Want to see a “fellowship of differents”?

The NT vision is for a “fellowship of differents.” Here it is: Transformation Church. [Read more…]

Capernaum and Galilee

The Sea of Galilee Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

The Importance of Israel (RJS)

Matthew anchors the story of Jesus in Israel’s history. If we are unfamiliar with the Old Testament Scriptures and this history, we will miss important parts of the message.  This is especially true in the prelude to Jesus’ public ministry in chapters 1-4. Richard Hays (Reading Backwards and Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels) explores [Read More…]

Prophetic without being Obnoxious

By Dennis Edwards, used from Missio Alliance with permission. Image Look for Dennis Edwards, 1 Peter, coming soon with the Story of God Bible Commentary! Dennis hails from New York City, by way of Washington, DC. He’s a learner and a teacher, a husband and a father, a pastor and servant. His BS degree is [Read More…]

A Parable in the Synagogue of Capernaum

This was one of my all-time teaching highlights, getting to teach a parable of Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum. (Historian’s alert: this floor is built on top of the 1st Century synagogue. But close enough.) Picture by Erick Hodge: SirHodge [Read more…]

12 Stories of the Determination of Famous Stutterers

I was unaware that Tiger Woods had a stutter, but read this about him and Bill Walton the other day: Top-ranked golfer Tiger Woods tells CBS’s 60 Minutes that it takes hard work and a competitive spirit to overcome childhood stuttering. “The words got lost, you know, somewhere between the brain and the mouth. And [Read More…]

Why Be Anglican: Eucharist

A biblical word for the Lord’s supper is eucharist, which means “thanksgiving” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Other words are used in the Christian tradition: (the ordinance of the) Lord’s supper, communion, the table, the holy sacrament, mass and divine service. I’m not into battling over which one is the best but it has been observed that [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your [Read More…]

Larry Hurtado: An Interview

EARLY CHRISTIANITY: A BOOK WORTH READING! Larry Hurtado is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Hurtado is the author of several well-respected works including the seminal Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. The following interview revolves around one of Hurtado’s latest books, Destroyer [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 February 2017

The questions need to be ours, especially as we approach a day of rest: Horribly destructive habits [about busy-ness] start early, really early. How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, [Read More…]

Beth Shean (Scythopolis)

A likely stop for Jesus on his way from Capernaum to Jericho: Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

How about You?

Do you believe in angels? Based on my new book, The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us. Most of us believe in angels, but “most of us” needs to be emphasized. In one of the most highly respected surveys of what Americans believe The Baylor Survey of Religion asked if Americans [Read More…]

A First Person Sermon (Amanda Hecht)

Our Northern Seminary cohort was treated to this sermon by Amanda Hecht in the private garden next to the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem last week. [For those interested in reading on Peter, here’s my #1 recommendation: Larry Hurtado, Peter in Early Christianity. #2: Martin Hengel, The Underestimated Apostle. #3: Larry Helyer, The Life and Witness of [Read More…]

Lent with the Jesus Creed

In the last few years a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, have used our 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent. So let me encourage you, if you are looking for ideas, to consider using Lent as a time to reflect on and pray about and practice loving God and loving others [Read More…]

Reading about Peter Preaching to Cornelius

In the theater of Caesarea Maritima Picture by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

Sacred Space, Sacred Tour of Israel

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A Matter of Interpretation (RJS)

In his recent book Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues, Jim Stump has a nice discussion of the role of interpretation in our approach to the Bible. Sola Scriptura is a foundation stone of the Reformation. Luther insisted on this in his dispute with the Catholic Church. If the church is corrupt and [Read More…]