The Path to Discerning God’s Will

We had a really interesting discussion in my Sunday school class today. The focus was on the idea of God's will, and the view some Christians hold that there is a perfect will of God for each life, including where one should study, whom if anyone one should marry, where one should work, and so [Read More...]

The LEGO Samaritan

Here is another video from the retreat that I mentioned in an earlier post: Sharing the earlier one led someone to draw another LEGO parable to my attention, the Parable of the Sower: And I also learned that one has to be careful when bringing LEGOs to church. [Read more...]

One of Jesus’ Parabolas

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The Sequel to the Good Samaritan

Rev. Brian Konkol recently wrote a guest post at Faith Forward about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is an excerpt: While the Parable of the Good Samaritan is brilliantly effective for what Jesus seemingly sought to promote, one can argue that out-of-context misinterpretations have since initiated numerous incomplete social movements, which in turn [Read More...]

Intertextual Echoes in the Great Treasure 3.589-590

In preparing a conference paper related to the Mandaean Book of John, I have been doing some reading in the Ginza Rba (Great Treasure) looking for related texts. In reading Robert Haardt’s translation of 3.589.8-3.590.34, I was struck by just how many echoes there are of other texts – and by what those texts are. [Read More...]

Sheep and Goats

Today in my Sunday school class we took a detour from Hebrews. Last time we had reached the phrase “eternal judgment” and the question came up of whom the author of the letter envisaged being judged, and on what basis. And so I suggested that taking a look at the parable of the sheep and [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More...]

Mostly Dead

I just saw this on Facebook and had to share it. Every time I talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan, I always throw in a Princess Bride reference along these lines!   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers

I find myself in two minds about the episode “Paradise Towers.” It certainly gives impressive expression to the Seventh Doctor’s persona. But the plot of the story seems in many respects to bring things down to the level of a relatively unconvincing children’s show. And while Doctor Who has always been a show for children, [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Preachers on Judgment Day

The day of judgment had finally come, and all of humanity was gathered beside the pearly gates, to await their judgment and learn whether their fate was what they expected. Some cowered as far away as they could, out of fear, but a group of fundamentalist preachers pushed their way to the front, eager to [Read More...]

Reverse Rapture

A post this morning by John Byron on what is wrong with “Rapture theology” made me think of a parable about the Rapture that Peter Rollins told. Because of what has been in the news lately, when I went to his web site to look for it, I found he had reposted it in his [Read More...]


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