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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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The Spin Is In: Reflections on Clinton, Bush, David, and 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

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In the Name of YHWH? Reflections on 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-39

In taking on Goliath, was David as ill-equipped and innocent of a boy as we've been taught to believe? Read More »

The Right to Interpret the Will of God: Reflections on 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Can any man or woman really know what God actually wants, no matter how how prophetic or powerful they may claim to be? Read More »

We Demand a King! Reflections on 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-20)

We preachers have more than once been confused in our lives about when our claims to speak the word of God bump against the actual human words of our own devising. Read More »

Choose Somebody Else! Reflections on Isaiah 6:1-8 for Trinity Sunday

"Here am I, send me" often is the first response to those who sense a call from God, but once we see what God may have in store for us, "Choose somebody else" may fly from our lips more readily. Read More »

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David Hates the Blind and the Lame? Reflections on 2 Samuel 5:1-10

This Sunday follows by one day the loud celebrations of July 4, and it could be that this peculiar little text is just the one we need to hear in the midst of our chaotic and patriotic events. Read More »

The Spin Is In: Reflections on Clinton, Bush, David, and 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

If you think that modern day politicians invented the art of the "spin," you need to hear how cleverly David rereads the death of Saul and Jonathan in order to pave his way to the kingship of Israel. Read More »

In the Name of YHWH? Reflections on 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-39

In taking on Goliath, was David as ill-equipped and innocent of a boy as we've been taught to believe? Read More »

The Right to Interpret the Will of God: Reflections on 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Can any man or woman really know what God actually wants, no matter how how prophetic or powerful they may claim to be? Read More »

We Demand a King! Reflections on 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-20)

We preachers have more than once been confused in our lives about when our claims to speak the word of God bump against the actual human words of our own devising. Read More »

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