September 21, 2019

This is an image of what a Denisovan looked like (story below). Well, maybe, perhaps, but not likely: Researchers claim to have identified an anchor from St. Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta. According to Christian tradition, the apostle was shipwrecked on the Mediterranean island during an ill-fated first-century journey to Rome. “The ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of… Read more

September 20, 2019

By Mike Glenn I can remember when I walked out of my last class at seminary. I had turned in all of my papers and finished all of my exams. I was done. Driving off the campus, I made a promise that I would never read another book or write another paper as long as I lived. I thought of that naïve promise as I looked at my desk this morning. On one side of my desk are the books… Read more

September 19, 2019

I said to a friend last Sunday that pastors seem to avoid preaching Hebrews even more than Romans. My experience is that the intense Pauline scholarship of the last 50 years made many preachers fear preaching Romans — too many theories, too many exegetical problems, too much at stake — so they preach on Galatians! This is even more true of Hebrews. Two problems for preaching Hebrews: the grammatical exegesis is a challenge and the relevance of the book to… Read more

September 18, 2019

Four or five major models dominate the landscape of interpreting Paul: the old / Reformational Paul, the New Perspective on Paul, the Apocalyptic Paul, the Beyond the New Perspective Model, and the Participationist Paul. In a book I co-edited with my friend Joe Modica, called Preaching Romans, all but the Beyond the New Perspective Model were essayed and then illustrated with sermons. In my reading that book can be a textbook introducing students to Pauline studies. At times, and more often than… Read more

September 18, 2019

Andrew Bartlett, in his new book Men and Women in Christ (MWiC), asks if Paul affirms or denies hierarchies in Christian marriage? Good question. He explores these questions with finesse and nuance and even-handedness. Being willing to take the lowest place for the good of others is at the heart of Christian love and living. Jesus taught this and also lived it, both in his ministry and supremely at the cross (Mark 10:42-45;John 13:1-17; 15:12-17; Phil. 2:5-
-8). Because Paul’s view of the… Read more

September 17, 2019

This is the next question in Rebecca McLaughlin’s new book Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. Anyone who has read my posts over the years will know that my answer to this question is a resounding no. Rebecca agrees and runs through a number of arguments. I’ll take some of her points, but approach the question from a slightly different angle. First, what is the essence of Christianity? The Apostle’s Creed (see below) is a good… Read more

September 17, 2019

We continue with our series by Ruth Tucker, and we want to know (as well) your best believe-it-or-not in the Bible. by Ruth Tucker Last week I focused on unbelievable stories in church history. What about all those believe-it-or-not stories in the Bible? And how do I as a historian assess them? I make the following confession in Parade of Faith: This chapter on the New Testament era is foundational—the raison d’etre for the entire book. Without the first witnesses of… Read more

September 16, 2019

What were the traits of your favorite teachers? Source: By Rob Jenkins MAY 31, 2016 Roughly a year ago, I wrote a column on “The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers,” and named “personality” as one of those qualities. While recognizing that everyone is different, and that personality isn’t necessarily something we can control, I was attempting to identify key characteristics that most of my best teachers, from kindergarten through graduate school, had in common. When I say “best teachers,” I’m not just talking… Read more

September 16, 2019

I’ve had two stints as a professor in a seminary, schools designed to educate those in the church and especially those called into its various ministries. Two decades of my teaching career. My first stint involved a massing learning curve about pastors while the second stint, at Northern Seminary, is (what I think is) my sweet spot. I love teaching students who love the church. While we have plenty of students who are not going to be senior or teaching… Read more

September 15, 2019

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP Read more

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