August 27, 2019

Andrew Bacevich is professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University. He is the author of numerous books including America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. The following interview revolves around a recently released collection of his post 9/11 essays with the sobering title, Twilight of the American Century. This interview was conducted by David George Moore. Some of Dave’s teaching videos can be found at Note to Jesus Creed/Patheos readers: This book will… Read more

August 27, 2019

Three books, three levels, each very good in its own way. One exegetical-theological, one analytical-logical, and one exegetical-motivational. One by Lucy Peppiatt: Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts. I have had two posts about Lucy’s very fine book. This will prove to be an influential book from a professor and theological college principal. It is full of wisdom: she knows the debates, what gets folks riled up, and she avoids creating controversy. Rather, she speaks words of peace,… Read more

August 26, 2019

The term peace appears some 9o times in the New Testament, almost as often as “grace” appears, though only about half as often as “love.” Word counts don’t prove weightiness but they ought not to be discounted either. By the way, in the NRSV the word “justice” appears 14 times; 23 times in the CEB. Ron Sider, in If Jesus is Lord , examines peace in the New Testament as one of his approaches to discover what the NT teaches about… Read more

August 25, 2019

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.BCP Read more

August 24, 2019

I am excited to be with another New Testament MA cohort next week as we delve into studying the Context of the New Testament, with special focus on Romans 12-16. A new kind of funeral: for a glacier. OKJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland (AP) — It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist… Read more

August 23, 2019

By Mike Glenn Whenever we confront a situation or problem, we want to deal with it and then, move on. We want to step up to the issue and do whatever we need to do. Then, we want to move on and never think about it again. We want life to be like a set of stairs. We want to deal with whatever the problem is, step up and be done with it. Life, however, isn’t like that. Whenever we… Read more

August 22, 2019

By Becky Castle Miller, Teaching Romans Backwards Becky Castle Miller, our student who lives in the Netherlands, has created a masterful study guide to Reading Romans Backwards. Yes, this study guide can be used in lay groups, in college classes, and any adult Sunday School class. Here’s what Becky does in the plan of this wonderful book: She creates this guide for 15 week classes but also provides alternative schedules for the guide. She has “Before Class” and “During Class” and… Read more

August 21, 2019

Thanks to the wonderful work of Kelly Hughes, numerous news media and radio programs have interviewed me about my new book, Reading Romans Backwards. The most common question: Why read Romans backwards? First, since most who read Romans are swamped by the theological depth and debates about it, by the time they get to Romans 9 they may be exhausted and even more if they get to Romans 12. If we don’t read it first we may never get to… Read more

August 21, 2019

This is by one of our Northern (MA New Testament) students, Ben Davis, who leads a pastors group in Wichita KS. Synopsis of A Secular Age  Charles Taylor’s book, A Secular Age, is a sweeping narrative covering more than 500 years of philosophical, theological, political, and cultural history in an effort to answer this singular question: “Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2000 [or 2019] many of us… Read more

August 20, 2019

Shane J. Wood is professor of New Testament and associate dean at Ozark Christian College. He is also a teaching minister at College Heights Christian Church. A treasure trove of free resources can be found on his website: The following interview centers around Shane’s latest book, Between Two Trees. This interview was conducted by David George Moore. Some of Dave’s teaching and interview video can be accessed at Moore: You mention that Between Two Trees ended up being… Read more

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