Students’ Prayer

Jeffrey Gibson has emphasized that the Lord's Prayer ought to be called the disciples' prayer. And I discussed recently in my Sunday school class the suggestion (inspired by his interpretation of the prayer) that the final/penultimate petition traditionally rendered as “lead us not into temptation” could in fact mean “Do not lead us into the [Read More...]

What We Hear

David Hayward's cartoon featured above gets at a lot of important points. We frequently “mishear” even those we claim to consider authorities. It happens with Jesus' teaching as depicted in the Gospels. But even if Jesus were physically in our midst, that is no guarantee that we would not hear him confirming our biases when [Read More...]

Gethsemane Updated

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Authorized Jesus Dealer

My pastor used the phrase “Authorized Jesus Dealer” in his sermon this past Sunday, and it seemed to me to be worth sharing, and turning into a sign (as I did below). The sermon, as you might have guessed, was about Mark 9:38-41. It is a passage which most people who claim to have a [Read More...]

Jesus’ Students

I came across this cartoon some time ago: It is worth reposting at the start of a new semester. We call them “disciples” but they were basically students. And as hard as an educator might try to explain things, students still ask questions like this one. Let me try once again to explain why the [Read More...]

Jeffrey Gibson on the Disciples’ Prayer

I had the privilege of taking a look recently at a draft of a book Jeffrey Gibson has been working on, about the Lord’s Prayer, or as he prefers it be called, the Disciples’ Prayer. He has a very interesting take on it, suggesting that a key background to the prayer is to be found [Read More...]

No Question?

David Hayward’s cartoon today depicts a church where questions are not permitted. There is also a church where explanations are not permitted, which I blogged about previously. In that case, it is in fact a result of somewhat awkward and unfortunate English composed by someone that is not a native speaker. The meaning is that [Read More...]

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

Apparently the term “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin phrase “mandatum novum” meaning “new commandment.” The reference is to John 13, which features the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, followed by his statement about a new commandment he has given them, to love one another. We actually reached this passage in my class [Read More...]

Go, Redistribute Your Wealth to the Poor, and Follow Me

From the web cartoon series Shortpacked.   [Read more...]

Same Old Question

I found the image at Political Graffiti. It seems to me that there is a more serious parallel that one can draw between Christian discipleship and education in general. Traditionally, Christianity has been characterized by the vast majority of its devotees thinking in this term, so that even its teachers have ended up “teaching to the [Read More...]

Miriai is a Vine, a Tree that Stands at the Mouth of the Euphrates

I’ve just posted on the project blog a draft of my translation of chapter 35 of the Mandaean Book of John, the second and longer of the two chapters focused on the story of Miriai. While chapter 34 was relatively mundane by comparison (but still incredibly interesting, in my opinion!), chapter 35 is full of [Read More...]


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