Shared Names: Christology and Confusion

Nijay Gupta kindly responded to my post. This is turning out to be a delightful conversation, one that seems to be drawing increasing numbers of other blogs into it! It seems that Nijay and I may not disagree substantively. I have no qualms about the way he puts it when he writes that, for the [Read More...]

How High is Kyrios Christology?

Nijay Gupta has offered a reply on his blog to my post which was critical of his claim that, since Jesus is referred to as “lord” in the New Testament, and “lord” could be used to refer to God, therefore Jesus was being identified with God. My complaint was, in the first instance, about the [Read More...]

Galileo was Wrong (Richard Carrier and Arguing from Consensus)

Richard Carrier has posted on arguments from consensus on his blog. It is, like most of his posts, unnecessarily long to make the point that it seeks to. Carrier suggests that laypeople can and should evaluate the arguments of experts, even with respect to the consensus. That seems to me strikingly odd – if laypeople [Read More...]

Why Not The Beatitudes?

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The Beatitudes Blooper Reel

“Action,” said the director. “Blessed are the rich, for they have been blessed by God,” Jesus spoke to the camera. “Blessed are the poor, for through their donations in the hope of miracles, rich preachers can travel conveniently in their own jet plane. Blessed are those who suffer not, for they are clearly blessed by [Read More...]

A Straightforward Reading of the Text

The quote is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog post, asking whether Jesus should inform our Christianity. [Read more...]

Meeting a Foreigner

A blog post about Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman was drawn to my attention. The blog in question is Wordgazer’s Words and has lots of interesting things on it. The specific post draws on lots of key scholars’ work on the historic and cultural context, and draws the conclusion: So how do we apply [Read More...]

Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders

I am delighted to be part of the Patheos Book Club on Garrett Glass’ novel Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders. Please do visit the Book Club page here, and what other Patheos bloggers like Tim Suttle have had to say about the novel. The novel offers a fictional account of Jesus (I will use that more familiar [Read More...]

Jesus to star in Star Wars Episode VII

IO9 shared the news from the official Star Wars website that the cast of Star Wars Episode VII has been announced. It includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and many others from the original trilogy, as well as newcomers, including Max von Sydow, who famously played Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told. See also [Read More...]

The Letter of James

The modified quote in my previous post was inspired by the discussion of the opening section of the letter of James in my Sunday school class this past Sunday. The letter fascinates me. It has a couple of mentions of the Lord Jesus Christ, but none of the traditional theological elements one will expect if [Read More...]

JC’s Pennies

Over the past few days, the above images have come to my attention on Facebook. Since they all relate to Jesus and money, I thought I would share them together and see what conversations emerge from allowing them to converge here.   [Read more...]


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