Feminization of the Conquered


In general support of the earlier post by Mike Bird, I offer this piece of evidence. Although not directly related to the act of crucifixion, it is widely known that the Romans portrayed their conquered in feminine ways. Consider the picture here. It depicts a conquered people under the hand of a victorious Roman emperor. [Read More...]

Prayer of the Fifth Week after Epiphany

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Messiah; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Christianity and Gender

Lots of stuff on the net about John Piper’s claim that Christianity has a masculine character (see whole thing here). Piper himself claims that “Theology and church and mission are marked by an overarching godly male leadership in the spirit of Christ with an ethos of tender-hearted strength, contrite courage, risk-taking decisiveness, and readiness to [Read More...]

Christ Crucified Makes Christ Feminine

I’ve never been a radical feminist. I don’t believe in reading “against the grain” of the text because it is apparently oppressive to women. I don’t get artistic works that portray a crucified woman. I don’t believe that marriage is a form of legalized rape. You get the point. However, I think it important to [Read More...]

Pastoring Emerging Adults


Richard Dunn and Jana Sundene have written an important book about ministry among emerging adults: Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults: Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation (IVP, 2012). The term Emerging Adulthood has been coined by sociologists (e.g. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett) and refers to that segment of young adults that largely mystifies most churches, the [Read More...]

Prayer for Fourth Week after Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us peace; through Jesus Messiah our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

D.A. Carson on UK Churches (contra Mark Driscoll)

Mark Driscoll seemed to think that the lack of mega-pastor celebrities in the UK is a litmus test of spiritual decline in the UK (I’m biting my tongue, restraining my fingers on key board, and will say no more about what a stupid criteria that is for spiritual vitality). During my time in the UK, [Read More...]

John Wesley’s Advice on Preaching


Be sure to begin and end precisely at the time appointed. Sing no hymn of your own composing. Endeavour to be serious, weighty, and solemn in your whole deportment before the congregation. Choose the plainest texts you can. Take care not to ramble from your text, but to keep close to it, and make out [Read More...]

“As we worship, so we live”


Recently I was having lunch with an Anglican priest of a local parish with whom I’m developing a good friendship. Over an excellent brick oven pizza he mentioned a Latin phrase that captured a central element of spiritual formation we had been discussing (It was this that spurred my earlier post about Latin phrases). I’m [Read More...]

Review of Charles Freeman’s “New” History of Early Christianity

Over at RBL is the longest and probably the most critical review I’ve even written. ┬áIt is Charles Freeman, A New History of Early Christianity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009). Freeman is a general historian and not a church historian and he makes a few interesting points. Otherwise he piggy backs some of the [Read More...]

Latin Anyone?


I’m not one to use Latin phrases. For one I don’t know Latin. Now I’m not proud of this. As a quasi-academic in the Christian tradition, I wish I knew Latin. Alas, we only live one life and mine does not include Latin. If your young and academically interested, Latin is a good language to [Read More...]

The Jerusalem Experience

Eran Frankel has launched an interesting video blog about Jerusalem. Over the course of various video posts, Eran takes viewers on a tour of the modern city pointing out important religious sites. The first several posts are about the Via Dolorosa. The content is a bit of a mixed bag, but if you’ve never been [Read More...]

Christianity – From Jewish Sect to Separate Religion?

Shaye J.D. Cohen in his book From the Maccabees to the Mishnah locates early Christianity firmly within the world of Jewish sectarianism. However, he does not think it remained so beyond the first century. Cohen defines a sect this way: A sect is a small, organized group that separates itself from the larger religious body [Read More...]

Conversion of Saint Paul

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Yesterday, January 25th, the Church celebrated Paul’s conversion. I find Paul to be such a compelling person. While Paul has been an intellectual preoccupation for 15 years, he also inspires me. His life compels me to be “all in” on what God has called me to do. This past year while sitting in the theater [Read More...]

Family Devotional for Lent & Easter


I’m searching for a family devotional for Lent and Easter that I can do with my young family. Does anyone have a suggestion of devotional material that has worked well for you? [Read more...]