Bauckham on the Book of Revelation

INTRODUCTION The Book of Revelation is one of the most commented upon texts in the New Testament. Unfortunately, due to the book’s complex matrix of visual symbolism, intertextuality with the OT, and allusions to historical events in late first century, an unhelpful share of the commentaries and monographs written on Revelation over the centuries have [Read More…]

Easter and Good News

Happy Easter! He is risen! I’m off celebrating Christ’s resurrection with friends, so enjoy this video from the awesome people over at The Bible Project on why this day is good news! [Read more…]

“The God Who Keeps His Promises”: A Sermon on Exodus 3:13-22

This is a short sermon I preached recently. I’ve had to practice crafting and preaching short sermons recently. It’s difficult, but it is also extremely rewarding. Short sermons force me to really understand the biblical text well. You have to know it well enough to communicate the deep truths present in the text in concise [Read More…]

Holy Strangeness

I just received word the other day that I was first runner-up (it sounds better than second place) in a writing competition put on by Asbury Theological Seminary, my graduate school. The competition—the David Bauer Prize for Excellence in Writing—was a new attempt to allow masters-level students at Asbury present their research and writing to [Read More…]

“Who Then Is This?”: A Sermon on Mark 4:35-41

This is a sermon I recently preached on Mark 4:35-41, the account of Jesus’s calming of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. It is a short sermon, only about 12 minutes in length. In fact, this is the shortest sermon I’ve ever preached! Of course, I grew up Southern Baptist and 45 minute to [Read More…]

Faithful Allegiance and the Law of the Christ

I am currently working my way through Matthew Bates’ brand new book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Baker Academic, 2017). So far it is proving to be excellent, and I will write a full-scale review of the book soon. Until then, here is a quote from Bates’ discussion [Read More…]

Reflections on The Benedict Option

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you’ve almost certainly heard about Orthodox journalist Rod Dreher’s new book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in Post-Christian America (Sentinel, 2017). It has elicited no shortage of both praise and derision amongst reviewers. I just finished it up for myself a [Read More…]

“Hear, O Israel!”

Do you ever wonder what exactly is going on the Bible when one of the biblical authors commands their audience to “Hear” or to “Listen”? Well, the awesome people over at The Bible Project have just put out a video in their new “Word Study” series on that topic.  “Hearing,” and “listening” for the biblical authors [Read More…]

Thinking Clearly About the Christian Faith

I am recording an email conversation that a fellow seminary student and I had a few days ago. As you will read below, “John” (I’ve changed his name for privacy purposes) and I discussed why deep study of systematic and dogmatic theology seems to be lacking in Wesleyan circles. Of course, my response here is influenced [Read More…]

America’s Secular Paganism

Over at The Atlantic Peter Beinart has a fantastic article on the fury and invective that rising secularism has brought about in socio-political discourse, particularly in the recent election. I won’t spoil the article for you (it really is a great piece) but, in essence, Beinart argues that the decline in religious participation—particularly traditionally Christian participation—has brought about [Read More…]