Light & Bread in the Gospel of John

This essay originally was published in an online journal, now defunct. I’m publishing it here in case it’s of interest. The full title is Light and Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two “I Am” Statements in the Gospel of John. All the footnotes got stripped when I plopped the text into WordPress, but if you’re curious [Read More...]

What Happens When You Don’t Know How To Read the Bible

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You get people reading Mark 16:18 and thinking they should do this: … for which the natural, tragic, and wholly expected consequence is this: Pastor Jamie Coots dies after snake he was handling bit him (WBIR) Kentucky Pastor Jamie Coots died Saturday night after he was bitten by a snake, according to Middlesboro Police Chief [Read More...]

St. Paul’s Journeys Visualized As a London Tube Map

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It’s just what the title says, and it’s the work of the clever fellow at theologygrams. Check out more of his diagrams. [Read more...]

Who Will You Serve in 2014?

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Ayep, still on my two week holiday break, and not returning to regular bloggage until Monday. I hope you’re all enjoying whatever downtime you can snatch before the reality of an arbitrary new time-cycle dawns upon us and we realize that, although the awfulness of 2013 is over and we’ve survived (sort of) the fifth [Read More...]

Sirach: An Online Manuscript Collection

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The Book of Sirach (Latin: Ecclesiasticus) is a beautiful wisdom work that blends Greek and Hebrew thought. It’s the last of the Old Testament books composed, and was probably written only two centuries before the first of the New Testament texts, providing an important glimpse into the development of faith and philosophy between the OT [Read More...]

Stephen’s Service: The Apostles of Acts

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Stephen blazes across Acts like a comet, his brief ministry beginning in two chapters that interrupt the story of Peter and form a bridge to the conversion of Paul. Before he falls under the stones of the mob, he leaves a vivid impression as one of the only people other than Peter or Paul given [Read More...]

Peter Teaches: The Apostles of Acts

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Peter first had follow in order to lead: to learn, in order to teach.  What strikes us most in Acts of the Apostles is the way this man emerges from the often-unflattering portrait of the Gospels to become the first leader of God’s universal Church. After Peter heals the man in the beginning of Acts [Read More...]

Peter Follows, And Leads: The Apostles of Acts

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Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon [Read More...]


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