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John C. Holbert

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John C. Holbert was born in Indiana, raised in Arizona, and educated in Iowa and Texas, receiving a Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible in 1975. He has been a local church pastor in Louisiana, professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and was Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979. He retired from this faculty position in May, 2012. John is married to Diana, a retired minister of the United Methodist Church. They have two children: a son, Darius, and a daughter, Sarah. John has extensive vocal solo experience, having sung in musicals, opera, and oratorio. Darius has sung with the Texas Boys' Choir, and is now a studio musician in Los Angeles, writing for film and TV. He and John have written an opera, based on the book of Job, entitled “Job’s Truth.” Sarah lives in Los Angeles where she works for the ABC Channel. John has authored eleven books and many articles in scholarly and church journals. He was the editor for the Psalms and Canticles material of the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. He has also served as Interim Senior Minister of two large United Methodist churches, 1st UMC in Fort Worth in the Fall of 1994 and 1st UMC, Dallas, in the spring of 1997. He has preached and taught in over 1000 churches in 40 states and 20 countries. In 2007, he was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University. His first novel, King Saul, was published in 2014.

Opening The Old Testament

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What Really Counts: Reflections on Easter Sunday and the Resurrection

We need a larger sense of the resurrection! We need a celebration that announces that we are no longer confined to our petty individualized personal heavens, but live on a vast canvas of God's promises for all. Read More »

Closed Ears and Lazy Tongues: Reflections on Palm Sunday/Liturgy of the Passion

I have no doubt that all of us are called to open our ears to YHWH/God and to speak truth to whatever powers that our world presents to us. Read More »

Getting Unstuck: Reflections on Isaiah 43:16-21

The next time you pass through one desert or another, keep a sharp eye out for a river in a place you hardly imagined it might be — it could well be a new thing of God. Read More »

Recent Articles

Living Forever or Worshipping Your Whole Life? Reflections on Psalm 23

Being able to recite Psalm 23 is one thing, but actually understanding what it is really saying is something altogether different. Read More »

A Bargain with YHWH? Reflections on Psalm 30

God in fact needs us. Is that so hard to believe or accept? Read More »

A Rejected Stone? Reflections on Psalm 118:14-29

"Put not your trust in princes" should be emblazoned on all of our hearts this political season, along with the reminder that the stone we may have rejected may be the very stone that God will use to make our world the place God wants it to be. Read More »

What Really Counts: Reflections on Easter Sunday and the Resurrection

We need a larger sense of the resurrection! We need a celebration that announces that we are no longer confined to our petty individualized personal heavens, but live on a vast canvas of God's promises for all. Read More »

Closed Ears and Lazy Tongues: Reflections on Palm Sunday/Liturgy of the Passion

I have no doubt that all of us are called to open our ears to YHWH/God and to speak truth to whatever powers that our world presents to us. Read More »