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December 3 2017, 5PM

A great read – and necessary My recent article in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, "What Makes Wesleyan Theology Theological?" — Justus Hunter (@JustusHunter) December 3, 2017 The post Hunter’s “What Makes ... [Other Posts]

November 30, 8AM

The prolific and all around good guy, Dr. Anthony Le Donne, has co-authored with Larry Behrendt, for a book exploring Jewish-Christian relations:  Moving beyond the all-too-common shallow recognition of differences, Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of D... [Books]

November 21, 3PM

The post Words needed for such a time as this appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Co... [Other Posts]

November 14, 7PM

This won’t be a long post. I don’t think I need more than a few words to get this point across. There is nothing wrong with a moderate amount of inclusion — or exclusion. There needs to be a variety of opinions in most organizations, especia... [United Methodist Church]

October 30, 9AM

And you can get the book HERE. The post .@UTSDoc’s “Scripture and the Life of God” (video) appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation,... [Books] [David F. Watson]

October 24, 5AM

I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek: Discovery twice, except for the sixth. That’s only because it is Tuesday… I’ll watch it again later. But, I wanted to just blab for a moment. I love the series. It is stark and needful for o... [media] [Star Trek Discovery]

October 20, 7PM

Find the link — AND  the special offer here. There are a few commentaries I turn to — namely those examining Scripture with the Fathers as well as a few examining it from a critical, but theological, source. The Library from Westminster/John Knox fi... [Accordance Bible]

October 17, 3AM

Just a note…. this commentary is massively on sale at the moment: Introductory Special through October 23, 2017 (11:59pm EDT). Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Requires Accordance 10.4 or above. For even more information, see this arti... [Accordance Bible]

September 13, 12 PM

I guess because the United Methodist Centrist Movement wasn’t… uh… unifying enough? Have you seen this newest, separate and independent from all other groups, group that looks to unify United Methodists? I mean, Rev. Mike Slaughter who ... [United Methodist Church]

August 17, 5AM

The imminent New Testament scholar, Anglican, and good guy Dr Michael Bird posted something on Facebook that caught my eye. He noted that the Athanasian Canon (Festal letter 39) has a different ordered for the New Testament than we have now. Continuing, I... [scripture]

August 14, 8AM

The resident bishop of Florida, who is also a moderator for The United Methodist Church’s Commission on the Way Forward, has declared his latest piece non-political and completely free of spin. I am not moved to this conclusion myself. I will explai... [theology] [United Methodist Church]

August 11, 5PM

The post Pilgrim’s Progress (2017) appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Comment... [Other Posts]

August 8, 6PM

I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of this before. This will go into the theological canon of Next Methodism next to works by William Abraham and Kevin Watson. Entering into the life of God is like walking into the ocean. The further you go, the ... [Books] [scripture] [United Methodist Church]

August 1, 6AM

I keep seeing, much to my chagrin, quote and quote on my Facebook wall from Richard Rohr and his idea that we need to somehow escape the idea of a violent atonement. By the way, this is not St. Anselm‘s invention. Anyway, let’s step back and l... [theology] [Robert Barron]

July 20, 8AM

I detest bureaucracy. It takes up money, time, and energy as well as allowing non-participation by members of the group. It begins with good intentions — but slowly morphs through layers and layers of patina into an uncontrollable monster. The mainliner... [United Methodist Church]

July 18, 5PM

Social Holiness is the Wesleyan ideal. It has informed Methodists since the time of Wesley and while it has sometimes been confused for corrupting things — manifest destiny and social justice, for example — it still holds our imagination and it someth... [United Methodist Church]


As long time readers of the blog may recall, I am a huge fan of the New Living Translation. It is a faithful dynamic translation providing the reader with a depth with a solid choice. Initially, Tyndale had a Catholic edition, but it was not approved by t... [NLT]

July 13, 10AM

We use these words “will be” and “won’t be” freely, but understand me. I mean them as an emphasis of the things I would like to see. This is not a return to some fabled time of perfect Wesleyanism, but is meant to take what W... [United Methodist Church]

July 6, 1PM

Grateful for posts about #NextMethodism. I've itinerated in many local churches (100s) in the last 5 years. Good news: It's already here! — Ken Carter (@bishopkencarter) July 6, 2017 ‘At a time when Bishop Butler asserted that Christianity... [United Methodist Church]

June 7, 9AM

in part, pentecostalism (of the various kinds) emerged because methodists had grown too… mainstream… and forgotten the work of the Holy Spirit. good thing that has never happened since… The post blame the methodists for the pentecostals ... [Other Posts] [Kisker]

May 25, 7AM

Back when new bloggers were a common occurrence, I attempted to give a few some space for an introduction. Max deserves to be read far and wide. Rev. Hazell is… well… I’ll link to his blog at the end of this guest post. I find postmodern... [Other Posts]

May 24, 8AM

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in ... [sanctification]

May 23, 4AM

From Robert Jenson‘s, Canon and Creed: At this ecumenically untoward moment, there are even renewed concerns about confessional identity. Since the creed and the Scriptures are shared by most of the separated churches, it is unlikely that they will ... [creeds]

May 22, 4AM

No. A quick survey of pre-Dan Brown literature reveals that several rules of faith existed in the early 2nd century. These gave rise to the later synodal formulas that themselves later became our great Creeds. Although the church is dispersed throughout t... [creeds] [Irenaeus]

May 21, 5AM

He also, in presuming John Wesley, tells you what orthodoxy is: Accordingly, as they have given up everything else which those who perform sacred rites ought to have, what is demanded of them is merely this one thing, orthodoxy—and not even this, in my ... [St. Symeon the New Theologian]
The post this is how you sing the Doxology appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Comme... [Devotional]

May 18, 6PM

The Interpreter, one of the official organs of The United Methodist Church, published online and in print of their May-June edition an admittedly poorly edited article. It was filled with at least one set of misquotes of Dr. Kevin Watson. Online, the arti... [United Methodist Church]

May 17, 5AM

The post the methodists think little of John Wesley appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction ... [United Methodist Church] [Church of England] [John Wesley]

May 15, 11AM

This is part of an assignment for a group counseling class. I wanted to share it because I think more needs to be said about the disenfranchised grief of those surviving religious trauma. This is a draft document. Setting the Stage There is a sea chan... [science] [milgram experiment] [religious trauma syndrome] [theory of motivated reasoning]

May 9, 10AM

The orthodox element of the United Methodist Church is often chided about the desire to have the return of the Nicene Creed. Our adversaries regularly use the argument from silence, that Wesley removed Article 8 when he gave the American Methodists their ... [United Methodist Church] [John Wesley]

April 28, 3PM

You can read the article here. The text of the decision is here. Some quotes: “A same-sex marriage license issued by competent civil authorities together with the clergy person’s status in a same-sex relationship is a public declaration that the perso... [United Methodist Church]

April 24, 5AM

“The real ecumenical crisis today is not between Catholics and Protestants but between traditional and experimental forms of church life. If church leaders do not recognize this, within a few decades we shall see a cleavage in the church that will be co... [United Methodist Church]

April 19, 6PM

Rev. Ough, the current episcopal leader in Minnesota, is infamous for letting arch-heretic Sprague off. He is getting ready to do the same, using the same weasley words and nuances he did then. He has issued a press release. In it are a few statements nec... [United Methodist Church]

April 14, 5PM

The Journey of Egeria, Abbess and pilgrim to Jerusalem, late fourth century, Pilgrimage 37: SC 296, pp. 284–90, Egeria: Diary of a Pilgrimage, tr. Gringras, pp. 110–3. Egeria’s description shows how objects with sacred associations, and holy places,... [Church History]

April 13, 5AM

You can find it here.  The post A new app for Patristic commentary  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel ... [Other Posts]

April 8, 1PM

This is the thrilling romance of Orthodoxy. People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. It was sanity: and to be sane is more dra... [theology] [g.k. chesterton]

April 7, 5AM

I’ve been reviewing the Interpretation Series, now available on Accordance (product link). This morning, I was preparing my iPad for an upcoming trip and decided to see how it looked on that. This is what I came up with. Be warned, I’m using t... [Accordance Bible]

April 6, 7AM

Just playing around this morning. One of the neat things I’ve seen in Accordance 12 was the tracking of the verse. The program quickly and without reentering new data (verses, etc) updates my library offerings according to the verse I am on. Also, ... [Accordance Bible]

April 5, 3PM

I still want to focus on my organic theory. But, it would only compliment Watson’s well-stated view. The post Dr. David Watson on the New Testament Canon appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in Go... [scripture]


Right now, you can get the entire series with a huge discount. Accordance graced me with an early preview copy of the Interpretation Series (Westminster John Knox) for use on my Accordance 12 program (review to follow). I have some of the series in print ... [Accordance Bible] [Westminster John Knox]

April 2, 3PM

1 ALL ye that seek the Lord who died, Your God for sinners crucified, Prevent the earliest dawn, and come To worship at His sacred tomb. 2 Bring the sweet spices of your sighs, Your contrite hearts, and streaming eyes, Your sad complaints, and humble fear... [poetry] [John Wesley]

April 1, 12 PM

April is National Poetry Month. While we know that John and Charles wrote hymns, they also wrote poems… some of which are still sung in Christian Methodist congregations… I might highlight a few throughout this month. “GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SP... [poetry] [charles wesley] [John Wesley]

March 28, 11AM

But what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting abo... [Devotional] [g.k. chesterton]

March 22, 6AM

St Symeon suggests that our Lenten bare is something we should do all year.  Do we not have an obligation to do this at all times? Have we not taken the vow to be hungry, thirsty, and ill clad (cf. 1 Cor. 4:11) and to endure all things and bear them ... [Other Posts]

March 14, 11AM

We are saved by faith when we trust that Jesus died for our sins. This is the gospel, or so we are taught. But what is faith? And does this accurately summarize the gospel? Because faith is frequently misunderstood and the climax of the gospel misidentifi... [Books] [Baker Academic] [Matthew Bates]

March 13, 9AM

A brother came to Abba Poemen in the second week of Lent and told him his thoughts, and found peace of mind from his answer. Then he said: “I was almost stopped from coming to see you today.” And the old man said: “Why?” And he said: “I was afra... [Devotional]

March 9, 5PM

I was reading this today… 55.1 But moreover let us also bring forward examples of the heathen. Many kings and rulers who, being in times of pestilence, following some oracle, have given over themselves to death so that they might rescue their citize... [Clement of Rome]

March 8, 11AM

I know this is late… If you want to hear it, click here to download it from Dropbox. Every day is a day to preach the Gospel of the Jesus Christ. The Gospel, however, is not something you do — it is something that is proclaimed. In fact, the Gospe... [Sermon Notes]
Though with a scornful wonder Men see her sore oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed: Yet saints their watch are keeping, Their cry goes up, “How long?” And soon the night of weeping Shall be the morn of song! – The Church&#... [United Methodist Church]

March 6, 4AM

As with any spiritual discipline, there are pitfalls to be avoided, and Jesus Himself refers to them. He warns against practicing our piety before others, so He lays down some rules for the kind of fasting He wants His followers to do. Specifically, we ar... [sanctification] [Lent]

March 5, 1PM

Yes, it is mainly an Eastern thing… but this is the first Sunday of Lent in the West… the Triumph of Orthodoxy. As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe h... [Liturgy and Worship]

March 2, 4AM

From the Bodley Ms 343. The Temptation of Christ Beloved people, we want to tell you about this holy time that has now arrived, in which we have an especially greater fast and abstinence than in any other common time, when we do this for the help and cle... [Devotional] [Lent]

February 9, 1PM

I have written before about Wesley’s view of Schism (and here). I want to (re)turn to that in light of recent events in Mississippi. Two growing churches — one of which is led by a pastor who also sits on the WCA board — have voted to begin th... [United Methodist Church]


I have a few friends still yet unconvinced by the necessary truth of lex orandi. I understand. Indeed, no doubt these learned people are entrenched in the historical critical method and other derivatives of the Enlightenment and thus cannot acknowledge t... [Liturgy and Worship] [Hans Urs von Balthasar] [lex orandi]

February 8, 10AM

Can you imagine anyone refuting lex orandi? Surely, we must turn to the Pentecostal/Charismatic side of Christianity to see such a refutation. But…. In their concept of doctrine, Pentecostals stand closer to the Roman Catholic idea of the developme... [Liturgy and Worship]

February 7, 2PM

Talking to a (for now) friend who seems to dismiss lex orandi. My question to him was, “What did Peter Böhler say to Wesley? Now, if you are a Methodist of any worth, you know exactly what he said. “Fake it until you Make it, Fr. John.”... [Liturgy and Worship] [John Wesley] [Justo González] [Lex orandi lex credendi]

February 6, 5PM

How in the world anyone can disagree with lex orandi,  I don’t know… Barth, of course, in his late writings on ethics, gave a related but distinct account of the relation of liturgy and ethos (an account with which Jüngel is closely familia... [Liturgy and Worship] [John Webster] [Karl Barth] [Lex orandi lex credendi]
This week’s lectionary includes the section of the Beatitudes about the worth of the Church: You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and t... [United Methodist Church]

February 2, 5AM

Many like to suggest theology, doctrine, etc… doesn’t matter — even to the point of having statements like that enshrined in formulaic paragraphs. But Jesus actually does care about your theology. If theology is as St. Augustine first noted,... [theology]

January 31, 1PM

Micah 6.1-8 is in this week’s lectionary (RCL). We often focus on the verse at the end of the passage: The LORD has told you mortals what is good, and what it is that the LORD requires of you: only to act justly, to love loyalty, to walk humbly with... [Micah]

January 23, 2PM

For Christmas, my wife gave me the DNA testing kit available from 23 and me. As far as I know, the results are pretty accurate. I do know that my great-great-great-grandparents (can’t remember which one, either my paternal paternal’s side, or ... [Other Posts] [DNA]

January 22, 6PM

St Symeon…. brings me to tears at times.  All too often we focus on the kingdom… forgetting humility or have a humility with the necessary authority.  The post Humble reception of Authority  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity.... [Other Posts]

January 17, 7AM

On 17 January 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address. It is one of the most important since George Washington’s, including this line: Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American... [Religion and Politics] [Dwight D. Eisenhower] [military-industrial complex]

January 16, 3PM

This is going to be huge. The Dictionary of Christianity and Science provides, in one volume, entries on over 450 key terms, theories, individuals, movements, and debates at the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary science. In addition, becaus... [Books] [Christopher L. Reese] [Michael G. Strauss] [Paul Copan] [Tremper Longman III] [Zondervan]

January 11, 7AM

Fletcher, one of the Methodist Fathers, gives an analogy (portrayed as dialogue between a Neighbor and a Believer) and then clarifies, that doctrine – as contained in public confessions — is  an important and vital aspect of the Christian faith. We p... [United Methodist Church] [John Fletcher]

January 6, 9AM

For those of you not familiar with the Non-Jurors, see here, here, and here. If we place Wesley within this context, it becomes a different take on their evangelical and “paleo-orthodoxy.” The Wesleys, much like modern Wesleyan Theologian, Tho... [Other Posts]

January 5, 6PM

I wonder…can’t we allow the religions to speak for themselves? Or must we insist on what makes is able to tolerate them? The post Western Colonialism at its most derivative  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available... [Other Posts]


An impartial observer would note that the UMC is in steep decline — all of the mainline denominations are (unless you count the SBC, which is only in moderate decline). However, there is emerging a new mainline — of Catholic and Pentecostals, if not A... [United Methodist Church]

December 27 2016, 6PM

Scott has started the swim across the Thames, and frankly, in interested in Canturbury as well.  I found this definition of the Anglican Church that I thought looked familiar:  Our special character and, as we believe, our peculiar contribution ... [Other Posts]

December 21, 4PM

The post Yeah, I like that song too, but this one is (theologically) better appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospe... [Devotional] [Christmas] [jennifer nettles]

December 15, 5AM

All around, Dr Ryan Nicholas Danker (honestly, his middle name is fore-telling) is one of the more profound thinkers in American Methodism. As required, he is a creedal Christian charism’d with Wesleyan theology. The post Video: Why the Church neede... [United Methodist Church] [Ryan Nicholas Danker]

December 14, 8AM

The Church as a secular institution is dead. There is nothing provided by the modern American Church (i.e., mainline) that is not provided by some other group or organization. This is, partially, why we are seeing the fall off in attendance. Why come to a... [United Methodist Church]


I love this tune. It’s another Irish melody — all the best things come from Ireland. This one is a bit fast for me. This one is more my speed as it allows (for me) to get the music down deep (if that makes sense) The post O Sing a Song of Bethlehe... [Devotional]

December 9, 12 PM

Reading in Oden in the wake of his passing… In the weakness of their waning ideologies, secular chauvinists have focused obsessively on how Christian teaching has changed over the years. They cannot get enough of the differences between Christians o... [doctrine] [Thomas C. Oden]

December 8, 6PM

Tom Oden has passed. His loss will be felt by the grater Wesleyan world as well as those in love with good theology.  The post A “boring” theologian as passed  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazo... [Other Posts] [Thomas C. Oden]


The post Why Protestantism should perish  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Comme... [Other Posts]

November 28, 8AM

As some of you know, I called the election right around the time Donald Trump, often-time Democrat, announced he was going to run as a Republican. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you’d see the occasional post noting Brexit trends as well as... [Religion and Politics] [Donald Trump] [electoral college]

November 23, 2PM

The post Silence, official trailer appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, a... [media]

November 14, 6PM

I posted a quote from Auden on my FB earlier. I wanted to expand upon it and to separate “anxiety” from the clinical sense. from Auden, “The opposite of faith is not doubt, but anxiety.” –W. H. Auden From Moltmann, Of course ... [Other Posts]


The post infographic: heaven in the NIV Study Bible, @ZonderAcademic appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Ma... [Books]

November 7, 7AM

Right now, every NIV Application Commentary eBook is just $4.99. See the deals here: About NIV Application Commentaries The value of the NIVAC series is two-fold: you will understand the Bible’s ancient message, and see how it spea... [Other Posts]

November 2, 12 PM

Matt O’Reilly has written a response to an “opinion” piece on UMNS, an official organ of the UMC. I will not do much else except to add what Wesley wrote. Wesley wrote, “Orthodoxy, or right opinions, is never more than a slender part ... [doctrine] [John Wesley]


There is, as always, some discussion about Wesley and orthodoxy. Of course, many are misinformed with no intent to rid themselves of this plague of stupidity. Wesley was orthodox and considered that only the orthodox are Christian — but that those who w... [doctrine] [John Wesley] [Orthodoxy]


A striking shape was recently observed for the endoplasmic reticulum, a cellular organelle consisting of stacked sheets connected by helical ramps [Terasaki et al., Cell 154, 285 (2013)]. This shape is interesting both for its biological function, to synt... [science] [Endoplasmic reticulum]

November 1, 7AM

Don’t worry, St. Symeon and St. John Damascene are still my favorites… but… task of moral judgment is always to prompt the soul’s incensive power to engage in inner warfare and to make us self-critical. The task of wisdom is to prompt ... [sanctification] [mindfulness] [St. Hesychios the Priest]

October 30, 8AM

If the Reformation has a birthday, it’s October 31. This day in 1517 Martin Luther sent the Ninety-five Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz, and that document would soon “go viral.” In remembrance of this important day in the history of the Church, Zo... [Other Posts]

October 29, 10AM

found this on the twitters… The post Truer words…. appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: In... [Other Posts]

October 26, 9AM

GO HERE. PRE-ORDER IT ON LOGOS. This is why. Alternatively, you can order it via Amazon. To responsibly exegete the text of First Timothy, one must become familiar with the vocabulary. But examination of word meanings involves more than simply looking up ... [Books]


This is in response to Kett’s Rebellion, but somehow… maybe this applies to our context too: The general cause of all these commotions is sin, and under Christian profession unchristian living. But there be also certain special causes, of the ... [Religion and Politics]

October 25, 4AM

There is something to be said about dialogue. But dialogue is a two-way street, right? If “religion” is supposed to be a reality that concerns everyone, and if God makes the same demands on every person, must it not be the case, then, that every perso... [Devotional]

October 24, 5AM

Found this on FB. In the West, we are suffering a drought of institutional loyalty. To combat this, the institutions have focused inwardly. Because that works. Rather, institutions have become separated from the instituted. That’s why they focus inw... [Other Posts]

October 19, 8AM

For John and Charles Wesley, few things were more important for theology and ministry than attentiveness to the Lord’s Supper. But the commitment to the centrality of the Eucharist for Christian life and practice has waxed and waned. This book bring... [Books] [United Methodist Church] [Jason E. Vickers]

October 17, 12 PM

This one, Reading Romans in Context, is a favorite. You can find the complete list here. The post check out @ZonderAcademic’s Romans #eBook Sale appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theat... [Other Posts]


I believe in icons, but I think that using them in the place of sound teaching produces idol worshipers. If we read the words of John Calvin in this light, I think we see the root of the problem in many of our denominations today. No one is actually tea... [doctrine] [Reformation] [john calvin]

October 12, 7AM

I thought this was a hoot… given how much dispensationalism still runs rampant: Verses 17, 18. “These four great beasts are the four kingdoms which shall arise from the earth. But the saints of the Most High God shall take the kingdom.” The four... [Daniel] [jerome]

October 10, 6AM

Every now and then I post to Facebook about my love of Mondays. It garners some groans along the way. But why Mondays? I do love every day of the week, actually. Sundays for worship with the family of God, and every other day for living in God’s cre... [Other Posts]

October 7, 3AM

I mean as a whole. Individually, some — a few — are admirable and should we split, I would want to join their denomination. In the latest announcement on the Commission on “A Way Forward,” what the Laity see is not an equal representation,... [United Methodist Church]
The episcopal office holder of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, Sally Dyck, preached at General Conference. Some considered it a great sermon. Those who understand the Book of Discipline and Wesleyan theology saw straight through it. As Scott has ... [United Methodist Church] [Sally Dyck]

October 3, 9AM

Such a man who has been lifted up over all creation is unwilling to go back and be curious about created things. [170] Since he possesses the very Master of the angels he cannot endure inquisitiveness about the essence and nature of the angels who serve H... [St. Symeon the New Theologian]

September 23, 7AM

I occasionally pick up Heath and Kisker’s book, Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community. Today, I was surprised more than usual as I read about the new monasticism possible within an existing UMC congregation. I am more concerned ab... [United Methodist Church]

September 22, 7AM

Would you believe that every now and then I get into an argument on Facebook? And the more so when I mention I don’t believe in Free Will. Yes, there is free choice, but choice can only be made when we are handed decisions. Fr. John would tend to ag... [St. Symeon the New Theologian] [free will]

September 21, 7AM

I was reading some of Wesley’s works the other day, finding in them a complete and easy rebuttal to the latest diatribe that Methodists are somehow opposed by nature of the community to orthodoxy. How ironic, these statements, given that by their in... [Reformation] [John Wesley]

September 16, 11AM

I still think the NT canon should be explore a bit. I’m going with an organic view of the creation.  Anyway, this covers the OT really well.  The post A good video on the canon  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now a... [scripture]

September 12, 1PM

The post Movie: “The Promise” (Armenian Genocide) appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Int... [media]


Unity. That is the catchphrase that is the most meaningless one I’ve heard in a long time. Seriously, there is no definition of unity given beyond securing apportionment dollars for the church hierarchy. Since the General Conference, several confere... [United Methodist Church] [Franklin Graham]

August 29, 11AM

Live Like You Give a Damn! declares the very good news that God is raising up a new generation, largely outside the church, to bring impressive change to the lives of our neighbors locally and globally by creating innovative forms of social enterprise and... [Books] [Tom Sine] [Wipf and Stock Publishers]

August 24, 3PM

Find it here.  Women in the Ancient Near East offers a lucid account of the daily life of women in Mesopotamia from the third millennium BCE until the beginning of the Hellenistic period. The book systematically presents the lives of women emerging f... [Other Posts]


So many plans about how to preserve The United Methodist Church, but how many turn to Wesleyanism in order to chart a path forward? This is interesting: Methodist Ecclesiology The most striking ecclesiological feature of Methodism is its ‘connexional’... [United Methodist Church]

August 23, 11AM

I am not convinced that we have to abandon The United Methodist Church — not while we still have thinking, knowledgeable, and article believers (even if they disagree). One such example is Dr. Bill Arnold (I still think it should have been the W and A p... [United Methodist Church]

August 17, 9AM

I’ve have my head buried in books — theology of all sorts, doctrinal, historical, and of course, systematic theologies of the various Reformed Traditions (include Wesleyan-Arminianism) — for the past few weeks attempting to complete a special pr... [United Methodist Church]

August 10, 8AM

I’m going to have to disagree with some who insist Wesley was an inerrantist. He wasn’t. I do think he was an infallibilist, however, as one would have to be to honestly hold to the Articles of Religion. I could argue this point, but I’m... [scripture] [Inerrancy] [John Wesley]

August 9, 7AM

Last week, Bishop Carter (Florida) wrote a brief post for Huffington Post. Here, he laments the misconstruing of the word evangelical as a synonym for conservative. He is not ready to leave that term behind because, he writes, I have been nurtured and fe... [scripture] [evangelical] [J I Packer] [Ken Carter]

August 8, 7AM

And there is something free if you go to this website. For a short time, save up to 80% when you buy eBook editions of Zondervan Academic gospel commentaries! This new commentary sale features 17 eBooks on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These eBooks will ... [Books]
People talk about Jesus. Academics do it. Theologians do it. Children do it. Non-Christians do it. Methodists do it. Sometimes. People talk about Jesus. But have you ever noticed how says the name Jesus? Sitting through this past Sunday’s children ... [Devotional]

August 4, 5PM

“Our meeting was both serious and hopeful,” said Dr. David Watson, academic dean at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. “We prayed together, broke bread, shared ideas, agreed and disagreed, and learned from each other. We affirmed together ... [United Methodist Church] [Wesleyan Covenant Association]
It used to be in our Book of Discipline that we were to take the world… and of course, Wesley sent the first Methodist preachers to the United States with the mission of wiping out Calvinism… From ‘The Spiritual Song Book, Designed as an... [United Methodist Church]

August 2, 11AM

The post New book on the Reformation  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentar... [Other Posts] [humor] [things that bother jim west]

July 29, 6AM

Yesterday, Charisma News ran an article from an anonymous source overturning what we’ve all said about the Wesleyan Covenant Association. I’ve maintained that the WCA is not going to promote or cause schism. The anonymous (for now) source R... [United Methodist Church]

July 28, 5AM

So often, we hear the actions of the Progressives in The United Methodist Church defended and the charges of schism ridiculed because “they haven’t left.” Indeed, as often is the case, “schism” is defined as “enacting o... [United Methodist Church]

July 26, 8AM

Rev. Chris Ritter has preemptly posted a response, somewhat, to the latest statement by Bishop Ough, the president of the Council of Bishops. Ritter still has his plans on the table — and so I’m going to take this moment to reshow mine, although I... [United Methodist Church]

July 19, 8AM

John Wesley, in Sermon 90, classifies three types of lies: malicious, harmless, and officious. In regards to the latter, he writes, Concerning officious lies, those that are spoken with a design to do good, there have been numerous controversies in the Ch... [United Methodist Church] [karen oliveto]

July 16, 6AM

Last night, by acclamation, the Western Jurisdiction elected as bishop a person who is unqualified according to the Book of Discipline (at least how many of us read it). It is directly against the wishes of General Conference and the remaining 98% of The ... [United Methodist Church]

July 13, 7AM

There is a spot in the Creed of 381 that came under discussion yesterday: For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, How you read that particular line may be influenced by your understanding of Election, or perhaps, your understanding of ... [creeds]

July 12, 8AM

Come on… this is a hoot: Found here. The post The ending(s) of the Gospel of Mark explained appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic C... [Other Posts] [humor]


By now, most of you have read Scott’s post, chastising our United Methodist bishops. When the Western Jurisdiction by their authority, rather than the authority of The United Methodist Church, raise an ordained elder who is an avowed homosexual to t... [United Methodist Church]

July 11, 7AM

How should Christians relate to their Bible? The primary locus or home of Scripture in Christianity is the liturgy, the church gathered for worship. Theologians write books about the Bible because it is proclaimed in the liturgy; the Bible is not proclaim... [scripture]

July 9, 11AM

found on FB. The post on the Information Age… appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction ... [Other Posts]

July 8, 11AM

Girard is a necessary read during this time. More so, because he understands the role founding myths play in the development of the people. I’m not going to wax on, but I want to encourage you to read this paragraph and savor it. It is interesting t... [Religion and Politics]


I hear you can get a look at the first chapter at Zondervan. Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard’s thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots. Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whos... [Books] [Stephen Backhouse] [søren kierkegaard] [Zondervan]

July 7, 7AM

William Burt Pope, 19th century Methodist Theologian, would write, Theology is a light shed upon all the universe; it is the glory of God’s creature, man. But this leads us to the eternal secret of our dignity. Our knowledge comes to us through One who ... [theology]

July 4, 7AM

Fletcher was Wesley’s European successor, and designer of the program that eventually became the Methodist denomination(s). His essay on Evangelical Mysticism is a must, I think. Our current crop of evangelicals, and those to the right, tend to thin... [sanctification] [John Fletcher]

July 1, 7PM

I can think of a few “abstruse” doctrines…this Gnosticist attempt at intellectualizing the faith, whether it is some progressive sense of “justice” or perhaps some notion of super-predestinationism…  Or those who r... [Other Posts] [Thomas Merton]

June 30, 12 PM

Disobedience is a doorway to more sins. We can call it rebellion or secession or nonconformity, but it brings in scheming, deception, and rivalry. Scripture and Tradition warned repeatedly against such things. The post St Cyprian on the heresy of ecclesia... [cyprian] [non-conformity] [Schism]

June 29, 6PM

The post Jenson on (lack of) theology in a divided Church appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introdu... [theology] [Robert W. Jenson]


I am excited for the newest Star Trek movie, Beyond. I enjoyed the first two — even Into Darkness. I found them fun, exciting and hopeful. Why? I was talking about this last week and just thought I’d share. Growing up, I had to sneak to watch Star... [media] [Star Trek]

June 18, 4PM

There can be no unity between the radical progressives and the moderates, conservatives, and others. Indeed, as demonstrated by both New England and Cal-Pac Annual Conferences, The United Methodist Church is in a state of rebellion. Yes, there is a system... [United Methodist Church]

June 17, 5AM

And now our disposition is as such as if there were no one will require an account from us of the vows we have made. We pass our time without fear of God and contempt of his commandments. We are arrogant not only toward the rest of the community, but even... [St. Symeon the New Theologian]

June 16, 1PM

The post St. Symeon on attention’s deficit appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and... [St. Symeon the New Theologian]


What is Canonical Theism? It… …is intimately tied to the notion of the canonical heritage of the Church.  The Church possesses not just a canon of books in its bible, but also a canon of doctrine, a canon of saints, a canon of Fathers, a cano... [doctrine] [canonical theism] [William J. Abraham]

June 15, 5PM

Don’t let the number fool you… there are a lot more than 39+ comments. The post Chime in: Guns for those on the Watchlist appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations O... [Religion and Politics]


Spiritual growth, or sanctification, has suffered either feast or famine in many Wesleyan circles. In Wesley’s grandchildren, sanctification has suffered from a gluttonous feast, leaving no room for the intellectual holiness Wesley called for — w... [sanctification] [Stephen W. Rankin]

June 14, 12 PM

Admin note: This is a testimony from a Cuban Methodist, all names removed and changed. You know why. I have not changed much, except to straight up some spellings.   I was 18 years old when someone spoke to me about God for the first time. Of course that... [United Methodist Church] [Cuba]

June 9, 7AM

The post Patriarch Ignatius IV on the Renewal and Reunion of the Church appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of... [sanctification] [theology]

June 8, 12 PM

Famous internet troll, John Pipe, recently quipped, God does not punish innocent children for the sins of guilty parents. There are no innocent children. (Deuteronomy 5:9; Ezekiel 18:20) — John Piper (@JohnPiper) June 7, 2016 When he does this sort ... [theology]


Recently I visited Savannah, Georgia. It is not quite the spiritual home of American methodists, given that Wesley’s trip here was a bust. However, there are several Wesleyan historical markers, such as his statute in Reynold’s Square giv... [United Methodist Church]

June 4, 12 PM

Without the Holy Spirit, God is distant, Christ is merely a historical figure, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is just an organization, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, liturgy is only nostalgia, and the work of Christians is slave ... [Church History]

June 2, 8AM

When I was in high school, I discovered a series of books titled, Opposing Viewpoints. This series introduced a controversial topic that allowed for equal time for those on each side (or sometimes several sides) of an issue to present their case. The ar... [United Methodist Church]

June 1, 7AM

The Seven Sacraments held by the various Catholic communions are often dismissed by Protestants as superfluous to Scripture. Perhaps they are, but that is not the argument I want to make. Rather, I want to suggest we see them as the exact representation o... [The Mystics] [theology] [Saint Bonaventure]


There are two forms of unity that I hold for the Christian. One is that of the Church Universal. Those who worship the Triune God are united under Christ. The second are the communities united around core emphasises or distinctives. If The United Methodi... [sanctification] [United Methodist Church]

May 31, 5AM

This is from the notes by Bishops Coke and Asbury as found in the 1792 annotated Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church: The late reverend John Wesley recommended the episcopal form to his societies in America; and the general conference, which is ... [United Methodist Church] [Francis Asbury] [polity] [Thomas Coke]

May 25, 4AM

Waiting Bishop Palmer, the episcopal officer of the West Ohio Annual Conference, preached during the early days of the 2016 General Conference. His sermon was about patiently waiting. Holiness, to sum it up, is about waiting. After two weeks of watching ... [United Methodist Church] [General Conference]

May 23, 6AM

Someone on a facebook group mentioned the 22nd Article of Religion, on rites of the Church: It is not necessary that rites and ceremonies should in all places be the same, or exactly alike; for they have been always different, and may be changed according... [United Methodist Church] [Articles of Religion]


It has been reported that during the committee session on the Creed, there was a lot of misinformation delivered. That’s fine. I have four more years. But in the meantime, here is an excellent article written on the recent petition submitted to offi... [United Methodist Church]

May 20, 11AM

Filmed at two of the oldest American Methodist chapels — St. George’s Chapel in Philadelphia and Barratt’s Chapel in Dover Delaware. This short documentary was produced on the anniversary year of Francis Asbury’s Death. Francis Asb... [United Methodist Church]


I am reserving most comments until later, but I want to highlight 3 areas of legislation I find pleasing. The first is Petition 60033, which establishes an ecclesiology: Since its authorization in 2008 (Book of Discipline, ¶ 1907-1912), the Committee on ... [United Methodist Church]

May 18, 10AM

This is the total of the plan. Social media is livid. And they should be. This is nothing but kicking the can down the road. The post the #UMCGC bishops’ “plan” appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amaz... [United Methodist Church]

May 17, 9AM

I awoke this morning, as I usually do, tired only to stumble to the shower while I’m checking my phone. As I scrolled through twitter while my water warms up, I noticed the suggestion that today the Council of Bishops would issue a call for separati... [United Methodist Church] [Mike Slaughter]

May 16, 8AM

On Friday, Bishop Sally Dyck, one of the several bishops preaching during General Conference, delivered what progressives held to as a sermon as inspired as anything in Scripture, and conservatives saw through as bitter and pointed, if not completely devo... [United Methodist Church]

May 10, 1PM

I wanted to call your attention to this rather quickly (context: the General Conference is happening). I’ll review it later. I was able to help (I think) with designing some of this. Granted, Ben A. had done 99.5% of the heavy lifting, but he asked ... [Logos Bible Software] [United Methodist Church]

May 9, 4PM

The post #UMCGC appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, and From Fear to Fai... [Other Posts]


As with others, I believe in the intercessory prayer of the Church Triumphant. While I know John Wesley didn’t, if the doctrine is correct, then he has learned better by now. To that end, I will acknowledge our Articles of Religion do not think hig... [United Methodist Church]

May 6, 4PM

This is a rough draft of a required Literature Review (pdf) for one of my classes. The subject is near and dear to me, of course. One particular aspect? The report by Bartkowski, Xu, & Levin (2007) on the modeling of discussion v. argument. It is sup... [Christian Education] [science] [Fundamentalism] [science education]

May 5, 6AM

My fellow West Virginian United Methodist, Rev. Scott Sears, has a post in response to some of my ongoing discussions. This is a friendly discussion, and one we have both agreed to exactly because we both love our Church. I have written on unity before, b... [United Methodist Church] [Bishop Mike Lowry] [John Wesley]

May 3, 9AM

There is a common charge leveled at the orthodox/creedal, that somehow we want to have a litmus test. Indeed, my recent petition evoked conspiracy theories of a Southern-Baptist-like takeover of The United Methodist Church. On the flipside of this Weimar ... [United Methodist Church]

May 2, 6AM

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship, the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One! We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, and Thy Holy Resurrection we praise and glorify; for Thou art our God, and we know no other than Thee; we call on Thy nam... [resurrection] [St. Symeon the New Theologian]

April 28, 7AM

With the lead-up to General Conference, we have seen more and more refuse to enforce the Book of Discipline, including a candidate for the episcopal office as well as a retired bishop (See Rev. McIntyre’s post).1 Further, we have seen M. Talbert b... [United Methodist Church]

April 27, 7AM

Can we use the digital age to increase participation in orthodoxy? Digital theology needs to be examined and built in order to do so.1 Introduction Why are theological dilettantes given theological space on the internet when, generally, they would be den... [theology]

April 25, 11AM

Dalton Rushing, a UMC pastor in Northern Georgia, has written a blog post lambasting Dr. Bill Arnold, Rev. Beth Ann Cook, and myself for legislation we have independently submitted to the General Conference. Well, not exactly. Rather, he has written a pie... [United Methodist Church]

April 18, 7AM

Anytime someone mentions orthodoxy in a positive context to the heretical or heterodox, there are a mixture of responses: We’re ____ not Orthodox. That’s too Catholic. It doesn’t matter what you believe as long you love your neighbor. Th... [Church History] [doctrine]

April 12, 7AM

The United Methodist Scholars for Christian Orthodoxy, or SHIELD for short… no, wait… I mean UMSCO (because our anagram was not the first thing they thought about) held their first conference in Cincinnati, Ohio 31 March-2 April. Before that,... [United Methodist Church]

April 11, 8AM

This is a great video. For (real) Wesleyans watching this, you’ll note the eery similarities in defining salvation: But in reality the Church entrusts to everyone the enormous honour to be responsible for the salvation of the whole world, of this w... [justification] [Eastern Orthodox Church]


Outler (p277), in his anthology of Wesley’s sermons, notes that Sermon 36 has some at least one remarkable connection to The Epistle to the Ephesians, by St. Ignatius of Antioch. He refers to 14.1, but if you examine the whole of Sermon 36, youR... [Ignatius of Antioch]

April 8, 11AM

The essays collected in this volume focus on methodological and historical topics related to the study of the history of ancient Israel. Contributors offer readers new readings of disputed texts, new methodological tools for study of the ancient world inh... [Books] [Equinox Publishers] [jim west]


This actually comes from an assignment for one of my current classes… Mid-way through the first month of 2016, I was able to travel with a group of United Methodist seminary students to Cuba, to experience and explore the Iglesia Metodista En Cuba. ... [United Methodist Church] [Cuba]

April 7, 1PM

It is a good and proper thing to have a study bible that is set within the Great Tradition. That’s why I like the Orthodox Study Bible — because it acknowledges that Scripture is primarily the book of the Church. By the way, this is big ‘O&#... [Accordance Bible]


At the UM Orthodoxy conference, Dr. Abraham mentioned the difference between the 150 sermons The United Methodist Church uses, by way of Outler, and the 44 canonical sermons used by other Wesleyan groups across the globe. I tried to look for a list, but o... [United Methodist Church]


Andy Hargrove and Austin Rivera have a public letter to the Faith and Order Committee regarding the passage of Petition 60980-FO-¶104-G — the one about the Nicene Creed. (You can track it here). You can read my rationale here. Of course, I maintain ... [United Methodist Church]

April 5, 8PM

Special Introductory Pricing… From Accordance: We are pleased to announce the release of the Orthodox Study Bible Notes for the Accordance Library! This unique study Bible, offering insights and commentary from the early centuries of Christianity, w... [Accordance Bible]

March 30, 8AM

Over the past year or so, I’ve engaged others on the topic of canon. Some suggest that the Catholic/Orthodox canon(s) are the real Christian one. Others suggest that we must heed the Jewish canon. Neither of these statements are accurate because the... [scripture]

March 29, 6AM

What are your thoughts? The post Dr David Watson on “the whole canon of Scripture” appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Crit... [doctrine] [scripture] [theology] [David F. Watson]

March 27, 5AM

The Gospel According to St. Mark ends abruptly, with no shortage of heartburn for those trying to explain why. For me, I believe it is intentional, meant to urge the audience to a great leap of faith. “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is... [Devotional] [Easter]

March 23, 7AM

From Hans Küng: Truth must not be sacrificed, but rediscovered: The Churches cannot be unified satisfactorily on the basis of indifferentist faith and half-hearted allegiances. Diplomatic settlements and compromises in dogma are not the right way. We mus... [United Methodist Church] [Hans Kung]

March 21, 12 PM

I’m biased, but Rindge is a mastermind… I cannot wait to read this book. The sacred ethos of the American Dream has become a central pillar of American civil religion. The belief that meaning is fashioned from some mixture of family, friends, ... [Books] [Matthew S. Rindge]


There is this stereotype of the Christian movie. It is filled with cheesy dialogue, exhausted stereotypes, and climatic scenes aimed at the insuring the audience has a “come to Jesus” moment, almost like an altar call surrounded by chewed gum,... [media] [Christy Beam] [Jennifer Garner] [Kylie Rogers] [Miracles from Heaven]

March 14, 11AM

The spectacle remained a threat to burgeoning Christian movement until the time of Eusebius. The ancient Christian rigorists, Tertullian in de Spectaculis and Novatian in a work by the same name, condemned the Spectacle as unchristian, citing the pagan in... [Doctoral Work]


Such a hot book… Hell. It is a perennial topic discussed by those who may use it as a fear tactic and those seek to overturn a centuries — a millennia — old doctrine often used as a fear tactic. But, is it real? Or, rather, what use is it to th... [Books] [hell] [Jerry Walls] [Preston Sprinkle] [Robin A. Parry]

March 11, 12 PM

A new book by Warren Carter? Yes, please. Warren Carter leads the beginning student in an inductive exploration of the New Testament Gospels, asking about their genre, the view that they were written by eyewitnesses, the early church traditions about them... [Books] [Gospel Criticism] [Fortress Press] [Warren Carter]

March 10, 12 PM

Yeah… I’m still working. Just a draft. The idea is that the death of Jesus is “scene” in the realm of human sacrifice, in tune with the arena and other political suicides. Are the spectacle and the arena of metaphors it employs imp... [Doctoral Work] [Galatians]


The ICC is a staple, a long standing stable staple of scholastic studies. Glad to see this new series. ‘The ITC is intended to provide a theological complement to the ICC. The volumes will run similar lengths to their companion volumes in the ICC an... [Books]

March 9, 2PM

You know the drill. This is scratch work. The gist of this is to show that the use of spectacle, cultic sacrifice, etc… imagery would not be foreign either to Paul or the audience(s) which is why such an analogy that I will propose in Galatians can ... [Corinthians] [Doctoral Work] [Galatians] [Philippians] [Thessalonians]

March 7, 12 PM

Every now and then, I talk about church growth. Not a lot, because church growth is not what I’m really about. I prefer theology, polity, and biblical studies. Church growth is not charismatic enough for me. Anyway… as we struggle to deal with... [United Methodist Church] [Charismatic] [Church Growth]


In reading several commentaries, I keep seeing James 1.27 referred back to Isaiah 1.15-16. Admittedly, because I don’t have the time to search my entire library, I cannot tell you no one else has connected James 1.27 to Sirach 4.10. (Briefly looking... [Sirach] [james]

March 4, 10AM

Rick Brannan’s work here is going to be helpful for those interested in something more than word studies — for those interested in relationships among those words. Take for instance Brannan’s breakdown of 2 Timothy 3.16. Most of us stop at t... [Books] [Rick Brannan]

March 3, 6AM

This is a pertinent article — not merely for the current political climate but likewise for the UMC (which seems inexplicably linked to the US). Even in the War Between the States, there were some pro-Union areas in the Confederacy and pro-Confederate ... [United Methodist Church]

March 2, 1PM

There are two quotes I want you to read over and digest. There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble ... [Religion and Politics]


You know me. You know I don’t like the PSA model. I do not disagree, wholly, with substitution but find that as a general heading, it fits. However, I cannot subscribe to the theory that we need to satisfy God’s honor. Nor do I believe atoneme... [Atonement] [Georges Florovsky] [Vigen Guroian]

March 1, 9AM

I for one long for more Anglican influence in modern Wesleyanism… I got a chance to meet Dr Ryan Danker at SBL in Atlanta. We may disagree on a few…political divisions…of our own, but he is a believer. He loves Jesus and that seems to be... [Books] [Ryan Nicholas Danker]
As you know, I think Rule 44 is a control measure and is theologically bankrupt. While in some comments, it is called “Christian Conferencing” (it is neither Christian, nor conferencing), in other comments it is only a tool. This doublespeak i... [United Methodist Church]

February 29, 7AM

A while ago, as my class was meandering through the Gospel According to St. Mark, I mentioned (again) that to read GMark properly, one must have a good grasp of allusions and external sources. I believe, and have stated before (my book, Mimetic Criticism ... [Mark] [Euripides]

February 27, 7AM

Just a little humor this morning…          The post Some alternative (memes) for this political season  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, M... [Other Posts]


Many thanks to my publisher and friend for this new project, where Energion authors are publicized. You can, should, and must read my article…over there: Growing up, we were told to read Scripture via the plain sense model. The words on the page con... [Publications and Papers]

February 26, 4AM

My son and I, as our Lenten practice, have selected to read a passage of Scripture every morning. We have settled on the book of Sirach (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus). It is, in my opinion, a worthy one for Protestants to reconsider. It is, somewhat, retained... [Sirach]

February 23, 8AM

I CANNOT WAIT TO GET INTO THIS This landmark resource, the first fully-based on the authoritative NABRE translation, contains the trustworthy study notes, expanded essays, and informational sidebars which have guided and informed students and general read... [Books] [Oxford University Press]

February 22, 7AM

Here’s the lineup of preachers and speakers for our conference , Holy People, Faithful Church, to be held at Armstrong Chapel UMC in Cincinnati, March 31-April 2. There are more speakers TBA. You can register by clicking here! Bring all your friends! Yo... [United Methodist Church]

February 16, 10AM

One of the worst things about text messages is that you never really get the sense of the person talking. Think about it. Someone texts you something and how do you read it? With the voice that is inside your head. If the same person says the exact same t... [Logos Bible Software] [james] [Steve Runge]

February 12, 8AM

The entire chapter is worth reading, but St Bonaventure (a mythic and a theologian (really, can you be one or the other?) writes regarding the proper senses/lens in reading Scripture as Christians: 1. Finally, there is depth in the Scriptures, deriving f... [hermeneutics] [scripture] [Saint Bonaventure]

February 5, 12 PM

   The post Little known facts about Martin Luther appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Intr... [Other Posts] [humor] [Martin Luther]

February 4, 8AM

I thought this was interesting… You ever notice that those who are deeply charismatic (we can define that properly later) are anti-institutional while those who are pro-institution are anti-charismatic? Sure, that is a disastrous generalization, but... [Liturgy and Worship] [Other Posts]

February 3, 8AM

Lately, as is so often the case, when I turn to read Ephesians, I inevitably get to chapter 4. It is honestly the oddest thing I experience. I read chapter 1…then chapter 2…then chapter 3…and then bam! there is chapter 4. Again. Happens... [doctrine] [United Methodist Church]

February 2, 7AM

Recently, I went to Cuba. The readers of this blog know this. Many of my friends know this. Even those around me at the office know this. This is a series of reflective posts based on that experience. Note, I am not a pastor and will not be in the ordina... [United Methodist Church] [Cuba]

January 27, 12 PM

Yeah… I miss it. The post Cuba, Video Clips, Part II appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introd... [United Methodist Church] [Cuba] [United Theological Seminary]


I really wanted to blog my way through the recent trip to Cuba, but to be frank, there was just so much that I needed to not put anything down in writing. Anyway, I made some video clips and now I am putting them together. The post Cuba, Video Clips, Part... [United Methodist Church] [Cuba] [United Theological Seminary]


When I first explored joining the United Methodist Church, I was told that the United Methodist Church does not require one to think a certain way — but only to think. This high intellectualism attracted me because it allowed me to explore my Christian ... [United Methodist Church]

January 12, 8AM

Same rules as these posts. Early Christian Interpretation of Galatians, Apostolic Fathers to Augustine While Galatians has become somewhat of a staple in theological interpretation since the Reformation, thanks in large part to Martin Luther’s anchoring... [Doctoral Work] [Galatians]

January 6, 7AM

As with yesterday, this is a draft. Constructive, polite, and wonderful comments only. Proposal This volume proposes to draw out a model not yet properly offered. I will attempt to present the death of Jesus not as one who was sacrificed unwillingly; comm... [Galatians] [Doctoral Work]

January 5, 11AM

I’m going to post bits and pieces of my dissertation drafts. Not all is post. If you feel the need to destroy things, don’t comment. If you have questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. If you have constructive criticisms that won&#... [Galatians] [Doctoral Work] [emplotment]

January 4, 12 PM

DO YOU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING!!!!? For many, the names Bethlehem, Babylon, and Jerusalem are known as the setting for epic stories from the Bible featuring rustic mangers, soaring towers, and wooden crosses. What often gets missed is that these ci... [Books] [robert cargill] [HarperCollins]

January 1, 11AM

In 11 days, I’m heading to Cuba with the intercontextual program at United Theological Seminary (Dayton) where I will stay for about 2 weeks. I’m asking for help. I’m trying to raise some money to bring down with me in order to give to t... [Other Posts]

December 29 2015, 8AM

St. John of Damascus, or the Damascene, would be my patron saint, if, as a Protestant in the Anglo-Catholic tradition was allowed to have one. Otherwise, we can just say he is my…wait for it…. homeboy. There has been a recent discussion on whe... [theology] [John of Damascus] [Islam]

December 23, 1PM

Protestants seem to lack mysticism. We go to Sunday church to hear a sermon and then leave. Catholics find mystery in the Eucharist while for the Orthodox, the Divine Liturgy is a ladder between heaven and earth… for partakers of the Eucharist, all ... [theology] [g.k. chesterton]

December 21, 9AM

Attention: The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual Religion Graduate Conference, Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia. This conference actively encourages inte... [Other Posts]

December 15, 11AM

I wrote this a bit ago, but it keeps coming up. Today is the anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights. So, in honour of that most august occasion, I present you my thoughts on what maintains our freedom.  I have no intention of removing guns out ... [Religion and Politics] [freedom of the press] [Bill of Rights]

December 12, 9AM

Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature (γένησθε θείας κοινωνοὶ φύσεως), after escaping from the corruption that is in the world ... [theology] [theosis]

December 11, 7AM

Lately, as I lose faith, I gain hope — if that makes sense. Oftentimes, I see people confusing faith with fact. It is not. Our Christian hope cannot be proved in accordance with modern notions of fact, nor should it be — because then it moves into ano... [Devotional] [hope] [Karl Barth]

December 8, 7AM

“Fear is danger tasted in advance, a quiver as the heart takes fright before unnamed calamity. Fear is loss of assurance.” Another author writes, Fear is, of course, natural, but it must be controlled. To be dominated by fear is a sign of lack... [Devotional] [fear] [St. John of the Ladder] [Vassilios Papavassiliou]

December 1, 1PM

 For sometime now, there has been an interest in redefining — maybe, reformulating? — the role of pastor. As the mainline churches moved into moral therapeutic deism, pastors became counselors. Now, as churches become overly top heavy, with quotas an... [Church Government] [Clergy] [pastors] [propheys]

November 30, 10AM

There is, I believe, a need for humans to develop community. When we don’t, we lose a substantial part of ourselves. This is part of a different project — clinical mental health — but I thought I’d share because it factors into religion, p... [science] [Henk de Vos]

November 29, 6AM

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glori... [Other Posts] [Advent]

November 27, 5PM

   The post The love of God appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary... [Other Posts] [Vigen Guroian]

November 25, 7AM

I’ve posted several snippets and quotes from theologians on the reality of Creation. I also posted something from the 19th century poet, John Keats. Except for his suggestion that the Christian faith does not contain the allowance for this “sc... [theology] [Creation] [theosis]
ζῶ δὲ οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός· ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ ⸂υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ⸃ τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδό... [Doctoral Work] [Galatians] [Galatians 2.20] [παραδίδωμι]

November 24, 6PM

Yeah… So this is my sense of humor. I’ll save you the sound effect that went along with this.     The post Mark 5.29 #meme appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theate... [Other Posts]

November 21, 7AM

Lexham Press Flash Sale: 6 books for 99 cents each The following books will be on sale, Monday Nov. 23 – Friday Nov. 27 for 99 cents each. I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible Bible Word Studies: A How To Guide The Bible in Its Ancient Context T... [Logos Bible Software]

November 20, 7AM

I have search for something…for a statement… on my view of Creation, or rather, the point and goal of it. It begins with Genesis 3 and the tree of the knowledge of good, evil, and everything inbetween. This is it. It sums up well my views, alt... [theology] [John Keats]

November 19, 8AM

“But, inasmuch as inborn affection towards God the Creator seemed to suffice for salvation to those who loved Him, the enemy studies to pervert this affection in men, and to render them hostile and ungrateful to their Creator. For I call heaven and eart... [Clement of Rome] [theology] [God the Creator] [Pseudo-Clementine Homilies]

November 18, 8AM

If God is Creator, what does this mean for His Creatures? Talk about the means and ends of the divine action, then, simply expresses the relations between finite events and beings as God himself wills them, though naturally from the standpoint of their re... [Trinity] [God the Creator] [Wolfhart Pannenberg]


This really is a beautiful bible and matches up quite well to the other Greek bibles/helps. &lt;br /&gt;<br /> The most widely used edition of the Greek New Testament and the most widely read contemporary English Bible translation are now ... [Books] [NIV] [greek new testament] [United Bible Societies] [Zondervan]

November 17, 10AM

It starts about 5… the event (has been moved) to Meehan’s Public House, at 200 Peachtree Street, just 3 minutes’ walk from the Convention Center. Source: #AARSBL15 Bloggers’ Gathering Change of Venue For more info, see here. This is my last on... [biblioblogging]


St. Athanasius’s tome, On the Incarnation, was required reading in my seminary. I have to wonder if we wouldn’t better require it as a catechismal reading, and to require it every so often from older Christians as well. In this, we find remnan... [Athanasius] [theology] [God the Creator]

November 16, 11AM

 From Logos, Unlock the heritage of the Wesleyan tradition with a personal library of both classic and modern Methodist, Holiness, Wesleyan, and Nazarene writers and theologians. With resources focusing on four main areas of study: biblical studies, theo... [Logos Bible Software] [United Methodist Church] [Logos Methodist] [Richard Watson]


Torrance notes that God the Father is referred to as “Father” in two different ways. The first, the transcendent one, is based upon God as Creator. This is my favorite attribute of God, and the one which theology first takes shape. …(W)e... [theology] [God the Creator] [t.f. torrance]

November 13, 4AM

Guess what Logos is doing…. and if you know anything about historic patterns… this may mean that a Wesleyan/Methodist package will soon be released… Unlock the heritage of the Wesleyan tradition with a personal library of both classic an... [Logos Bible Software] [Logos Methodist]

November 11, 8AM

Combatting St. Anselm, since the 4th century…. Salvation is not merely a juridical change in our status from guilty under the law to justified in God’s sight (though it includes that). It is not accomplished just by the substitution or sacrifice o... [Atonement] [Vigen Guroian]

November 10, 3PM

This is actually a footnote to discussing St Ephram the Syrian’s view.     The post Guroian on the Divine Name appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On ... [Trinity] [Vigen Guroian]


In reading about the Eucharist I stumbled across the statement by the Church of England in response to English Catholics (One Bread One Body), The Eucharist: Sacrament of Unity. There is a lot in this short statement that is worth reading, and should be r... [communion]


I found this a few months ago and it laid on my desktop since then. But, it is a good infographic. Why? Because without these things, these necessary scaffolds, biblical interpretation is individualized often used to harm people, forming cults along the w... [theology]

November 9, 8AM

have you heard the latest about Starbucks… Supposedly, they are murdering Christians as they enter the door. Some Christians have been found crucified and hung over the door as warning signs to other Christians not to enter. I mean, that is sorta wh... [Other Posts]


I’ve seen this meme several times, or at least some incarnation of it, suggesting that everything can now change because in Scripture, left handedness was once considered a sin. But, in looking through Scripture, there is not a mention of the sin of... [Other Posts] [left handedness]

November 5, 12 PM

At the Council of Carthage in 379, a list of books allowed to be used in worship (Mass, Divine Liturgy) was finally finalized (sorta). For the Old Testament, they included all of the books in the common canon (the Jewish 22), but likewise the “five... [Inerrancy]

November 4, 12 PM

There will never be another one like Rene Girard, although many shall try to mirror him. His soul escaped this earthly realm this morning. May it find peace and comfort among the Saints. René Girard est mort ce 4 novembre 2015. Que le Seigneur lui donne ... [Other Posts] [René Girard]


What do we do with all of the “weird” stuff in Scripture? This is a serious question for Christians today. Many ignore it, reenacting a poor caricature of Rudolf Bultmann, ignoring all mythic language from Scripture — and from Christian Trad... [Books] [Logos Bible Software] [lexham press] [Michael Heiser]

November 2, 2PM

The newest work from Dr. Michael Heiser is out. Dr. Michael S. Heiser, a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife Corporation, presents fifteen years of research on what the Bible really says about […] The post in the mail from @LexhamPress, “Superna... [Books] [Logos Bible Software] [lexham press] [Michael Heiser]


Last week, I posted one of my usual means of beginning a conversation. It does have a ring of truth to it, however. I do feel Luther exceeded his authority, […] The post is the bible a product of the Church? (Orthodoxy) appeared first on Unsettled C... [Inerrancy] [Johannes von Hofmann]

October 29, 12 PM

While at times dense and jargon-laced, these essays are perhaps what the cautious rationalist needs to start toe-dipping into the fires of the Spirit. There are swatches of useful concepts […] The post Book Notes, @ivpacademic’s “Spirit ... [Books] [Beth Felker Jones] [ivp-academic] [Jeffrey W. Barbeau]

October 28, 8AM

Across facebook and social media there is a furor — a hatred — a chagrin. But people are angry over nothing. Nothing but a troll account. It began a few […] The post a word of caution on Biblical Gender Roles appeared first on Unsettled Christia... [Other Posts]


This was delivered, not precisely as below (but when you are talking…), at Thornville United Methodist Church, 17 Oct 2015. I’ve not edited much.  I used to collect bibles. In […] The post recent sermon at Thornville UMC appeared first ... [Sermon Notes]

October 27, 12 PM

from The Catechism of St. Philaret (Drozdov) of Moscow: And so the Christian needs: First, Doctrine on faith in God, and on the Sacraments which he reveals; Secondly, Doctrine on […] The post The needs of the Christian appeared first on Unsettled Ch... [doctrine] [Catechism of Philaret]

October 26, 7AM

I cannot explain to you my distaste for this form of deterministic Calvinism. Not only does it require God to send people to hell, but it requires God to cause […] The post Calvinism is Rooted appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are n... [theology] [Calvinism] [Jerusalem Synod]

October 24, 10AM

One of the essential tools of mimetic criticism is the use of cues early in the text. We look for these as early as possible in the primary text so […] The post Jeremiah in Mark 1 and 2 — intertextuality and allusions as atmosphere appeared first ... [Mark] [mimesis]

October 21, 7AM

I am left to wonder, because of the proposed premise of this book, if we aren’t left with a more hidden Jesus than before. The second half of the book […] The post Book Review, @ivpacademic’s “Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction t... [Books] [David B. Capes] [E. Randolph Richards] [ivp-academic] [Rodney Reeves]

October 20, 12 PM

Biblical Scholar Joel Watts looks at what Christians don’t know about Christianity. Source: What divides Christians and non-believers |290| The post My interview with Alex Tsakiris on the Skeptiko podcast appeared first on Unsettled Christiani... [Other Posts]


I often see John 1 misquoted, suggesting we are all “children of God.” While we are all creatures of God, all children in some sense, we are not all Children […] The post When is Redemption? appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My b... [sanctification]

October 15, 8AM

Go here. take a look. order. The post there is a massive sale on @FortressPress #kindle today appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criti... [Other Posts]

October 14, 11AM

There are somethings you might like to read about the NIV at 50 years. 50 years old. Can you imagine that? I am but 37… that means the NIV is […] The post Continuing to Celebrate the NIV’s 50th! appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. ... [NIV]


With all of the talk of homosexuality, abortion, inerrancy, and everything else that divides us, many of us are looking to find something that unites us, not only within the […] The post Petition: The Nicene Creed as a Doctrinal Standard appeared fi... [United Methodist Church]
This is part of my CTP class, and… well, my book, and studies, etc… I know people will disagree, but I think Mark writes in such a way as to […] The post (video) Was Jesus God in Mark’s Gospel appeared first on Unsettled Christiani... [Mark]

October 13, 11AM

Don’t you think this is timely? The story of the birth of the Religious Right is a familiar one. In the 1970s, mainly in response to Roe v. Wade, evangelicals […] The post In the Mail, @OUPAcademic’s “” appeared first on Unse... [Books] [Neil J. Young] [Oxford University Press]


For the bibliophile, there is barely anything more joyful than a finely pieced book. Yes, it is about the interior, but so too the exterior. In fact, bibliophiles know you […] The post Review, “@TyndaleHouse Select NLT: Select Reference Editio... [Books] [NLT] [tyndale house publishers]

October 10, 7AM

“The word of God.” That is a title we often use for Scripture and as such, it seems that this is the intent of Hebrews 4.12-13. The message of God. […] The post Is Hebrews 4.12-16 Christological? appeared first on Unsettled Christianity.... [Hebrews]

October 8, 8AM

If you like Star Wars, or any movie in the 80’s and 90’s, then you like Joseph Campbell and thus, Carl Jung. Remember ye him: The post good video on Carl Jung appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Pr... [Other Posts] [Carl Jung]

October 7, 2PM

If The United Methodist Church is to remain one denomination, it will be necessary for us to decide together that our teachings, policies, and decision-making processes really do matter. If […] The post A better way forward… A Covenantal Unity... [United Methodist Church]

October 6, 5AM

I am not your average liberal. I have several guns in my home. I own a .7mm mag (it makes loud bang) and my 11 year-old son has a .22. […] The post thoughts on Gun Control appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazo... [Religion and Politics]

October 2, 7AM

  I wanted to use this as a way to speak about biblical literalism – a poor term, separated from the first use of the phrase. We might call it […] The post The Wizard of Biblical Literalism appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My boo... [Inerrancy]

October 1, 7AM

The Unsettled Christianity Podcast is NOW on iTunes, where you will now find it NOW. In this episode, Josh (author of The Witch at Sparrow Creek) and I begin with a brief discussion […] The post The Unsettled Christianity #Podcast, Episode 2 appe... [Inerrancy] [podcast]

September 30, 12 PM

I’m currently ensickened(c). But a Facebook friend tagged me in a post. This is from Charles Spurgeon: “I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as […] The post my answer to Spurgeon on the Gospel called Calvinism appeared f... [theology]

September 29, 6AM

A friend of mine invited me to see The Green Inferno and I went. I might not have gone otherwise, and most likely would not have even watched it via Netflix […] The post Review of @EliRoth’s “The Green Inferno” appeared first on U... [media] [green inferno]

September 28, 9AM

  Just a little humor today.   The post John Hagee is a great example appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the G... [Other Posts] [humor]

September 25, 6PM

   The post The real #atheist agenda  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and... [Other Posts] [humor]

September 22, 5PM

Found this on FB: I realize this is me and all, but come on. I’m all for finding religion in these things but isn’t this cheapening the Gospel just a […] The post Jesus is not your pop icon appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My bo... [Other Posts]


Just a little fun… George Lucas was raised a Methodist so some of us see Star Wars as a morality play based on Wesleyan principles, albeit Californian Wesleyan principles…so…. Anyway… […] The post Star Wars is a Jungian Victo... [media] [alfred adler] [Carl Jung] [Star Wars]

September 21, 9AM

These are notes from my CTP Class – but I wanted to put them here for a few reasons. And look… I made a video: Why Isaiah and not “the […] The post Mark 1.1-11 – Jesus v. The World appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My... [Mark]

September 15, 11AM

   The post John Wesley on Pensions appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Co... [Other Posts] [humor]


This is our first podcast — we have several more in the hopper, recording more nearly every Saturday. This is the first of many podcasts. Please pay attention to the […] The post The Unsettled Christianity Podcast, Episode 1 – Elitism, Mirac... [podcast] [podcast]

September 14, 11AM

I just finished reading Dr. Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm, the latest from Lexham Press. It is a remarkably easy read for such a deep book. I will post my […] The post Two points on Heiser’s “The Unseen Realm” from @Lexha... [Books] [Logos Bible Software] [lexham press] [Michael Heiser]


I confess —even with some of my positions, I am drawn to an idea of an conservative Methodist denomination, one where the Creeds are confessed, as are our catechisms, and the […] The post How long would the shine last on a new conservative Method... [United Methodist Church]

September 11, 7AM

How many times have you seen this quote by Gandhi: I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity. You think, “oh, that sounds nice. Yes, me too.” Guess what? He […] The post Which Christ did Gandhi like? And is that even a real qu... [Society and Religion] [Mahatma Gandhi]


“Globalizing the Human(ities)” Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion 2016 Annual Meeting University of Pittsburgh May 6-7, 2016 Please send your proposal to Deadline for submission […] The p... [Society and Religion]

September 10, 6AM

Over the next few days, I will post some reflections. I really… really…. REALLY wish I was at this conference. Monty Python’s Life of Brian film is known for its […] The post In the Mail from @BloomsburyPub: “Jesus and Brian:... [Books] [Bloomsbury] [historical Jesus]

September 9, 10AM

Recently, three UMC elders expressed, finally, what it meant to hold the covenant accountable. It calls to mind the Minutes from 1749: Q. 13. Have we borne a sufficient witness […] The post Meaningful Unity – To what end cowardice? appeared fi... [United Methodist Church]


t is legal for CEOs to make 300 times the amount of the average worker. But is this fair and just? Is it ethical for a customer to purchase a […] The post In the Mail from @IVPAcademic: Business Ethics in Biblical Perspective: A Comprehensive Introd... [Books] [ivp-academic] [Michael E. Cafferky]

September 8, 7AM

There may be simply several sources for Mark 1.1. I tend to think it comes directly from the Priene Calendar inscription, setting GMark as the anti-Roman Gospel. This is Mark […] The post Where does Mark 1.1 come from and what does it mean? appeared... [Mark] [literary criticism] [literary source criticism] [Mark 1.1] [Priene Calendar]


By the way, this is the same size as the NA28 from Hendrickson… almost as if they meant it that way… umm….. An up-to-date commentary on all the significant manuscripts […] The post In the mail from @KregelAcademic: “A Comment... [Books] [Kregel Academic]

September 2, 6AM

Kim Davis, the embattled County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, is at the center of national attention for her refusal to heed laws and obey federal court orders. She does […] The post Kim Davis, #DoYourJob, and other vow breakers appeared first on... [Religion and Politics] [United Methodist Church]

September 1, 9AM

I would encourage the Pope to great his detractors by simply bowing low and drawing in the sand… One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed […] The post Pope Francis… Grace above Law, but Law remains appeared first on... [abortion] [Jubilee Year of Mercy] [Pope Francis]

August 28, 10AM

I tried to do more… But they kept coming out…um….naughty…         The post Song of Solomon memes appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theat... [Song of Solomon]


if dont get it… thomas is refered to as the twin in john The post St Thomas didn’t write GThomas, I swear  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of ... [Other Posts] [humor] [meme]


This is only a brief book list for the Song of Solomon. Richard S. Hess – Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) Tremper Longman […] The post the “best” books on the Song of Solomon appeared first o... [Song of Solomon]


For those of you who don’t know about the late Dr. Michael Goulder, he is the one who well defined Rev. Dr. Austin Farrer’s theory, giving rise to a solid […] The post Michael Goulder on the Song of Solomon appeared first on Unsettled Ch... [Song of Solomon] [michael goulder]


Finally… we’ve been sitting on this for a while, but now we can announce it!! As we line up sponsors, speakers, and break-out sessions (want to volunteer?), we will update […] The post Save the Date: the @UMOrthodoxy “Holy People, ... [United Methodist Church]

August 27, 7AM

If, as some critics have argued, the Song’s humanistic viewpoint represents an Israelite poet’s self-conscious attempt to “demythologize” ancient Near Eastern concepts of sacred sexuality — manifest in fertility rites […] The post Does Son... [Song of Solomon]

August 26, 7AM

Keel sees Song 1.2–3 pulling from a Ugaritic myth, one of Shachar and Shalim, where the god El bends over two women: He stooped (and) kissed their lips; behold! their […] The post Song of Solomon: Kisses aren’t just Kisses, and Love isn̵... [Song of Solomon]

August 25, 11AM

There is a deep aversion to reading the Songs as “secular,” as if carnality — sexual and physical love is somehow not of the sacred community… For you must not, […] The post St. Cyril of Jerusalem (and more) on how not to read th... [Song of Solomon]


As you know, conspiracy nuts have attempted to prove that Dr. David Watson is in a vast conspiracy to realign UM monies to benefit personal projects. We have caught him […] The post Dr David Watson wants to take #UMC money appeared first on Unsettle... [Other Posts]


I would rather see Song of Solomon as a poetic text describing the sexual longing and relationship between a woman and the man she pursues than much else; however, it […] The post can sex and marriage be metaphor? (Song of Solomon) appeared first on... [Song of Solomon] [Sex]

August 24, 7AM

We have a difficult time in reading Song of Solomon. We can easily gloss over Ruth and Esther and they way they got their positions, but Songs is a different […] The post Song of Solomon completes Genesis 1.26-27 (week of sexy songs) appeared first ... [Song of Solomon]

August 21, 7AM

Sorry… but these things come to me late at night… The post Friday’s Meme: The Right Madonna appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation... [Other Posts] [humor] [meme]
I know… some of you are going to mount a defense against this… apologetics. The rational defense of Christian faith. Historically, apologetic arguments of various types have been given: philosophical […] The post ugh… apologetics a... [Apologetics]

August 20, 7AM

This was posted in 2009, but written some time before that. My Thursday Morning CTP class is going to study Mark’s Gospel next and I wanted to do something different. I […] The post A New Translation: Mark 1 appeared first on Unsettled Christ... [Mark] [Papias] [Apostle Peter] [dramatic present] [historical present] [Preaching] [Tradition]

August 19, 6AM

I found a statement that caused me to pause: This grave danger was noticed by John Wesley, since he promised never again to use intentionally the term ‘imputed righteousness,’ when […] The post J. Wesley refused to use a phrase that harmed other... [United Methodist Church]

August 15, 5PM

Although these minutes are not part of the doctrinal standards of The United Methodist Church, reading them can be helpful in understanding Wesley better. The following persons being met together […] The post how close does Wesley come to Calvinism?... [theology] [Calvinism] [free will] [John Wesley]

August 14, 7AM

The Protestantism of the Reformation gave us the same devil as Catholicism, but took away the tools to fight him. The belief that miracles (I will quibble over this term, […] The post ceasing cessationism appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My... [theology] [cessationism]

August 13, 1PM

  in case you don’t get this… origen made himself a eunuch because he took a certain portion of scripture very literal The post Origen was a true innovator  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. ... [Other Posts] [humor]

12 PM

I often hear that the “voice of the Holy Spirit” is more important than the “voice of the church” — as if they are separate — especially in matters where […] The post is there a “corporate voice” (and authorit... [United Methodist Church]

August 12, 5PM

These are for fun ….  The post Some recent memes  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introdu... [Other Posts] [humor]


This is from Francis Asbury’s journal, 31 August 1796: I had a meeting with the leader in close confe­rence, and found it necessary to explain some parts of our discipline […] The post Francis Asbury on what Schism is – and the necessit... [United Methodist Church] [Francis Asbury]

August 11, 6AM

I received this email and wanted to pass it on. This is from a friend of mine, so I’ve lopped off some of the non-important details. Please take a look. […] The post ‘The Journal of Childhood and Religion’ needs you(r scholarship) ... [scholarship]
   The post St Cyril on Discipleship v. Membership  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: In... [Other Posts] [humor]

August 10, 12 PM

Some of you ultra-protestant, almost anti-Reformation free churcher types, are going to bristle: As martyrs fell, these public cemeteries became the repositories of holy relics. The bodies of Saints Peter […] The post from martyrs to liturgy to invo... [theology]


An Interview with Walt Wangerin, Jr. Rabbit Room Press: You’ve written The Book of the Dun Cow trilogy, novelizations of the Bible and the lives of Jesus and Paul, and […] The post An Interview with Walt Wangerin, Jr. on his new book, “E... [Books]


This is from this blog’s FB page. The post quote of the day from Francis Asbury – can’t trust the laity appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book o... [Other Posts] [humor]

August 6, 10AM

This is in relationship to imago Dei. I’m not convinced that total or even a heavily leaning individualism, either in secular or sectarianism, is beneficial to human flourishing. The image […] The post #QOTD, A Faith Community as expression of... [theology]


“The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold. And the end is not yet..” – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of […] The post Dinah and Hiroshima appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My... [Religion and Politics] [Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki] [Dinah] [Genesis 34] [Harry S. Truman]

August 4, 6AM

Rudolf Bultmann, the father of demythologization, urged people to get behind the text. On that, I agree. I also agree that sometimes the superstition of the age, or the need […] The post Dammit Bultmann! Stop rationalizing the miracles! The Bread, L... [Gospel Criticism] [Mark] [mimesis] [Rudolf Bultmann]

August 3, 7AM

Dr. David Watson, United Methodist Theologian and Academic Dean at United Theological Seminary, has written about unity in Christ. I want to speak to one issue. He writes, Today, for some […] The post Inclusion in the Unity of Christ appeared first... [United Methodist Church]


Where do our most pernicious myths begin? Is it something within us, or maybe within our time and place, giving birth to these evil narratives? &lt;br /&gt;<br /> Where did the […] The post Review, “The Murder of William of No... [Books] [Blood libel] [E.M. Rose] [Oxford University Press] [William of Norwich]

July 30, 6AM

You know the story. Jacob and the Angel wrestle throughout the night… until the break of day. If you don’t, it is found in Genesis 32.24–30. The daybreak is important, […] The post Jacob and Jesus’s wrestling with the divine appe... [mimesis]

July 28, 8AM

The more I study Genesis, the more profound it becomes. I am not an OT or a Hebrew guy, but digging deep into Genesis has almost made me wish I was. Genesis […] The post Paraphrasing Genesis appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are n... [Genesis]

July 27, 9AM

…it makes sense that Christian feminists today are often drawn to their nineteenth-century predecessors in their own search for inspirational forebears, to a time when Christianity and feminism were often […] The post Review, “A New Gosp... [Books] [Katharine Bushnell] [Kristin Kobes Du Mez] [Oxford University Press]


I’d like you to compare, for a moment, Matthew 10 and Proverbs 22 (see it in the LXX here). Not, especially Matthew 10.18 and Proverbs 22.29. A man who is […] The post Proverbs 22 as the Mimetic Precursor to Matthew 10 (Also, Luke used Matthew... [Gospel Criticism] [Matthew] [mimesis] [Proverbs]

July 24, 6AM

The post the movie you need to see: Experimentor appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and... [media] [Experimentor (Movie)] [milgram experiment]
Last night, I got into a discussion via twitter with someone who seems to think SSM exclusion is part and parcel with Christology, Creation, and Ecclesiology — the Creed. Indeed, […] The post What is the source of orthodoxy? The Creed. Period. app... [doctrine]

July 22, 9AM

I am consistently amazed at the quality and speed of Accordance Bible Software as well as their offering to the Christian theological community. One of the latest additions is the […] The post Review of @AccordanceBible and @IVPAcademic’s R... [Accordance Bible] [Books]


Thanks to IVP-Academic for sending this review copy along. You’re finishing your first year of teaching. It’s been exciting and gratifying, but there’ve been some wobbly episodes too. How will […] The post Book Notice: @ivpacademic... [Books] [Gary Burge] [ivp-academic]

July 21, 8AM

This actually comes from a conversation this morning via wherein I “jokingly” suggested it would be easier for Osteen and Marcion to get out of the netherworld than it would […] The post can United Methodists believe in purgatory? appear... [justification] [resurrection] [theology] [United Methodist Church] [John Wesley] [Purgatory]


This book hit my mailbox at the right time… I am, as I write this, in the middle of going back to school to change careers and dealing with some […] The post Book Notice: @IVPress’s 40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife appear... [Books] [Greg Lafferty] [intervarsity press] [Peter Greer]

July 20, 7AM

I like oil. I’m still experimenting. And I do Thai for myself.  I call it “I’m staying”       The post My latest “#art”  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on ... [Other Posts] [art]

July 15, 12 PM

Hagia Sophia ; Empress Zoë mosaic : Christ Pantocrator; Istanbul, Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I started this post when orthopraxy and orthodoxy was the topic of the United Methodist blogosphere. The topic may be muted now, but I wanted to put this o... [doctrine] [United Methodist Church]

July 14, 12 PM

Remember when I shared this celebration about the 50th anniversary of the NIV? The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D. A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehen... [NIV] [D.A. Carson] [Zondervan]


Christopher W. Skinner’s latest work, Reading John, stands out as a bridge to a wider world of Johannine scholarship. At the beginning of my dissertation process, I had in mind the goal of rendering Gospel of John to a reduction of quotes, citati... [Books] [John] [Christopher W. Skinner]

July 13, 8AM

Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) at his triumph after his success against Germanic tribes. Bas-relief from the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, Rome, now in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In 1895, Rudyard Kipling, the famous author a... [United Methodist Church]

July 9, 7AM

I hate this flower. This is for my CTP class. Also, I don’t like Calvinism. From here: Hyper-Calvinism: Beliefs: God is the author of sin and man has no responsibility before God. The Gospel should only preached to the elect. i.e. duty faith. and a... [theology]

July 7, 8AM

English: This is the title page of an early pirated edition of Rousseau’s Social Contract, probably printed in Germany. See R.A. Leigh, Unsolved Problems in the Bibliography of J.-J. Rousseau, Cambridge, 1990, plate 22. This image was incorrectly po... [Religion and Politics]


The destruction of Sodom as illustrated by Sebastian Münster (1564) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak (a  lay person can’t preach unless they are approved, licensed, and knighted by the Queen I guess) at Victory... [Sermon Notes]

June 30, 12 PM

Altarpiece of the Church Fathers: St Augustine and St Gregory (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For those following along, I wanted to post a better way than buckets  to read Scripture as a Christian. You can read it with the Church Fathers. First, begin here wi... [Inerrancy]


Adam Hamilton has attracted a lot of negative attention regarding his latest book and the presupposition that there are three buckets of interpretation for Scripture. This had led to charges of liberalism and the like. I have, much to some of my friends&#... [United Methodist Church]
Couleurs shitenno (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Spirituality is a word often tossed around. “I am spiritual but not religious.” “I prefer spirituality.” “She’s just so spiritual.” Shoot, it has even made its way into ... [Holiness] [Pope Benedict XVI] [sam harris] [Spirituality]

June 29, 7AM

Logo of the Internal Revenue Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Mark Oppenheimer is the first out of the gate in suggesting that it is now time to remove the tax exemptions on churches and other religious groups (synagogues, mosques, etc…). He writes... [Religion and Politics] [Mark Oppenheimer]


Thanks to OUP for the review copy. In 1144, the mutilated body of William of Norwich, a young apprentice leatherworker, was found abandoned outside the city’s walls. The boy bore disturbing signs of torture, and a story spread that it was a ritual... [Books] [E.M. Rose] [Oxford University Press] [William of Norwich]

June 27, 11AM

 People are struggling with the Supreme Court decision yesterday. Many Christians who support it are not showing the grace Scripture requires of them. There is barely a calming voice in this.  So let me point this out:   And from David... [Religion and Politics] [gay marriage]

June 26, 5PM

  Yesterday, in the unofficial SBL group via FB, there was a… an event. You can read more about it here and here. Accordance Bible came into the mix. And they responded. We are taking steps to ensure that we are not involved further in the muds... [Accordance Bible]


English: The front of the United States Supreme Court building (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In 1857, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down the Dred Scott decision. Within a few years, this “law of the land” was changed to reflect the... [homosexuality] [Religion and Politics] [gay marriage]

June 25, 4PM

English: “No Swearing” sign along Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) this is coming up because of a discussion on an unofficial private group Yes… The Hebrew bible.. And the Greek bible uses obscene ph... [Bible Translation] [george carlin]


This is Dr Stephen Rankin‘s presentation and discussion on Wesleyan orthodox thinking. Pay attention. I personally think we need a larger conference devote to Wesleyan orthodoxy, or maybe orthodoxy within Wesleyan thought… or maybe “Dear... [United Methodist Church] [Stephen W. Rankin]


I got it. If you want a look inside the audience of the Hebrew Bible, here you go. This study considers the historical, cultural, and literary significance of some of the most important Ancient Near East (ANE) texts that illuminate the Hebrew Bible. Chr... [Books]


Looks interesting… In this new memoir, National Book Award-winner Walter Wangerin, Jr., takes readers on a journey into the past to experience his loss of faith as a young seminarian, his struggle to find a place for his chosen vocation amid a sto... [Books] [Walter Wangerin Jr]


   The post Heresy… appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, ... [Other Posts]

June 23, 8AM

“now, now, Joel… Laity have never done anything but serve on committees.” English: Portrait drawing of Francis Asbury, American Methodist leader who began as a lay preacher (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At our recent Annual Conference, I got... [United Methodist Church]

June 22, 9AM

Accordance Bible has recently released Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New (Baker Academic, 2011) via their software platform. As many of you may know, G.K. Beale is a (the?) premier evangelical ... [Accordance Bible] [g.k. beale]

June 17, 12 PM

“OMJB JOEL! If Wesleyans read my stuff they’d know this by now!!!”  English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There have been several posts over the last few days speaking to the sometimes false pretenses of unity in The United Methodist Chur... [United Methodist Church]
A tabernacle not made with hands From IVP: Steve Hayner was serving as president of Columbia Seminary and was healthy and fit when he found out he had terminal pancreatic cancer. He and his wife, Sharol, embarked on a journey together with their childre... [Books] [intervarsity press]

June 16, 7AM

English: Pope Gregory the Great (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Silence has been on my mind for a while now. I know others like myself are wrestling with it. Do we keep our peace in order that we preserve the status quo? Or do we speak, knowing that others may ... [Quotes] [St. Gregory the Great]
English: This shows the population concentration of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the United States during 2008, by state. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At the 2015 West Virginia Annual Conference, we experienced informational presentations on what... [United Methodist Church]

June 15, 10AM

Oh yeah… I’ve been digitzed. English: “John Wesley,” by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. 29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is a growing need a... [Logos Bible Software]

June 11, 7AM

“That’s it, Joel. I’m excommunicating you. You make me want to be a Unitarian.” English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As usual, I will attempt to make my argument from several angles, often in a nonlinear fashion. My premise is this: ... [United Methodist Church]

June 10, 3PM

“I social media danno diritto di parola a legioni di imbecilli che prima parlavano solo al bar dopo un bicchiere di vino, senza danneggiare la collettività. Venivano subito messi a tacere, mentre ora hanno lo stesso diritto di parola di un Premio N... [Quotes] [Umberto Eco]

June 9, 7AM

I’ve read Michael Gerson’s article, The End of Casual Christianity, several times on Facebook. I may have shared it once, without reading it, but seeing as how the picture on the page is that of Pope Francis, that is my habit. But, I have rea... [United Methodist Church] [Chuck Queen] [Michael Gerson]

June 8, 10AM

Thanks to OUP for sending along the preview copy: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions-holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common-but there are definitive distinctions between these “Abrahamic”... [Books] [Islam] [Oxford University Press] [Robert C. Gregg]


Well, maybe not…but… Quantum laws tend to contradict common sense. At that level, one thing can be two different things simultaneously and be at two different places at the same time. Two particles can be entangled and, when one changes its st... [science] [Niels Bohr] [quantum physics]

June 5, 8AM

From Oxford’s site: This study investigates why “faith” (pistis/fides) was so important to early Christians that the concept and praxis dominated the writings of the New Testament. It argues that such a study must be interdisciplinary,... [Books]

June 4, 9AM

Location of state of XY (see filename) in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is from a previous discussion. Dave is raising some good points, but I want to point out a few things and ask others to join in. First, Taylor has stopped by to say... [United Methodist Church] [gay marriage] [west virginia]

June 3, 5PM

English: Marie of the Incarnation (1566-1618) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The ultimate source of all truth on the internet, LifeNews, has been linked to and shared without fact checking a link to a post that misuses (lies?) about John Swomley‘s defens... [abortion] [United Methodist Church] [John Swomley]


I’m in a mood to experiment a little. West Virginia State Capitol (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the Great State of West Virginia, there are some requirements in order to perform a wedding ceremony. Besides age, one must be: duly authorized to perfo... [United Methodist Church] [Book of Discipline]


This is an apologetic infographic: Found on an FB groupBy this logic, then the 450 million copies of Harry Potter and the 100 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray in existence means that they are more accurate and reliable than the New Testament. Or, it me... [New Testament]

June 1, 9AM

“Joel, dude, we are going to have to do something about your titles.” English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every July, some United Methodist in some jurisdiction, in some conference, in some congregation will lose a beloved pastor to the infecti... [United Methodist Church] [itinerancy]

May 31, 4PM

This topic has fascinated me for a while. I won’t take you through the entire essay, as this fellow did, but I will call your attention to it. And urge you to look more into Big History …because as long as we teach history as a story of compet... [philosophy] [Big History] [David Christian]

May 30, 2PM

I need to save this for later. And I want to share. Professor Douglas Davies, Department of Theology and Religion, discusses the development of rituals in crematoria, and woodland and natural burials. The post Death Rituals (Douglas Davies, video) appear... [Doctoral Work] [Douglas Davies]

May 29, 7AM

I rather enjoy this: The Church of Christ is the Company of His Disciples, consisting of all those who accept Him as the Son of God and their Saviour from sin, and who unite in loving fellowship, and strive to promote the Kingdom of God. It includes the b... [United Methodist Church] [Irish Methodist Church]

May 28, 6AM

English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I keep hearing this tired refrain: “‘Jesus is Lord’ is the earliest creed.” They are pulling this phrase from 1 Corinthians 12.3 although they seem to miss the first part of s... [creeds] [Irenaeus] [tertullian]

May 27, 7AM

English: Dennets idea of mind and conscious experience (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Postmodernism, the school of “thought” that proclaimed “There are no truths, only interpretations” has largely played itself out in absurdity, but it ... [theology] [Daniel Dennett] [postmodernism]


A few weekends ago, I decided to do the latest internet craze. This delicious treat is called swineapple and it is glorious. You can find my recipe here. The post Swineapple appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. ... [Other Posts] [food] [swineapple]

May 26, 7AM

English: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) stained glass window. Cathedral of Saint-Rombouts, Mechelen (Belgium). In the book an extract of St. Thomas’s hymn Pange lingua (“Sing, My Tongue”): Verbum caro pane vero verbo carnem efecit fit(... [theology] [Thomas Aquinas]

May 25, 9AM

The previews look great. In the Book of Genesis, the first words God speaks to humanity are “Be fruitful and multiply.” From ancient times to today, these words have been understood as a divine command to procreate. Fertility is viewed as a sign of ... [Books] [Candida Moss] [Joel S. Baden] [Princeton University Press]


English: Pope John Paul II at a Papal Audience on 17 July, 1985—St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Behind him, Camillo Cibin, former Inspector General of the Vatican Gendarmerie. Français : Jean-Paul II, Pape de l’Église catholique romaine, à ... [Holiness] [Catechesi Tradendae] [Pope John Paul II]


Stained glass window of the sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in the former Mosque (Cathedral) of Cordoba, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Jesus Christ has not come to establish social justice any more than he has come to establish the power of the state or th... [Quotes] [Jacques Ellul]
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church ” (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Dear Duggar Family Children. This is for Jana Maria, John-David, Jill Michelle, Jessa Lauren, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah,  Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, Jam... [Controversial] [Duggar Family] [michelle duggar] [quiverfull]

May 22, 9AM

Map showing the number of times England beats Spain in the 日本選手権シリーズ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Two articles I want to bring your attention to. The first is the retraction of major polling indicating a major shift in American attitudes o... [science]

May 21, 11AM

“Isaac’s Circumcision” (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my Thursday morning bible study class we are going through Genesis, albeit slowly. Why? Because you miss a lot when you read it fast. You miss the nuance. You miss the way the translations ... [Genesis]

May 20, 7AM

Introduction Our Lord Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Church unity” seems to be the topic of the day.1 Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean, NT scholar, and all around nice guy, has written something almost prophetically, given the Connecti... [United Methodist Church]

May 18, 7AM

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber to be an example of a charismatic religious leader. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Denny Burk has written a piece that people seem to care enough about to respond to. It has angered people that he dared to suggest ... [theology] [Andy Horvath] [Denny Burk]

May 15, 1PM

The knowledge of Christ requires not an intellectual soul but a contemplative soul. – Evagrius of Pontus, Gnostic Centuries This is back when “gnostic” was an acceptable adjective for Christians. Still is, in my opinion. You can find his... [Church History] [Evagrius of Pontus]

May 13, 10AM

Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Abingdon for this review copy: New, valuable understandings of the historical and religious contexts of New Testament writings continue to emerge. This accessibly written introduction examines over two dozen such crises and ho... [Books] [abingdon press] [Paul Anderson]


English: A diagram showing the Monophysite view of Christ: One nature, which is neither fully human, nor fully divine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Unfortunately, many today seem to insist upon the finality of our modern ideas. If it is new, it is without su... [Trinity] [Council of Chalcedon] [Dualism] [Ilia Delio] [n.t. wright] [Richard Rohr] [Teilhard de Chardin]

May 11, 1PM

Even for Protestants, Vatican II is important. Indeed, I’d say it is one of the most important things in the West in the last 100 years (ecumenically speaking, of course). “Surprising news!” With these words, Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., whose or... [Books] [Henri de Lubac] [Ignatius Press]

12 PM

In 1965, the Committee on Bible Translation, took on the most massive translation project of modern times: to prepare a contemporary English translation of the Bible from the best available original manuscripts. Fifty years later, the New International V... [NIV]

May 9, 2PM

“hey Joel… would you rather have me, a saint and a doctor of the Church, or John Wesley who couldn’t even turn the key… if you know what I mean?” Louis Comfort Tiffany, Window of St. Augustine, in the Lightner Museum, St. Aug... [Reformation] [John Wesley] [Pelagius]

May 8, 7AM

This is not porn. This is art. ART. NOT PORN. ART. Raphael, Three Graces (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A Man may indeed practise the outward Part of a Christian, he may be Orthodox in his Faith, and regular in the Forms of Religion, and yet live in Ease and I... [theology]

May 6, 5PM

In the late 1990’s, I had the chance to travel to Texas a lot. Rather, I took every chance I got to skip across the Sabine. I would leave noon on Friday after my last high school class and spend the weekend between Houston and Galveston. I loved Tex... [Apologetics] [Religion and Politics]


I realize this thesis has never been proposed before so bear with me… In reading through what Jarvis Williams calls “martyrdom theology” I come across Eleazar of 2 Maccabees: Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man advanced in ag... [Doctoral Work] [maccabees] [Eleazar] [martyrdom]

May 4, 7AM

English: “Martyrdom of St. Paul”, from an 1887 copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs illustrated by Kronheim. Français : Le martyr de Saint Paul. Illustration par du Livre des martyrs (Book of Martyrs) de Foxe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) though... [Doctoral Work] [martyrdom]
The post Suicide – A Defence by Simon Critchley appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introductio... [Doctoral Work]

May 1, 7AM

Is Progressive Christianity more white than Christian? This article refers to the category of “Progressive Christianity” and is not meant to be directed at those who self-identify as progressive, progressive United Methodist, or other. Labels ... [theology]
Samson Captured by the Philistines (Photo credit: Wikipedia) notes. not edited. notes.  In attempting to decide whether or not to place him and his self-inflicted death as a devotio, I examined his status before death (explained in chapter ____ below) as... [Doctoral Work] [Judges] [Samson]

April 30, 7PM

I am not a Marvel guy, and yet I love the Marvel Studios movie series. I’m a kid at heart, with an intense interest in seeing superheroes on the big screen. Or any screen really, as long as it is well done (Daredevil, I’m looking at you). Toni... [media] [Avengers: Age of Ultron]


“Hey Fr. John. You ever heard of Drew McIntyre?” “Who?” Drew McIntyre, the (un)official leader of the non-existent non-caucus group officially known as Via Media Methodists, writes, There is nothing sacred about itinerancy, as best... [United Methodist Church] [itinerancy]


Mexico City hanging of Judas (see Burning of Judas) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’ve written about Judas before, a while ago. These are more notes, however. I think we give Judas a bum rap.  Notably, there is the suicide of Judas (in Matthew’s acco... [Doctoral Work] [New Testament] [Judas]

April 29, 4PM

   The post Explains a lot of Americans  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction ... [Other Posts] [humor]


Recently, I posted my answers to a questionnaire I had received as a nominee to be a delegate to the General Conference. The conversation is continuing. The question today involves 161f from the Book of Discipline. This is 161f, titled “Human Sexual... [United Methodist Church] [Book of Discipline]
“Death of King Saul”, 1848 by Elie Marcuse (Germany and France, 1817-1902) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) notes, not done. shoot, not even edited. going through the OT/Jewish writings looking for self-inflicted deaths.  Another suicide is found in... [maccabees] [Razis]

April 28, 1PM

Thanks to Oxford University Press for this free review copy A New Gospel for Women tells the story of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), author of God’s Word to Women, one of the most innovative and comprehensive feminist theologies ever written. An ... [Books] [Katharine Bushnell] [Oxford University Press]


Antonio Ciseri’s Martyrdom of the Seven Maccabees (1863), depicting the woman with her dead sons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Not done. Just notes. And notes make good blog posts. As we will see below, the Maccabean books provides the early Christians... [Doctoral Work] [maccabees] [Eleazar Avaran]

April 27, 6PM

   The post #QOTD – blessed ignorance  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduct... [Other Posts]


I’ve flipped through it and read the introduction. Thus far, it looks like a great tool to have for those teaching John: The Gospel of John is often found at the center of discussions about the Bible and its relation to Christian theology. It is d... [Books] [John] [Christopher Skinner] [Wipf and Stock Publishers]


“hey Joel, guess you ain’t going to General Conference.”  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have been nominated to be a delegate to General Conference from West Virginia Annual Conference. Last week, I was sent a questionnaire by someone wh... [United Methodist Church]

April 23, 4PM

honest to goodness… This is the exact likeness of Zwingli – or as the Scientologists say, Xenu    The post An image of Zwingli v the Pope appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in Go... [Other Posts]

April 22, 1PM

I have not seen the new update, but if you are interested in the study of the original languages, then pay attention. The focus of Bibleworks is on the Original Languages and it is awesome. The post Bibleworks 10 appeared first on Unsettled Christianity.... [Bibleworks]

April 21, 8AM

English: Maccabees Shrine (Cologne). Deutsch: Makkabäerschrein (Köln, St. Andreas), Detail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So far, I have about ten (although I will add two as possible cases later on). Judges 9.54, Abimelech Judges 16.29, Samson (this is a ... [scholarship]

April 20, 11AM

“Honestly, Joel, don’t you think they get it? “John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of Methodism (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In 1788, John Wesley wrote in his journal, “There is no other religious society under Heaven which requires nothing ... [United Methodist Church] [John Wesley]

April 19, 2PM

This comes from a discussion over the weekend. Thought I’d share and expand it a bit. Doctrine: lex orandi lex credendi Theology: fides quaerens intellectum 1.) The doctrine of the Church, sans fundamentalist conspiratorial notions and colonialis... [doctrine] [theology] [Vincent of Lerins] [fides quaerens intellectum] [Lex orandi lex credendi]

April 17, 7AM

Superman: Red Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Over on a my facebook wall, someone posted a link to the trailer for Batman V. Superman movie due out next year. Most of you know I am a comic book nerd and I love my superhero movies. I am also a huge fan of th... [media] [Batman V. Superman]

April 16, 3PM

After all, orthodoxy, just as much as the biblical stories it derives from, tells the wild story of the God-man in all its messiness. In fact, orthodoxy is a protection against the all too neat rationalizations of heresy, which take what they deem to be t... [theology] [Orthodoxy]


For a time, Vader was a Calvinist but soon same back to the Force See, I can post this because Star Wars is essentially a Methodist invention. Only [humans] can exchange information. And the test of how accurate the information is will be whether we all ... [media] [George Lucas] [Star Wars]
Incunabulum Blackletter Bible 1497 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “It threatens to reduce our sacred scripture to nothing more than a secular symbol, and that’s a slippery slope,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris told foxnews. Exactly. I don’... [Society and Religion] [Mark Norris] [tennessee]


Myth… <br /> This came up recently… When I say myth, I do not mean fiction. Rather, I mean taking our words and talking about things we do not understand. We do this via stories or analogies or whatsoever poetic form this may take. The ... [Linguistics] [myth]

April 15, 8AM

Guys… come on…first  the creeds and now the Lectionary? I’m being road harder than my horse. John Wesley and the Lectionary? Oh yes. In delivering the Sunday Service to the American Methodists, at the same time he delivered the Articles... [United Methodist Church] [John Wesley] [Lectionary]


   The post On Tax Day…where your dollar goes appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Int... [Religion and Politics]

April 14, 7AM

Andrew Thompson has a post on the recent stories on Wesley and the Creed(s). Now, I want to take this one step further and suggest that the Creed does actually matter to The United Methodist Church, superseding our doctrinal standards. While we are under ... [United Methodist Church]


English: Chart showing he circumstances for suicide in 16 states in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am working through some academic things, dissertation and the what not, and for the next few weeks, I am working on all things voluntary deat... [Doctoral Work] [scholarship] [martyrdom] [Phaedo] [Rabbi Hanina ben Teradion] [Suicide] [voluntary death]

April 13, 12 PM

First, Allan Bevere’s post. Then Henry’s: Allan Bevere on the Left-Right Continuum — Threads from Henry’s Web. Right now we have several people declared and several more on their way to declare their intentions to run for President of ... [Religion and Politics] [Allan R. Bevere] [Henry Neufeld] [Hillary Clinton] [Jeb Bush]

April 11, 7AM

Cover of L. Ron Hubbard I, with my trust HBO NOW subscription, sat down to watch “Going Clear, Scientology and the Prison of Belief” the other night. By now, if you are interested in these certain things, you will have seen the reviews and bas... [Controversial] [Scientology]

April 10, 7AM

Sorry, but you’re not getting back child support, you lazy, evil, treasonous American brats. English: “John Wesley,” by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. 29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, L... [United Methodist Church] [American Revolution] [John Wesley]

April 9, 7AM

Hagia Sophia ; Empress Zoë mosaic : Christ Pantocrator; Istanbul, Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is from the first Latin commentary on Paul’s works, specifically at Galatians 2.20–21: But as I now live in the flesh, I live in the faith of ... [Church History] [Galatians] [Marius Victorinus]

April 8, 8AM

I don’t always quote doctrine, but when I do, it is Creedal // English: Charles Wesley (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is this constant rumor John Wesley thought the creed a weak source or somehow unnecessary. I cannot find this in Wesley’s wo... [creeds] [United Methodist Church]

April 7, 12 PM

Icon of Basil of Caesarea. Василий Великий, икона (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A subversion of faith is being contemplated among you, hostile to both apostolic and evangelical doctrines, and hostile to the tradition of the truly great Greg... [Trinity] [basil the great]


Justin the Philosopher (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am doing some work on Galatians 3.13 in early Christian writers. I’ve included Philo and the Epistle of Barnabas in here as well for various reasons. They, like Paul, are interpreting Deuteronomy 21... [Church History] [Doctoral Work] [Galatians]


Descent into Hell, icon from the Ferapontov Monastery Tempera on wood, 312x105x4, State Russian Museum, Sankt Petersburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is of an interest to me lately. This is from the poorly understood Council of Trent: QUESTION V Nothing... [theology] [council of trent] [Harrowing of Hell]

April 6, 8AM

This week’s reading will be Genesis 6–9, but I’m pretty sure this will take us a few weeks to get through so don’t make any giant reading efforts…because there is a flood of theology here. Sorry if the puns are so wooden, but I g... [Genesis] [CTP] [Noah]


oil on canvas…          The post My latest #painting… Dunno what to call it appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book ... [Other Posts] [art] [painting]

April 4, 2PM

But our very Life descended hither, and bore our death, and slew it, out of the abundance of His own life; and thundering He called loudly to us to return hence to Him into that secret place whence He came forth to us — first into the Virgin’s... [augustine] [Easter] [God] [jesus christ] [Pascha] [religion]


New version of the Gaelic Speakers in Scotland map (2001 Census data) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Easter did not come from Ishtar. Those who specialize in word origins (specialize, not blog or write Chick Tracts) debate the origin of this in the English lan... [Other Posts] [Easter]


But if any honest Christian wants to know why the Lord suffered death on the cross and not in some other way, we answer thus: in no other way was it expedient for us, indeed the Lord offered for our sakes the one death that was supremely good. He had come... [Athanasius] [Cross] [Easter] [God] [jesus christ] [Pascha] [religion]

April 3, 11AM

Maundy Thursday, Good/Holy Friday, Great and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil, and Easter/Pascha/Resurrection Sunday. I’ll spare you the details of YWHW coming to Adam, Moses, etc… and skip to the Jesus bit. I’m skipping to evolution in unde... [theology] [Christus Victor]


English: “John Wesley,” by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. 29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Thanks to Logos, I am able to dig through John Wesley’s sur... [Reformation] [John Wesley] [Purgatory]

March 31, 7AM

English: Cain and Abel; as in Genesis 4; illustration from the Sunrays quarterly (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This week, we will begin to cover Genesis 4–5. This is not a lot because you can skip chapter 5 after Genesis 5.1-2. Indeed, 5.1-2 seems to be rea... [Genesis]

March 30, 11AM

This comes from a friend I’ve met online, with a shared love of Christian Tradition, Theology, and the traditional United Methodist Church’s polity. I caught him tweeting something on Sunday and thought I would ask for an interview. So grante... [United Methodist Church] [Good News Magazine] [Walter Fenton]

March 25, 7AM

Thanks to H at Accordance for this! From the Accordance Website: This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek,... [Accordance Bible] [Books] [creeds] [ivp-academic]
Introduction: Christian Unity Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I made the announcement earlier, but tonight I will be on a webcast discussing/debating/trashing my opponent regarding Christianity Unity. You should be able to access it directly here. (I will... [Publications and Papers]

March 22, 7PM

You can find the listings here. I will be on on the Wednesday broadcast: Wednesday, March 25 – Unity in our Faith – Joel Watts (author, From Fear to Faith), Elgin Hushbeck & Henry Neufeld What’s my angle? Well, I guess you have to tune in... [Other Posts]

March 20, 12 PM

I’m digital, baby – John Wesley As many of us get ready for our Annual Conferences and then the General Conference, it would behoove us to go back and reread, relearn, or even learn the first time Wesley’s thoughts, theology, and heart. ... [Books] [Logos Bible Software] [United Methodist Church] [John Wesley]


Statue of John Wesley at Wesley’s Chapel City Road, London. (January 2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Albert C. Outler’s papers are now archived at Perkins. There is a new story on this, and on Outler, that is filled with historical inaccuracie... [United Methodist Church] [Albert C. Outler] [Wesleyan Quadrilateral]

March 19, 12 PM

To note: The long-awaited version 2.0 of Accordance Mobile is now live in the iTunes App Store. If you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, be certain to check for updates and download the latest version to all your iOS devices. Accordance Mobile has been ... [Accordance Bible]

March 18, 4PM

thanks to DJ via FB  The post Thought of the day  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduc... [Other Posts]

March 17, 7AM

Full disclosure. I know Josh. He is an awesome guy, a great friend, and a brilliant mind. He is not a witch, however. Not that I know of. Josh is a new author with an exciting entry into a nearly forgotten genre. I hope you take the time to read the inter... [Books] [Joshua T. Kent]


Saint Augustine of Hippo, a seminal thinker on the concept of just war (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Sorry for this, but I want to put it out there for a few reasons. It helps me in working through this dissertation thing so I don’t have to keep notes ... [Doctoral Work] [Galatians]


Still rocking it…. The post Happy St. Patrick’s Day appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: I... [Other Posts]


When I first started to paint, I wanted to do something easy. What’s easier than a horizon?  A this is my first on with acrylic   I figured I’d do the same with oil and see how it would turn out:   Thoughts?  The post My... [Other Posts]

March 16, 8AM

I am always apprehensive when I see plans calling for the jurisdictions in the United States to unshackle themselves from Africa and other areas of the world so that we can actually vote on inclusion without the more historically conservative voices outwe... [United Methodist Church] [Roger Wolsey]
Creation of Adam ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I want to do something a little different with our reading of Genesis. As I have said from the beginning, if we read Scripture as Christians we should do so at some point in that cycle (the ‘T’ i... [Genesis]

March 13, 6AM

This is from בְְּרֵאשִׁית רַבָּה: AND ABRAHAM TOOK THE WOOD OF THE BURNT-OFFERING (xii, 6) like one who carries his stake on his shoulder.  AND HE TOOK IN HIS HAND THE FIRE AND THE KNIFE (MA’AKELETH). R. Hanina said: Why is a kni... [Genesis] [Genesis Rabbah] [בְְּרֵאשִׁית רַבָּה]


…Now there are two conditions of prophetic announcement which I adduce, as requiring the assent of our adversaries in the future stages of the discussion. One, that future events are sometimes announced as if they were already passed. For it is cons... [tertullian]

March 12, 5AM

HT The post the real prologue to Galatians appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Comme... [Other Posts] [humor]

March 11, 9AM

Irenaeus compiled a list of apostolic succession, including the immediate successors of Peter and Paul” (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Holy cow. I love this sort of stuff. St. Irenaeus is fighting off Marcion and attempting to explain some things about S... [Galatians] [Irenaeus]

March 10, 7AM

Polish political propaganda leaflet for an anti-left, anti-right, centrist party. Pre-1939. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Across the several UMC-orientated groups on FB, representatives of the Centrist movement have started to post the below and ask people to... [United Methodist Church] [United Methodist Centrist Movement]

March 9, 5AM

Native Americans flee from the allegorical representation of Manifest Destiny, Columbia, painted in 1872 by John Gast (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Scot McKnight has a post up that helps to solidifywhat I’ve been trying to say. He begins, Some people th... [Controversial] [homosexuality]

March 6, 2PM

Um… so…. read this review. THE LOST GOSPEL is not the worst book ever written. I once attended a party where I was subjected to an excerpt of dinosaur erotica. It was a lovely gathering otherwise, but my ears were assaulted by pages from Take... [Controversial] [Anthony Le Donne] [Barrie Wilson] [simcha jacobovici] [the lost gospel]


The Facts of Life (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Are we teaching our children that only “proven” facts can be called right? Indeed, such is the proposition Justin P. McBrayer makes in a NY Times Op-Ed: In summary, our public schools tea... [philosophy] [ethics] [Justin P. McBrayer]


Figures 003 Eve gives the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of which she had eat to her Husband (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Paradise. A garden to care for and to be cared for by, but in this garden was something terrible. In the center was forbidden fruit. God... [Society and Religion] [Douglas Gissendaner] [Gregory Owen] [Janay Palmer] [Kelly Gissendaner] [Ray Rice]

March 5, 12 PM

I post on Facebook, from time to time, questions to start discussions. Sometimes, they are pointed and sometimes, I’m just poking the bear. Lately, I’ve been thinking about a certain situation that may require something of a less-nice Christia... [United Methodist Church]

March 3, 12 PM

In a critique of the 1972 Theological Task ( as found in Doctrine and Theology in The United Methodist Church (Kingswood, 1991)) two authors share something I think is spot on: Leroy T. Howe: “Finally, though not indifferentist by intent, in practic... [United Methodist Church]


Have we missed St. Paul’s message… the proverbial forest for the trees? During the debate between New Perspective, Old Perspective, and everything else about Paul’s intellectual origin, what may get lost is Paul’s goal of the Gos... [Books] [Logos Bible Software] [David A. deSilva] [lexham press] [Michael F. Bird]

March 2, 10AM

This is a guest post by Evan W. Rohrs-Dodge, a UMC pastor in New Jersey and a founding member of Via Media Methodists. I briefly read Thomas Oden’s memoir before I passed it on to Evan for review. In these pages can be found a great hope for the peo... [Books] [ivp-academic] [Thomas C. Oden]


CottonGenesisFragment03rGodAdamEve (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We have just had a vision of Adam’s vision of his Other Half. Now, we are ready to shift into another story. Genesis 2.25 is the beginning of the passage. This week, we will pick up here a... [Genesis]

February 27, 5PM

I washed the canvas with Crimson red. The blue, cadmium I think, is mixed with a heavy gloss paste. It is acrylic paint.  I like oil but acrylic allows me to paint fast and to do more abstract stuff. It’s great for a quick brain dump at the end... [Other Posts] [art]


Introduction Preachers and students of the bible once made tedious use of concordances, church libraries, and multi-volume editions of well worded reference sets as they slowly prepared sermons, researched topics, and wrote their own books. It was almost ... [Accordance Bible]


did you all hear about the sequel to minecraft? It’s called UnderMineCraft. You join a leadership team that as a team is supposed to build a kingdom, grow that kingdom, and then protect that whole world from evil entities bent on destroying anyth... [Other Posts]

February 26, 8AM

Logos has a lot of Runge’s works on Sale: Dr. Steve Runge wants to help everyone grasp the intricacies of biblical text, whether they know the original languages or not. To that end, he’s spent years studying discourse analysis and presenting his ... [Logos Bible Software]

February 25, 8AM

Landscape with Noah’s Thank Offering (painting circa 1803 by Joseph Anton Koch) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Genesis 1 contains a mystery. 1.26 reads, “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them... [Genesis] [ecotheology]

February 24, 8AM

There is this notion that John Wesley somehow cared very little for “orthodoxy, or right opinions,” and yet, we see throughout his sermons (which are official doctrinal standards in the United Methodist Church) a sound footing placed not on ex... [doctrine] [United Methodist Church] [John Wesley]


I do not believe in censoring and I believe differences of opinion are essential to growing as people. Yesterday, my friend and co-blogger Scott wrote a post that my other friend, Bob Chapman, took issue with. I invited Bob write a response. Below is that... [Religion and Politics] [Barronelle Stutzman]

February 23, 12 PM

(there are questions at the bottom if you just want to skip to that point) Plato’s Symposium will  factor into our discussion this week – as I have warned you several times now. If this link opens up correctly, you should see a paragraph begin... [Genesis] [Aristophanes]


In the thick of the street festival, some demonstrators used the occasion to get their message out. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Recently, because of a shared post on FB and my recent post on Rob Bell (1 that was critical v. the dozens or so that are support... [theology] [Fundamentalism]

February 20, 11AM

Alan is a great person and has helped me in immeasurable ways. Please consider donating. Hello! My name’s Alan Hooker and I’m a Theology and Religious Studies PhD candidate at the University of Exeter who’s (hopefully) in their final yea... [Other Posts]

February 19, 11AM

English: Rob Bell at the 2011 Time 100 gala. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Some time commentator and bear-poker, Drew, is about to have his hopes dashed as his favorite progressive/emergent/universalist, Rob Bell, is now emerging as a Neo-Marcionite Gnostic. ... [Controversial] [Rob Bell]


(Found on Fb) The post 3 men in history have walked on water appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Intr... [Other Posts] [humor]

February 18, 9AM

English: “John Wesley,” by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. 29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient o... [Reformation] [Ash Wednesday] [John Wesley] [Lent]


Image via Wikipedia If your Lenten journey doesn’t last the year through, I think it is a waste. Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450), Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church Sermon 8 ; CCL 24, 59 ; PL 52, 208 Exercises for Lent: almsgiving, prayer,... [Church History] [Ash Wednesday] [Lent] [Peter Chrysologus]


Portrait of Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This just goes to show you how much better Luther was than his lackeys, you know, Calvin and that Zwinugil Zinger Zwinger Zapper, no, well, then, that Zwingli feller. Some of the R... [Reformation] [fasting] [Lent] [Martin Luther]
On the second head it is to be noted, that this “day of salvation” exhorts and invites us by eight ways to holiness… …The ordination of the Church invites us all to confession, and fasting, and frequenting of the church; whence he who does... [Devotional] [Lent] [Thomas Aquinas]


Image via Wikipedia “Ash Wednesday is for people who know that it means for their soul to be logged with these icy waters: all of us are such people, if only we can realize it. There is confidence everywhere in Ash Wednesday, yet that does not mean unmi... [Devotional] [Ash Wednesday] [Lent] [Thomas Merton]

February 17, 10AM

There are study bibles, devotional bibles, and special edition niche bibles — then, there is a bible that brings to life what a bible should be. This, frankly, is it. While there is the Reformation Study Bible, the Wesleyan Study Bible, and the Orthodox... [Books] [Ignatius Press] [James Socias] [Jeffrey Cole]

February 16, 7PM

The post #QOTD – St John Chrysostom on -doxy and -praxy appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Int... [John Chrysostom]
The post #QOTD – St Maximus on moving to the sublime appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introd... [The Mystics] [Maximus the Confessor]

February 13, 7AM

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1932) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my CTP class this morning, I tried to address the term “myth.” I think this is a difficult concept for us to wrap our heads around, not least because we can usually see the difference bet... [scholarship] [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] [myth]
Feel free to use and I may add more later The post Wesleyan valentine cards #umc appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Critic... [Other Posts] [humor] [Valentine's Day]

February 12, 12 PM

I am not queasy about onscreen exhibition of physical love — within certain parameters. Nor am I against including the passion of love in stories — sex, geez, I mean sex, people1 — when it is necessary to the story. And sometimes, it is front and ce... [media] [50 shades of grey] [Hedy Lamarr]


The Tree of Knowledge, painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2 Peter 2.14 is hardly the sum total of the doctrine of theosis, but it is what gives us a sound start and finish when we begin to explore it. St. Athanasius puts it like... [Genesis] [theology] [Theodicy] [tree of knowledge of good and evil]
Cover of John F. Kennedy I am forever the recovering fundamentalist — reminded of those times and that system by various things in my life. Further, I am trying to prepare a post about orthodoxy (again) and why it is healthy. I heard something on the ra... [theology] [United Methodist Church]


I am writing a post on this, but views of the tree of knowledge of good and evil are often complicated and not really reaching to (what I feel is) the proper understanding. Yet, St. John comes pretty close to it. English: Genesis : God the Father forbids ... [John of Damascus] [tree of knowledge of good and evil]

February 11, 11AM

Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul (by Rembrandt) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I saw this on Pre-Pub and I got it. Now that it is out, the price is a bit more, but it is worth it. I intend to review it in the coming weeks. Just wanted to highlight it for you.... [Logos Bible Software] [Daniel deSilva]


Saint Bonaventure (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Now, the loftiness of power requires that there be produced creatures that are not only traces, but also images; creatures not only irrational, but also rational; creatures moved not only by natural instinct, b... [theology] [free will] [Saint Bonaventure]

February 10, 8AM

Icon of Saint John of Kronstadt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am unfamiliar with the stylization of “saints” in the Russian Orthodox Church. John of Kronstadt is a saint, I believe, of that patriarchy.  There are among us ways to interact w... [theology] [John of Kronstadt] [Russian Orthodox Church]


English: Allegory of Poles (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is going to be short, but one of the questions we should ask ourselves as interpreters of Paul is how did he read Scripture? I believe Paul looked past Scripture and attempted to decipher it throug... [Genesis] [New Testament] [Allegory] [Paul]

February 9, 12 PM

There are a few things to note as we begin to read Genesis 2–3.  First, let us note the first creation account ends where the second one begins… in Genesis 2.4, “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.... [Genesis] [CTP]

February 6, 5PM

Thanks to Ignatius Press for this review copy. My first thoughts are simple: Wow. Just wow. The Didache Bible presents extensive commentaries, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for each of the books of the Holy Bible. It also includes numer... [Books] [Ignatius Press]

February 2, 8AM

This is a CTP post, explained here. creation of man (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This week, we are looking at the 6th day of Creation (beginning at Genesis 1.24). The Ancient Near East (ANE) had several types of stories related to the creation of humankind. ... [Genesis] [CTP]


With minor various, these paragraphs goes back to the 1784 Book of Discipline, the very first one. This is from the 1920, ME Book of Discipline V. Necessity of Union Among Ourselves 138. Let us be deeply sensible (from what we have known) of the evil of ... [United Methodist Church] [Book of Discipline] [Francis Asbury] [John Wesley]

January 31, 3PM

English: Statue of St. John of the Cross at Carmelite Monastery, Varroville, NSW, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) No new revelations are to be admitted in the matter of that once made, beyond what may be consistent with it, lest we should go astray by... [John of the Cross]

January 30, 7AM

Major religious groups (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When discussing theism and things such as this with others, I sometimes hear the phrase “X needs a dose of reality.” This can come from either the theist or the atheist. I am troubled by the not... [theology]

January 29, 11AM

Note, Book Notes is an abbreviated Book Review. Christian education, liberal arts, and the humanities are all considered, usually, a dead field. Indeed, the concept of a whole person, much less a holy person, does not fit into the spectrum of higher edu... [Books] [Christopher Gehrz] [intervarsity press] [ivp-academic] [Philipp Jakob Spener] [Pietist]

January 26, 9AM

Photo credit: Fight Church Facebook page There is a poll at the bottom. This is a thought experiment and while not vetted by BoD experts, makes use of current UMC policy and precedent. I have tried to be fair and impartial with my presentation of facts a... [United Methodist Church] [federated]


The inspired penman in this history [Genesis] … [wrote] for the Jews first and, calculating his narratives for the infant state of the church, describes things by their outward sensible appearances, and leaves us, by further discoveries of the divine li... [Genesis]

January 24, 12 PM

English: Lakeville United Methodist Church, the oldest UMC in New England (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The other day, the civil rights director at the Global Board on Church and Society did something stupid. This is not beyond ordinary for the GBCS, as they,... [abortion] [United Methodist Church] [Bill Mefford] [General Board of Church & Society]

January 23, 6AM

Saint John on Patmos (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Liturgy is at the same time the Kingdom of Heaven and our dwelling place, “a new Heaven and a new earth”, the point of convergence where all things find true meaning. The Liturgy not only teaches us t... [Other Posts] [Lex orandi lex credendi] [Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople] [Pope Benedict XVI]

January 22, 10AM

He pulled it down, but you know what… he’s still the south end of a northbound horse. Since he took the tweet down, I decided to leave the tweet before and after to show where it was. The post For all time’s sake: John Piper’s lat... [Controversial] [John Piper] [rape]

January 21, 9AM

Behold, the NA28 is in the Original Languages package from Accordance Bible software! As many of you know, the NA28 is the latest in the line for a critical edition of the Greek New Testament and is often used by scholars in deciding such things as textu... [Accordance Bible] [New Testament] [greek new testament]

January 20, 9AM

The people of God throughout history have been a people of exile and diaspora. Whether under the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks or Romans, the people chosen by God have had to learn how to be a holy people in alien lands and under foreign rule. For much o... [Books] [ivp-academic] [Lee Beach]

January 19, 2PM

One who practices the baptism of infants cannot logically claim the freedom of the will or individual autonomy as the deepest truth about us. Thoughts? The post Quote of the day: Richard Heyduck on free will and infant baptism appeared first on Unsettled ... [Quotes] [richard Heyduck]

January 16, 2PM

Good News magazine is reporting that Mt. Bethel UMC is withholding their apportionments… Its administrative council voted to place its apportioned funds in an escrow account until the Council of Bishops (COB) fulfills the requests made in the “Int... [United Methodist Church] [apportionments] [Randy Mickler]

January 15, 8AM

Great Expectations (1999 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is in the same mold of an ongoing discussion of why people leave congregations. Some studies (studies… because we can make them say what we want) have shown that people want Churches to b... [theology]


I wonder if Glenn Beck thinks this is a closeted Mosque? English: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour over Moscow River. Moscow ((Photo credit: Wikipedia) Glenn Beck is a moron. He has taken his paranoia to a new level, attempting to claim Putin and the Ortho... [Society and Religion] [Aleksandr Dugin] [glenn beck] [Ivan Ilyin] [Russia] [Russian Orthodox Church] [Vladimir Putin]


I don’t necessarily blame him, although he is way out of his league in judging what is authentic. Take a gander at what looks like deception for sale: Dorothy King’s PhDiva: Is this More of the “First Century” Gospel of Mark?. The ... [Other Posts]

January 14, 11AM

St. Gregory of Nyssa (eastern ortodox icon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For leaving behind everything that is observed, not only what sense comprehends but also what the intelligence thinks it sees, it keeps on penetrating deeper until by the intelligence&#... [Gregory of Nyssa] [apophatic theology]


We live at the so-called end of Christendom. For most of the Western church’s history, its identity has been inseparable from the social, cultural and political institutions of wider society. But now the church’s identity is being slowly and painfully... [John of Damascus] [theology] [christendom]

January 12, 10AM

During a recent interview, my unofficial arch-nemesis Tom Lambrecht of Good News, suggested that some caucus groups are going to propose a few things for the General Conference in 2016. They are, seemingly, focused on the “just resolution” o... [United Methodist Church] [Tom Lambrecht]


What follows is an unedited portion of my dissertation. In the larger context, I am trying to establish that the particular image for the death of Christ would have been known by the people(s) of Galatia. In the end, I believe the image would have been,... [Doctoral Work] [Galatians] [Brigitte Kahl] [Empire Criticism] [imperial interpretation] [Justin K. Hardin]


I first heard this song over the weekend while listening to Outlaw Country on my SiriusXM. You can guess my reaction… not only it is bluesy, but it is theological. And frankly, it is the right sort of theology… Two stanzas frame the song. The... [Devotional] [Willie Nelson]

January 10, 9AM

This picture has nothing to do with the article, but it is beautiful. English: Ukrainian wooden church in Museum of Folk Architekture. Lviv Polski: Cerkiew w Parku Szewczenki (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Yesterday, I posted a quip on Facebook regarding why p... [Society and Religion]

January 7, 9AM

Chett Pritchett, Executive Director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, writes in response to what is certainly a victory for those who wish to have a more congregational style of polity, While it is important to celebrate this just resolution... [United Methodist Church] [Chett Pritchett]

January 6, 2PM

Over the holidays, I ventured into oil painting. It has been a blast. They aren’t dry yet, as you can imagine — and the color in the house is not giving me the best frame for the picture. This is the first one… This is the second one. A... [Other Posts] [art] [oil on canvas] [painting]

January 5, 1PM

I need to write my review of Revelation, but it is a neatly drawn picture, revealing John’s Apocalypse. You can read more reviews here at the link below or order it here. With the verve and occasional sting that regular readers of his blog will reco... [Logos Bible Software]

12 PM

Creation of Adam ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “If taken in the broadest sense of the term, theology, the logos or the reasoning about theos (God and divine things) is as old as religion. Thinking pervades all the spiritual activities of man (sic). ... [Quotes] [Paul Tillich]

January 2, 6PM

Trinity Institute’s 2015 National Theological Conference “Creating Common Good” Announces Essay Competition on Economic Inequality From January 22-25, 2015, a diverse group of scholars and faith leaders will offer strategies for developing a more ... [Other Posts]

January 1, 4PM

The description: This anthology – the first of its kind in eight years – collects some of the best and most current research and reflection on the complex interactions between religion and computer-mediated communication (CMC). The contributio... [Books] [Charles Ess] [Pauline Hope Cheong] [Peter Fischer-Nielsen] [Peter Lang] [Stefan Gelfgren]

December 31 2014, 10AM

Could such an address be given today? This was given by the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal, South, in 1906, the same year as the great earthquake in San Francisco. I should think that if such an address was repeated at a General Conference today, ther... [United Methodist Church]

December 30, 7AM

I am, for no other reason (wink wink), reviewing older versions of the Book of Discipline. I found this statement in the 1912 version of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This would have been the northern half of the split. …While its polity and admin... [United Methodist Church]

December 29, 11AM

“Slow your roll, Jim” – God the Father, Cima da Conegliano, Circa 1510-17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Poor Jim. I no longer know what it is like to have such a deficit in theology — so it is difficult for me to empathize with him. As he... [Atonement] [John McLeod Campbell]


Over the weekend, Jim took to the blog and then tried to defend his position on Twitter. Much like Zwingli on the battlefield, or Calvin in the after life, he went down. NEIN! And- Satan Goes to Supper | Zwinglius Redivivus. The cross is the means of reco... [Other Posts] [jim west]

December 27, 6PM

This is not a review. This is a small post dictating some thoughts I have on the two recent major motion pictures re-telling biblical stories. For a review, see here. For my quick review of Noah, see here. I am currently re-watching Noah with my son. I li... [media] [Exodus - Gods and Kings] [Noah]
John of Damascus Greek icon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So, then, this same truly precious and august tree, on which Christ hath offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sakes, is to be worshipped as sanctified by contact with His holy body and blood; likewi... [John of Damascus]


During the 1970’s and early 80’s, there was a huge fight in the Southern Baptist Convention over the direction of the denomination. The conservatives of the denomination were successful in marginalizing liberals, moderates, women, and others ... [Society and Religion] [John Piper] [southern baptist convention] [the 15]

December 25, 11AM

Christmas Day, 1784… just a few months after the Treaty of Paris recognizing the independence of the American colonies was signed… We would dare to use Wesley’s extraordinary ordination of Dr. Coke and Mr Asbury to establish our own pugn... [United Methodist Church]

December 24, 4PM

Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity. Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to... [Quotes] [Christmas] [Pope Benedict XVI]

December 22, 10AM

You can subscribe here in order to be notified when it becomes available. Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor ... [Boethius] [Logos Bible Software]
We have found a new lost gospel — and why it has not been translated before now, I don’t know. This is the original text along with an interpretation. This proves so much we didn’t know. Ρούντολφ, ο τάρανδος με την κό... [Other Posts]


During this time of year, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah of Israel. Christian tradition believes that this singular birth is God Incarnate, the one who came to deliver all both Jews and Gentiles from the clutches of evil unto the hand of God... [theology]

December 18, 5AM

Hey. You want humor? Good humor? Wesleyan Humor? Go here: Wesley Bros.. The post Wesley Bros. appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criti... [Other Posts]

December 17, 12 PM

Adonis Vidu has no need to argue in his work, Atonement, Law, and Justice: The Cross in Historical and Cultural Contexts, which atonement model is the most accurate. Rather, his purpose is to trace a path of model development next to evolving systems of ... [Atonement] [Books] [Adonis Vidu] [Anselm] [Baker Academic] [John Duns Scotus] [Peter Abelard]

December 15, 1PM

The book is written by Barrie Wilson and Simcha Jacobovici; the title is The Lost Gospel. Should we not ask if something “lost” has been found and is it a “gospel”? In Jacobovici’s video, I stressed that his alleged “lost gospel,” Joseph an... [Controversial] [Barrie Wilson] [James H. Charlesworth] [simcha jacobovici] [the lost gospel]


Motion of gas molecules  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is a new, interesting, theory on the origin of life: “You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant,”... [science] [Abiogenesis] [Jeremy England]

December 12, 7AM

Image Credit: Ruthless Reviews Every now and then, I like to examine myself and see where I fall on issues. Am I still a Mainliner? Am I drifting away, towards apostasy, or worse, evangelicalism? Am I committed to remaining open on the non-essentials and ... [theology]

December 11, 2PM

Honey, I’m home! English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A puff piece on Jacobovici and Wilson’s book, “The Lost Gospel,” has appeared where there are plenty of erroneous statements made. Personally,... [Controversial] [Barrie Wilson] [daniel o mcclellan] [Joseph and Aseneth] [simcha jacobovici] [the lost gospel]

12 PM

This will not be a long post, because the topic of online communion is almost worth not having. Yet, it is a theological one and frankly, this is great because it means United Methodists are talking about something more important that genitals. Chad Holtz... [communion] [United Methodist Church]

December 10, 8AM

Introduction: I will need to explain a few things before I draw a conclusion. I am focusing on John Walton’s statement, “Ontology trumps biology” found in the soon-to-be published work, The Lost World of Adam and Eve. Ontology: Ontology... [theology]


Why do I like the Book of Discipline? Let me count the ways… As many of you know, I grew you fundamentalist, and a particularly peculiar branch of it. Like many fundamentalists, we did not have a polity beyond the pastor’s moods and whims. Yet... [United Methodist Church] [Book of Discipline]

December 9, 8AM

On facebook, I stated my concern regarding Walton’s stance on the historical Adam and Eve. I am troubled he makes these statements without support, whereas nearly every other statement he makes is supported by well-reasoned logic. There is a fallac... [Books] [historical adam] [ivp-academic] [John Walton]

December 8, 8AM

I am not a Calvinist, nor one who believes in St. Augustine’s error. Rather, I believe we can theologically explain the transmitted nature of sin better. However, in reading a particular book, the federal headship view was mentioned (sort of). I wa... [theology] [federal representative] [historical adam] [ivp-academic] [John Walton] [louis berkhof]


The package I am reviewing includes the New English Translation of the Septuagint, a favorite of mine. I opened Accordance this morning to search the NETS for Isaiah 9.5 (9.6 ENG). “because a child was born for us, a son also given to us, whose soverei... [Accordance Bible]
  “because a child was born for us, a son also given to us, whose sovereignty was upon his shoulder, and he is named Messenger of Great Counsel, for I will bring peace upon the rulers, peace and health to him” (Isaiah 9:6 NETS) This famous verse... [Other Posts]

December 4, 9AM

I think this may just one of the most fitting quotes I’ve read in a long time. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Comme... [Deuterocanon] [2 Esdras (4 Ezra)]
I wanted to really sit down and focus on Accordance, so I’ve done so during the past few weeks. Before I go on, let me point you to the features page in Accordance 11. I noticed that after I had not opened Accordance for 7 days, I needed to go onli... [Accordance Bible]


You can find it here: Allan R. Bevere: An Unsettled Interview with Joel Watts. This is really the first time I’ve broached the topic of “fringe separation.” If we cannot even get along enough to talk about our issues, is there any hope?... [Other Posts]
Go here. you know how I feel about Logos and Macs. Like Mac and Cheese…. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary,... [Other Posts]

December 3, 9AM

The Sermons of John Wesley are included in our doctrinal standards. Behold… the lamb that comes to take away the sins of the world… My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mime... [Other Posts] [Reformation] [John Wesley]


According to James Charlesworth (who used John Vicker’s data) he did. This is taken from James Charlesworth paper for the Charles Wesley society (PDF). He concludes that both Wesleys, while some differences of use, still used and cherished the hidd... [Deuterocanon] [Reformation] [charles wesley] [John Wesley]

December 2, 5AM

Tertullian is the John Wesley of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, and From Fear to F... [tertullian]

December 1, 11AM

I had hoped to invest some time in exploring this subject, either for a chapter or a paper, but right now I am swamped. I was recently reminded of this, first in reading this book and second via an email. So, I wanted to take a quick second and sketch out... [Mark] [Mark 13]


The Christian Ed director at our local UMC congregation has started a nifty advent idea. Each day, we have a verse or so from the Gospel of St. John to cause to consider. We are give responses, usually ours. But, I am going to choose this time to draw out... [Godhead] [Hilary of Poitiers]
This is going to be awesome. Oden is one of the premier Wesleyan intellectuals and theologians today. I believe his work on paleo-orthodoxy and the confessions is essential in moving the UMC forward. How did one of the twentieth century’s most celeb... [Books] [ivp-academic] [Thomas C. Oden]

November 22, 8AM

Thomas Oden looks to St. Vincent as a way to give rebirth to orthodoxy. I would like to explore St. Vincent and Clement of Alexandria’s focus on the true Gnostic. For now, here is St. Vincent: A simplified chart of historical developments of major... [doctrine] [Vincent of Lerins]


Weaponizing Scripture? Second Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation and Practice March 22nd-23rd, 2015 at the University of Virginia The 2015 Graduate Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and P... [Other Posts]

November 18, 10AM

The (now) first Jewish Study Bible (JSB) was a major breakthrough in establishing a critical, yet faithful, study system for the Jewish canon (for Protestants, the Old Testament). It brought to the table both modern research as well as rabbinical sayings,... [Books] [Adele Berlin] [Marc Zvi Brettler] [Oxford University]

November 17, 3PM

Perhaps it is because I just read a marketing letter from another publisher that was filled with fallacies, lies, and sheer stupidity, but my opinion of the House of IVP is at an all time high. They really do publish a lot of good books and a few more gre... [Books] [intervarsity press] [ivp-academic]


Admittedly, Wilson, et al,’s book “The Lost Gospel” is a midrash of fantasy, but sometimes there are crossovers in fantasy worlds. So is the case, I speculate, between Wilson, et al, and Morton Smith. In “The Lost Gospel,” Wi... [scholarship] [Barrie Wilson] [Morton Smith] [Secret Gospel of Mark] [simcha jacobovici] [the lost gospel]

November 15, 10AM

I intend to highlight and review these books this coming week. I’ll update this post with links to those reviews, of course. But, what would you like to see in these reviews? My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Medita... [Books] [Fortress Press]

November 14, 10AM

The modern concept of history, judged by whether or not it gets the facts right, is by and large a modern conception. In the past, all peoples told stories set in the past for a variety of reasons, e.g. to entertain, to enlighten, but rarely to recreate ... [old testament]

November 13, 8AM

Jewish bees? Gentile bees? If they are pollenating, one is Jesus and the other is Mary Maggie-pie. Pollen Comb of Honeybee Hive (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Long before the “lost gospel” was found, Dr. Mark Goodacre had a webpage devoted to the p... [pseudepigrapha] [Barrie Wilson] [didache] [Joseph and Aseneth] [simcha jacobovici] [the lost gospel]


English: “Christ in Triumph over Darkness and Evil”, stained glass window by French artist Gabriel Loire in memory of Earl Mountbatten, at St. George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa Français : “Christ in Triumph over Darkness... [theology] [Oliver Clement] [Theodicy]

November 11, 11AM

Tomorrow is the press conference, to coincide with the release of the book, according to Jacobovici. It will be held at the British Library’s conference center which can be rented for a nominal fee. Due to the early release of the book on Google boo... [Controversial] [Barrie Wilson] [Joseph and Aseneth] [simcha jacobovici] [the lost gospel]


Thanks to Accordance for sending me this software bundle. I’ll speak more about what is in it later. Warning, this is my first Accordance package, so I cannot compare it to 10 or below. My focus will be on the ease of Accordance and what it can do (... [Accordance Bible]


English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In this month’s Circuit Rider (the print magazine of Ministry Matters), Drs. William Abraham. They conclude, Wesley knew what so many of us hav... [theology] [United Methodist Church] [David F. Watson] [William J. Abraham]

November 10, 1PM

“Snow is the air, election days have passed, the leaves are brown and another non-scholar has a book out with a “startling revelation” about Jesus. It’s almost time for me!” English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying Sant... [scholarship] [Barrie Wilson] [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Joseph and Aseneth] [Mark Goodacre] [Mary Magdalene] [Pseudo-Zacharias Rhetor] [simcha jacobovici]


English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is another plan aiming to combat not the problems of the United Methodist Church but manifestations of those problems. It is put forth by members of an Annual Conference in Ohio. They call it a centrist plan and it... [Other Posts]

November 7, 5PM

: United Methodist Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As bishops of The United Methodist Church, our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the church.  We have been in constant prayer and conversation and affirm our consecration vow “to... [United Methodist Church]
Those who “abjure” violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf. via George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism,” May, 1945 . Thought this might start a conversation… My books are now available on... [Quotes] [Religion and Politics] [George Orwell] [Just War] [pacifism]


Fuqua School of Business (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Imagine if the cure to a problem went against your political leanings… you are then more likely to admit that the problem does not exist. “Logically, the proposed solution to a problem, such as an... [Religion and Politics] [science] [Solution Aversion]


There are a few names unmentionable, at least in the positive sense, from the Christian pulpit. One of them, if not the main one of them, is Charles Darwin, the 19th century scientist many accuse of creating evolutionary science. But, there are more than ... [Books] [science] [charles darwin] [energion publications] [Robert D. Cornwall]
The Fall depicted in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) WHY DO THEY HAVE BELLY BUTTONS! The verse in English, Hebrew, and Greek (LXX): I make the light, I create the darkness; author alike of wellbeing and woe, I, the LORD, do al... [John Chrysostom] [tertullian] [theology]


I am not a singer, but I do like the idea of having a small hymnal at my whim. Plus, this gives me hope of including denominational hymnals one day. Anyway, it plays MIDI files, includes images of the hymns (words and music) as well as printed words. You ... [Logos Bible Software]

November 6, 7AM

Chaos (cosmogony) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is something few people get, or accept. It is also why I don’t buy Young Earth Creationism and yet still maintain a high view of Scripture. The language of Genesis 1 (different in order and style from... [Genesis] [Conrad Hyers]

November 5, 1PM

Ironically enough, one of the greatest medieval Christian theologians lived under a Caliphate. What have we done with our freedom? Is not the blessed table matter which gives us the Bread of Life? Are not the gold and silver matter, out of which crosses a... [John of Damascus]


My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or ... [theology] [William J. Abraham]

November 3, 10AM

A few months ago, I among others suggested we close the conference. We were roundly attacked by people who abused rape culture and the narratives of People of Color (see something of a rebuttal here. This type of colonizing narrative is common among mode... [United Methodist Church] [Andy Oliver] [Love Prevails] [Reconciling Ministries]


() – Emblems of belief available for placement on USVA headstones and markers (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We believe the Divine and Sacred Scriptures to be God-taught; and, therefore, we ought to believe the same without doubting; yet not otherwise th... [theology] [Calvinism] [Eastern Orthodox Church]


I’d like to note that, for now, this seems to be a uniquely American call: Other conservatives agree, pointing to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, in which the upstart self-proclaimed Apostle Paul describes a meeting when he called out Peter—the ... [Society and Religion] [Candida Moss] [Roman Catholic Church] [Ross Douthat]
The Holy Father has once again amazed people by being Catholic. No one was more shocked by this revelation than Ken Ham and Al Mohler. So, why has Ham decided to take issue with this re-statement of long-standing Catholic dogma? I suspect it is because th... [Society and Religion] [Answers in Genesis] [Ken Ham]

November 1, 1PM

This looks important: The supposed collapse of Roman civilization is still lamented more than 1,500 years later—and intertwined with this idea is the notion that a fledgling religion, Christianity, went from a persecuted fringe movement to an irresisti... [Books] [Church History] [Bloomsbury] [Douglas Boin]

October 30, 5PM

I was interviewed for a piece on the rise of Christian Domestic Discipline. Here is a part of it: Right. But where does CDD fit in here? Is CDD a particularly Fundamentalist thing? “Not all Fundamentalists use CDD,” says Watts. “I would wage... [Controversial] [domestic discipline]

November 6 2013, 6AM

When, therefore, we inquire why a crime was committed, we do not believe it, unless it appear that there might have been the wish to obtain some of those which we designated meaner things, or else a fear of losing them. For truly they are beautiful and co... [augustine] [media] [Breaking Bad]


If you have this set up in the Kindle store, you can now send blog posts to Kindle for reading. Send to KindleMy books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of... [Technology]
(P.S…. what do you think this is?) Send to KindleMy books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Religion and Politics]

November 5, 8AM

You can find it here. There are several promising titles! My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Books] [Kregel Publications]


Conservative or progressive, Catholic or Protestant, Shi’a or Sunni, Reform Jew or Orthodox, theist or atheist, ardent believer or agnostic – this documentary is tailored to examine the Bible from all angles. It allows the reader to wrestle with the i... [Other Posts]


Looks like even Jerry Lee Lewis’s hair is fair game for Rand Paul -Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Others have caught Rand Paul caught numerous times plagiarizing. First in speeches, then in books, and no... [Religion and Politics] [ayn rand] [intellectual property] [libertarianism] [Plagiarism] [Rand Paul]


Whether or not you hate him or love him, Tom Wright has made a solid impact on 20th and 21st century New Testament studies. He leads the charge in the New Perspective(s) on Paul as well as uniting Athens and Jerusalem. I am looking forward to digging into... [Books] [Fortress Press] [n.t. wright]

November 4, 5PM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Religion and Politics]


Saw this float by on Facebook – it litters the web. After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year outside of New York City, New York scientists found traces of copper cable dating back 100 years. They came to the conclusion that their ancestors a... [Other Posts] [humor]


Go here: Hendrickson Academic Newsletter. Why Hendrickson? Hendrickson Publishers has a strong history of producing outstanding academic, trade, and reference books at a reasonable price. Through our academic publishing program, we seek to meet the public... [Books] [Hendrickson Publishers]


David Paul Kirkpatrick has a great post he shared on facebook the other day: Jesus’ Bachelors: The Disciples Were Most Likely Under The Age Of 18  I have no need nor standing to tell him what cinema portrayals are best, but it helped solidify somet... [Controversial]

November 3, 7AM

See this post for the final-ish description. The first four are Icons. The last one is from the West. What is your favorite?         My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and... [publications]

November 2, 3PM

thus far, the title  is Praying in God’s Theater: Meditations on the Book of Revelation (thanks to David P. K. for the help on that) the description is Much like the Book of Revelation, Joel L. Watts aims to pull his readers into a deeper spiritual... [publications]


The ineffable Dr Cargill has retweeted several less than critical reactions to the announcement of the new scholarly series on the History Channel. Note, these people have yet to see the series but are already willing to throw out the books of Proverb... [Controversial]

November 1, 1PM

This is on Facebook… shared by a friend: That’s a rather, um, masculine Jesus. And White. Blond. Blue-eyed. That’s the Tea Party Jesus! My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and C... [Other Posts] [humor]

October 31, 6AM

I’m posting this primarily for myself, for later use, but feel free to use them. Cliff notes Study questions 1 Study questions 2 My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From... [augustine]

October 29, 2PM

Cliff is giving away Michael Bird’s newest tome - The Great Evangelical Theology Giveaway! (@ZondervanAcademic) | Theological Musings. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and ... [Other Posts]


Both of these look awesome, although one is more awesomest than the other. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in pape... [Books] [Kregel Publications]
Dr. Cargill writes, Please tune in to this documentary, which seeks to address difficult biblical scriptures and teachings in a responsible, academic, yet entertaining manner. The series is certain to be compelling as much for its scholarship as for its e... [Other Posts] [robert cargill]
As you know, I am currently reading this book. So, little snippets that stand out, I’m going to share with you. This one catches my eye: “And others introduce an unforeseeing destiny, as if all things revolved of their own accord, without the ... [Books] [Donald H. Carlson] [Fortress Press] [Pseudo-Clementine Homilies]

12 PM

Dawkins has a generous self-centredness. Everything associated with him is blessed – his parents for giving birth to him, Ali, the ”loyal’’ family servant in colonial Africa, and Balliol College, Oxford, which had the good fortune to admit sev... [atheism] [Richard Dawkins]

October 28, 1PM

Carlson notes an early battle between allegoricalists and those who would rather a more honest source in critiquing the Torah. For [the Scripture] are set out like many diverse typecasts. Each person, then, having his own predisposition [at the outset], t... [Books] [Inerrancy] [Donald H. Carlson] [Fortress Press] [Pseudo-Clementine Homilies]

October 27, 6AM

…you only serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color for the season. …you didn’t know chow mein noodles were a Chinese food. …when someone mentions red and green (in terms of Christmas), you immediately think of a battle over hymn... [Reformation] [humor] [Lutheran] [Reformation Day] [satire]
Martin Luther, for all of his faults, and those who followed him, accomplished more than many who had gone before him. In refusing to bow to logical Tradition, he made a stand which could have cost him his life. Today is Reformation Day. Regardless if you... [Reformation] [Here I Stand] [Martin Luther] [Reformation Day] [Tradition]
Today is Reformation Day – enjoy. Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theo... [Reformation] [95 theses] [Martin Luther] [Reformation Day]
Another Reformer, often unknown, was Heinrich Bullinger. Below are a few quotes – feel free to add your own. “This depravation of our nature is nothing else but the blotting out of God’s image in us.” “There was in our father Adam before... [Reformation] [Heinrich Bullinger] [Reformation Day]


It’s Reformation Sunday! The Day we celebrate the destruction of Christianity in the West because Luther had one too many the night before. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentar... [Other Posts] [humor] [Reformation Day]

October 26, 12 PM

Use one app to look up any Greek or Latin word: Logeion was developed at the University of Chicago to provide simultaneous lookup of entries in the many reference works that make up the Perseus Classical collection. Most reference works represented in thi... [Technology]

October 25, 1PM

Due to the Diaspora and assimilation of many of the Jewish people there has been a great loss. Lost is the significance of welcoming the Shabbat Queen, which is very ancient and very much a Jewish custom and is why the evening service to welcome the Shabb... [Other Posts] [Shabbat HaMalka] [Shabbat Queen]


According to T and T Clark - there is a Historical Jesus reference project in the works: Not expected ’til 2018 but v. excited to have contracted Chris Keith Helen Bond & Jens Schroeter for a major new reference project on Jesus More info is exp... [Books] [Chris Keith] [Helen Bond] [Jens Schröter]

October 23, 4PM

according to Mark himself security as John MacArthur’s place confiscated his book. except… he begged them to take his books… as a gift… begged. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Int... [Controversial] [John MacArthur] [Mark Driscoll] [Strange Fire]


Hendrickson brings to us a delightful gift. Included for the first time in a Greek-English interlinear is the Revised English Bible. This less-travelled road makes all the difference in deciding which NA-28 to purchase, in my opinion. The NA-28 is the mos... [Books] [NRSV] [Hendrickson Publishers] [NA-28] [Nestle-Aland]
Portrait of Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk (Photo credit: Wikipedia) John writes, …I cannot arrive at any conviction other than the one that says sodomy is a sin… …But his disapproval and the disapproval of many other men and women... [Controversial] [John Meunier] [Martin Luther]

October 22, 12 PM

Naftali S. Cohn (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) presents a powerful work inching us towards to the goal of understanding how texts can not only legitimate authority but also create identities. I’m simply unsure if he understands just how close h... [Books] [Naftali S. Cohn] [University of Pennsylvania Press]


The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There are often times I take positions opposite of Rodney just to irritate him. This is not one of those times. As a matter of fact, Rodney’s pi... [Controversial] [John F. MacArthur] [Mark Driscoll] [New Apostolic Reformation] [Pentecostalism] [Strange Fire]

October 19, 1PM

You know, because they are always taking things…. Literally… My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paper... [Other Posts] [humor]


We live in a rather visual culture. We like shiny objects helping to render the words on the page as tidy images. We are all truly children who like to have picture books in front of us. This is nothing to be ashamed about, but something to understand and... [Books] [intervarsity press] [ivp-academic] [Paul lawrence] [Richard Johnson]

October 18, 8PM

I sorta think this defines ‘echo chamber,’ don’t you? My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperbac... [Controversial] [Fox News] [Mark Driscoll]


Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Founding Fathers wrote often of their posterity. The consensus about the afterlife among these giants of human progress was for the hope of immortality, not on some ethereal plane, but in the cont... [Religion and Politics]


Go here and vote Best Night for the 2013 AAR/SBL Bibliobloggers Gathering? | NEAR EMMAUS. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Wa... [biblioblogging]

October 17, 6AM

Mark Goodacre writes - On Sunday, I posted some comments on Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson’s forthcoming book and documentary, Jacobovici and Wilson’s “Lost Gospel”.  It led to a very interesting comments thread in which the ... [Other Posts] [mark goodace] [simcha jacobovici]
There is a post by someone who should know - Billy Graham and his many helpers, including my late father Francis Schaeffer and others broke our brains with the best of intentions and their Jesus-saves-you-from-a-retributive-God-who-will-otherwise-send-you... [Religion and Politics] [billy graham] [Francis Schaeffer] [Frank Schaeffer]

October 16, 10AM

Mark and the girls (Mary, Mary, Mary, and Martha (1900-)1958 Perth (Photo credit: MR MARK BEK) Michael Kruger states, In fact, it is worth noting that Mark presents Jesus as God from the very opening few verses in his gospel, in a manner that is often mis... [Mark] [adoptionism] [James McGrath] [Lucan] [Michael J. KRUGER] [Pharsalia]
Even choosing to write the words ‘disability theology’ is a statement. Why not theology of disability? I’m really not sure what to even call it. However, I do believe a serious discussion and some resolution regarding a theological view ... [theology] [Amos Yong] [Candida Moss] [David F. Watson] [Down Syndrome] [Mary Douglas]

October 15, 1PM

‘Fundamentalism is another  problem. I mean, Dawkins in a way is almost a kind of fundamen- talist himself.’ Professor Higgs also told the newspaper: ‘The growth of our understanding of the world through science weakens some of the  mo... [atheism] [Peter Higgs] [Richard Dawkins]

October 14, 6PM

Looks like @logos has updated Ephesians in their Lexham Bible Guides for Paul’s letters: Now we’ve enhanced the guide with more than 30% new content, including more analysis, more annotated links for each of the issues discussed, and several new I... [Logos Bible Software]


The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) James Tabor writes - In the references below I have put these interpolative elements bold italicized brackets. This exercise str... [Revelation] [james tabor]


Two days of talks between U.S. and Afghan officials have yielded a partial security agreement between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai held discussions Friday and Saturday on a deal to keep the U.S. military in t... [Other Posts] [Afghanistan] [Hamid Karzai] [John Kerry] [nato]
From the groups official statement: We have, as a group, been prevented from certain groups that have piggy-backed off our grassroots efforts, to effectively create a comprehensive media message campaign. We made the mistake of trying to partner with some... [Religion and Politics] [sarah palin] [Tea Party] [ted cruz]


Gary, one of the reasons I like Irenaeus is his position on the Creator and the Creature. There is no separation… Icon of monks falling into the mouth of a dragon representing hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Irrational, therefore, in every respect, ... [Irenaeus] [theosis]
I’d usually just retweet this, but you need to read this. NT Blog: Jacobovici and Wilson’s “Lost Gospel”. Why? Because it is likely this book (from some inside sources I have on the matter) will be delayed once again. But, read the... [Controversial] [Mark Goodacre] [simcha jacobovici]
This is not Jason Vickers. This is John Wesley.  Dr. Jason Vickers, president of the Wesley Theological Society and professor at United Theological Seminary, has a new blog: Voice from the Holler. I don’t agree with Vickers on everything – it... [biblioblogging] [Jason Vickers]

October 13, 6PM

There is an interesting article in the Telegraph, an excerpt about the man who found the lost epic of Gilgamesh. As I was reading it, it struck me as to how this played with Darwin’s beginnings of evolutionary science. Then, I came to this paragraph... [science] [Eduard Suess] [George Smith] [Gilgamesh]

October 11, 5PM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Religion and Politics] [civil religion] [ew jackson]


The fact that these soldiers were set up to die in a no return operation is obvious they had knowledge that Obama didn’t want leaked. This is the Seals that killed Osama Bin Laden. I don’t believe this story. He is alive call me crazy but, Osama Bin L... [Religion and Politics] [Barack Obama] [glenn beck] [Osama bin Laden] [Tea Party] [Zeeda Andrews]


Amazon gives you but a snippet - With an estimated 250 million adherents, the Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian body in the world. This absorbing account of the essential elements of Eastern Orthodox thought deals with the Trinity, Christ, s... [Books] [Andrew Louth] [Eastern Orthodox Church] [ivp-academic]

October 9, 9AM

The romanticized woodcut engraving of Flavius Josephus appearing in William Whiston’s translation of his works. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Tom has an update on Joe Atwill’s latest ‘project.’ But, I wanted to cover just a bit. In an ... [Controversial] [Joseph Atwill]


You can find it here. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts]
There is a deep need among many Evangelicals today to absolve themselves of a less-substantive religion and investigate something more profound. There is a longing for something more spiritual, mystical and overpowering. We see this manifested as more an... [Books] [The Mystics] [intervarsity press] [ivp-academic] [Jamin Goggin] [Kyle Strobel]

October 8, 5PM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [theology] [Martin Luther] [protestantism]


Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics is a much needed book; however, after several powerful essays, I arrive at two essays serving as a reminder of Evangelical viewpoints of Rome and the East. Bruce Demarest writes with the utmost condescension at bot... [Books] [Bruce Demarest] [James R. Payton]
With the increased use and power of digital imagery tools comes the increasingly frequent manipulation of these images for purposes ranging from humor to advertisement. Unfortunately, these purposes also include the manufacture of evidence to support revi... [Archaeology] [robert cargill]
It was in Antioch that the disciples first got the name of Christians. (REB) This is Luke’s very benign statement. It doesn’t tell us, or how, only that the Antiochenes called the followers of Jesus ‘Christians’ first. It is a pare... [Acts]

October 7, 2PM

Glad to see this announcement: T. F. Torrance was one of the most significant English-language theologians of the twentieth-century known extensively for his curatorship of the English translation of Barth’s Church Dogmatics but also for his own prodi... [Books] [Fortress Press] [t.f. torrance]


…some bad beats. Watson writes, What’s interesting about this is that it essentially reverses the role of scripture during the period of canonization. Scripture was used to teach the faith of the church, a faith one could locate in various fo... [theology]


Anthony Le Donne writes, My book The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals is now available in the UK and USA. This book is a critical treatment of Jesus’ marital status in historical memory and popular imagination. I incorporate research rel... [Books] [Anthony Le Donne]

October 5, 8PM

Found it one Reddit. Reminds me of what Candida Moss is facing over her interview with Bill O’Reilly and what everyone with a sane mind is facing when arguing with Right Wingers. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gosp... [Religion and Politics] [humor]

October 4, 5PM

During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so. via Shutdown Impacts Chapel Services. This is from an op-ed. Not an actual news story, and yet many are stating an opinion piece as fact... [Religion and Politics]
Looks like some forums are closing down. Good thing we have some to fill this space. Go here: The Early Writings forum picks up where ye olde “Biblical Criticism & History” of IIDB left off » Peter Kirby. My books are now available on Amazon. M... [biblioblogging]

October 3, 2PM

“We have sensationalist journalists who pose as archaeologists and like to latch onto these things. We have sensationalist fundamentalists who like to latch onto these things,” Joel L. Watts, an independent scholar of the New Testament, told The Media... [Archaeology]


The video speaks for itself, really — however, if you need another’s opinion, go here. There, in a few words, so many things wrong with Bill’s POV here, but Dr. Moss does a better job at attempting to get him to understand that any of us cou... [Religion and Politics] [bill o'reilly] [Candida Moss] [Killing Jesus]

October 2, 5PM

On the other hand, he does admit both Marian adoration and infant baptism is found in Matthew’ Gospel… My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Storie... [Other Posts] [humor] [jim west]


My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Religion and Politics]


Yup… And I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. The Pope: how the Ch... [Quotes] [Pope Francis I]


I’d like to say this is the craziest thing I’ve seen either from this particular person,or facebook in general, but alas… it is not. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Com... [Other Posts] [humor]
Icon Apocalypse (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My 3rd book is less autobiographical, not so academic, but theological. It is… Well… this is ONLY a working, raw, rough draft of the description. Much like the Book of Revelation, Watts aims to pull hi... [publications]

October 1, 5AM

079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993 (Photo credit: David Holt London) Tie it to football games. While the Government is shutdown, no more college or NFL football games. Granted, Mountaineer fans may see this as a win, but… Cancel all non-e... [Religion and Politics] [Government shutdown] [United States Congress]

September 30, 2PM

English: Ivrea, church of St. Antony abbott, the altar (Photo credit: Wikipedia) First, the pertinent part of St. Antony’s life: Thus tightening his hold upon himself, Antony departed to the tombs, which happened to be at a distance from the village... [Athanasius] [st. antony]

September 29, 4AM

Here. Go here. Dorothy King’s PhDiva: One Of Our Torahs Is Missing …. Please repost and share this. The more eyes to view Dr. King’s post, the more eyes to look for these missing scrolls. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic C... [Other Posts]

September 27, 11AM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [humor] [jim west]


Since the apostasy tyrannized over us unjustly, and though we were by nature the property of the omnipotent God, alienated us contrary to nature, rendering us its own disciples, the Word of God, powerful in all things, and not defective with regard to His... [Irenaeus]


Sometimes O’Reilly includes two versions of the same story so that Jesus repeats the same action or says the same thing twice. In this book, Jesus overturned the moneychanger tables twice, for example. He really doesn’t like bureaucrats. On other occa... [Society and Religion] [bill o'reilly] [Candida Moss] [Killing Jesus] [Martin Dugard]

September 26, 12 PM

The Fox News anchor explains in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that one night he awoke with the title of the book in his head. He says he believes he got that message from the Holy Spirit. via Bill O’Reilly: God Told Me To Write... [Controversial] [bill o'reilly] [Killing Jesus] [Martin Dugard]


On Sunday he made clear that he opposed cutting off debate — called cloture — unless the majority leader, Harry Reid, agreed that 60 votes be required to strip the bill of language that would gut the health care law. On “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Cruz... [Religion and Politics] [ted cruz]

September 25, 2PM

the missing verse… And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of M... [Other Posts]


Aaron Adair, the author of The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, takes issue with Bill and Martin’s take on the Star of Bethlehem, among other issues… See his review here: Bill O’Reilly is #killingjesus Scholarship–A Short Review | Fle... [Other Posts] [Aaron Adair] [bill o'reilly] [Killing Jesus]


I recently live blogged Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s latest book, Killing Jesus: A History. You can find them here. If you’ve read those, you can skip this. Simply put, there is nothing here beyond an attempt at agenda-driven drivel produce... [Books] [bill o'reilly] [Martin Dugard]

September 24, 5PM

I wouldn’t doubt this doesn’t get pulled soon… This is the stuff Star Trek was known for… My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Storie... [Religion and Politics]


Chapter 12 begins with the promise Jesus has but 6 days to live, appearing to use Luke as the primary source here, as the disciples pick only one colt, unlike the number of authors of this book. It is possible they are using C.S. Lewis (which brings to mi... [Books] [bill o'reilly] [Killing Jesus] [Martin Dugard]


Chapter 8 begins with the authors again dangling a carrot before us. There is a small amount of historical truth regarding the scene we think is familiar. I mean, people did go to the Temple during Passover. This time, instead of Luke, the authors decide ... [Books] [bill o'reilly] [Killing Jesus] [Martin Dugard]


Did you know John the Baptizer proclaimed in his message “this Christ… will punish you in the more horrible manner possible?” This is the claim of the authors as they open chapter 6. Indeed, and that the real reason the tax collectors we... [Books] [bill o'reilly] [Martin Dugard]


Chapter 5, like chapter 4, is set in the scene of Luke 2, where Jesus is lost in the Temple. Here, the authors are able to craft an apocryphal story, based on what they assume is a historical one — and not one modeled by the author on one found in Josep... [Other Posts] [bill o'reilly] [Martin Dugard]


Chapter 1 begins like well-written novels, describing a mad king bent on murdering any future rivals, or a novelistic accounting of the opening pages of Matthew and Luke. Most of this is benign and likely to be dramatized in the soon to appear National Ge... [Books] [bill o'reilly] [Martin Dugard]
This is the third book penned by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The previous two, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, both purport to be a factual account of the assassinations of two of the United State’s best known leaders. In actuality, ... [Books] [bill o'reilly] [Martin Dugard]

September 23, 6AM

English: Holy Thorn Reliquary; Resurrection of the Dead on the Last Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am no Wesleyan Scholar, so help me out here. First, this is an older post from Roger Olsen. Purgatory?  Well, perhaps that’s not a felicitous name for t... [theology] [John Wesley] [Purgatory]
Justin Martyr, laying down some mad gang signs yo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is sort of a repost, bringing back a post from 2009 to meet something we discussed this past week in Sunday School. Believe it or not, there is something of a structure to an... [Justin martyr] [liturgy] [Pliny the Younger] [Worship]
English: Overhead view of the Capitol Hill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Harbinger became a New York Times best-seller the first week of its release in early 2012 and has been circulated on Capitol Hill. The documentary version, called The Isaiah 9:10 Ju... [Religion and Politics] [capitol hill] [John Hagee] [Jonathan Cahn] [the harbinger]

September 21, 8AM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Quotes]

September 20, 4PM

I wrote it here. Note, I can only write something like 800 words. I cannot fit everything in. This is a start. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of... [publications] [Dalmanutha]

September 18, 12 PM

He concludes, He states himself that he is not an academic. Perhaps we should stop expecting him to argue like one. Granted, Simcha will not recant of his false accusations, his deceptions, and his hyperbolic notions of awards and titles, but at the very ... [Other Posts] [robert cargill] [simcha jacobovici]


Daniel concludes - Mr. Jacobovici is fabricating an ideological opponent and juxtaposing characterizations of our work to rhetorical jabs at that strawman in order to associate us with it and thus appeal to a growing and popular ideological community that... [Other Posts] [daniel o mcclellan] [simcha jacobovici]

September 17, 12 PM

Worship in the Early Church is a four-volume collection of excerpts from early Christian writings illustrating the Church’s liturgical practice in both East and West, from its Jewish beginnings through the end of the sixth century. Source material inclu... [Logos Bible Software] [Lawrence J. Johnson]


Plato. Luni marble, copy of the portrait made by Silanion ca. 370 BC for the Academia in Athens. From the sacred area in Largo Argentina, 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Following last week’s need to be hated by Rome (i.e., World System) we find Christi... [Apologetics] [Epistle to Diognetus] [Justin martyr] [Plato] [Sunday School]


Title$, position$… and the revi$ion of hi$tory. First, note this post… Hilarious. If you’ve followed the Simcha/Tabor fiasco, you’ll note the need to call into question certain items, especially related to Simcha’s interview ... [Archaeology] [Emile Puech] [james tabor] [Jonah Ossuary] [simcha jacobovici]


Millard Fillmore, the last Whig president (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Resolved, That the Whigs of the United States are assembled here by reverence for the Constitution, and unalterable attachment to the National Union, and a fixed determination to do all i... [Religion and Politics] [Millard Fillmore] [United States Constitution] [Whig Party]


My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [humor]

September 16, 5PM

Someone is cracking… My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Society and Religion] [simcha jacobovici]


Israel, Sea of Galilee (Lake of Tiberias) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Owen Jarus is reporting the discovery of a new town on the Sea of Galilee. It is very close to Magdal, and thus the immediate conclusion is to suggest it is Dalmanutha. A town dating back... [Archaeology] [Dalmanutha] [Ken Dark] [Owen Jarus] [Sea of Galilee]


So I won it via their twitter giveaways, but nevertheless, I wanted to give it a shout out Since David Hume, the interpretation of miracle stories has been dominated in the West by the binary distinction of fact vs. fiction. The form-critical method added... [Books] [Annette Weissenrieder] [Stefan Alkier] [Walter De Gruyter]


It has been shared in numerous venues, but Father Puech, a research giant in the Dead Sea Scrolls and latest victim of the Simcha propaganda machine, is now retracting much of his previously aired statements in support of the so-called Jonah fish. Fr. Pue... [Society and Religion] [Emile Puech] [james tabor] [simcha jacobovici]
Westboro Baptist Church at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, on the day of Pope Benedict’s address to the UN General Assembly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ignatius of Antioch, in writing to the church in Rome, concludes a passage with ... [Religion and Politics] [John Hagee] [John Piper] [Westboro Baptist Church]

September 14, 9AM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Devotional] [Pope Francis I]


Scanned from a copy of Josephus’ ‘The Jewish War’ dated 1888 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Roger concludes, In short, the argument put forward by Prof. Feldman is interesting but unconvincing.  The data does not require the hypothesis of Eu... [origen] [scholarship] [Celsus] [Josephus] [Testimonium Flavianum]

September 13, 8AM

It's like saying "Cargill Wins Academy Award for Best Picture", then revealing I won an award for participating in an AAR photograph contest — Dr. Robert R Cargill (@xkv8r) September 12, 2013 In light of all of this stuff here. My boo... [Quotes]

September 12, 1PM

this is the image of the real Cannes Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Daniel concludes, in part… It should be needless to say, but the title of Tabor’s blog post is entirely deceptive. Whether that deception was calculated or the product of... [Controversial] [james tabor] [Simcha Jacobivici]


I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless, irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinf... [Religion and Politics] [Fox News Channel]

September 11, 4PM

The Conscience (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Given that — and this is the key point — God’s mercy has no limits, if you go to him with a sincere and repentant heart, the issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience,” Franci... [atheism] [Pope Francis]


There is a lot that goes into preparing a sermon. You have to dig through layers of interpretation all the while attempting to evade your own inclinations and presuppositions. Logos appears to understand this age-old dilemma and is devoting much of its at... [Logos Bible Software]


Francis Watson’s newest tome, Gospel Writing, A Canonical Perspective, presents fresh ideas, refocuses others, and forces Gospel Critics into reconsidering cherished beliefs. It is a rather long examination of the totality of Gospel writing — includin... [Books] [Gospel Criticism] [Francis Watson] [William B. Eerdmans Publishing]


English: Ignatius of Antioch, ortodox icon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As you know, we are studying Church History. Before we move on to the ‘please, dear emperor, accept us’ I thought we’d take a break and study — Ignatius of Antioch T... [Ignatius of Antioch]

September 10, 1PM

“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I ... [Society and Religion]


Since the discussion is ongoing at the moment, I wanted to include several authors that have in some large way affected the way I think. Karl Barth James Cone Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza Tertullian Mary Douglas Clement of Alexandria Sarah Coakley John ... [theology]


This is not the Barth you are looking for. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I know… my response is going to get me some guffaws from some of my friends. Before you read what I have to say, read the original post here. via On Not Reading Barth: my measly re... [scholarship] [Karl Barth]

September 9, 2PM

Coat of Arms of Norway Español: Escudo de Noruega Suomi: Norjan vaakuna עברית: סמל נורבגיה Hrvatski: Grb Norveške Lietuvių: Norvegijos herbas Nederlands: Wapen van Noorwegen Polski: Godło Norwegii Русский: Норвегия гер... [Religion and Politics] [Australia] [Germany] [Norway]


Syria (Photo credit: Yishac – Isaac Alvarez i Brugada) The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said it welcomed a Russian proposal to avert U.S. military strikes by having Damascus turn over control of its chemical weapons to in... [Religion and Politics] [Bashar al-Assad] [Damascus] [Hillary Clinton] [John Kerry] [Syria]

12 PM

I haven’t broached it yet — thought I might. Here is the first image. More later. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual W... [Logos Bible Software]
You can find the item here. Note, this resource was not provided by Logos for a review. Given my recent use of it and current geopolitical issues, I felt like highlighting this was something useful.   My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic ... [Logos Bible Software] [C.E. Hammond] [F.E. Brightman] [liturgy]


The death of my only sister forced me to confront Sunday school religion and weigh it against a grown man’s faith, built on lament and laughter, hope and hurt, anger and anointing. I was forced to cast off childhood spirituality and drink from a deeper ... [theology] [Sunday School]


The description is here. 10 minutes is just not enough time, I tell you, just not enough time! Some of the key points I tried to stress is that I found the LBGs suitable for the mid-level entry into biblical scholarship. Let’s be honest for a momen... [Logos Bible Software]


English: Manuscript of Didache (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For the past few weeks in Sunday School, we’ve discusses the above named early Christian writings. We wrapped it up this past Sunday. Here are some thoughts… What are the things you need... [Epistle of Barnabas] [apostolic succession] [Clement of Rome] [didache]
Inside of the Roman Catholic Church in Újkér (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In calling only men as his apostles, Christ acted freely, emphasizing the dignity and the vocation of women, unafraid to challenge the prevailing customs and laws of the day. via Msg... [gender issues] [Roman Catholic Church]

September 7, 1PM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Religion and Politics] [Syria]

September 6, 8PM

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) is perhaps one of the most beloved characters from many of our childhoods. For those of you too young to remember, he was the guy with the soft, unassuming voice who brought us education and morality lessons disguised as puppet s... [publications] [Fred Rogers]


HT TB via FB My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [Syria]

September 4, 8AM

It be something like this… “This is not a real car.” “Kerygma is my Co-Pilot” “So Lutheran it Hurts” Feel free to add… My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introd... [Other Posts] [humor]


I found this rather odd… Starnes is calling the President a liar That’s not the odd part… The odd part is that people actually believe him. This is what the president really said today: (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesd... [Religion and Politics] [Syria] [Todd Starnes]
Others are reporting Simcha’s latest stupidity: Lately, I’ve been posting a lot about the Jews of Spain, the Inquisition and the “conversos” i.e., those Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism back in 1492. I’ve even traced world cha... [Society and Religion] [simcha jacobovici]

September 3, 4PM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) quickly tried to diffuse a controversy that popped up after aWashington Post photographer captured a shot of him playing poker on his iPhone during a Senate hearing on Syria Tuesday. (here) He reportedly lost a few thousand dol... [Religion and Politics] [john mccain] [Syria]


English: Theophanes III Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and Syria (1608-1644) Inscriptions marques : Lettre : “THEOPHANVS DEI GRATIA PATRIARCHA SANCTAE CIVITATIS IERVSALEM SYRIAE” (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai ... [Religion and Politics] [Beshara Rai] [Lebanon] [Syria]

12 PM

Official Emblem of The Evangelical United Brethren Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia) First, let me recommend the book Dr. Watson mentions in his post. Second, this is the move I wish many would take — restore doctrines. Get back to sound theology. Go bac... [theology] [David Watson] [United Methodist Church] [William J. Abraham]

September 1, 4PM

“We cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the president’s stated goal of (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad’... [Religion and Politics] [john mccain] [Lindsey Graham] [Syria]


“On [Saturday] the 7th of September, here [in St Peter’s Square], from 7 PM until midnight, we will gather together in prayer, in a spirit of penitence, to ask from God this great gift [of peace] for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situation... [Religion and Politics] [Pope Francis I]


Jim has a pretty telling admission Mr. Jacobovici may be called a Consortium “co-director,” but this is hardly the same thing as being co-director of the dig–something that would obviously require years of advanced education, as well as proven and... [Society and Religion] [Simcha Jacobivici]


BRITAIN allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, the Sunday Mail can reveal today. (Here) First, I’m not sure about how British papers work in regardless to their eleven of evidence before a story. I’ve... [Religion and Politics] [Syria]

August 30, 6AM

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never ... [Religion and Politics] [Dwight D. Eisenhower] [military-industrial complex] [Syria]

August 29, 6AM

Saint Bonaventure (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you could perceive the splendor and magnitude of this flame sent down from heaven, the refreshing breeze that came down with it, the consolation it poured forth; if you could understand the loftiness of Mary... [The Mystics] [Blessed Virgin Mary] [Saint Bonaventure]


Happy Birthday, Jim! My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [jim west]

August 28, 1PM

Disgusting. Can you believe what he says? It is about oil. We have no real foreign policy. We just like to fight. Africa is useless because it has no oil. This guy – a former U.S. Army General and major Democratic contender for President – is... [Religion and Politics] [africa] [donald rumsfeld] [Syria] [Wesley Clark]

12 PM

All I’m going to say is that I prefer the Greek, but I would love to know who on earth could see this as think something different — and I hope no ‘real’ scholar of Hebrew’ would misunderstand this tattoo as anything else but lov... [Other Posts] [simcha jacobovici]


English: Qumran refectory (locus 77) Français : Qumran réfectoire (locus 77) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Again, sorry for the brevity, just wanted to put this out there. By now, you know I am working on my 3rd book, one that is taking a different look at ... [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Revelation]


Chaldean Church (Photo credit: Hovic) The US-led military intervention against Syria would be “a disaster. It would be like a volcano erupting with an explosion meant to destroy Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine. And maybe someone wants this”. This is ... [Religion and Politics] [Chaldean Catholic Church] [Louis Raphael I Sako] [Syria]


Start about 1.26 The White House ruled out any military effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power on Tuesday as President Barack Obama ponders options in response to last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria. (here) You see, we... [Religion and Politics] [Bashar al-Assad] [Syria]

August 27, 4PM

English: The cross of the Russian Orthodox Church, U+2626. עברית: צלב הכנסייה האורתודוקסית הרוסית (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Once again, as was the case in Iraq, the US is acting as an international executioner,” Metro... [Religion and Politics] [Russian Orthodox Church] [Syria]

12 PM

English: Brasilia – The president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al-Assad during a visit to Congress Português do Brasil: Brasília – O presidente da República Árabe Síria, Bashar Al-Assad, em visita ao Congresso Nacional (Photo credi... [Religion and Politics] [Bashar al-Assad] [John Kerry] [Syria] [Weapon of mass destruction]


See Here: via Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: Hardback: C – Oxford University Press. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Storie... [Other Posts]
Thought I’d share. This is a picture of various concurrent, but with different perimeters, searches I am performing in Logos at the moment. It is not just one search feature, but several, as many as you could want I guess. I have search a book, a fe... [Logos Bible Software]

August 26, 4PM

Somehow, this fact seems relevant… And… guess who helped who gas people… in the 1980′s… We did. According to recently declassified CIA documents and interviews with former intelligence officials, the U.S. government had evid... [Religion and Politics]


Huntington University (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The truth is that Mr. Jacobovici holds the honorary title of “Co-Director of the Bethsaida Excavations” (along with ten other individuals) because he serves as the leader of the Huntingto... [Archaeology] [Bethsaida] [Huntington University] [simcha jacobovici] [Yuval Goren]


English: Stained Glass depiction of Revelation 3:20 “Jesus at the Door.” Window attributed to the Quaker City Glass Company of Philadelphia, 1912. Installed in St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolin... [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Revelation] [1Q27] [1QMysteries]


i REALLY want to see this: A clip from EWTN’s “Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings:’ A Catholic Worldview” portraying a debate between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on whether or not myths are lies. This debate was ultima... [Devotional] [C.S. Lewis] [jrr tolkien]


Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11)... [Other Posts] [eusebius of caesarea] [Serapion]

August 24, 9AM

Thomas Aquinas depicted in stained glass (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Well, isn’t this something… “And if,” Mr. Bottum writes, “heterosexual monogamy so lacks the old, enchanted metaphysical foundation that it can end in quick and painless ... [Religion and Politics] [gay marriage] [Joseph Bottum] [natural law] [Thomas Aquinas]


Blaustein Humanities Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia) He adds that the president’s approach “creates a moral hazard problem. What it signals to current and future loan borrowers is that I don’t have to take these repayment of loans very ... [Society and Religion]

August 23, 7AM

Português: Icone neo-Bizantino de São Barnabé (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It may be something of an overstatement to see the three books we are studying this week (for Sunday School) as showcasing the breadth of early Christian thought as centered in geo... [Epistle of Barnabas]


Last night, the Confessing Church within the UMC’s facebook outlet posted a nice picture. Note, this is not a diatribe against the basic principles of the Confessing Church Within the UMC nor the membership as a whole. This is, instead, an attempt ... [communion] [Confessing Church]

August 22, 6AM

English: Our Lady of Fatima. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thoug... [theology] [Immaculate Heart of Mary] [Our Lady of Fátima]

August 21, 5PM

Sundials (Photo credit: Kotomi_) Those who have magnified more recent controversies about the relations of science and religion, and who have projected them back into historical time, simply perpetuate a historical myth. The myth of a perennial conflict b... [science]
We are currently near 44 on the list, so you have to scroll down. Go here and up vote us, please. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spir... [biblioblogging]


Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows) portrait (Photo credit: On Being) We are starting to talk about Church History in Sunday School – aghast me maties! how dare it not be about the bible! I know, right, but since Christianity does not contain itself sol... [Church History]

August 19, 11AM

We recently announced that the Logos forums passed both the 100,000-user and the 500,000-comment thresholds. That’s a big deal—those numbers represent the worldwide community that’s sprung up around the importance of Bible study and the value of... [Logos Bible Software]
Jesus Christ Bobby (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You remember the guy who said he would live forever? No, that other guy. Yeah, he’s dead. The ex-wife of Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, who claimed to be Jesus Christ and founder of the Florida-based Growing... [Society and Religion] [jose luis de jesus miranda]


Stripped image of John Wesley (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On Friday, The Confessing Church in the United Methodist Church, said this about your’s truly. Christian Post reported on two United Methodist pastors who plan to start a new group to “ch... [theology] [John Wesley] [Mark Tooley] [United Methodist Church]
The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It is never too late to start this, right? So, here is m... [Religion and Politics] [2016]

August 18, 6AM

If people really knew the Bible, con-men like Joel Osteen and Ken Ham would be out of business. – Bryan Bibb Read the post… My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From ... [Quotes] [Bryan Bibb] [Joel Osteen] [Ken Ham]

August 17, 9PM

Via MC on Tumblr My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Controversial] [young earth creationism]


Northwest Nazarene University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For me, Christus Victor. We also need to give a proper place to Mary as Wesleyans… but I think J. Vickers could better speak to that, or maybe Pope Francis. (both good Wesleyans) From here: PLE... [Other Posts] [Atonement] [Jason E. Vickers] [Northwest Nazarene University] [Wesleyan Theological Society]


The great Latin poet, Virgil, holding a volume on which is written the Aenid. On either side stand the two muses: “Clio” (history) and “Melpomene” (tragedy). The mosaic, which dates from the 3rd Century A.D., was discovered in the ... [Logos Bible Software] [Latin]


Type C killer whales in the Ross Sea. The eye patch slants forward. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Killer whales (Orcinus orca) can be surprisingly finicky eaters. In the North Pacific and Antarctic, some feed only on fish; others, only on mammals—dietary pr... [science] [biology] [Killer whale] [Speciation]


Ancient North Americans gouged elaborate rock art into a heap of big boulders northeast of Reno, Nev., more than 10,000 years ago and perhaps 15,000 years ago. That makes the carvings the oldest known petroglyphs on the continent, according to a paper pub... [science]


My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [Egypt]

August 16, 9AM

I was fortunate enough to get these guys when they least expected: Or maybe they did, I dunno. But I also got this one of Brian from his first few days in Texas. He was hanging around with Rick Perry. Leport makes Gumbo My books are now available on Amaz... [Other Posts] [humor]
English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You can find the snipping here. This is my response. It is unedited. I am not feeling well, having eaten what I suspect was either some outdated cream cheese or worse. __ You know, Page Admin, you’ve could’ve... [theology] [Confessing Church] [Institute on Religion and Democracy] [United Methodist Church]

August 15, 10AM

Cliff posted a link to this on Facebook. The Theological Commons is a digital library of 76,717 books and journals on theology and religion, including 26,783 volumes from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Check it out here. My books are now avai... [Other Posts]

August 14, 10AM

Have you seen this? This is called Drunk History. They get people to, while drunk, tell history lessons. We totally need to do this at SBL. Drunk Theology. Get people to talk about theology while having imbibed one or three dozen alcoholic drinks.  ... [Other Posts] [humor]


No kidding… this is Jeremy getting ready for his SBL paper presentation. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in ... [Other Posts] [humor] [Jeremy Thompson]


“We are twenty ‘ears behind the country, but I wouldn’t trade places with nobody” Anyway, it is a decent, short, program on some of the uniqueness of the English in these hills. And remember, it is Appalachia, not Appalachia My boo... [Linguistics] [Appalachia]


Rush Limbaugh as drawn by Rex Lameray in July 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.” “You must be either agnostic or atheistic to b... [Religion and Politics] [climate change] [global warming] [rush limbaugh]

August 13, 7AM

Alaska Pipeline (Photo credit: martnpro) Two Roman Catholic communities, which collectively own more than 3,000 acres in Central Kentucky, are refusing to permit access to their historic properties for a proposed underground pipeline that would transport ... [Religion and Politics] [kentucky]
Watson’s seventh chapter, Reinterpreting in Parallel, examines the literary trajectory from Mark (and maybe before Mark) to John through Thomas and the afore-not-mentioned Gospel of Peter. Several of his conclusions are going to be rather essenti... [Books] [mimesis] [Francis Watson] [William B. Eerdmans Publishing]


I asked Siri if the NSA was spying I me. She didn’t answer In her usual sarcastic tone – “I can’t say.” Instead, she said this: And yes, Siri does call me Capt. Tight Pants. You got something to say about? My books are now... [Other Posts] [humor]

August 12, 2PM

Thanks to E on fb for this. The sources are at the bottom of the image My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperbac... [Other Posts]


So, for your daily science update start here. Then, go here: What does dark energy mean for the end of the universe?. So, scientists are speculating the universe may end — because of current quantum physics and stuff – in about 22 billion years. N... [science] [dark energy] [Higgs boson]


Why? Of course, he corrects himself… Wouldn’t want anyone to know that by rejecting Fear (fundamentalism) you are embracing Faith. (about 00:27) “When you reject fear, you have already embraced f…” HT And if you haven’t gotten a c... [Controversial] [John Hagee]


Michael Kruger asks Is the Gospel of John History or Theology? | Canon Fodder. But answers, in my opinion, wrongly. As a snippet, he relies too heavily on Richard Bauckham. For instance, he notes, “In the ancient world, good history was eyewitness h... [John] [Michael J. KRUGER]


If you could see my desk, you see Logos on several screens. But you cannot. Instead, you’ll have to live with this one, on my iPad. I haven’t figured it everything about it yet, but of my favorite features is the split screen. My books are no... [Logos Bible Software]
Yeah, that’s pretty darn cool My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [philosophy] [Plato] [The Cave]


English: Seal of Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to... [Religion and Politics] [Texas] [United States Department of Justice] [Voting Rights Act]

August 10, 6PM

You can read the article here: Progressive Methodists Hope to Change UMC’s Position on LGBT Issues From the Grassroots. And thanks to Jim for his send up as well. As one Facebook commenter said, we are going to have to address this issue first with ... [Other Posts] [The Communion]

August 9, 8AM

For decades the UMC has struggled with the place of doctrine in the life of the church. What should United Methodists believe, and why should we believe these things? How should we react when church members, clergy, and even bishops reject the core tenets... [Other Posts] [United Methodist Church]


As a member of a growing and Sunday School class — not the leader, as the leader is someone else in the class although I sometimes lead the discussion — I was rather excited to see this book. As a member of the United Methodist Church and in the Wesle... [Books] [Kregel Publications] [Steve R. Parr] [Sunday School]

August 8, 1PM

If you haven’t been following the Richard “Muslims ate Stooped” Dawkins, check out a tweet highlighted by Jim. The other day, Gov. and Rev. Mike Huckabee said, “Can someone explain to me why it is that we tiptoe around a religion t... [Religion and Politics] [Islam] [Mike Huckabee] [Richard Dawkins]


Thanks to Matthew for all of this! Raymond E. Brown, S.S. – Main Page. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in pap... [Other Posts] [Matthew Montonini] [Raymond E. Brown]


I wish this was a grand April Fool’s day joke, but it is not. HT This is a rehash of British-Israelism among other things, it seems. Um, no. To spend time debunking every point is to waste time on sheer anti-semitic stupidity. So just sit there. Lo... [Controversial] [Religion and Politics] [British-Israelism] [glenn beck]
Therefore the Gnostic prays in thought during every hour, being by love allied to God. And first he will ask forgiveness of sins; and after, that he may sin no more; and further, the power of well-doing and of comprehending the whole creation and administ... [publications] [The Mystics] [Clement of Alexandria] [Gnostic]


Simon Oliver and Tom O’Loughlin discuss what Christian theology means by the notion of a ‘sacrament.’ It is not simply a name for a set of rituals, but a way of looking at the world, human life, and the person of Jesus. My books are now ... [theology] [Simon Oliver] [Tom O'Loughlin]

August 7, 6PM

Their anger followed the comments made by prosecution lawyer Robert Colover. In sentencing, Judge Nigel Peters apparently accepted the suggestions that Wilson’s teenage victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was complicit in the abuse; despite h... [Society and Religion] [rape]
Some of you still like to read the Apostle Paul… so if you do, this looks like a good book for you: Ever since E. P. Sanders published Paul and Palestinian Judaism in 1977, students of Paul have been probing, weighing and debating the similarities... [Books] [Apostle Paul] [justification] [new perspective on Paul]
Wednesday, King reportedly told the audience that climate change “is not proven, it’s not science. It’s more of a religion than a science.” via Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’ | ThinkProg... [Religion and Politics] [climate change] [Steve King]


Enns (Photo credit: mag3737) or Ens? It started here with McGrath speaking about Brodie’s aptness to resort to parallelism, a term coined by Sandmel. The Shape responded here by saying, “It’s not the process of parallelomania that I dis... [scholarship] [James McGrath] [parallelism] [Peter Enns] [Petrus Ens] [Thomas L. Brodie]


Bloom calls it a move to protect “academic freedom.” The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Bloom as saying, “In the real world, outside of academia, scientific theory is up for all kinds of argument. I don’t think it’s right to exclude any particular... [Religion and Politics] [pennsylvania] [Stephen Bloom] [young earth creationism]

August 6, 11AM

English: Peresopnytsia Gospels. 1556-1561. Miniature of Saint Matthew. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So, I am trying not to go too far into the literary connections between Revelation and other parts of Scripture but if I do, I try to bring out the theologica... [communion] [publications] [Revelation]


Homer also gives him the epithets of murderous and Jacka-both-sides. Moreover, Chrysippus, explaining the name of this Deity, fixes a villanous accusation upon him. For, says he, Ares is derived from ἀναιρεῖν, which signifies to destroy; thereby... [theology] [Plutarch]


My working – and this is super secret so don’t tell anyone because I haven’t done the research yet to back it all up – thesis, in part, is to suggest John wrote in such a way as to close the Torah of the Gospels. I will maintain a ... [Books] [Doctoral Work] [John] [Adam Winn] [Egerton Fragment] [Francis Watson] [William B. Eerdmans Publishing]

August 5, 6AM

This is supposed to be a tad bit ironic and/or humorous while allowing me to add something else to the category. It is something I want to keep a record of, and not necessarily something I’m going to expound upon right now. #holla But one of the sol... [Doctoral Work] [John] [maccabees]
Abram is getting reading for a carnival of sorts: Words on the Word | Announcing the Septuagint Studies Soirée. Maybe I’ll resurrect my Sirach commentary series My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Intro... [Septuagint]

August 4, 11AM

Peter Capaldi (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oddly enough, Capaldi (a Scottish actor) was suspected before today’s announcement but because of an unlittered URL at the BBC site many assumed Aneurin Barnard. [media] [Aneurin Barnard] [Doctor Who] [Peter Capaldi]

August 2, 8AM

I haven’t covered this for a while, but I see Tony Breeden is now attacking the Apostle Paul and Jesus by way of James McGrath. On Tony’s FB page, he writes, He is referring back to this post. But what is the “basic doctrine of the Chri... [theology] [Apostle Paul] [James McGrath] [Resurrection of the dead] [rosary] [Tony Breeden]
Title page of Book of Common Prayer, Scotland 1637 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) While working on my current project, I changed the design just a bit. Why? I knew I would take chapters 2-3 and 17-18 in Revelation as prayers of confession. Well, I liked this f... [publications] [forms of prayer] [John Wesley] [Roman Catholic Church]


My goal is to not disparage this entire book as one might hope. I do think that given the breadth of scholars involved, it deserves some measure of attention. Now that it is in paperback form, it is more acce$$ible to the average reader than the previous ... [Books] [historical Jesus] [jim west] [mythicism] [Thomas L. Thompson] [Thomas Verenna]


Can you feel me? (Found via FB) My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [humor]

August 1, 8PM

The more I read, the less I believe anyone in the near future will have enough newness to add to the discussion. Watson is slowly taking all ground in the discussion of Gospel writing. Anyway, while continuing to read Watson’s chapter on Thomas, I w... [Books] [Gospel Criticism] [Gospel of Thomas] [Francis Watson] [John Horman] [Mark Goodacre] [Q]


We’re the NSA (Photo credit: KAZVorpal) Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up a... [Religion and Politics] [Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution] [Michele Catalano] [National Security Agency] [pressure cookers] [USA Patriot Act]


Archaeologists digging at an old church site in Turkey say they found a stone chest containing a relic that may be a part of the wood cross on which Jesus died. Archaeologist: Wood relic found in Turkey may be piece of Jesus’ cross – ... [Archaeology] [Balatlar Church] [Gulgun Koroglu] [Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University] [Turkey]

July 31, 11AM

Brian LePort, my arch-nemesis and all around bad guy, asked this morning about the last two pages of T. Michael Law’s book, When God Spoke Greek.1 He has asked other theological questions regarding the Septuagint before, so this is nothing new. In ... [Septuagint] [T. Michael Law]


I’m posting this under my new category of doctoral work. I will use this as a way to track different things that come to my attention I will need as I explore my thesis.  And several thrilling chapters where I was able to watching Francis Watson d... [Books] [Doctoral Work] [Francis Watson] [Gospel of Thomas] [William B. Eerdmans Publishing]

July 30, 12 PM

Adam and Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia) HOW DID THEY GET BELLY BUTTONS!!! OMJB “A church without women is like the apostolic college without Mary. And our Lady is more important than the apostles.” He said frankly that the door is closed to women’s o... [theology] [Blessed Virgin Mary] [Pope Francis I] [Roman Catholic Church]
I want to first thank my friend for calling attention to this lingering issue I have. I have also wanted to issue a friendly challenge for some time about some of the rhetoric often on your blog about all the scholarly dupes who buy into the “mythical b... [biblioblogging]


By now, you know the story of Alsan and Fox News. Here, in part, is Le Donne’s words: …I have now read the book and I can say (without question) that Zealot is not written by an author conversant with the field of NT studies or Second Temple J... [Society and Religion] [Anthony Le Donne] [Reza Aslan]


This is really a great article: I Wonder If Sunday School Is Destroying Our Kids – Beliefs of the Heart. However, I’m not sure I would characterize the stories as the author did. How Abraham was an idol worshiper and God loved him and pursued... [Christian Education] [Sunday School]
This seems to be something of a question in Anthony Le Donne’s forthcoming book, The idea that Jesus was married continues to fascinate. Look no further than Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code for evidence. Or indeed Harvard Professor Karen King’s re... [Books] [Anthony Le Donne] [historical Jesus]

July 29, 3PM

Someone doesn’t understand Catholicism’s view on natural law… Nor did they hear the Holy Father say Mary was above the Apostles… and that the theology of women needs to be defined. Game.Set.Match. My books are now available on Amaz... [Other Posts] [humor] [jim west]


This is going to be awesome. This 3-volume encyclopedia, produced by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries, covering 8 centuries of the Christian church and addressing such topics as ... [Books] [Church History] [ivp-academic]
You can find it here: Are the Gospels Made-up? | Joel L. Watts. I wonder how long before criminal asstermind David Tee comments? My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to... [Other Posts]


By now, you’ve heard of the ‘interview’ of Dr. Reza Aslan by “religion correspondent” Lauren Green of Fox News. It was awful for a number of reasons, not least in which the interviewer questioned the interviewee about his qu... [Religion and Politics] [Fox News Channel] [Lauren Green] [Reza Aslan]


Zondervan Church History Collection (7 vols.) - I’ve got a suspicion. I suspect — and maybe I am projecting — you may not know a lot about Church History. But, who can blame you? There are 2,000 years of it to cover! I usually get to the fourth ... [Logos Bible Software]


Maybe not the real Jim West, but at the very least a Jim West… who believes in infant baptism, just like Zwingli did. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Fait... [Other Posts] [humor] [jim west]
In a press conference he reportedly gave, and Reuters reported accurately translated, he says: “They say they exist. If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” he added. “The Catechism of the Catholic Chur... [Religion and Politics] [Pope Francis I] [Roman Catholic Church]

July 28, 10AM

Let us not forget the substance of his book. If you haven’t seen nor heard of this interview, Fox News’ “religious correspondent tries to savage Reza Asland, author of a new book about the historical Jesus in which he claims Jesus was a ... [Society and Religion] [Fox News] [historical Jesus] [Lauren Green] [Reza Aslan]
It’s the church in Louisiana, as mentioned in my essay in From Fear to Faith, Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls. Why you say? Because they thought it advocated rock-n-roll. No, seriously. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism an... [Other Posts] [humor]

July 27, 9AM

“I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. ... [Quotes] [Pope Francis I]

July 25, 11AM

My good friend, Jim, has, once again, just reposted something without first digging into it. He quotes from here which just summarizes from here, One News Now. Unfortunately, One News Now just gets their information second hand — from Pastor Charles Flo... [Religion and Politics] [Alliance Defending Freedom] [american family association] [Charles Flowers] [San Antonio]


This is a series from Josh Mann! Press ‘Publish’: Start an Academic Blog – Joshua L. Mann. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting S... [biblioblogging] [Joshua L. Mann]

July 24, 11AM

I want you to start here, with Jim. He suggests the Huffington Post is “a beloved source of misinformation and stupidity” and compares it to Fox News. This is really laughable because the Huffington Post contains some dedicated journalists, bu... [Technology] [George Alexander Louis] [Huffington Post] [International Business Times]


Hasn’t Jim read the bible? Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. (John 19.27, NASB) This disciple is us, Jim! Us. Not only this, but to imply that this is purely... [theology] [Heinrich Bullinger] [Huldrych Zwingli] [Virgin Mary]


This is a rather long book and this is going to be a rather long series of reflections. Snippets really.  Part One, The Eclipse of the Fourfold Gospel, is filled with expert analysis of the criticism of the Gospels from Augustine to Schleiermacher. I am... [Books] [Gospel Criticism] [Francis Watson] [William B. Eerdmans Publishing]


Apply Faithlife’s searching power, study notes, and multimedia to the familiar ESV Bible—free for a limited time. We’re proud to offer one of the most universally loved English translations to all FSB app users in partnership with Crossway Publishin... [Logos Bible Software]

July 23, 6PM

This…. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [humor] [Jeremy Thompson]


The Rev. Chris T. and I have responded to an op-ed by John Lomperis via HuffPost – Religion. a very ironic picture of John Lomperis Related articles Lomperis defends UM marriage teaching ( My books are now available on A... [Religion and Politics] [Institute on Religion and Democracy] [John Lomperis] [United Methodist Church]

July 21, 9AM

This post is part of the blog tour. I am reviewing/reflecting on the first two chapters. I must note that I am quite biased to this book, having read an early draft, the final draft, and having my name mentioned in the acknowledgements. Equally so, I am p... [Books] [Septuagint]

July 20, 5PM

Creed (Photo credit: ThunderKiss Photography) Very early in the life of the church, creeds and doctrinal statements became tools in the hands of political and religious leaders to control crowds and dominate others. Creeds Kill – Till He Comes. Ther... [creeds]


Ken Ham maintains that without a proper understanding of Genesis 1-3, you don’t know the Gospel and thus implies you aren’t saved. Pastor Jim Scott of Fidelis Christian Church now says you have to know/believe the proper thing about Romans 1-4... [Controversial]


That guy with the odd name that cannot be his own has written a post YOU ALL SHOULD READ. He writes, in part Thomas Brodie gave a great display in intellectual honesty in the publication of his last book and he was crucified (ahem!) for it. via It’s... [Society and Religion] [Thomas L. Brodie]

July 19, 9AM

“In the book of Revelations it talks about if you don’t take the mark of the beast you pretty much can’t participate in the world’s economy,” Steve went on to say. “The correlation was just there, if you didn’t we... [Religion and Politics] [mark of the beast]
The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So, this is not everyone’s cup o’tea and some may disagree. That’s fine. Let’s talk.... [Romans]

July 18, 4PM

“The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David,” said professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who led the excavations. “This is indisputable proof of the existence of a centra... [Archaeology] [hebrew university of jerusalem] [Khirbet Qeiyafa] [King David] [Saar Ganor] [Yosef Garfinkel] [Yossi Garfinkel]


I wanted to write this for first to start my thought process and second, perhaps, for discussion: Matthew        94/78 Mark               150/151 Luke               13 John               163 Acts         ... [John] [Mark] [Revelation] [historical present] [New Testament Greek] [Steve Runge]

July 17, 1PM

There is not much to tell just yet — I’m not associated with it — but it is a collection of short stories. See something of it here and watch for more news Look! Show and Tell! | Esse Diem. Here is the publisher. My books are now available on Am... [Books] [west virginia]

12 PM

We are on track to complete the first-ever translations of some of Aquinas’ most crucial works and make them available on Verbum. This means that you can be among the very first to read, study, and glean wisdom from these fully-translated works in the E... [Logos Bible Software] [Thomas Aquinas]

July 16, 5PM

There is hope in the form of a recently published work, The Address of Happiness. In this book, author and former Hollywood executive David Paul Kirkpatrick tells a story of true love the time-honored way, using the basic elements of our humanity to brin... [media] [David Paul Kirkpatrick] [Hollywood] [movies] [Stephen Simon]


This seems to be a day for it… Anyway, there are three posts I want to call your attention to. The first is by Rick who has posted it here. The second is here, posted by a student of Brodie and all around great guy, Gislebertus Hieronymus Anonymous... [scholarship] [historical Jesus] [mythicist] [Thomas Verenna]


James McGrath has a post up responding to recent posts in response to his review of Thomas L. Brodie‘s recent memoir recounting his years of academia and announcing he is a mythicist. I encourage you to read it. He writes, In the same way, Brodie in... [scholarship] [historical Jesus] [mythicism]
IRD logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’m trying to make sense out of Barton Gingerich’s latest post at the IRD blog. He opens with But how much do we know about them? Yes, they make it above the centerfold on the front page, but what else? It... [Religion and Politics] [bart Gingerich] [Institute on Religion and Democracy] [Westboro Baptist Church]

July 15, 1PM

John Witherspoon (Photo credit: cliff1066™) Logos is releasing The Works of John Witherspoon through their community pricing program.1 I don’t care. Well, I didn’t until I saw a friend of mine on facebook post a link to this post. I’... [Logos Bible Software] [John Knox] [John Witherspoon] [Princeton University] [United States Declaration of Independence]


You can also get this book from Kregel, here. This is not a review, mind you, just some thoughts on Rainer’s interview with Steve R. Parr, author of the book. It is okay to take things away… You know, if you dislike one statement it doesn̵... [Books] [Kregel Publications] [Steve R. Parr] [Sunday School] [Thom Rainer]

July 12, 2PM

Think (Photo credits: My new best buddy Neil has written a bit on my acceptance of Thomas Brodie‘s work in my book, Mimetic Criticism. I called Brodie’s work a masterpiece among other things. When Brodie first announced... [scholarship] [Dennis MacDonald] [homer] [mythicism] [Thomas L. Brodie]

July 11, 8PM

Theologian Charles Hodge, a critic of Darwin’s theories, also praised Darwin for his intellectual honesty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Because of reading several polls on why people are leaving the Church, I’ve maintained for a while part of the... [Christian Education] [anti-intellectualism] [charles hodge] [Joel Osteen] [Sunday School] [Todd Bentley]


Geoff said this on Facebook: I’d be happy if they got one year of formal education.. it would be a start. Hell, we have to go to school for at least 12 years in NZ before we’re considered educated enough to live in the secular world.. we give ... [Christian Education] [theology]

12 PM

A review for From Fear to Faith: This anthology of intelligent and poignant stories carries an incredible wallop! As I read page after page at lightening speed, I realized that I was seeing myself in all these stories. The great and gentle-thinking Evang... [publications]


The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most venerated of Orthodox Christian icons of the Virgin Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Continuing with a post(al) thought from yesterday, I am reminded that many Reformers allowed for Mary’s place in Ch... [Reformation] [theology] [Huldrych Zwingli] [Perpetual Virginity of Mary] [Virgin Mary]

July 10, 4AM

I believe that he was made man, joining the human nature with the divine in one person; being conceived by the singular operation of the Holy Ghost, and born of the blessed Virgin Mary, who, as well after as before she brought him forth, continued a pure ... [theology] [John Wesley] [mary] [Perpetual Virginity of Mary] [Roman Catholic Church]

July 9, 7AM

Life-size statue of John Wesley on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “And education under Pythagoras or Socrates had no other end, but to teach children to think and act as Pythagoras and Socrat... [Christian Education] [theology] [John Wesley] [Pythagoras] [Socrates] [United Methodist Church]


There is an unfortunate but constant refrain from both inside and outside Christianity. From the inside, we wrestle with what we perceive to be a barbaric God, complete with genocide and other murderous mayhem. From the outside, we are roundly attacked, r... [Books] [Geth Allison] [Heath A. Thomas] [intervarsity press] [ivp-academic] [Jeremy Evans] [Just War Tradition] [Paul Copan]
Part of the official book description: Austin Farrer has often been described as the one genius that the Church of England produced in the twentieth century. He wrote and spoke widely as a philosophical theologian, a biblical scholar and as a preacher. Fa... [Books] [Austin Farrer] [Religious Studies Review] [Robert Titley]


But, if I may be so blunt, I am bothered that many people (including students and scholars) know next to nothing about a subject I think is quite important for religious and cultural history. via Clearing up some things about When God Spoke Greek | ※tim... [Books] [T. Michael Law]

July 5, 6AM

Let’s be honest… my attention span is short for long series of blogposts on the same topic. But, this is the first encyclical from Pope Francis and I wanted to look at it. You can’t, I mean, in one sitting, and one blog post. The pdf is ... [theology] [Lumen fidei] [Pope Francis I]
Saw this on FB: “People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state —... [Quotes] [Abraham Joshua Heschel]

July 4, 7AM

this is a repost… so some of the links may be dead. Michael Gorman posts several baby steps away from Civil Religion, which is rampant here in the States. It is a religion which confuses Calvary with the Constitution. 2. Begin every conversation abo... [Religion and Politics] [4th of July] [civil religion] [July 4th]
Image via Wikipedia July 4th, the day in which American’s celebrate something. Independence was approved on the 2nd, but the text was not approved until the 4th, although the last signatures came months later, and actual freedom still years later. ... [Religion and Politics] [Age of Enlightenment] [Baruch Spinoza] [declaration of independence] [John Locke] [July 4th]
I am not a very patriotic person – I do not wave the flag, pledge allegiance to it, or constantly declare that this is the greatest country on earth. This is not God’s country. I do my best to separate my theology from my politics, which has l... [Religion and Politics] [4th of July] [civil rights] [civil war] [declaration of independence] [July 4th] [patriotism]

July 3, 11AM

Scott Bailey brought this to my attention. I mention him because he and I have discussed this on twitter. The newly re-launched Top 50 has attached categories… One of those categories is ‘Atheist, Agnostic, Satirical’ That’s an odd... [biblioblogging]
English: 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, page 1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they res... [Religion and Politics] [Equal Protection Clause] [Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution] [United States Supreme Court]


Bone marrow embolus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Two men who had grueling bone marrow treatments for cancer are enjoying a happy side effect: They appear free of the AIDS virus, researchers reported on Wednesday. (here) In reading many of the comments around... [science] [AIDS] [bone marrow] [David Barton] [Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation] [HIV]


See here: Classes Available. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts]
This is a video review of 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, with Slides (5 vols.), a new volume from Logos. Overall, I found it quite delightful, filled with quotes from across the centuries. It did make me sad, however, when you realize the theologians of ... [Logos Bible Software] [Elizabeth Vince] [Elliot Ritzema] [Rebecca Brant]
Saw this on Facebook… I’d add ‘the appeal to authority.’ My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is i... [Other Posts] [logical fallacy]

July 2, 10AM

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States Polski: Fragment preambuły Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My good and honourable friend quotes from a story, saying The Constitution does not guarantee the righ... [Religion and Politics] [Equal Protection Clause] [John Marshall] [Marbury v. Madison] [United States Constitution]


Cato the Younger (Rome character) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We know the familiar hymn found embedded in Paul’s Dio Chrysostom-like-letter to the Philippians, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be... [Philippians] [Cato the Younger] [Dio Chrysostom] [historical Jesus] [Julius Caesar] [Lucan] [Stoicism]


Sometimes, I fear posting certain things because people have a rather black and white view of the world But, here you go Have you watched it? If you don’t know who he is, look him up. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and th... [science] [Rupert Sheldrake]
Many people do not know the difference between tradition and Tradition. It is not just a stylistic preference, but one meant to give a greater meaning to the word when used by particular Christians with particular reasons. This is only one of the many are... [Books] [Baker Academic] [Edith M. Humphrey]

July 1, 5PM

You get slides…! My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Logos Bible Software]


There are 39 Articles of Faith for the Anglican Church. One in particular is my focus this week: Article VI. Of the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation Holy Scriptures containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not re... [Inerrancy] [Anglican communion] [John Wesley] [Thirty-Nine Articles]


I was speaking to my rather elderly neighbor yesterday and a topic involving Leviticus and Deuteronomy came up. This is how I explained the difference: Leviticus presents a ritualistic (priestly/land) holiness Deuteronomy presents a political holiness T... [Deuteronomy] [Leviticus]
In my short time with Logos, I had long hoped for a more classics-centered focus, bundles or the what-not. Looks like they’ve answered my secret ruminations. Noet is a suite of tools and texts for scholarly work in the classics. The mobile and web a... [Logos Bible Software]

June 29, 4PM

But I also object to the word “evolutionist.” Evolution is not my philosophy. It is not my religion. It is not an article of my religious faith, though the fearless pursuit of accurate knowledge is. via Of Creation, Evolution, and Worship « Threads f... [theology] [evolution]


I guess because they can neither confirm nor deny the existence of my records because such knowledge would destroy the United States of America. Related articles Judicial Watch: FOIA release shows CFPB conducting “warrantless surveillance”... [Religion and Politics] [Freedom of Information Act] [National Security Agency]


My good friend James McGrath doesn’t seem to follow the trail of what happened. He writes, in part, …Joel’s copyright complaint and his attempt to remove the Creative Commons notification on his posts after the fact… This incident, and... [biblioblogging] [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] [James McGrath] [Neil Godfrey]

June 28, 7PM

Via TB on FB My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [humor]


WordPress logo blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you haven’t heard, Neil’s website is (most likely temporarily) suspended. Under DMCA, you cannot quote in full unless authorized. There is a process then to ask for removal ONLY of the content c... [Other Posts]


The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you haven’t read Psalm 74.1-23 go ahead and give it a read. I’ll wait. Done? (note, this is a quick post to get an idea down on paper) In Psalm 74, labeled in the NAB ... [Psalms] [Psalm 74] [Solomon's Temple]
Posting this for discussion. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [publications]

June 27, 9AM

English: Painting, 1856, by Junius Brutus Stearns, Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Person A is (claimed to be) an authority on subject S. Person A makes claim C about subject S. The... [Religion and Politics] [Defense of Marriage Act] [gay marriage] [logical fallacy] [Supreme Court of the United States]

June 25, 7PM

Overprecision — excessive confidence in the accuracy of our beliefs — can have profound consequences, inflating investors’ valuation of their investments, leading physicians to gravitate too quickly to a diagnosis, even making people intolerant of d... [science] [mythicism]


Karl Marx once wrote and then scratched out these words: We know only a single science, the science of history. One can look at history from two sides and divide it into the history of nature and the history of men. The two sides are, however, inseparable... [Society and Religion] [karl marx] [ken ham answers in genesis] [young earth creationism]


There came a time in this brief, beautiful book that I sat in my chair, looked out my sixth floor window and wondered if it made sense to continue. A sudden burst of emotion had sprang from the pages to knock me back, to wet my eyes just enough to say it ... [Books] [David Paul Kirkpatrick]


there are times you just can’t help stupidity… mythicism falls into this category, but… So Bahumuth, one blessed with a special kind of mythicism, tweeted this regarding my use of the phrase “science of history.” The “s... [scholarship] [science of history]

June 24, 10AM

English: One possible way the Higgs boson might be produced at the Large Hadron Collider. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I posted a humorous little picture. My friend, Dr. James McGrath reposted it. He has made some comments on it there as well. His first comm... [science] [Deism]


Stripped image of John Wesley (Photo credit: Wikipedia) These are stanzas 18 and 19 of his sermon, linked to below: A second sort of enthusiasm is that of those who imagine they have such gifts from God as they have not. Thus some have imagined themselves... [Reformation] [enthusiasm] [John Wesley]
Growing up, we encountered these types… where the tongue talkers could teach others. Of course, we didn’t do that. It was natural for us. At least this guy is honest. What? Q.) Didn’t we do it naturally as well? A.) Richard Dawkins/ Re... [Controversial] [glossalia] [Richard Dawkins] [speaking in tongues]


Cecilia Bartoli, after a concert performance of “La Cenerentola”, Salle Pleyel, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my recent piece on the Historical Jesus, I chose to use these words: …just a story told like other divine imaginations, to... [Linguistics] [Bernard Berenson] [Bienvenido Lumbera] [Cecilia Bartoli] [Etty Hillesum] [Graham Parker] [William Safire]

June 23, 11AM

Either Jeremy doesn’t like the Roman Catholic Church, or he doesn’t read Scripture. My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spir... [Other Posts] [humor] [Jeremy Thompson]

June 22, 9PM

My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [humor]


According to J0hn 8.44, Satan is the father of lies. Clearly one who leaves comments like this and one who uses different aliases must be a son of the devil, a true son of the murderer. This is Little Honey Tee Tee to a, well, T. When you trumpet yourself... [Controversial] [David Tee]
As originally published 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly (Photo credit: Wikipedia) But cracks in this consensus are appearing with growing frequency, for example in studies like America Aflame, by historian David Goldfield. Goldfield states on the first page ... [scholarship] [American Civil War] [David Goldfield]


Logos’s bible guides looks like, from a quick look on the iPad a fantastic way to connect and use all of your resources… This is from the volume on Colossians. The locked one are those resources I don’t have. The open book, well, you kn... [Logos Bible Software]


It is likely some of the most widespread and oldest art in the United States. Pieces of rock art dot the Appalachian Mountains, and research by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, anthropology professor Jan Simek finds each engraving or drawing is strateg... [science] [Appalachian Mountains] [Cumberland Plateau] [Jan Simek] [University of Tennessee]


  My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Other Posts] [dexter] [Game of Thrones] [humor]
Received this from University of Pennsylvania Press When the rabbis composed the Mishnah in the late second or early third century C.E., the Jerusalem Temple had been destroyed for more then a century. Why, then, do the Temple and its ritual feature so pr... [Books] [Naftali S. Cohn] [University of Pennsylvania Press]

June 21, 7PM

Cover via Amazon If you have lived under a rock and away from pop culture for the past decade, you have missed the rise of Zombies in media. There is the Walking Dead, among other things. A few years ago, there was this book, World War Z, that took a diff... [media] [brad pitt] [Walking Dead] [World War Z]


My books are now available on Amazon. Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback or Kindle [Religion and Politics] [civil liberties] [patriot act]

June 20, 12 PM

well, sometimes i do, but when i read some comments, like the ones posted here and at huff post… from people who have otherwise engaged with me in the past… i just don’t. beau said, Watt’s article was annoying to me because he a... [biblioblogging]


Sandro Botticelli, Magnificat, 1480-81, tempera on panel, Uffizi Gallery, Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am doing this work in stages, deciding that going chapter by chapter is too taxing and would likely lead to writer’s block. The first stag... [publications]

June 19, 10AM

English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia) That’s a difficult question for many to read. It could mean, possibly, this author believes Jesus was not real or at least has doubts as to the... [scholarship] [historical Jesus] [mythicism]

June 18, 6PM

I usually reserve such RSS-news stories for this blog’s facebook page, but this seemed to annoy Jim… Senior Roman Catholic and Lutheran officials announced on Monday they would mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 as a shared ... [Society and Religion] [Lutheran World Federation] [Roman Catholic Church]


Okay, so to be honest, I hated calling it the “Civil War.” It wasn’t civil by any sense of the word… Anyway, here is a link to my latest on Huff Post. Comments are turned off here… go there. I won’t read the comments th... [Religion and Politics] [2016] [Chris Christie] [Hillary Clinton]