The Worst Way to Evangelize

Jacob Wright wrote the following on Facebook, and I asked for permission to share it. The worst way to evangelize is to ask someone that “if they died tonight do they know they would go to heaven.” The reason is because it’s not the gospel. It has nothing to with the gospel or the kingdom. [Read More…]

Scripture and Cosmology

I am grateful to IVP Academic for sending me a gratis review copy of Kyle Greenwood's book Scripture and Cosmology. Greenwood's book is not entirely unlike books that I've reviewed before by John Walton, in terms of the ancient data surveyed. Scripture and Cosmology explores Ancient Near Eastern ideas about the Earth, the sky-dome over [Read More…]

The Young Messiah: Recording of Today’s Chat with Cyrus Nowrasteh

The video above is the recording of today’s chat that myself and several other Patheos bloggers had with director Cyrus Nowrasteh about his new movie The Young Messiah. If you missed the live chat earlier today, this is your chance to hear the conversation. There were some technical hitches that kept me from being there [Read More…]

Jesus’ Words Updated for Bird Lovers

And Jesus said to her, “It is not appropriate to take the birds’ food and throw it to the squirrels.” The Syrophoenician woman replied, “But sir, even the squirrels eat seeds that fall from the birds’ feeder!” People with bird feeders who also know the Gospels will get it…     [Read more…]

References in “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel”

At some point I’ll post a listener’s guide, if necessary, to the song “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel,” which I shared here recently, the YouTube video of which I’ve embedded above. It is full of references to specific forgeries, pseudepigraphies, novels, and other kinds of Jesus literature both ancient and modern, both canonical and [Read More…]

50 Ways to Forge a Gospel

As the song lyrics indicate, it genuinely was at the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I got the idea for this song, and mentioned it to Bart Ehrman over a drink after his keynote address, which was the primary inspiration for the song, although the whole range of papers were in mind and there [Read More…]

A Message Of Divine Origin

It is interesting to reflect on something that Paul says in his letter to the Galatians. He emphasized that his message, his gospel, is not of human origin. What is his gospel? He doesn’t tell us in so many words, and although we may be able to deduce what it is from his letters, I think [Read More…]

The Gospel against the Prophets?

The above words are how I summarized the gist of my recent post “Micah among the Baptists.” I thought perhaps they deserved a meme. If you agree, please share it!   [Read more…]

Making Christianity Easier

Benjamin Corey wrote a post that offers an explanation of the popularity of end-times Christianity: The end times version of Christianity that many of us grew up with has been immensely popular, not because it’s true, but because it’s easy. Prior to the invention of end times fanaticism, Christians were busy trying to change the world [Read More…]

Assessing the Lost Gospel

Mark Goodacre has been sharing Richard Bauckham’s response to the claims made in the book The Lost Gospel in installments. Here are links to the posts in question: Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses We [Read More…]