru, Dr.Stanley E. Porter, Professor of New Testament, Academic Dean, and President of MacMaster Divinity College in Canada, is now blogging. Will be one to watch in the future. [Read more...]

Cicero on Letter Carriers

In my pre-bed time reading, I’m working through the letters of Marcus Tullius Cicero. Came across this interesting statement about letter carriers: In these letters, indeed, I am urgently pressed by you to send answers, but what renders me rather dilatory in this respect the difficulty of finding a trustworthy carrier. How few of these [Read More...]

The Myth of “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

What’s  your take on the clique “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin”? Here’s mine. One of the readings from the Lectionary for this third Lent Sunday is Romans 5:1-11. As I reflected on this passage this morning I was reminded of its power and the way it subverts the oft quoted bumper-sticker cliche [Read More...]

Prayer for Third Week of Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ [Read More...]

My RBL Review of Murray Harris’ Colossians and Philemon Commentary

Over at RBL is my review of Murray J. Harris’ Colossians and Philemon commentary. Quite positive, though a few criticisms abound, but glad that Broadman and Holman is picking up this series. [Read more...]

Gospel and Social Justice

I’ve not blogged on this topic in quite some time, but the topic of gospel and social justice continue to be a preoccupation of mine, and particularly the definition of the gospel and its larger context of the Kingdom of God. I was reading recently and came across some useful ideas from John Stott. Here’s [Read More...]

Lenten Worship

Orthodox Christians employ several elements in their Lenten worship. One of them is the Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. This prayer was written in the seventh century. In the hymn, St. Andrew contemplates the great history of salvation and applies its various images to the state of his sinful soul. This Canon [Read More...]