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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 Old Testament in 1975. He has been a local church pastor in Louisiana, professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and is now Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979. John is married to Diana, an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church, Senior Pastor of Grace UMC in Dallas.

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Opening The Old Testament

Resurrection By Another Name: Reflections on Exodus 14-15

Why the Israelites' resurrection story is as important this Easter Sunday as the one about Jesus being raised from the dead. Read More »

What Sort of Passion Is This? Reflections on the Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a

What does the passion of Holy Week teach us about the way we're to live in this world? Read More »

Becoming Whole Again: Reflections on Ezekiel 37:1-14

We are Ezekiel's dry bones, waiting for a fresh breath of the spirit to give us new sinew and flesh and skin so that we might become whole again. Read More »

Looking Beyond for Good or Ill: Reflections on 1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16 is about God choosing a deeply flawed human being to be King. It is also about us on our Lenten journey, flawed humans that we are. Read More »

The Continual Need for a Sign: Reflections on Exodus 17:1-7

We are all in the desert of Sin with this question on our lips: is YHWH near us or not? Read More »

So Abram Went: Reflections on Genesis 12:1-4a

How are we to be a "light to the nations"? What if all nations prefer their own light, and their own understanding of what they mean by being disciples? Read More »

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Resurrection By Another Name: Reflections on Exodus 14-15

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What does the passion of Holy Week teach us about the way we're to live in this world? Read More »

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We are Ezekiel's dry bones, waiting for a fresh breath of the spirit to give us new sinew and flesh and skin so that we might become whole again. Read More »

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1 Samuel 16 is about God choosing a deeply flawed human being to be King. It is also about us on our Lenten journey, flawed humans that we are. Read More »

The Continual Need for a Sign: Reflections on Exodus 17:1-7

We are all in the desert of Sin with this question on our lips: is YHWH near us or not? Read More »