Why Was Early Christianity So Diverse? – “Orthodoxy,” “Gnosticism” & Mexican Food

Getting along is hard to do. People divide. That’s a fact of human nature. Division occurs when two divergent views emerge within seeming mutuality. Best friends quickly become enemies. Teammates become opponents. Royal siblings go to war over an inherited kingdom. A Church becomes churches? Well, that is the question at hand. In which way [Read More...]

Who Stole Christmas – N.T. Wright or the Grinch?

I loved this article! Thanks to Michael Gorman for posting it to FB. Excerpt from First Things by Peter Liethart: Just this year, I had another realization. N. T. Wright has spoiled Christmas too. Wright made me see the fairly radical difference in tone and content between Advent and Christmas hymns. Advent hymns, as you’d [Read More...]

Learning to Walk in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (free books too!)

Early on when I started this blog, I became aquanted with Lois Tverberg. Her written thoughts on Jesus reminded me of her good friend Ray VanderLaan who continues to have an influence on my theology (for those who are skeptical of the Jewish roots of Jesus scholarship because of what Ben Witherington said about Rob [Read More...]

Paul was Jewish but NOT a “Christian”

An excellent discussion on Jesus Creed: “Mark Nanos is on a mission to expound for readers of Paul a Paul who never broke from Judaism. His project, and here we are sketching some of what he says in the book edited by Mike Bird called The Apostle Paul, is both about rhetoric and theology. Nanos, who [Read More...]