March 5, 2011

I will be doing a half day seminar on Romans to kick off the Lenten season for Truro Church from 8:30- 1 p.m. next Saturday, March 12th.   Also I will be preaching on Sunday there, March 13th.  This is  in Fairfax Virginia. Ya’ll come.     BW3 Read more

March 5, 2011

There is an interesting article in the Huffington Post by Phil Zuckerman and others about a recent Pew  Survey of the social and political views of Evangelicals compared to the teachings of  Jesus (including the Sermon on the Mount).    Here is the intro paragraph….. “The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life ( reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to… Read more

March 5, 2011

Google Alert this morning—-  See this link— Read more

March 4, 2011

Here is an article sent to me by Mark Rodgers of the Clapham Group.  See what you think. Bono Asks “Can Christian Artists Ring True?” Posted on February 18th, 2011 in Featured by Clapham Group Randall Wallace, one of our nation’s best storytellers (screenwriter for Braveheart), spoke the truth this last month at the National Prayer Breakfast. He reminded us that who we are is shaped by our parents, our culture and our choices. But at the same time, the… Read more

March 3, 2011

Here we are at the entrance to the Snug Harbor Jazz club.  You will notice I have had too much good cajun and creole and French food this past week. You will also notice that the concert is sold out….. and I’m on the front row 🙂    Yeah. You will also notice from the picture immediately here to the left just how tiny the venue is.  If it holds even 100 people I’d be entirely surprised.  Note as well the… Read more

March 2, 2011

It seems that there are a ton of Christians out there in cyberspace who are prepared to judge Rob Bell before his book has even been published.  As I happen to have the same publisher as Rob now has (Harper),  I called them today and talked to my senior editor this afternoon.   They are tight lipped about the content of the book and the publicist will send me one at the appropriate juncture.  It will then be time to critically… Read more

March 2, 2011

I was minding my own business this morning when I received an email from my Senator—- who is Rand Paul.  In just about his first act in office as a newly minted Senator he decided to rant and rave because President Obama has banned the re-importing of about a million antique  M1 rifles.   It appears that South Korea would like to give us back these antiques— so gun collectors at gun shows can sell them all over the U.S. and… Read more

March 1, 2011

On Friday Nights at Snug Harbor, a tiny jazz club in Nola a elderly gentleman shuffles in at 10 p.m. sharp with his band, sometimes a trio, sometimes a quartet to play exactly an hour and a half of wonderful classic jazz.   The man in question?  The patriarch of the whole musical Marsalis family— Ellis.   On Friday last I finally got there to see him,  and what an incredible treat it was.  I got to sit right on the… Read more

February 28, 2011

(This lecture was given at the Greer-Heard Forum  last Saturday at New Orleans Baptist Seminary after the presentations the previous day by Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans) I listened to my scholarly colleagues yesterday give us a variety of answers as to whether the Gospels are historically reliable when it comes to their portraits of Jesus, debate differences in the accounts and their significance, talk about how we derive historically responsible conclusions about  Jesus, and speak with passion and conviction… Read more

February 27, 2011

I have known Dom Crossan for a long time and read his work since the 70s.  We have done dialogues and discussions together, and it is certainly true we disagree on many things theological, ethical, and historical.   But I admire his enthusiasm for studying the Bible in its original contexts, including most recently its archaeological ones.     I consider Dom a friend, and he has always been kind to me.  Here is an article just up on CNN in which I… Read more

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