Jesus’ Personality and His Father’s Business

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class we started off with the question of whether Jesus was ever a student. We got there by way of a discussion the previous week about whether Jesus had been John’s disciple. This time we turned to Luke, which depicts Jesus as staying behind in Jerusalem in the temple [Read More…]

Adjunct Professor Needed at University of Massachusetts Boston

If you or someone you know is qualified and available to teach this course, please contact jason.vonehrenkrook@umb.edu [Read more…]

CIC Information Fluency Workshop

I am currently in Baltimore with some colleagues, at a workshop focused on information fluency in the disciplines of religion, philosophy, and the history of ideas. It started yesterday, and has already offered a lot of fascinating perspectives from faculty and librarians, including practical examples and specific online tools that can be used for teaching [Read More…]

100 Years of Teaching

KDRV News shared the above list of rules for teachers from a hundred years ago, in conjunction with the celebration of the centennary of Ruch School, from which the list comes (HT Shelley Ross). It is interesting to reflect on – the gender assumption about who would teach, the need to get there early to [Read More…]

You Have Heard Them Called Antitheses, But I Say To You…

Doug Chaplin has posted about the extraordinary antitheses in Matthew’s Gospel. I disagree with his way of understanding them, and so thought I would write a post in response. I regularly tell my students that it is unlikely that these sayings should be understood as meaning “You heard God say in the past, but I [Read More…]

James Kugel Lecture on Biblical Interpretation

HT Scott Bailey [Read more…]

Popping Shrimp and Online Teaching

There’s a wonderful op-ed piece by Aaron Hirsh in today’s New York Times, on online teaching and what it stands to gain and lose. His proposal, that wise use of online components can free up more time for experiential learning, resonates with my own thoughts on this subject.   [Read more…]

Reciprocal Discomfort

On Wednesday, Butler University hosted its start of year faculty workshop. I presented on my experience of teaching online in the breakout sessions. In the first plenary session, we were compelled to write about, and then share with others sitting at our table, one thing that we find challenging or that makes us insecure. I [Read More…]

Using Jesus

David Hayward wrote the following on his blog today: Everyone with any sense knows that we accept the acceptable words of Jesus and appropriate his unacceptable words in altered forms. That is, we use his sayings if they are agreeable, and we reject or theologically undermine the ones that aren’t. I think an interesting question [Read More…]

Christ’s Elementary Word

Yesterday in my Sunday school class we discussed Hebrews 5:11-6:3. After a bit of discussion of the penchant in some Christian circles (although by no means all) to be content with an immature understanding of and approach to their faith, and a declining focus on education in some churches and denominations, we turned our attention [Read More…]