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December 12 2017, 3PM

Here are all my notes on Romans.____________________________________I. Introduction1. Romans 1:1-15II.1 Who is Justified?II.1.1 Humanity's Problem2. Romans 1:16-173. Romans 1:18-324. Romans 2:1-3:20II.1.2 God's Solution5. Romans 3... [Concentrated Romans] [explanatory notes] [Romans]

12 PM

The last in the series.Romans 7:1-8:39A. The function of the Jewish Law (7:1-25)7:1-25. Romans 6 has addressed the question of sin. If we are not deemed right with God initially on the basis of our own righteousness, "Should we continue in sin that grace ... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans] [Romans 7]

December 10, 7AM

Almost done.____________________________________I. Introduction1. Romans 1:1-15II.1 Who is Justified?II.1.1 Humanity's Problem2. Romans 1:16-173. Romans 1:18-324. Romans 2:1-3:20II.1.2 God's Solution5. Romans 3:21-31Romans 4:1-5:1... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans]

December 9, 6PM

I have a chapter in my book, A Brief Guide to Philo, showing parallels between Philo and the New Testament. I continue to believe that my book is the best intro for the complete beginner, and it has been translated into Russian and Korean. With regar... [Philo]

1AM

Study notes on Romans continue.I. Introduction1. Romans 1:1-15II.1 Who is Justified?II.1.1 Humanity's Problem2. Romans 1:16-173. Romans 1:18-32___________________________________C. Jews have sinned too (2:1-29)Paul now turns the tables on a... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans] [Romans 2]

December 8, 4AM

This is the last section of Romans, although I still have a few holes to plug.Romans 15:14-16:27A. Closing (15:14-33)These verses close the body of the letter. The earliest papyrus manuscript of Paul's letters (p46) also puts the doxology of 16:25-27 here... [Concentrated Romans] [Junia] [Romans] [Romans 16; Phoebe]

December 7, 5AM

See the bottom for the whole series.II.3 What about Israel?Romans 9-11A. Paul's love for his people (9:1-5)This is the third and final section of the first half of Romans. The first section addressed the question of "Who will be justified before God and h... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans] [Romans 11:26] [Romans 9]

December 6, 4AM

See the bottom for the whole series.Romans 14:1-15:13This section finishes showing the Romans what a transformed mind looks like. It also finishes the main body of Romans. In particular, these two chapters deal with Christian disagreements.Paul postures t... [Concentrated Romans] [disputable matters] [Romans]

December 5, 5AM

Previous posts at bottomII.2 What about Sin?Romans 5:12-6:23A. StructureSo the first half of Romans is the teaching, doctrinal, or expositional part of Romans (1:16-11:36). Within that first half we have three sections, which address three questions a Jew... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans] [Romans 5] [Romans 6]

December 4, 3AM

See bottom for the entire series.__________Romans 12:1-13:14I. The General Statement (12:1-2)Romans 12 begins the second major section of Romans. If 1:16-11:36 was the expositional, theological, "teaching" section, 12:1-15:33 is the exhortation, "practica... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans] [Romans 13]

December 3, 7AM

Previously1. Romans 1:1-152. Romans 1:16-17Romans 1:18-32A. Structure of RomansThe book of Romans has two major halves. There is a logical cause-effect relationship between them signaled by the word "therefore" in 12:1. If the first half is true (1:16-11:... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans] [Romans 1]

December 2, 7PM

Romans in bullet points.Romans 1:1-15A. The Prescript (1:1-7)1:1. Romans 1:1-7 is the prescript of Romans, part of the traditional letter greeting of the ancient world. We know this especially from the Oxyrhynchus papyri, ordinary Greco-Roman documents di... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans]

4AM

Doing a little summary work on Romans.1. Romans 1:1-152. Romans 1:16-173. Romans 1:18-3:20______________Romans 3:21-313:21. Given the Jewish background in Psalms, Isaiah, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the first thing someone like Paul would mean when using th... [Romans] [Romans 3:21-26] [Romans 3:25]

December 1, 1AM

I've taught two classes this semester that go through Romans. A couple times I've thought, "I should take all the talking points and put them in a long bulleted list." Here are my main talking points on the key verses of Romans, 1:16-17Romans 1:16-17Argua... [Concentrated Romans] [Romans 1:16-17]

November 25, 8PM

Here are my favorite quotes from Shakespeare:__________________________Richard III"Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York."Richard II"This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."Romeo and Juliet"Parting ... [Shakespeare]

November 17, 11AM

The School of Theology and Ministry, where I am currently Dean (not the seminary) has an open position in New Testament. Here is the advertisement:_____________________________________The School of Theology and Ministry on the residential campus of Indian... [IWU] [STM (undergraduate School of Theology and Ministry at IWU)]

November 12, 5AM

I gave a very brief wedding charge yesterday. The couple was already married legally so the service was really a community commitment and celebration of what was already the case in the eyes of the law.But since my brief talk could be made into a fuller s... [1 John] [sermon starters]

November 8, 12 PM

Preached in chapel at IWU Monday. My assigned text was Philippians 3:17-21.I. Recap of PhilippiansBecause this is in a series of Monday sermons this semester over Philippians, I decided to start with a recap of the book up to this point.Philippians is a t... [civil religion] [denominations] [Philippians] [sermon starters]

October 31, 5AM

Today is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famed 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, the spark of the Reformation. He had no thought of splitting the church, only of reforming it. He had no idea of the impact. Small events ... [95 theses] [evangelicalism] [Martin Luther] [modern prophecy] [Protestant Reformation]

October 30, 2AM

Dad in middle, Eugene on left (just passed), Maurice on rightMy Dad would be 93 if he were still with us. I find myself quoting him often to my children. Here are some sayings and things that have come to mind this past year.1. "Anything worth doing is wo... [Lee Schenck] [My Father] [Personal] [Schenck Family]

October 29, 6AM

I've been thinking off and on lately, what would have been the ideal seminary curriculum for me. It would probably look much like the traditional curriculum I had in seminary, except it might be more integrated within each course.Almost impossible to do i... [MDiv] [seminaries]

October 25, 2AM

There was almost a month without a blog post, something unheard of. Somehow I feel I will be blogging less. I was on Facebook daily of course. Those posts no doubt reveal how troubled I am by the state of America right now and by the state of the church w... [STM (undergraduate School of Theology and Ministry at IWU)]

October 24, 1AM

Forty years ago now, New Testament studies reached a certain tipping point on the question of how the books of the New Testament might have related to the Judaism from which they emerged. Prior to this moment, numerous unexamined assumptions had prevailed... [Hebrews] [new perspective]

September 26, 4AM

1. In the creation story of Genesis 1, the Bible repeatedly says that God saw what he created and it was good (Gen. 1:31). This is an important point. Christians believe that every human being is a small reflection of God. We say that a human being is the... [Schenck catechism]

September 25, 3AM

1. God is the creator of the universe, of everything that is seen and unseen.Christians believe that God created the universe out of nothing. This is not just creation of everything out of emptiness. It is creation of the emptiness itself. The laws of nat... [Schenck catechism]

September 20, 2AM

Thoughts on stages of kingdom diversification:You don't notice you're all the same.You commit to welcome and treat equally any different person who stumbles your way. Language of being "color blind" used, while not really seeing the different. You fe... [Diversity]

September 19, 1AM

GenesisThe Creation1. "When God began to create the skies and the land, it was formless and empty. Darkness was over the face of the deep and the breath of God moved over the face of the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light.' And there was light. And... [Bible in a Nutshell]

September 15, 2AM

"In the beginning, GOD created space and matter. And the matter was formless and unconnected and there was darkness over the face of the soup. And the Spirit of God moved throughout the face of the chaos. Then God said, 'Let there be photons,' and the cos... [Friday Science] [The First Day]

September 3, 3PM

October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I'm celebrating it in three ways on this blog:The IWU Monday reading group will be going through Alister McGrath's Christianity's Dangerous Idea, which gives a sketch of the Protestant ... [Protestant Reformation] [Wesleyan movement] [Wesleyan Via Media]

September 1, 5PM

David Higle and I were exchanging emails about sources on quantum physics and theology. He already knew everything I thought of, especially Polkinghorne's Quantum Physics and Theology. I'm on a slow train pursuing these things, but thought I would give a ... [cosmology] [quantum physics] [theology]

3AM

1. Another year is beginning at IWU. In July they took the word "interim" off my title, so I am the Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) this year.It's a little confusing for those who knew me as dean of the seminary. The seminary of course i...

August 24, 8AM

We still have room for about five more philosophy students in Scott Burson's online course this fall, which begins September 5. That gives about a week to sign up.This class is aimed at non-IWU students including:high school seniorsstudents at secula... [IWU] [philosophy] [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)] [Scott Burson]

August 22, 3AM

Yesterday David Drury pronounced the death of the evangelical movement. However, the goal of his prophetic piece was not to bury it. His was a call to repentance. It was a hope for resurrection. The movement appears dead, he said, but might God revive it ... [evangelicalism]

August 21, 3AM

David Drury has written a prophetic piece about the state of the evangelical movement. I copy it here.___________________________The Eclipse of EvangelicalismRepentance Upon the Death of a MovementBy David DruryAs of this day, August 21, 2017, I believe t... [David Drury] [evangelicalism]

August 20, 4AM

This is the tenth post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pastor ... [evolution] [homosexuality] [nones] [seminary in a nutshell]

August 18, 7AM

Second to last chapter review of Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Scot McKnight and Dennis Venema.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1. Evolution as a Scientific Theory2. Genomes as Languag... [Adam] [evolution] [Romans] [Romans 5] [Scot McKnight]

August 14, 4AM

from last week______________So the churches of Antioch awkwardly resumed eating together--that is, of the ones that had eaten together before. There was at least that one house church that refused any association with the Gentiles at all. They disagreed w... [Paul Novel 3]

August 13, 5AM

This is the ninth post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series,The Pastor as Lea... [American religious environment] [denominations] [nones] [seminary in a nutshell]

August 11, 3AM

Second to last chapter review of Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Scot McKnight and Dennis Venema.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1. Evolution as a Scientific Theory2. Genomes as Language, Ge... [Adam] [book review] [Scot McKnight]

August 10, 4PM

This is my sixth and final post on Carlo Rovelli's new book, Reality Is Not What It Seems. The first three posts were:From Democritus to Relativity to Quantum MechanicsSpacetime is QuantumQuanta of SpaceTime Does Not ExistFundamental Constants o... [book review] [Carlo Rovelli]

August 9, 8AM

I have a half baked post on Spanish Language and Cultures. Where I'm stuck are the fundamental stories, practices, and rituals of other cultures. I'm sure there's a book out there to fill in that gap. The idea was to provide:some basic language phrases in... [Gen Eds in a nutshell]

August 8, 6PM

"Hitler Versus National Socialism" is the title of chapter 25 of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer.  See the bottom for previous posts.1. "Up till then the National Socialists had 'behaved like fools, overthrowing everything' -- and stolen ... [Adolf Hitler] [book review] [Nazi Germany]

August 7, 12 PM

Finished chapter 4 last week. I usually take previous chapters down after a few days._________________________The next weeks were tense among the Christians at Antioch. The Christian Jews met and ate together with the Christian Jews, and the Gentile belie... [Paul Novel 3]

6AM

This is my fifth post on Carlo Rovelli's new book, Reality Is Not What It Seems. The first three posts were:From Democritus to Relativity to Quantum MechanicsSpacetime is QuantumQuanta of SpaceTime Does Not Exist1. Chapters 8-11 are fairly short... [Albert Einstein] [book review] [Carlo Rovelli] [cosmology] [quantum gravity]

August 6, 5PM

Preached at the SAGE service tonight at College Wesleyan.Text: Romans 14:19-23I. IntroductionCommon to hear that sin is "missing the mark." Not really mentioned this way in the Bible.In older Greek literature, a spear might "wander" from its target.In the... [sermon starters]

11AM

This is the eighth post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series,The Pastor as Le... [Culture] [Philip Jenkins] [seminary in a nutshell] [two-thirds world]

August 5, 12 PM

This is my fourth post on Carlo Rovelli's new book, Reality Is Not What It Seems. The first three posts were:From Democritus to Relativity to Quantum MechanicsSpacetime is QuantumQuanta of Space1. Chapter 7 is getting closer to theology. I have ... [book review] [Carlo Rovelli] [quantum entaglement] [quantum gravity]

August 4, 6PM

This is my third post on Carlo Rovelli's new book, Reality Is Not What It Seems. The first two posts were:From Democritus to Relativity to Quantum MechanicsSpacetime is Quantum1. This chapter is not long but it is getting at the things I am inte... [book review] [Carlo Rovelli] [lee smolin] [quantum gravity]

7AM

I'm reading the book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Scot McKnight and Dennis Venema.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1. Evolution as a Scientific Theory2. Genomes as Language, Genomes ... [book review] [evolution] [Genesis] [Scot McKnight]

August 3, 8PM

This is my second post on Carlo Rovelli's new book, Reality Is Not What It Seems. The first post was:From Democritus to Relativity to Quantum Mechanics1. My book has now been baptized in coffee, but is still readable. I suppose it was inevitable.We n... [book review] [Carlo Rovelli] [quantum gravity] [quantum physics]

6PM

One of my Dad's cousins sent me an obit for someone who passed away this week in Clinton County at the age of 80. The person's maiden name was Schenck.That's quite curious, since my great grandfather Schenck lived in Clinton County when he died in 1930. T... [Genealogy] [Schenck Family]

August 2, 8PM

1. I only discovered Carlo Rovelli this last month. If you have followed my Brownian motion through science books, you will know that I have read parts of several books that have left me feeling rather empty. In the last few years I have started and not q... [book review] [Carlo Rovelli]

July 31, 4AM

continued from last week____________________The reaction to the blow-up largely fell along Jew-Gentile lines. There were two love feasts that Sunday evening, one in the home of Menaen with the Jewish believers and another in the home of Menander with the ... [Paul Novel 3]

July 25, 5PM

"Conquest by Peace" is the title of chapter 24 of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer.  See the bottom for previous posts.1. Make no mistake, there is no love for Hitler in this chapter. But perhaps there was a hint of admiration for the tale... [Adolf Hitler] [book review] [Nazi Germany]

July 24, 8PM

continued from last week____________________But everything changed when more men arrived from Jerusalem, from James. When they saw that the Christian Jews were eating with Gentiles--indeed that Peter himself was--they took Peter aside."What are you doing,... [Paul Novel 3]

July 22, 8PM

This is the fifth week of Module 9, "Relationships of Current, Counter EMF, and Voltage in LR Circuits." These modules are part of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The fifth section of this module is titled, "Relationships... [electricity] [electromagnetic induction] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]
So I like genealogy stuff.Wise Cemetery west of Camden, Indiana1. Samuel Wise, great, great, great, great grandfatherBuried in Carroll CountyBorn in 1783 in Woodbury, PennsylvaniaOwned land from Camden to Delphi along Deer Creek. Helped found th... [Schenck Family]

July 21, 12 PM

Chapter 5 begins the second set of chapters, by Scot McKnight in Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight's book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1. Evolution as a Scienti... [book review] [evolution] [Friday Science] [Scot McKnight]

12 AM

continued from last week__________________On June 22, 1607, a little over a month after the group had settled on the peninsula of Jamestown, Captain Newport returned to England to get more supplies and to take back some pyrite that they thought was gold. ... [Family History of the US] [Jamestown]

July 19, 2AM

1. I have dabbled in a number of languages over the years. I consider English the only language I am really fluent in. My spoken German is not horrible. Mi Español es horible. Perhaps I could order a meal in French.As far as written languages are concern... [Culture] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [languages]

July 18, 8AM

continued from last week_____________For Paul it was a great victory. The leaders of Jerusalem had accepted his mission to the Gentiles. They agreed that Titus would be saved even if he did not fully convert to Judaism. For Paul it was a green light to go... [Paul Novel 3]

July 14, 5PM

In chapter 4, the last of Dennis Venema's chapters, Venema addresses intelligent design. I'm reading Venema and Scot McKnight's book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1... [book review] [evolution] [Scot McKnight]

July 13, 4PM

From last post____________The Second Supply of 1608 mentions that there were "some others" on the trip. Could Thomas Shelburne have been one of these others? A Welsh boy of 13 as cabin boy to the Welsh Captain Peter Wynne? Wynne would die the next year.Th... [Family History of the US]

July 12, 7PM

Hidden Cultures in the AcademyI recently worked through Erin Meyer's The Culture Map. While this book is about working across cultures primarily in the area of business, it occurred to me that I may have observed some of these cultural differences even wi... [Academia] [Culture]

4PM

By Erkumbulant - Own workCC BY-SA 4.0This is the third post in a series called, "World Language and Culture." This is the fourth series in an overall project called Gen Eds in a Nutshell. The other series so far include 1) philosophy, 2) wo... [Culture] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [languages]

July 11, 5PM

In the space of seventy days, Hitler deconstructs Germany before the helpless eyes of the insightful. "Coup D'Etat by Installments" is the title of chapter 23 of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer.  See the bottom for previous posts.1. On th... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

1AM

continued from last week_______________"You say that several of these Gentiles who believed had already been attending the synagogue?" James finally asked."Yes," Barnabas said. "Many had already believed in the God of Israel, but had not become circumcise... [Paul Novel 3]

July 9, 5AM

This is the seventh post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pasto... [book review] [Culture] [seminary in a nutshell]

July 8, 5PM

This is the fourth week of Module 9, "Relationships of Current, Counter EMF, and Voltage in LR Circuits." These modules are part of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The fourth section of this module is titled, "Inductive R... [electromagnetic induction] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [reactance]

July 7, 4PM

On to chapter 3 of a book by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight called, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1. Evolution as a Scientific Theory2. Genomes as Language, Ge... [book review] [evolution] [Scot McKnight]

July 5, 7PM

This is the second post in a series called, "World Language and Culture." This is the fourth series in an overall project called Gen Eds in a Nutshell. The other series so far include 1) philosophy, 2) world history, and 3) a math and scien... [Culture] [Gen Eds in a nutshell]

July 4, 7AM

Once Hitler became Chancellor, it begins to unravel. Democracy is dead in the name of the people and the nation.This week is chapter 22 of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer.  See the bottom for previous posts.1. I post this on July 4, makin... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

July 3, 12 PM

continued from last time______________________Barnabas arranged for a time to meet with the "pillars" of the Jerusalem church. Since they believed the temple had been defiled by corrupt leadership, the earliest church had come to think of four Jerusalem l... [Paul Novel 3]

June 30, 6PM

Here's chapter 2 of a new book by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight called, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science. Both are men of faith. Chapter 2 is titled, "Genomes as Language, Genomes as Books."Previous postsPersonal Preface... [book review] [evolution] [genetics] [Scot McKnight]

5AM

... how would I lay it out? Just day-dreaming here. If you're a publisher, this would have the characteristic of a book Hebrews scholars and commentators buy because it's so unique and they need to footnote it in disagreement. :-)I. Overview of HebrewsLit... [Hebrews]

June 28, 8PM

1. A little over a year ago, I started a series called, Gen Eds in a Nutshell. To be honest, it has been a humbling series, to realize how much I don't know. It didn't take me too long to wander through philosophy, because I've written a philosophy textbo... [Culture] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [languages]

June 27, 4PM

This week I read chapter 21 of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. This is the turning point. This is the beginning of the end.1. A few things impressed me about this chapter. I suppose the biggest one is what Camus called the "theater of the abs... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

June 26, 7PM

Continued from last week. Previous chapters now archived______________________So after a few weeks back in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas were ready to go up to Jerusalem to share what God had done in Cyprus and Galatia. They had kept their eyes out for a Gen... [Paul Novel 3]

June 25, 12 AM

This is the sixth post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pastor ... [Culture] [Reinhold Niebuhr] [seminary in a nutshell]

June 24, 3PM

This is the third week of Module 9, "Relationships of Current, Counter EMF, and Voltage in LR Circuits." These modules are part of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The third section of this module is titled, "Using the Uni... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

June 23, 4AM

Hit and run this morning with a new book by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight called, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science. Both are men of strong faith.Previous postsPersonal PrefaceForward and Introduction1. Now quickly chapte... [book review] [evolution] [Scot McKnight]

June 22, 6PM

From last week______________4. In December of 1606, three ships set sail from Blackwall, at that time just outside of London to the east, on the north side of the River Thames. These were the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery. Christopher Ne... [Family History of the US] [Jamestown]

June 21, 12 PM

The end of my world history posts! And only after ten months.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or colleg... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

June 19, 3PM

Prior novel chapters may disappear after transferred into a Word document. While it lasts, here is the link to the last post in chapter 3.___________________Chapter 4: Jerusalem DecisionsThe whole way back to Antioch, Paul was thinking about what might li... [Paul Novel 3]

June 16, 6AM

1. I am blogging through a new book by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight called, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science. Both are men of strong faith. Yesterday, I gave a sort of personal preface.The Foreword by Tremper Longman II... [book review] [evolution] [Scot McKnight]

June 15, 7AM

1. I have decided to blog through a recent book by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight called, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science. Scot is a faith-filled New Testament scholar and Dennis Venema is a faith-filled scientist.Perhaps I s... [book review] [evolution] [Genesis] [Scot McKnight]

3AM

I novelized my family history for a while a year ago.  It seemed like some people enjoyed it. In the end, I got tired of making stuff up. I've let it sit for about 9 months. Thought I'd try again with a factual approach.________________________1. Whe... [Family History of the US] [Jamestown]

June 14, 9AM

Ziggurat at UrThis is the fourth and final post in the Classical Civilizations" unit of my World History series. The first three were India, China, and Egypt.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

June 13, 5PM

I've read two more chapters of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer since I last posted. Figured I needed to just say a few words and move on. Previous posts are at the bottom.Chapter 18 is called, "Hindenburg's Stick," and chapter 1... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

June 12, 6PM

The next morning, about an hour before dawn, Paul and Barnabas left the city of Lystra and continued east to Derbe. It would take almost two days to get there.Things seemed to turn around in Derbe. For one, Paul's eyes seemed to get better and better. Not... [Paul Novel 3]

June 5, 9PM

Crowds began to gather. "How can the lame man walk?" Everyone was mystified. "This is not possible."Soon attention turned to Paul and Barnabas. The formerly lame man kept pointing to Paul and saying in the local tongue, "This man healed me.""The gods have... [Paul Novel 3]

June 4, 6AM

This is the fifth post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pastor ... [Culture] [Kingdom of God] [seminary in a nutshell]

June 3, 11AM

Last week we began Module 9, "Relationships of Current, Counter EMF, and Voltage in LR Circuits." These modules are part of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s.9.1 Rise and Decay of Current and Voltage1. The second unit for th... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

June 2, 6AM

This is the thirteenth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. The Gen Ed series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the... [electromagnetism] [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [physics]

May 31, 5PM

Is life anything more than a rush from deadline to deadline? Here's a Monday post on a Wednesday._________________First they came to Lystra. Paul did find a Jewish doctor there to look at his eyes. He seemed to think that the altitude of the mountains mig... [Paul Novel 3]

May 29, 6AM

I'm trying a new experiment to write a book. I blogged through most of the books I wrote for Wesleyan Publishing House, but normal blogging doesn't seem appropriate for other books, especially scholarly ones.So I have set up a mock course in coursesites. ... [coursesites] [inductive Bible study]

May 28, 2AM

This is the fourth post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pastor... [cultural intelligence] [Culture] [seminary in a nutshell]

May 27, 6PM

So it's on to Module 9 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The previous modules have been:Module 1: CurrentModule 2: VoltageModule 3: ResistanceModule 4: Measuring Current and Voltage in a Series Circui... [electromagnetic induction] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

May 25, 3AM

Playing with an idea. I have a book mostly on Inductive Bible Study that I need to finish. It's with Pickwick so it's not something I feel good about blogging through here every day. But blogging really helps me write too.So here's the thought. I can set ... [Personal]

May 23, 4PM

I spoke today at the Festival of Preaching at College Wesleyan Church today. I think the video will be available eventually. The topic I was given is, "Finding Themes of Exile in the Word." Here is my basic outline and thesis:1. IntroductionI started by n... [College Wesleyan Church] [Ed Stetzer] [Preaching] [Reinhold Niebuhr] [sermon starters]

May 21, 12 PM

This is the third post on the Contexts of Ministry in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pastor ... [cultural intelligence] [Culture] [seminary in a nutshell]

May 16, 5PM

I started skimming Cultural Intelligence yesterday. Today I ran through chapter 3: "CQ 101: The Path to Loving the Other." In this chapter Livermore gives us the basic components of what he is calling CQ. The later chapters will run through these in ... [book review] [cultural intelligence]

10AM

Paul and Barnabas managed to stay in Antioch of Pisidia for a few months before their inroads into non-Jews finally reached a boiling point in the community. It upset the Jews in the city who had not believed, but it also upset the social elite of the cit... [Paul Novel 3]

May 15, 8PM

Until this Sunday, there is a massive sale on my books with Wesleyan Publishing House. As I recommended, WPH is moving to a mostly digital and print on demand model. [Remember I was called naive for suggesting this move a year and a half ago.]I have writt... [Personal] [Wesleyan Publishing House]

6AM

1. I'm trying to skim/read David Livermore's book on Cultural Intelligence this week in preparation for my Sunday post. Today is the first two chapters.Chapter 1: Twenty-First Century CQ2. "CQ" stands for "cultural intelligence." I thought this quote abou... [book review] [cultural intelligence]

May 14, 2PM

Here's the fourth and final installment of Module 8, Induction, in Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The first three units were:8.1 Electromagnetism8.2 Inductors and Flux Density8.3 Inducing Voltage1. Inductance ... [electromagnetic induction] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

May 12, 11AM

The final main chapter is on 1 Corinthians in Jane Patterson's Keeping the Feast. Previous chapters reviewed include:IntroductionSacrifice as Metaphor in PaulJewish and Greco-Roman SacrificeThe Meaning of SacrificeSacrificial Giving in Philippians1. ... [book review] [Metaphors] [sacrifices]

May 8, 3PM

Now we get to Philippians in my reading of Jane Patterson's Keeping the Feast. Previous chapters reviewed include:IntroductionSacrifice as Metaphor in PaulJewish and Greco-Roman SacrificeThe Meaning of Sacrifice1. Chapter 4 is titled, "Philippians: S... [book review] [sacrifices]

May 7, 11AM

The reading of Jane Patterson's Keeping the Feast continues. Previous chapters reviewed include:IntroductionSacrifice as Metaphor in PaulJewish and Greco-Roman Sacrifice1. Chapter 3 is titled, "Sacrifice as an Object of Study." This chapter revi... [book review] [sacrifices]

9AM

I continue to read Jane Patterson's Keeping the Feast today. Previous chapters reviewed include:IntroductionSacrifice as Metaphor in Paul1. Chapter 2 is titled, "Sacrifice as Greco-Roman and Jewish Practice." In this chapter she looks at what sh... [book review] [Metaphors] [sacrifices]

4AM

This is the second post on the Contexts of Ministry  in my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom for the previous posts in this unit, "The Person and Contexts of a Minister." I have completed one other unit in this series, The Pastor as Leade... [meaning] [Semantics] [seminary in a nutshell]

May 6, 11AM

Reading Jane Patterson's Keeping the Feast today. My thoughts on the Introduction are here.1. Chapter 1 is entitled, "Sacrifice as Metaphor in Pauline Rhetoric." In this chapter she reviews some of the main theories of metaphor from the ancients to t... [book review] [Metaphors] [sacrifices]

4AM

It is truly a delight to be asked to read a good book. Today I hope to read Jane Lancaster Patterson's Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians. I need to finish it today, so I plan to post my notes chapter by chapter as ... [book review]

May 1, 2AM

This spring the Monday reading group read The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. There were a number of Mondays that I had to miss for one reason or another, so I want to back-blog through the book to finish up.I actually blogge... [book review] [Lemon Tree]

April 30, 5AM

There's no way I'll get through  these books, but here are only some of the books sitting on my desks:Sunday Cultural ContextsBooks I hope at least to skim in relation to Cultural Contexts include:Cultural IntelligenceThe Culture MapJesus and the Dis...

3AM

"The Person and Contexts of a Pastor"--that was the first unit of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. But I did not finish it. When I realized I would be stepping back into a leadership role, I shifted to the Pastor as Leader series, which took me... [contexts of ministry] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 24, 11AM

So when Paul convinced Barnabas to go north into Galatia, it was the last straw for Mark. He didn't sign up to go to Anatolia! He signed up to visit his family in Cyprus with his uncle in charge. Now Paul seemed to be calling the shots and Barnabas was le... [Paul Novel 3]

April 23, 3PM

After finishing the series on The Pastor as Leader, Manager, and Administrator, it occurred to me that I missed two posts that I might have made. This is the first, which I will back fill into the series._________________1. Experts on Philippians have lon... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

5AM

What does a pastor need to know in the areas of leadership, management, and administration to be effective? In my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. Here is an overview of the main topics, with some Bible, theology, and church history integrated into the di... [church administration] [church management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]
This is the eleventh and final post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the forty-second and last post in a section ... [church administration] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 22, 7PM

Here's the third installment of Module 8, Induction, in Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The first two units were:8.1 Electromagnetism8.2 Inductors and Flux Density1. From an earlier module, we learned that three fac... [electromagnetic induction] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

April 21, 3AM

Jesuspreached the kingdom of God, the coming rule of God on earth as it is in heaven.like John the Baptist, to prepare he urged repentance and faith in the good news (gospel) of God's coming reign.God as abbaHe saw himself as the Messiah, saw his death as... [New Testament Theology]

April 20, 6PM

Where do we learn to think logically,     And apply the criteria of truth?     Philosophy!Where do we hold up the mirror     To expose our hidden assumptions?     Philosophy!Where do we learn abo... [philosophy]

April 17, 4AM

I've finished a second chapter of this Paul novel now. In case I want to publish it later, I am removing chapters after I finish them and copy them into a document. So the chapter 2 posts will disappear after I get them copied.Now on to chapter 3, which i... [Paul Novel 3]

April 16, 5AM

This is the tenth post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the forty-first post in a section on the Pastor as a Lead... [church administration] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 15, 5PM

Here's the second installment of Module 8, Induction, in Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The first unit was:8.1 Electromagnetism1. Flux density is the strength of a magnetic field around something, for example a coil. There a... [electromagnetism] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

April 14, 6AM

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrowDie not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure; the...

April 13, 7PM

This is the third post in the Classical Civilizations" unit of my World History series. The first two were India and China.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might study in a gene... [Egypt] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

April 11, 1PM

Previous posts are at the bottom.1. I have read two more chapters of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer, chapters seventeen and eighteen. Rather than shape prose, let me give bullets. (Previous posts are at the bottom)Chapter Seventeen:Hitler shi... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

April 10, 3AM

... continued from last week_______________________One of the most striking of the prophecies in those days was the prophecy of Agabus that there would be a famine in Judea. This prophecy came the year after Herod Agrippa I had James the son of Zebedee pu... [Paul Novel 3]

April 9, 5AM

This is the ninth post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the fortieth post in a section on the Pastor as a Leader ... [church administration] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 8, 5PM

I've finally made it to Module 8 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series from the 1970s. The previous modules have been:Module 1: CurrentModule 2: VoltageModule 3: ResistanceModule 4: Measuring Current and Voltage in a Series CircuitModule 5:... [electromagnetic induction] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

1PM

Here is the final set of competencies for a Wesleyan minister. These are the professional competencies. The first two sets were:The Person and Contexts of a Pastor"Foundational" Disciplines of MinisterNow professionally, a Wesleyan minister should be able... [ministerial training] [seminary in a nutshell]

3AM

Now the second set of competencies for a Wesleyan minister. The first set had to do with the person of the minister and cultural/context competencies. This set has to do with what you might call "foundational" competencies.A Wesleyan minister should be ab... [ministerial training] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 7, 3PM

Russ Gunsalus, Dave Higle, and Joel Liechty did an amazing feat. They went around the Wesleyan Church asking everyone they could find what the competencies of a minister were. What is the knowledge, what are the skills, what are the dispositions that go i... [ministerial training] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 6, 4AM

Being Interim Dean of the (mostly) undergraduate School of Theology and Ministry has seemed a whole lot more work than it was being Dean of the Seminary. :-)In any case, I've fallen behind on my Friday Science posts in the "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. ...

April 3, 8AM

... continued from last week______________________It was about this time that God sent Barnabas to Tarsus to get Paul. Barnabas knew from the moment he met Paul that God was going to use him mightily to bring the gospel of King Jesus to many people. Of co... [Paul Novel 3]

April 2, 7AM

This is the eighth post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-ninth post in a section on the Pastor as a Le... [budgeting] [church administration] [Gen Eds in a nutshell]

April 1, 4PM

This is the final section of Module 7 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, a module on parallel circuits. The first two sections were:7.1 Solving Complex Circuits7.2 Voltage Reference1. A circuit can be divided up in a way that provides d... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

March 28, 1PM

Chapter sixteen of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer focuses on Hitler's pretense to follow the constitution as he wound his way into the system. My reviews of the earlier chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler ... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

March 27, 4PM

... continued from last week______________________But it was not long before Paul became frustrated at Tarsus. For one thing, he believed Jesus could come back any day. And so many Jews had not heard the good news. How would they hear unless someone preac... [Paul Novel 3]

March 23, 5PM

This is the second post in the Classical Civilizations" unit of my World History series.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" cor... [Egypt] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

March 21, 4PM

Today, chapter fifteen of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. My reviews of the earlier chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His PeopleThe Art of PropagandaHis Bra... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

March 20, 5PM

... continued from last week________________________Thus began Paul's eight years in Cilicia, the region where his home city of Tarsus was located. By this time, his father was dead. His father would have never accepted Paul back into his home after the d... [Paul Novel 3]

March 13, 6PM

... continued from last week_________________________This was three years after he had come to faith. Paul figured it was finally safe enough for him to go to Jerusalem, so he secretly made his way south. By now his wife had gone back to live with her fam... [Paul Novel 3]

March 12, 7AM

This is the seventh post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-eighth post in a section on the Pastor as a ... [budgeting] [church administration] [seminary in a nutshell]

March 11, 8AM

There are two basic ways to go about observing a text in detail. The first I am going to call a lectio divina way of reading the text, a “divine reading.” To observe a passage in this way I suggest you pray and ask the Lord to give you spiritual eyes ... [hermeneutics]

March 10, 12 PM

1. So we finish reading the The Shack today.Review of 1-53 here53-103 here104-150 here151-193 here2. Chapter 14 deals with the contrast between law and grace. Here are some of the statements that give you the gist: "The Bible doesn't t... [book review] [The Shack]

March 9, 12 PM

1. I'm almost done reading The Shack, with just 50 pages left to read tomorrow. The first day is here, the second here, and the third here.2. Chapter 11 is the turning point of the book. Mack follows a path into a rock face where there is great ... [book review] [The Shack]

March 8, 3PM

The second to last unit in this long pursuit of world history is a unit I've called, "Classical Civilizations." Here I'm including ancient India, China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The seri... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

11AM

1. This is my third day reading The Shack, reading 50 pages a day over lunch. The first day is here, the second here.2. I won't complain about the meal scene. This is after all a novel. Is the picture of God as a black woman too stereotypical of what... [book review] [The Shack]

March 7, 12 PM

1. Yesterday I started reading The Shack. I'm trying to read 50 pages a day over lunch to finish this week.So today (spoiler) we learn that Mack's daughter has been horrifically murdered. In the meantime, God ("Papa") has sent him a note inviting him to t... [book review] [The Shack]

8AM

On to chapter fourteen of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. My reviews of the earlier chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His PeopleThe Art of PropagandaHis Bra... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

March 6, 11AM

1. I'm ten years late to the game, but the movie that has just come out makes me think I should finally give The Shack a read. Since the IWU Marion campus is on Spring Break (I'm not), I thought I could read the book over lunch this week.So I took the boo... [book review] [Soteriology] [The Shack]

5AM

continued from last week________________________Paul was not able to stay in Damascus for long. The men who had first come with him were sent back immediately from Jerusalem with others to arrest him. It would not be the last time he had to escape Damascu... [Paul Novel 3]

March 5, 7AM

This is the sixth post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-seventh post in a section on the Pastor as a L... [church administration] [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]

March 4, 8PM

I was privileged to visit Detroit this weekend and learn from a well-known pastor/team there with an important ministry in the city. I left with a complex mixture of emotions and thoughts.1. First, the city really is in a process of being fantastically re... [Detroit]

March 2, 5AM

The second post in the ninth unit of world history, a unit I've called, "Waves of Conquest."This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts"... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

February 28, 5PM

The review continues of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. My reviews of the first twelve chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His PeopleThe Art of PropagandaHis ... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

February 27, 5PM

continued from two weeks ago_________________________... Paul had spent about eight years back in his home country of Cilicia after Jesus appeared to him. In the days immediately thereafter, he was in the city of Damascus, trying to find his way. Everythi... [Paul Novel 3]

February 26, 8AM

This is the fifth post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-sixth post in a section on the Pastor as a Lea... [church administration] [leadership] [risk management] [seminary in a nutshell]

February 25, 1PM

This is the second section of Module 7 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, a module on parallel circuits. The first section was:7.1 Solving Complex Circuits1. This section largely looked at the difference in voltage depending on where yo... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

February 19, 2AM

This is the fourth post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-fifth post in a section on the Pastor as a Le... [church administration] [leadership] [parliamentary law] [seminary in a nutshell]

February 14, 8AM

Joseph GoebbelsThe review continues of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. My reviews of the first eleven chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His PeopleThe Art of... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

February 13, 2PM

I probably will remove and edit these installments of the Paul novel as each chapter finishes. For the moment, here is the end of the first chapter._________________Chapter 2It was some thirteen years later that Saul and Barnabas embarked on their mission... [Paul Novel 3]

February 11, 8PM

I was honored to be part of a panel at the regional SBL at St. Mary's College in South Bend along with Amy Peeler, Jason Whitlark, Jared Callaway, and Clare Rothschild, with Eric Mason giving an overall response. Brian Small moderated. I felt like we were... [Hebrews]

February 7, 4AM

Chapter 11 today. I've been reading Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. My reviews of the first ten chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His PeopleThe Art of Propa... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

February 6, 1PM

from last week__________________After he received the letter from Pilate to Flaccus, Saul began the journey of about a week from Jerusalem to Damascus. He started by going down to Jericho. He had spent enough time spying out these Jesus-followers, that th... [Paul Novel 3]

January 31, 11AM

Chapter 10 gives backstory. The next chapter of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer, is called "Interlude." My reviews of the first nine chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging Wa... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

January 30, 7PM

From last week...__________________Saul even told them where Stephen and some others would meet in the morning on the first day of the week to celebrate the rising of this Jesus from the dead. The rough group of men stayed up all night, drinking more and ... [Paul Novel 3]

9AM

1. Quite a coincidence. National Holocaust Day on Friday. Refugee ban the same day. Bulgaria and the Holocaust in the reading today.This week we read chapter three of The Lemon Tree for the Monday reading group. It is the true story of a Jewish and P... [book review] [Holocaust]

January 29, 4PM

1. I've heard some misuses of Romans 13:1-7 in the past, and I've recently been hearing some that probably haven't seriously been used for a long time. The main two misuses I've heard recently are:The use of Romans 13 to argue that almost the sole functio... [Romans 13; divine right of kings]

January 28, 7PM

You've all been waiting for Module 7 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, especially since we finished Module 6 back in 2016. Module 7 is Combination Circuits and Voltage Dividers. The first section is "Solving Complex Circuits."1. C... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

January 23, 7PM

From last week_________________They were making such head way in the Synagogue of the Freedmen that the Jewish ruling council, the Sanhedrin, sent Saul to serve as a spy of sorts, to see if he could subvert the movement.Everything about them made him seet... [Paul Novel 3]

January 22, 8AM

This is the third post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-fourth post in a section on the Pastor as a Le... [church administration] [church management] [leadership] [project management] [seminary in a nutshell]

January 18, 9AM

The ninth unit of world history in this series is "Waves of Conquest." We start off with the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Greeks that were before him.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of... [Classical Greece] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [Hellenistic Age] [world history]

January 17, 9AM

The next chapter of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer, is "The Beer Hall Putsch." My reviews of the first eight chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His PeopleThe... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

January 16, 6AM

From last week__________________So Paul had no interest in Gentiles back then. They might as well all die when the Messiah defeated the Romans or else take their proper place as servants of the Jews. Or so he said with his mouth. Those were his conscious ... [Paul Novel 3]

January 15, 7AM

This is the second post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-third post in a section on the Pastor as a Le... [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]

January 10, 5AM

On to the next chapter of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer, titled, "War on the Ruhr." My reviews of the first seven chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His Peo... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

January 9, 9AM

From last week__________________... So why couldn't the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah also atone for the sins of a Roman governor, even if he did not fully convert to Judaism?Admittedly, Paul had not started his mission work with this understanding fu... [Paul Novel 3]

January 8, 7AM

This is the first post on church administration in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirty-second post in a section on the Pastor as a Le... [church administration] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

January 6, 11AM

This is the twelfth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. The Gen Ed series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the su... [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [physics]

January 5, 8AM

Previously on Gadamer... These questions may seem to be invalid in the face of the upper hand that modern science has in the current delineation and philosophical basis for the concepts of knowledge and truth. And yet even within the sciences it cannot be... [Hans-Georg Gadamer]

January 4, 8AM

Oath of the Horatii, by DavidThe eighth unit of world history in this series is "The Age of Rome." This is my second post in that unit.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might stu... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [roman empire] [world history]

January 3, 8AM

The next chapter of Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. is titled, "The Death of Money." The first six chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the RabidWaging War against His People1. It is Hist... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

January 2, 5AM

from last week_________________... Nearly two years ago, the assembly of Antioch had received a word from the Holy Spirit of God to send Paul and Barnabas to the island of Cyprus. Although it was God's will, the mission also made sense from a human perspe... [Paul Novel 3]

January 1, 10AM

I've taken to try to translate a sentence or two a day of Hans-Georg Gadamer's Wahrheit und Methode: Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik, Truth and Method: Basic Principles of a Philosophical Hermeneutic. Each time I finish a paragraph, I plan to... [book review] [Hans-Georg Gadamer]

December 31 2016, 10PM

It's that time again.Looking Back1. As usual I didn't reach all of last year's resolutions. I'm still working on those two academic books I wanted to finish. I still haven't published any more of my theology in a nutshell series. I put the Fitbit back on ... [New Year] [New Year's resolutions] [Personal]

4PM

This is the final section of Module 6 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, a module on parallel circuits. The sections so far are:6.1 Rules for Voltage and Current6.2 Rules for Resistance and Power6.3 Variational AnalysisThis fi... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

5AM

1. This is the best accounting I can give of my top ten posts for this year. It's often surprising to me what is widely read and what isn't.#10 Leadership and the Gentile Mission (from my seminary leadership series) #9 Church Schisms in the Midd... [Top Ten Posts]

December 30, 4AM

This is the eleventh post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. The Gen Ed series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the s... [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [physics]

December 29, 9AM

1. With the recent US abstention at the UN firmly in mind, the Israeli-Palestinian debate is back in the news. The US abstained on a vote condemning Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. The US has always vetoed those sorts of votes before.If there were... [Israeli-Palestinian crisis]

December 28, 2PM

Arch of Titus,celebrating victory over JewsThe eighth unit of world history in this series is "The Age of Rome."This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general educati... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [roman empire] [world history]

December 27, 6AM

I'm reading through Konrad Heiden's 1944 book, Der Fuehrer. The first five chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a LoserRallies with the Rabid1. The chapter this week roughly covers the period till 1923. We have been flyi... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

December 26, 9AM

Paul gazed out at the Mediterranean sea as the ship slowly headed toward Antioch, skirting the southern coast of Anatolia. With good winds, he and Barnabas would arrive some time the next day."Paul"--he was still getting used to the name, although he had ... [Paul Novel 3]

December 25, 6AM

I was delighted to encounter an article this year (HT: Anthony Le Donne) that suggests the following story line in Luke's birth story. [1]Mary becomes pregnant of the Holy Spirit in Nazareth before she and Joseph get married.He returns to his family's hom... [Christmas]

December 23, 4AM

This is the tenth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. The Gen Ed series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subj... [calculus] [Friday Science] [Mathematics]

December 21, 10AM

The Hajj in MeccaThis is the third and final post in my seventh unit of world history: "The Age of the Church and Jihad."These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjects ... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

December 20, 1PM

Upper room of the Hofbrauhaus, MunichI've been reading Konrad Heiden's 1944 story of Hitler's rise to power, Der Fuehrer. The first three chapters were:How to Take Over the WorldBands of Restless MenHitler was a Loser1. I read two chapters today. The firs... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

December 18, 4AM

This is the seventeenth and last post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the thirtieth post in a section on the Pastor ... [church conflict] [church management] [church splits] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

December 16, 12 PM

This is the ninth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of p... [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [geometry] [Mathematics] [trigonometry]

December 13, 2PM

Hitler in crowd in Munich when World War I was announcedBy now some will have figured out that I am reading Konrad Heiden's 1944 classic, Der Fuehrer. It continues to strike me that Hitler was still alive and in possession of most of Europe when this book... [Adolf Hitler] [book review]

December 11, 11AM

Little Flock Baptist Churchfounded by Paschal Shelburn in 1821Today is the 200th birthday of Indiana as a State. On this day in 1816, President James Madison authorized it, and the deed was done under an old elm tree in Corydon in south Indiana almost to ... [family history] [Indiana]

10AM

This is the sixteenth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-ninth post in a section on the Pastor as a Lea... [church splits] [conflict management] [seminary in a nutshell]

December 10, 8PM

This is the eighth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of philosophy, and... [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [thermodynamics]

December 7, 6AM

I'm reminded today of what a scary situation the world was in on December 7th, 1941. Germany had already pushed all the way to the Atlantic Ocean through France. It had taken Austria and Poland. It had allies in Spain and Italy. Hitler had only (stupidly)... [Pearl Harbor] [World War II]

December 6, 8AM

1. Last week I started reading a book published in 1944. The first chapter talked about how a man named Alfred Rosenberg came across a book in Moscow that he was convinced was true. It told of a worldwide conspiracy by Jews to take over the world. Driven ... [book review] [Munich]

December 4, 7AM

This is the fiftteenth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-eighth post in a section on the Pastor as a L... [conflict management] [leadership] [Paul Tillich] [protestantism] [seminary in a nutshell]

December 2, 4AM

This is the seventh post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of ... [algebra] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [Mathematics]

November 30, 4AM

This is the second post in the seventh unit of my treatment of world history, a unit called, "The Age of the Church and Jihad."These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten sub... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

November 29, 12 PM

Started reading an old book today.1. The first chapter is about how the Russian Tsar's secret police around the year 1900 took a document and re-brandished it as The Protocols of the Men of Zion. Their goal was to accrue power to themselves by creating a ... [book review]

4AM

This is the eighteenth and final installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, without comment.______________________A Recapitulation PlusIn this booklet we have tried to show:That the Fall of Man necessitated a Coming of the Lord. That the trut... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

November 28, 4PM

This is the seventeenth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, the second to last post. His opinions were quite intertwined with events almost 60 years ago, a good warning against tying contemporary events to interpretations of ... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

November 27, 10AM

This is the fourteenth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-seventh post in a section on the Pastor as a ... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell] [Zwingli]

November 26, 3PM

This is the third section of Module 6 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, a module on parallel circuits. The sections so far are:6.1 Rules for Voltage and Current6.2 Rules for Resistance and PowerThis third section is about how volt... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

November 25, 4AM

This is the sixth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of p... [chemistry] [Gen Eds in a nutshell]

November 23, 9AM

So finally we begin the seventh unit of world history: "The Age of the Church and Jihad."These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjects you might study in a general edu... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [middle ages]

November 15, 6PM

The sixteenth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, copied here without comment.________________The election through which we have just passed (1960) has, at least, two significant prophetic outcroppings. Both should be cause for profoun... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

8AM

Are you a student at IU or Purdue? Ball State? Some other college?Are you a high school student, a junior or senior looking to get some college credit before you even go to college? Are you at a Christian high school like Lakeview or Heritage Christian? A... [Indiana Wesleyan University] [philosophy]

November 14, 5PM

I've come up with five personal take-aways from this election so far. These are just my intuitions to do with as you will.1. There are many kinds of forgotten.No matter who lost this election, there would be a major part of the American populace who felt ... [election 2016]

November 13, 7AM

This is the thirteenth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-sixth post in a section on the Pastor as a Le... [Athanasius] [conflict management] [seminary in a nutshell]

November 12, 11AM

This is the fifth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of p... [chemistry] [Gen Eds in a nutshell]

November 8, 3AM

The fifteenth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, copied here without comment.________________The Four Promises To Abraham, The Millennium And MagogLet us now give some consideration to God's Four Promises to Abraham in conne... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

November 6, 7PM

... made you look! :-)May the Lord help us get not only through Tuesday but to some healing as a nation/church/etc in the days beyond. I truly don't know what the best outcome is Tuesday. I can't see the future. I can't see the unintended consequences.But... [election 2016]

6AM

This is the twelfth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-fifth post in a section on the Pastor as a Leade... [conflict management] [disputable matters] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

November 5, 6PM

This is the second week of Module 6 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, a module on parallel circuits. The first section was:6.1 Rules for Voltage and CurrentThis second section now addresses resistance and power in parallel circuits.1. ... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [parallel circuits]

5AM

So the way this works is that, if you get past the first two questions, whichever candidate gets the most points is the one you should vote for.1. More than anything else, do you want to protest both of the candidates or the system in general?Vote for Gar... [Donald Trump] [Hillary Clinton] [politics]

November 4, 1PM

This is the fourth post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of ... [atom] [chemistry] [Gen Eds in a nutshell]

November 1, 6PM

The fourteenth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, copied here without comment.________________From Zechariah 12:7-10, 14:2, and Revelation 11:1 it seems there will be an element and place of protection for a Jewish remnant in Jerusale... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

October 31, 12 PM

Don't have time to post much today, but I did want to register the 499th anniversary of Martin Luther blogging, ur, posting points for discussion, on the Wittenberg cathedral door. P.S. Tom is now taller than me. Sophie's pretty tall now too. [Protestant Reformation] [Wittenberg]

October 30, 3AM

This is the eleventh post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-fourth post in a section on the Pastor as a Lea... [conflict management] [Galatians] [seminary in a nutshell]

October 29, 2PM

So we move on to Module 5 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series (here is the previous module). This module is on Parallel Circuits (as opposed to the series circuits of the previous module). The first section is "Rules for Voltage and Curre... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

October 28, 2AM

This is the third post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of philos... [chemistry] [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [quantum physics]

October 26, 3AM

This is the second half of my treatment of the period, "Renaissance and Reformation."These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjects you might study in a general educati... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

October 25, 3AM

The thirteenth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, copied here without comment.___________________The Fourth Promise, The Antichrist The False Prophet And ArmageddonBecause the antichrist will, near the middle of the Tribulat... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

October 23, 1PM

This is the tenth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-third post in a section on the Pastor as a Leader (see ... [conflict management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

October 22, 2PM

This is the fifth and final week of Module 5 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. This module is on troubleshooting problems in series circuits. The first four sections were:5.1 Voltage, Resistance, and Current5.2 Ohm's Law Form... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

October 21, 4AM

The second post in the math/science part of my "Gen Eds in a Nutshell" series. It's a series of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I've already done the subject of philosophy, and I'... [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [Mathematics]

October 18, 3AM

The twelfth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, copied here without comment, although I find it fascinating that my grandfather was drawing on the ASV. I wonder if it was in one of his sources, or perhaps he used it when he was a ... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

October 16, 6PM

Title: God is on His Holy ThroneI preached tonight at the Sunday evening SAGE service at College Wesleyan Church. The title is taken from Habakkuk 2:20.Text: Habakkuk 1:2-4, 5-7, 12-13; 2:1, 2-4, 20I. IntroductionHabakkuk was written at a sad time in the ... [sermon starters]

9AM

In case you were wondered, here's what Dante said (good page here):1. LimboUnbaptized babies and pagans who never had a chance2. LustPeople driven by their fleshly desires in life3. GluttonyPeople who overindulged in food and drink4. GreedThose who hoarde... [Dante] [hell]

October 15, 1PM

I thought it might be helpful to set the various views of pain as I understand them next to each other. Where have I gone wrong in my analysis of the varying positions? Have I missed anything?1. The Naturalist PerspectiveThis perspective does not believe ... [problem of suffering]

11AM

This is the fourth week of Module 5 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. This module is on the relationships between current, voltage, and resistance. The first three sections were:5.1 Voltage, Resistance, and Current5.2 Ohm's L... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance]

October 14, 2AM

So I've been doing a series on Wednesdays called, "General Education in a Nutshell." I've alreadytwelve posts on philosophy. I'm about half-way through a series on world history. Now for the last few weeks on Friday I've been processing the content of mat... [Friday Science] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [science]

October 13, 1PM

The tides of culture have changed. They have changed almost imperceptibly; It has seemed to happen overnight. The ground we stand on is different, But we did not realize it because we did not move. We were the leaders, we thought,... [poems] [poetry]

October 12, 4AM

Finally I can move on to the sixth period in my World History series: "Renaissance and Reformation." I'll need to do it in two parts though.These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series inv... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

October 11, 2AM

The eleventh installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, copied here without comment.______________________Promise Four: Israel The Determining Factor in the Destinies of Other Nations and of IndividualsLet us consider again the Fourth Promise... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

October 9, 8AM

This quote from Republican strategist Steve Schmidt was devastation today on Meet the Press:"The presidential race is effectively over. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the 45th president of the United States. Chuck Schumer will be the Majority Leader of th... [Republican Party]

October 8, 9AM

So I've taken a shot at categorizing math, chemistry, and physics. So we finish the cores with biology (I put astronomy and geology under physics).1. What do biology majors take? Here's some of the courses:botanyzoologymicrobiologycellular and molecular b... [biology] [Friday Science]

October 7, 3AM

So I've taken a shot at categorizing math and chemistry. Today's physics.1. What do physics majors take?I didn't really find many university catalogs very helpful.So there's a first semester introductory course, typically covering Mechanics, then advanced... [Friday Science] [physics]

October 5, 3AM

Watt's steam engineI've had to split the fifth period in the history series into three posts. This is the third part of "From Crowmell to Napoleon."These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This se... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

October 4, 3AM

The tenth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's 1960 prophecy book, copied here without comment._____________________From the setting up of the New Israeli Nation it was declared that the State would be open to the immigration of Jews from all cou... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

October 1, 5PM

This is the third week of Module 5 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. This module is on the relationships between current, voltage, and resistance. The first two sections were:5.1 Voltage, Resistance, and Current5.2 Ohm's Law Formu... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [power] [watts]

September 30, 3AM

A few days ago I wrote a post trying to get my head around the complex landscape of mathematics. Think of this as research for my gen ed series. When I get there, I want to recombobulate the whole thing, integrating math, physics, and chemistry somewhat.S... [chemistry]

September 29, 3AM

This is the second part of "From Crowmell to Napoleon." I've split the fifth period in this history series into three posts.These are posts in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjec... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [Revolutionary War] [world history]

September 27, 3AM

The ninth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's 1960 prophecy book, copied here without comment.__________________________The Palestinian stage was now set for the working out of the Third Phase* of a Jewish return to the land. This phase would be the ... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

September 25, 7PM

As an idle curiosity for some time, I've been trying to get my head around all the areas of the field of mathematics, and how to categorize them.1. So first there's the way they are approached in education:arithmetic (numbers and their relations)algebra (... [Mathematics]

September 21, 7PM

Scott Burson is a professor of philosophy at Indiana Wesleyan in the School of Theology and Ministry (STM). He has a penchant for apologetics but not business as usual apologetics. He's really beginning to make an impact in his field, and his latest book ... [Apologetics] [Scott Burson]

2AM

This is the fifth post in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. The first topic in the overall ser... [French Revolution] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [Napoleon] [world history]

September 20, 1AM

I've never formalized a bucket list, but it seems like an appropriate birthday to do so. So here it is:1. Before I die, there are places I'd like to visit:My remaining US states (Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New... [bucket list]

September 19, 4AM

It's called "asymmetrical warfare." It's when the enemy is not an easily identifiable entity. It's not a country, for example. It's not a centralized organization but often lone individuals or what we've come to call "terror cells." There may be leaders b... [terrorism]

September 18, 6AM

This is the ninth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-second post in a section on the Pastor as a Leader (see... [conflict management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

September 17, 5AM

Going to try to write the better part of a chapter today. The first section of the chapter is called "Paul and the Law." Here is the outline to fill in over the next five hours or so:6.1.1 Paul's Many Uses of NomosThe default reference of Paul's use of th... [Paul and the Law]

September 16, 12 PM

1. As I was reading through the next chapter of The Road to Reality, I decided I was wasting my time for now. I'm not horrible when it comes to math and science. I want to understand. But I have experienced his words like having a map without any clue whe... [Big Bang Theory] [Friday Science] [novel]

September 14, 11AM

The third book in Dr. Constance Cherry's worship trilogy has come out! The books are:The Worship Architect, used in over 120 colleges and seminaries, translated into three languages so far.The Special Service Worship Architect And now The Music Archi... [Constance Cherry] [Sunday worship]

September 13, 2AM

The eighth installment of my grandfather Shepherd's prophecy book, brought to you unedited from 1960, without comment.__________________________Before the great war broke out he had, in his research in chemistry, discovered a new process of fermentat... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

September 11, 11AM

This is the eighth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-first post in a section on the Pastor as a Leader (see... [conflict management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

September 10, 1PM

This is the second week of Module 5 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. This module is on the relationships between current, voltage, and resistance. The first section was:5.1 Voltage, Resistance, and Current1. You can calculate the curr... [current] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance] [voltage]

September 9, 2AM

This is my post on the seventh chapter.This isn't going to be long. I generally read the chapter. I didn't really understand the chapter. I think what he was calling contour integrals is probably called a surface integral on this side of the pon... [book review] [Roger Penrose]

September 8, 3PM

The Fall of New AmsterdamContinued from last week______________________Roelof was prepared to fight the English with Stuyvesant, but everyone pleaded with Stuyvesant to sign a treaty instead. They were hardly any match for the four English warships sittin... [Roelof Schenck] [Schenck family novel excerpt]

September 6, 2AM

This is the seventh installment of my grandfather's prophecy book. I present his words exactly as they were in 1960 without evaluation. They are very interesting from a historical perspective.____________________It is my belief which can be backed up... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

September 5, 6AM

This is the seventh post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twentieth post in a section on the Pastor as a Leader (see at the bottom).L... [church management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

September 3, 9AM

Module 5 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series starts today. This module is called Relationships of Current, Voltage, and Resistance. The first four modules were:1. Electrical Current2. Voltage3. Resistance4. Measuring Curren... [current] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance] [voltage]

September 2, 4PM

This is my post on the sixth chapter.1. I'm sure there is a method to Penrose's madness. He's giving the building blocks and later he'll build. This chapter was about real number calculus. He gave a brief intro to differentiation and integration.Basi... [book review] [Friday Science] [Roger Penrose]

September 1, 6PM

Schenck house in Flatlands, from 1675Continued from two weeks ago_______________________Nieuw Amsterdam was founded by the Dutch around 1625. As early as 1609, the same year that the settlers of Jamestown almost starved to death, Henry Hudson was explorin... [Brooklyn New York] [Schenck family novel excerpt]

August 31, 5PM

This is the fourth post in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. The first topic in the overall se... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

August 30, 2AM

This is the sixth installment of my grandfather's prophecy book. I present his words exactly as they were in 1960. They are very interesting from a historical perspective.____________________IV. How Far Has God Progressed With This Program?When the Lord b... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

August 29, 2AM

This is the final post reading through Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's book, Great by Choice.1. The final chapter has to do with luck. Did the 10X companies have better luck than the comparisons, or did the comparisons have worse luck? Did ... [book review] [Jim Collins]

August 28, 10AM

This is a post about communication in the church. We are in a series of posts on church leadership and management. Last week we looked at the dynamics of a healthy team of leaders.This is the sixth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutsh... [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]

August 27, 11AM

This is the third and final week of Module 4 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The first two weeks were:4.1 Current in a Series Circuit4.2 Voltage in a Series CircuitHere are my take-aways from this final section of this module:Al... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [voltage]

August 26, 4AM

The older I get, the more I find it incredible that the timing of Hebrews 1 isn't obvious to everyone.1. The verbs of Hebrews 1:1-4 center on recent events involving Jesus, especially his exaltation:God "spoke" is the main verb of this introduction, and h... [Christology of Hebrews] [Hebrews 1]

3AM

This is my post on the fifth chapter. Well, Roger Penrose is a smart dude. I followed some of the material in this chapter and knew of some of it, but a lot of it is a bit beyond me. Still more fundamentally, I'm not exactly sure why we are talking about ... [book review] [Roger Penrose]

August 23, 1AM

This is the fifth installment of my grandfather's prophecy book.______________________ THE WORLD SETTING AT THE TIME OFTHE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRSTLet us look at the world setting at that time. Rome is Mistress of the world. The gates of the temple of the hea... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

August 22, 6AM

This is the sixth post reading through Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's book, Great by Choice.1. This chapter is called "SMaC," which stands for "Specific, Methodical, and Consistent." The authors are suggesting that companies that performed extr... [book review] [Jim Collins]

August 20, 6PM

This is the second week of Module 4 in the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The first week was:4.1 Current in a Series Circuit1. While amperage measures anywhere in a circuit, as long as it is connected in series. Voltage can only be me... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance] [voltage]

August 19, 2AM

A fourth post will be brief. Chapter 3 was about real numbers. This chapter talks about the "magic" of complex numbers. I didn't immediately follow everything in this chapter, and don't have the time to mull it over. But the 1700s saw the realization that... [book review] [Friday Science]

August 18, 4AM

Continued from last week______________________Two years before the later Maartin, the nephew, boarded a ship for America, the Peace of Westphalia had been signed in 1648. The Netherlands were now officially free from Spain. The wars were over, at least fo... [Schenck family novel excerpt]

August 17, 4PM

This is the third post in the World History part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. This series involves ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. The first topic in ... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]

August 16, 2AM

This is the fourth installment of my grandfather's prophecy book.___________________III. God's Work On This Four Promise ProgramLet us now turn to a consideration of how God has worked and is working on this program. His work will finally bring the Comin... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

August 15, 2AM

This is the fifth post reading through Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's book, Great by Choice.1. This chapter is called "Leading Above the Death Line." It deals with the third of Collins' three distinctives of companies that weather difficult tim... [book review] [Jim Collins]

August 14, 6AM

How can church leaders best work together? We are in a series of posts on church leadership and management. Last week we looked at the various positions in a church and how best to formulate them.This is the fifth post on church management in my "Sem... [church management] [leadership] [Patrick Lencioni] [seminary in a nutshell]

August 13, 12 PM

Module 4 starts today of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The first three modules were:1. Electrical Current2. Voltage3. ResistanceThis module has to do with measuring current and voltage in series circuits. The multimeter it pictures is... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

August 12, 4AM

This is my third post on Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality.1. Penrose continues his exploration of the intersection between math and reality as he looks at several different types of number and asks if they have any basis in the physical world... [book review] [Friday Science] [Numbers]

August 11, 4AM

Ten years after Augustine Shelburne was born in Jamestown, Maarten Peterse Schenck von Nydeck boarded the ship de Valckener with his family for Nieuw Amsterdam. The year was 1650.The family of Schenck was a military family. Martin's father and uncle ... [Roelof Schenck] [Schenck family novel excerpt]

August 10, 4AM

This election year is the strangest I can remember. I think it's fair to say there has never been a candidate like Donald Trump in my lifetime. How did we get here?Today I start looking back through world history. See my previous post for my basic framewo... [Bush] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [Iraq] [world history]

August 9, 2AM

This is the third week transcribing my grandfather's booklet on prophecy. Today we finish the second half of the second section of the booklet.____________________Promise Two:- Give Abraham A Land To Contain The NationThe Second Promise to Abraham was to ... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

August 8, 2AM

This is the fourth post reading through Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's book, Great by Choice.1. So the previous chapter presented Collins and Hansen's conclusion that companies that thrived in difficult times had "fanatic discipline." Mostly wh... [book review] [Jim Collins]

August 7, 3AM

How do you decide who does what in your church? Last week we looked at various structures of church governance throughout the centuries. This is the fourth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this seminary series,... [church management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

August 6, 12 PM

This is the fourth and final week of Module 3 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series, which is on resistance. The three posts so far are:3.1 What is resistance?3.2 Resistors3.3 Resistor identification1. So an ammeter measures curre... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance]

August 5, 6AM

This is my second post on Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality.1. The second chapter is titled, "An ancient theorem and a modern question." The ancient theorem is the Pythagorean theorem (a2 + b2=c2). As it turns out, the Pythagorean theorem only works if ... [Euclid] [Friday Science] [hyperbolic geometry] [Roger Penrose]

August 4, 4AM

The first real influx of women to Jamestown came in 1620, ninety women. Many of them were married before the end of their first day ashore. The demand for a wife among the mostly male, severely isolated colony was tremendous. The gentlemen absorbed the ne... [Jamestown] [Schenck family novel excerpt]

August 3, 2AM

World history starts today. Last week, I finished twelve posts overviewing philosophy as one of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" core at a university or college. I'm calling this series, "General Education in a Nutshel... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [history]

August 2, 3AM

Last week I started transcribing my grandfather's booklet on prophecy. Today I'm transcribing half of the second section of the booklet.___________________II. God Chooses Abraham and Gives Him Four Promises.These promises according to Genesis 12:1-4 seem ... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

August 1, 3AM

This is now my third post reading through Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's book, Great by Choice.1. This chapter expands on the first of three characteristics that Collins and Hansen think typify the kind of organization that makes striking long term gains... [book review] [Jim Collins]

July 31, 5AM

In church history, how has leadership been structured in different "denominations" or church groups? That is the topic this week. Last week we looked at leadership roles in the early church.This is the third post on church management in my "Seminary ... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

July 27, 2AM

The last eleven posts have overviewed philosophy as the first of ten subjects you would generally study in college as part of a "general education," also called a "liberal arts" education. The name of this overall series is called "General Education ... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [philosophy]

July 26, 3AM

Just after the 1960 election, my grandfather Harry Shepherd (1883-1963) wrote a book titled, Foundational and Fundamental Truth Concerning the Coming of the Lord. My mother, then married almost fifteen years, typed it up since he couldn't type. He would d... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]

July 25, 3AM

Last week I started reviewing Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's new book, Great by Choice. Today is chapter 2: "10Xers."1. The title of the chapter has to do with the companies that form the focus of this book's study, namely, companies that performed at le... [book review] [Jim Collins]

July 24, 9AM

Today let's look at early church leadership structures. This is the second post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series, now moved to Sundays. In this seminary series, first I did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minis... [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]

July 23, 5AM

This is the third week of Module 3 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. Last week was:3.1 What is resistance?3.2 Resistors1. The unit of measure for resistance is the ohm, symbolized by the Greek letter omega, ΩResistors are commonl... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance]

July 22, 3AM

I haven't stopped reading Brian Greene's, The Fabric of Reality. I've read almost two more chapters since I last posted on it, the latest of which is on string theory.But I came across a 1000 page book by Roger Penrose that has distracted me: The Road to ... [book review] [Roger Penrose]

July 21, 7AM

A fourth excerpt____________________The excitement over John Smith's departure did not last long. George Percy was a far more enjoyable leader of the community, but a far less capable one. The natives had respected and feared John Smith. Now, as their own... [Schenck family novel excerpt]

July 20, 1AM

So we come to the last category in philosophy, the philosophy of art or aesthetics. Last week we looked at the philosophy of history.This is the tenth and final philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the ... [aesthetics] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [liberal arts] [philosophy]

July 18, 1PM

So I'm listening to the beginning of the Republican convention. There's a group that has a petition to have a roll call vote on the rules, in hope that they might by-pass Trump as a candidate.The chair not only did not recognize those with the petition bu... [Republican Party]

3AM

For the next few Mondays, I'm going to do reviews of Jim Collins and Morten Hansen's book, Great by Choice. Now that I'm done with my theology Sunday series, I'm moving my schedule around a little. Normally, I would do the electronics series on Monda... [book review] [Jim Collins]

July 16, 7AM

Today I begin a stretch of posts on church management.Since my theology in bullet points series is now done, I may shift my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series to Sundays, a series I've been working on now for about seven months (thinking about it). In t... [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]

July 14, 4AM

A third excerpt__________________After Wynne died, Thomas quickly joined the group that worked with Francis West. West had arrived in Jamestown on the same ship as Captain Wynne and Thomas, so they knew each other and had even worked together when they we... [Schenck family novel excerpt]

July 13, 6AM

Today we look at the philosophy of history. The last post tried to cover the gamut of perspectives on social and political philosophy, including economics.This is the ninth philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshel... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [liberal arts] [philosophy] [philosophy of history]

July 11, 3AM

This is the second week of Module 3 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. Last week was:3.1 What is resistance?This week is on resistors. I chuckled because so much is now done on integrated circuits that have billions of items on a small ... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance]

July 10, 9AM

Introduction to Christian Theology1. What is Christian theology?2. Start with the faith you have.3. All truth is God's truth.4. God has revealed himself in nature.5. God reveals himself in events apart from nature.6. There is... [theology in bullet points]

6AM

This is the final ethics and theology entry in a series called theology in bullet points that I began on March 7, 2014. I will post one more overall table of contents and be done. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creatio... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

July 9, 1PM

From CNN:Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and R began to unravel after Mosc said Saturday it had expelled two American diplomats and the U.S. revealed it had tossed two Rs in response to an attack on one of its personnel. State Department John Kirby:... [Rossia]

7AM

Before I move to Church Management, I should fill in a gap in the "Leadership in General" section (see at the bottom): Leadership Pitfalls.I've been doing a series called "Seminary in a Nutshell" for about seven months now. First I did a section on t... [ethics] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

July 8, 4AM

No one is an island, isolated by itself,Everyone is part of the continent, part of the mainland.If earth be washed away by the sea, then our land has diminished,As well as if a city were,As well as if someone of your friends or your own were.Anyone's deat... [John Donne] [poetry]

July 7, 3AM

A second excerpt...__________________Thomas had never experienced such a flood of exuberation in his life as to see land after several months at sea. Captain Newport moved south along the coastline of "Virginia," named after Queen Elizabeth, the virgin qu... [Captain John Smith] [Jamestown] [Schenck family novel excerpt]

July 6, 6AM

Social, political, and economic philosophy are all ethics written large. The last post tried to cover the gamut of perspectives on individual ethics. This post addresses the more complex question of how the individual might relate to the many.This is the ... [Economics] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [liberal arts] [social philosophy]

July 4, 2AM

I wrote a "Top Ten Things I Love about America" for today:1. Freedom of religionI love the fact that I not only can worship God freely here, not only can worship the Christian God here, but I can be a Wesleyan or a Baptist, or a Catholic or a Quaker or a ... [July 4]

July 3, 5AM

This is the twenty-fourth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and At... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

July 2, 1AM

This is the tenth and final post on strategic planning in the Pastoral Leadership part of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom of this post for the entire leadership series thus far.1. It may seem a matter of common sense, but after you have s... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell] [strategic planning]

July 1, 6PM

Another chapter of Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos. I'm now within 200 pages of the end. My first nine summaries are at the bottom.I thought I would quote his summary of this chapter from p. 301 and then add some "expansionary" comments:1. "... [cosmology] [dark energy] [dark matter] [Friday Science] [inflationary theory]

June 30, 3AM

Well I started my fifty-fourth novel this week (it's actually more than that, but who's counting). It's meant to be a cross between Roots (my roots ;-) and A People's History of the United States. It takes my family tree research and then novelizes i... [Schenck family novel excerpt]

June 29, 3AM

This is my seventh philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) as part of a... [ethics] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [liberal arts] [philosophy]

June 27, 3AM

We now move on to Module 3 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The first two modules were:1. Electrical Current2. VoltageToday starts the booklet on resistance.If current (electron movement) and electromotive force (resulting in voltage,... [electricity] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [resistance]

June 26, 3AM

This is the twenty-third post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Ato... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

June 25, 3AM

This is the ninth post on strategic planning in the Pastoral Leadership part of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom of this post for the entire leadership series thus far.1. My colleague Bob Whitesel suggests that there are four basic forces ... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell] [strategic planning]

June 24, 4AM

Another chapter of Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos. My first eight summaries are at the bottom.1. Another good chapter. This one has to do with early universe and speculation about how particles obtained mass. I thought Greene did a very goo... [Friday Science] [Higgs boson]

June 22, 3AM

This is my sixth philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) to be consider... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [philosophy]

June 21, 12 AM

This is the fifth week of Module 2 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The last few weeks were:2.1 Electromotive Force2.2 Magnetism2.3 Electromagnetic Induction2.4 Generating AC Voltage2.5 Uses of AC and DCFig 1: alternato... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

June 20, 7AM

This is the twenty-second post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and At... [christian ethics] [lying] [theology in bullet points]

June 19, 12 PM

I was thinking today about the top ten things I admired about my Dad. Here's the list I came up with:10. He was organized.In the days before computers, his district treasurer book of spreadsheets was about six inches thick. The master of the file cabinet.... [My Father]

June 18, 6AM

This is the eighth post on strategic planning in the Pastoral Leadership part of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. See the bottom of the page for the entire leadership series thus far.1. Thus far in strategic planning we have identified a mission and visi... [seminary in a nutshell] [strategic planning]

June 17, 1PM

One day I'll finish this book: Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos. My first seven summaries were:a. Overviewb. Spinning Space Bucketsc. Relativity and the Absoluted. Particles Separated at Birthe. Does time flow?f. ... [book review] [cosmology] [Friday Science]

June 15, 3AM

This is my fifth philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) to be a genera... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [metaphysics] [philosophy]

June 12, 6AM

This is the twenty-first post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Ato... [christian ethics] [lying] [theology in bullet points]

June 11, 5AM

This is the tenth post in the Pastoral Leadership part of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first nine were:Leadership in GeneralCategories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God leadStrategic PlanningThe Mission, Great and SmallIdentif... [seminary in a nutshell] [strategic planning]

June 9, 4AM

This is my fourth philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects I plan to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) to be ... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [philosophy of science]

June 8, 12 PM

Joanne Lyon is stepping down from being General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church. There is much news to share here. Wayne Schmidt, my old boss at Wesley Seminary, is replacing her. Dr. Lyon is going to switch places and give oversight to the Seminary... [Holiness Movement] [Joanne Lyon] [Pilgrim Holiness Church]

June 5, 6AM

This is the twentieth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonem... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

June 3, 8AM

In my theology in a nutshell series:1. The Christian ethic is, at its base, a virtue ethic.2. The foundational value of a Christian ethic is love.I-IV.3. We must not let any other thing take God's place in our life.V.4. God calls us to respect authority i... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

3AM

I'm now almost half way through Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos. I hope I'm not wasting my time.My first six summaries were:a. Overviewb. Spinning Space Bucketsc. Relativity and the Absoluted. Particles Separated at Birth... [Friday Science] [quantum physics]

June 1, 3AM

This is my fourth philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects I plan to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) to be ... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [logic] [Logical Fallacies] [philosophy]

May 30, 5AM

This is the fourth week of Module 2 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The last few weeks were:2.1 Electromotive Force2.2 Magnetism2.3 Electromagnetic InductionThis section is about how alternating current (such as what comes ... [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [voltage]

May 29, 3PM

Text: Exodus 14:10-14IntroductionTomorrow is Memorial Day.Some say we shouldn't celebrate secular or nationalistic American holidays in church (Mother's Day, July 4th, Memorial Day).I've come to believe that God can "claim" cultural days like these. There... [memorial day] [sermon starters]

May 28, 6AM

This is the ninth post in the Pastoral Leadership part of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first eight were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God leadThe Mission, Great and SmallIdentifying MissionCasting VisionVision State... [seminary in a nutshell] [SWOT analysis]

May 25, 5AM

This is my third philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects I plan to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) to be a... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [philosophy]

May 19, 3AM

Happy Birthday to my mother, who turns 90 years young today! Looking forward to seeing her tomorrow!Loving, prayerful, smart and studious, musical, faithful, ever calm and peaceful--I'm immensely grateful to have her as a mother. It's hard for me even to ... [Mom (Helen Schenck)]

May 18, 3AM

This is the second week of philosophy in my series, "The Gen Eds in a Nutshell." Last week I overviewed the subject matter of philosophy and set out a course for twelve posts on the topic.1. A philosophy class might not normally begin with the philosophy ... [arguments for existence of God] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [philosophy] [problem of evil]

May 16, 3AM

This is the third week of Module 2 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. The last couples week were:2.1 Electromotive Force2.2 MagnetismThis section is about the dynamics of electromagnetic induction involving a magnetic field and a c... [electromagnetic induction] [magnetism] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

May 15, 7AM

This is the nineteenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atone... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

May 14, 11AM

I finished a MOOC for the first time. I've started several but this was the first one I finished. It was a four weeker with Hatoshi Murayama through the University of Tokyo, called "From the Big Bang to Dark Energy." He is a phenomenal teacher.1. The... [Big Bang Theory]

5AM

This is the eighth post in the Pastoral Leadership part of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first six were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God leadThe Mission, Great and SmallIdentifying MissionCasting VisionVision Statem... [mission and vision] [missional] [seminary in a nutshell]

May 13, 4AM

It's time for another chapter in Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos.My first five summaries were:a. Overviewb. Spinning Space Bucketsc. Relativity and the Absoluted. Particles Separated at Birthe. Does time flow?1. My apolog... [book review] [entropy]

May 11, 3AM

School of Athens, by RaphaelLast week I started a series, "The Gen Eds in a Nutshell." The first subject in the series of ten general education topics is philosophy. So for the next few weeks, I will slowly be summarizing the primary take-aways a person s... [Ged Eds in a nutshell] [liberal arts] [philosophy]

May 9, 3AM

This is the second week of Module 2 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. Last week was:2.1 Electromotive ForceThe key points of the section on magnetism are:In the 1970s, the chief way of making electricity was to use mechanical energy to... [magnetism] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

May 7, 6AM

This is the seventh post in the Pastoral Leadership stretch of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. Thefirst six were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God leadThe Mission, Great and SmallIdentifying MissionCasting Vision1. Let's s... [mission and vision] [seminary in a nutshell]

May 6, 12 PM

The first Wesley Seminary DMin cohort is now up and running with Bob Whitesel. It's a three year series of courses in Leadership, with a fourth year to do an individualized project.Bob was built for this sort of thing and it is amazing the schedule he has... [Bob Whitesel] [dmin] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

May 5, 10AM

The Holy Spirit, Karl Barth, and the Minor Prophets walk into a semester...These are all courses you can take onsite at IWU in the new master's degree offered by the School of Theology and Ministry.Here's the Fall schedule for our new Master of Practical ... [Master in Practical Theology (STM)] [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)]

May 4, 1PM

I want to start a series on Wednesdays something like my series I do on Saturdays. My Saturday series is "Seminary in a Nutshell," and I am going through a seminary curriculum over the course of perhaps several years. Today I want to start a series called... [Ged Eds in a nutshell] [liberal arts]

May 3, 6AM

It's deeply ironic that I finish my review of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion on the day we here in Indiana go to the primary polls. My bet is that Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will wi... [book review] [Donald Trump] [politics]

May 2, 2PM

This week starts Module 2 of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics series. Last week I finished summarizing:Module 1: Electrical CurrentThe second module begins with Electromotive Force (EMF) produced by chemical action. This book was written in the ... [electricity] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics] [voltage]

April 30, 10AM

Governor Mike Pence at IWUIt is an honor to have a sitting governor speak at a university graduation, whether you agree with his or her politics. Today, IWU was honored to have Governor Mike Pence speak at our commencement. It was a very worshipful and en... [Indiana Wesleyan University]

4AM

This is the sixth post in the Pastoral Leadership stretch of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first five were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God leadThe Mission, Great and SmallIdentifying Mission1. In theory, the missio... [mission and vision] [seminary in a nutshell]

April 29, 2AM

Another Friday, another chapter in Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos.My first four summaries were:a. Overviewb. Spinning Space Bucketsc. Relativity and the Absoluted. Particles Separated at BirthThis chapter was a dud to me. As ... [book review] [Time]

April 26, 8AM

Here is my 300 word entry for my biblical theology notebook:The goal of New Testament eschatology is no doubt new creation. This new creation presupposes that the current creation is not as God wants it to be. The current creation, not least humanity, is... [Biblical Theology] [eschatology]

3AM

Almost done with Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind. I've blogged on:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule4. Three Domains of Morality5. Taste Buds of the Righteous Mind6. The Moral Founda... [book review] [evolution] [Jonathan Haidt] [social intuitionism]

April 25, 3AM

Today we finish the first module of the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics course from the early 70s. The module has been on Electrical Current. Previous review posts have included:1.1 Electricity and the Electron1.2 Electron Movement1.3 Cur... [electricity] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

April 23, 5AM

This is the fifth post in the Pastoral Leadership stretch of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first two were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God leadThe Mission, Great and Small1. It's good for a church or organization to... [leadership] [mission and vision] [seminary in a nutshell] [strategic planning]

April 22, 12 AM

Another chapter down in Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos.My first two summaries were:a. Overviewb. Spinning Space Bucketsc. Relativity and the Absolute1. This chapter seemed a lot longer than it needed to be to me. Hopefully I can g... [book review] [double-slit experiment] [quantum entaglement] [quantum mechanics] [Werner Heisenberg]

April 19, 3AM

Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind continues. I've blogged on:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule4. Three Domains of Morality5. Taste Buds of the Righteous Mind6. The Moral Foundati... [book review] [Jonathan Haidt]

April 18, 3AM

I've been reviewing the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics course from the early 70s. Previous review posts have included:1.1 Electricity and the Electron1.2 Electron MovementToday's module is on "Current Flow."Here are the bullet points to remem... [electricity] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

April 16, 2AM

This is the fourth post in the Pastoral Leadership stretch of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first three were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of LeadersHow does God lead1. One task to which a pastor may give oversight is strategic plannin... [leadership] [mission and vision] [seminary in a nutshell] [strategic planning]

April 15, 2AM

1. I finished the next chapter of Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos, a few days ago. I was excited because he filled in some things about relativity I had never really read about.My first two summaries were:a. Overviewb. Spinning Space Buckets... [book review] [physics] [relativity]

April 11, 3AM

Last week I started reviewing the Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics course from the early 70s. Last week was:1.1 Electricity and the ElectronToday's module is on "Electron Movement."Here are the bullet points to remember from the second module:Proton... [electricity] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

April 10, 4AM

This is the eighteenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atone... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

April 5, 9AM

Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind continues. I've blogged on:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule4. Three Domains of Morality5. Taste Buds of the Righteous Mind6. The Moral Foundati... [book review] [evolution]

April 3, 5PM

1. In 1980, when I started my freshman year in high school, I signed up for an elective I think was called "Electronics 1." It was with Mr. Richard Brandt, a delightful if shall we say slightly overweight teacher. It was a different sort of class.I suspec... [atom] [electricity] [Navy Basic Electricity and Electronics]

April 2, 7AM

This is the third post in the Pastoral Leadership stretch of my Seminary in a Nutshell series. The first two were:Categories of LeadershipStyles and Traits of Leaders1. Individuals and cultures have a tendency to "create God in their own image." So both i... [Doctrine of God] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell] [theology]

April 1, 8AM

IWU chapel auditoriumEvery year, IWU hosts Fusion, a two day blast for high school students on campus with fun, music, a band, and a speaker. Every year, Charlie Alcock puts this thing together and thousands participate. Every year thousands come and get ... [Charlie Alcock] [fusion] [IWU]

2AM

IWU's School of Theology and Ministry (STM) has recently added a master's degree that eases the transition from the academy to the church.1. Designed for those right out or recently out of college, it's a two year master's degree that is the academic equi... [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 29, 4AM

Last week I started a new subject in my Seminary in a Nutshell series: Pastoral Leadership. The previous section was on the Person of the Minister. My resource for today is Peter Northouse's Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, and the ... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

March 28, 6AM

Quick post, thinking of "The Conservative Advantage." To tickle the moral ivories of the American populace, a candidate might:1. Harm - Address ways in which some group s/he represents is being harmed. Republicans might reference Americans being harm... [Jonathan Haidt] [politics]

March 27, 4AM

"I passed on to you as most important what I also received: Christ died for our sins in line with the scriptures, he was buried, and he rose on the third day in line with the scriptures. He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve, and then he appeared to m... [Easter]

March 25, 4AM

Good Friday we call it, the day when Jesus let the Jewish leaders and Romans crucify him. It's the day when Jesus chose not to fight back. It was the day that Jesus chose the path of the fool.1. Paul says, "The message about the cross is foolishness to th... [Good Friday]

March 24, 3AM

Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind continues. I've blogged on:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule4. Three Domains of Morality5. Taste Buds of the Righteous Mind6. The Moral Foundations o... [book review] [social philosophy]

March 19, 7AM

So we've finished Person of the Minister in the Seminary in a Nutshell series. For several reasons, I've decided to skip all the way to the end of the series to the final unit on pastoral leadership (PL). I'll come back to the context of a minister a... [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

March 18, 2AM

1. Trying to read through Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos, to fill in some blanks on the current state of physics. Last Friday I summarized the first chapter. Today it's the second chapter, "The Universe and the Bucket."2. Relatively short c... [book review] [physics]

March 16, 2AM

1. Started reading The Coming of the Third Reich last night. It's the first of three volumes in a series on the entire sweep of the Nazi movement in the early twentieth century. This particular volume has to do with the rise of Nazis to power.2. Evans sta... [book review] [Nazi Germany]

March 15, 7PM

Seems like a number of very important decisions are being made at the Wesleyan General Board meeting this week. For example, today they put forward the names of Wayne Schmidt and Isaac Smith as candidates for the next General Superintendent.Pray for the G... [Wesleyan Church]

8AM

My summaries of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind continue. I've blogged on:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule4. Three Domains of Morality5. Taste Buds of the Righteous MindNow chapter 7: "... [book review] [ethics] [social philosophy]

March 14, 10AM

The Wesleyan Theological Society met last week in San Diego. I was absolutely amazed at how many IWU professors were involved. There was a time when no one from IWU went. Then there was a time when only John Drury went.Now look:Abson Joseph: "The Bac... [IWU] [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University] [Wesleyan Theological Society]

March 13, 8AM

This is the seventeenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Aton... [homosexuality] [theology in bullet points]

March 12, 3AM

The Seminary in a Nutshell series so far:Chapter 1: The Calling of a MinisterChapter 2: The Person of a MinisterIntroductionMinisters have different personalities and strengthsWe each experience God best in different ways.There are certain class... [seminary in a nutshell]

March 11, 3AM

Physics is moving fast. The Higgs boson, gravitational waves, it seems we're on the verge of something big. This week I started reading through Brian Greene's, The Fabric of the Cosmos, which gives a fair sense of where things were in 2004. [BTW, I've col... [book review] [Friday Science] [quantum physics]

March 10, 5AM

My summaries of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind continue. I've blogged on:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule4. Three Domains of MoralityLet me continue with chapter 6: "Taste Buds of the Right... [book review] [social philosophy]

March 9, 5AM

This is the sixteenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonem... [sexual ethics] [theology in bullet points]

March 5, 6PM

The featured resource of the day is Keith Drury's, Soul Shaper: Becoming the Person God Wants You to Be. It is a synthesis of two previous works he did: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People and With Unveiled Faces.The Seminary in a Nutshell seri... [seminary in a nutshell] [Spiritual Formation]

March 4, 9AM

Preached March 4, 2016 as the final sermon in the Cox Deeper Life Series._____________________RecapSo if you were here on Wednesday, the title of the sermon was, “Jesus sanctified humanity.” The basic point of that sermon was that when Jesus came to e... [Holiness] [IWU] [sermon starters]

March 3, 5AM

Here's a picture of Constance Cherry speaking at a 3 day worship conference in Korea. She'll be preaching this Sunday at the SaRang Church there.If you do not know her, she teaches worship for IWU in the School of Theology and Ministry and is in great dem... [Constance Cherry] [IWU] [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)]

March 2, 11AM

Preached March 2, 2016 in IWU chapel as sermon 1 in the Cox Deeper Life Series:___________________IntroductionLike Dr. Ward said a few minutes ago, this is the Cox Deeper Life Series. I think it used to be called the “holiness” lectures, but I’m not... [Holiness] [sermon starters]

March 1, 4AM

I'm about three chapters behind in my summaries of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind. I've blogged on1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails3. Elephants Rule1. I have been so crazy busy that I haven't had time to blog much lat... [book review] [moral psychology]

February 21, 5PM

This is the fifteenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonem... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

February 20, 4AM

The featured resource of the day is Richard Foster's classic, Celebration of Discipline. The Seminary in a Nutshell series so far:Chapter 1: The Calling of a MinisterChapter 2: The Person of a MinisterIntroductionMinisters have different pe... [seminary in a nutshell] [Spirituality]

February 18, 7PM

I'm trying to sum up my notes on the first 200 pages of I. Howard Marshall's New Testament Theology. Here we go:1. How do we do NT Theology?Heikki Räisänen - We don't. It all falls apart. (17-18)Approach 1 - Lump the books together as a quarry for the s... [Biblical Theology] [I. Howard Marshall] [New Testament Theology]

4AM

Late notice, but I am teaching biblical theology for two days next week at Asbury Orlando (Friday-Saturday). Then I'll be back April 8-9. Surrounding these two, two day intensives are 10 weeks of reading online. If you want 3 hours of seminary credit (whi... [Asbury] [Biblical Theology]

February 14, 3PM

I am working through a section of a chapter that first presents various proposals for entities the Jews might have worshiped in some way in addition to or subordinate to God. My earlier delineation of categories is here.Category 1: Were other beings worsh... [Bauckham] [Hurtado] [Monotheism]

7AM

This is the fourteenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atone... [christian ethics] [theology in bullet points]

February 13, 3AM

The Seminary in a Nutshell series so far:Chapter 1: The Calling of a MinisterChapter 2: The Person of a MinisterIntroductionMinisters have different personalities and strengths1. Just as we have different personalities with different strengths and we... [seminary in a nutshell] [Spirituality]

February 12, 4AM

Not.As unified as our theology and Bible professors are against this popular idea, our culture assumes it. Yesterday in my biblical theology class, we were trying to tease out the true from the false in this popular sentiment.What is true?Before we come t... [sin]

February 10, 4AM

1.For several years, I've been puttering around on a book trying to think through how "new perspectives" might impact the study of Hebrews. The last chapter is titled, "Hebrews and God's Covenant with Israel." It seems to me that one thing this chapter sh... [Hebrews] [new perspective]

February 9, 5AM

I laughed repeatedly as I read the third chapter of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind, titled, "Elephant's Rule." Here are summaries of previous chapters:1. Introduction2. Intuitive Dogs and Rational Tails1. Of course the laugh is on me, ... [book review] [moral psychology] [social intuitionism]

February 4, 6AM

1. It is intrinsic to humanity that we tell stories about who we are and where we came from. We don't realize it, but over time we subtly change the emphasis, the way we tell the stories, and even the details. We do this because, even though we don't even... [hermeneutics]

February 3, 7AM

1. Every once and a while, I'll see something one of my step-daughters does and say to myself, "She is so like her mom!" Then a little bit later, my other step-daughter might do something and I'll think, "She is so like her mom!" The funny thing is, these... [apostle] [apostolic ministry]

February 2, 5AM

The second chapter of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind is titled, "The Intuitive Dog and Its Rational Tail." Last week I gave a quick review of the first chapter that the old Monday reading group is going through. Yesterday we met to traverse chap... [book review] [Dale Carnegie] [E. O. Wilson] [John Rawls] [Jonathan Haidt] [Lawrence Kohlberg] [social intuitionism]

January 31, 6AM

This is the thirteenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atone... [Adultery] [theology in bullet points]

January 30, 7AM

Today's post in the "Seminary in a Nutshell" series features Living Your Strengths as a resource. It is a ministerial version of the popular resource, Now Discover Your Strengths.The series so far:Chapter 1: The Calling of a MinisterChapter 2: T... [Myers-Briggs] [personality] [seminary in a nutshell] [strengths and weaknesses]

January 29, 3AM

1. Although it's trendy to reject Q these days, it remains to me the more likely hypothesis. Luke's version of the relevant sayings usually just seems more primitive to me, suggesting that Matthew was not his source for them. (The main competing option ri... [Q]

January 28, 6AM

1. Ye ol' Monday reading group is going through The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt this semester. David Vardaman suggested it and finds it worth a second read. Monday we chatted about chapter 1 (David was sick, Dave Ward was on assignment, Keith Drury ... [book review]

January 27, 3AM

A series overviewing the Bible. The first installment was 1 The Story of the Bible. The second installment started with Creation.Alienation from GodAlthough Jews and Christians believe that God created a world that is good, Christians do not believe ... [Adam] [story of the Bible]

January 24, 1PM

This is the twelfth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonemen... [abortion] [ethics] [theology in bullet points]

January 23, 10AM

The "Seminary in a Nutshell" series continues. The first "chapter" was1. The Calling of a MinisterThe second "chapter" begins today, "The Person of a Minister." My featured resource this week is a book Wesley Seminary uses in its third spiritual formation... [seminary in a nutshell]

January 19, 9AM

Thought I would gather my thoughts here on the attributes of God in the OT.1. YHWH is the God of Israel."I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob" (Exod. 3:6)."If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'Th... [Biblical Theology]

January 18, 7AM

I started an overview of the Bible a little over a week ago. Here was the first installment called "The Story of the Bible." The second installment is on Creation and Eternity.___________________The very first verse of the Bible in the very first boo... [Creation] [story of the Bible]

January 17, 8AM

This is the eleventh post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atoneme... [euthanasia] [Suicide] [theology in bullet points]

January 16, 11AM

This post concludes the first "chapter" of this "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. This first section has been on the "Calling of a Minister." Today I wanted to feature Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim's recent book The Permanent Revolution. I do not agree ... [Alan Hirsch] [pastoral calling] [seminary in a nutshell]

January 15, 2PM

I woke up with a certain heaviness this morning. As I went through my day, I increasingly got the impression that I am not the only one. I think there is a heaviness in the spirits of many students on the IWU campus, for example.I don't think it is just I... [Prayer]

January 14, 10PM

"Primates" from across the Anglican fellowship have been meeting in Canterbury, trying to avoid a fracture over the fact that the American Episcopal Church ordains openly practicing gay individuals as priests. The leader from Uganda actually walked out We... [Episcopal Church]

6AM

Sorry to see that Snape, my alter-ego, has died. [Harry Potter]

January 13, 11AM

I think in part because I have no real reason to read it, I'm finding myself reading E. P. Sanders new summative book on Paul in the gaps in my time. Another reason is that it is so light on the eyes. Yes, it's over 800 pages, but it's such an easy r... [book review] [E.P. Sanders]

5AM

IntroductionThe Story within the BibleThe Bible within the StoryIt seems that we are naturally wired to see the story within the Bible. It is much harder for us to see the books of the Bible in the story "outside" the Bible, that is, the story of history ... [story of the Bible]

January 10, 6AM

This is the tenth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.... [Murder] [theology in bullet points]

January 9, 5AM

My series continues, "Seminary in a Nutshell." The featured book today is Kristina LaCelle Peterson's, Liberating Tradition: Women's Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective. She discusses women in ministry from a historical perspective. Thus far in... [pastoral calling] [seminary in a nutshell]

January 8, 2PM

Since Mike Bird ordered a copy of Sanders' new book on Paul, I decided I needed to. Read the Preface and Introduction over a jelly filled donut and a late afternoon waiting to pick up kids.I like it. Not only is the print big enough to soothe my almost 50... [book review] [E.P. Sanders]

5AM

IntroductionThe Story Within the BibleThere is a story "inside" the Bible, so to speak. Different people and groups put that story together in slightly different ways. But it is a story that starts in a way even before the first verse of Genesis (the firs... [story of the Bible]

January 7, 5AM

IntroductionMost of us have seen a Bible. Some of us have several of them in our homes. You can find them in most book stores. You even find them sometimes in hotel rooms.The Bible has been the most influential book in human history. By far more copies ha... [story of the Bible]

January 5, 12 PM

Psalm 161. The original sense of Psalm 16 presents some difficulties in Hebrew, and translators have always done their best to render good sense of it. It is possible that verse 4 holds the key. It might be translated, "As for the holy ones who are in the... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

January 4, 7AM

This is the ninth post on Christian ethics in an ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.... [Capital punishment] [theology in bullet points]

January 3, 2PM

1. For a few years now, Wesleyan Publishing House (WPH) has been declining. I suppose that's no surprise given the general state of the publishing industry right now. In the absence of any real change, it's been dying a slow death. Fewer and fewer staff, ... [Wesleyan Publishing House]

January 2, 7AM

The series, "Seminary in a Nutshell," continues. My featured text today is the first volume of Justo González's The Story of Christianity. Thus far:PrefaceThe Pastor and Context1. The Domains of Ministry2. The Calling of a Minister3. Minis... [pastoral calling] [seminary in a nutshell]

January 1, 10AM

This is from the Marion Community Schools website, published in the Marion Chronicle Tribune, signed by the county school superintendents. My freshman daughter Sophie still faces close to ten more standardized tests even though she's already passed a... [education] [Marion]

December 31 2015, 10PM

And now for the requite New Year's Day post. Looking Back1. A change in roles was already in play a year ago, although few people knew it at the time. I think I had a great first semester back in the School of Theology and Ministry. It's a superb team und... [Personal]

8AM

Exploring a line of thinking this morning that I'm sure is sixty years old but not finding the paper trail.1. In most of Paul's writings, he uses the word "church" (ekklesia) in regard to local assemblies, house churches. So he writes to the church, singu... [1QS] [Essenes] [Galatians] [Qumran] [temple]

4AM

From Previous YearsFollowing the usual trend, apart from my basic home page, my most visited pages were not from 2015 but from earlier years. Here is the top ten list from this year:#1 this year was my post on Socially Constructed Identity from ... [Personal]

December 30, 6AM

Last week was the first of "All Request Wednesdays." This week's question comes from Seth Cotton. How do different ways of reading the Gospels end up with different perspectives on politics? I hope that's the question you were asking. :-)1. Albert Schweit... [all request Wednesday] [historical Jesus] [politics]

December 29, 5AM

Psalm 151. Some have suggested that Psalm 15 was a liturgy for being allowed to enter the temple area, but it is not necessary to take it that concretely. The psalm asks who is worthy of the LORD. What does a righteous person look like?2. The characterist... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 28, 2PM

1. "Art imitates life," they say. In their own ways, both Captain America and Vision are types of what a Christian should be in the face of evil (although I fear CA will go astray in the next movie).When Steve Rodgers signs up for the experiment that make... [Avengers] [violence]

6AM

This is the eighth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Aton... [just war theory] [theology in bullet points]

December 26, 8AM

A few weeks ago, I started a possibly multi-year series on Saturdays called, "Seminary in a Nutshell." The first of eight "books" in this series is on the pastor as a person and the contexts of ministry. Here are the posts so far.PrefaceThe Pastor and Con... [pastoral calling] [seminary in a nutshell]

December 25, 4AM

In the middle of spending lots of money and sometimes awkward family gatherings, may we all have a moment to remember that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. A gift given to give us life. A life lived for others, an example for us.Merry Chr... [Christmas]

December 24, 6AM

Continued from Tuesday3. So you could imagine our interest when rumors flew up the Jordan that a man named John was washing people in the River Jordan, not far from Jerusalem. He was calling Israel to repentance. God would restore us as a people, he preac... [Jesus novel]

December 23, 4AM

A.J. Thomas suggested I start an "All Request Wednesday" on the blog. His first suggestion was, "Key Ways in Which Wesleyan Theology is No Longer Quite Like Wesley." There are many people out there who know Wesley better than I do, so let me start an answ... [all request Wednesday]

December 22, 1PM

1. I thought I'd make one more post on A Tale of Three Kings. I tweeted several quotes from the book:"Rebels who ascend to the throne by rebellion have no patience with other rebels and their rebellions.""At most, the Lord’s people will follow a leader ... [book review] [leadership]

6AM

I thought I might blog a novel about Jesus, narrated from the perspective of James the son of Alphaeus, who of course was the first of the apostles to die.__________________1. The life of a fisherman is very predictable. You get up early. You fish. You ta... [Jesus novel]

December 20, 8AM

This is the seventh post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonemen... [Murder] [theology in bullet points]

December 19, 8PM

I'm almost two-thirds of the way through A Tale of Three Kings. I came across some very, very insightful comments on those who make promises for when they are in office. Here are some quotes:Absalom "spoke of many changes he would make in the way the king... [Absalom] [book review]

7AM

PrefaceThe Domains of MinistryA couple weeks ago, I started a series called, "seminary in a nutshell." The first section/book is on "The Pastor and Context." Last week I overviewed the general domains of pastoral ministry. Today's post is on calling. I wi... [pastoral calling] [seminary in a nutshell]

December 18, 7AM

A couple days ago, I laid out a possible 8 week course in Biblical Theology for an online format. I used shorter books and a somewhat abbreviated outline.Today I want to lay out a graduate Biblical Theology course that I will be doing onsite in the Spring... [Biblical Theology]

December 17, 1PM

Larycia Hawkins at Wheatonfrom her Facebook pageYou may have heard of the controversy at Wheaton College over the professor who donned a hijab (head covering) in solidarity with peaceful Muslims who are currently an object of hatred.Christianity Today's a... [Allah] [Islam] [Wheaton]

9AM

In most academia, the wheels move so slowly it can drive you insane! Finally, after months and months and months of waiting, the second accrediting body has approved Wesley Seminary at IWU's new DMIN degree. The first cohort begins this coming summer in L... [dmin] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

5AM

The Old Testament is Scripture. It was God's word for Israel. It was the Bible of Jesus and the disciples. It is Scripture for us.In what way is the Old Testament Scripture?1. It was God's word directly and literally to Israel. It said not to eat pork. Th... [Biblical Theology] [old testament]

December 16, 12 PM

I'm designing an 8 week online course in Biblical Theology (not for KERN). Since I think best with my fingers, here's my first shot at an outline.Textbooks:Sandra Richter, The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old TestamentJames Dunn, New Testament... [Biblical Theology]

3AM

I've now finished my first semester back teaching. Now comes the big perk of professordom--we don't start back up until January 11. Maybe I can finish a book. :-)1. Teaching has been a lovely change of pace! Although in some ways the day to day is more in... [IWU CAS] [Personal] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

December 15, 3AM

Psalm 141. This is one of two twin psalms that speak of the fool who does not believe in God. The other is Psalm 54.It seems anachronistic to imagine actual atheists of the sort we have today. That would have been virtually unheard of at that time. More l... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 14, 5AM

1. One of the courses I taught this semester was a "First Year Experience" (FYE) course. This is a brilliant idea of having all new students take a general education course with a high touch that connects them to each other and a professor from the very s... [liberal arts]

3AM

Psalm 13Psalm 13 is a psalm of complaint. The psalmist asks the LORD how long he is going to wait to bring justice on his enemy. Surely the LORD doesn't want him to sleep the sleep of death. Then his enemies would rejoice.As usual, the psalm ends on a hig... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 12, 6AM

3AM

Last Saturday, I gave preface to a new long term series I'm calling, "Seminary in a Nutshell." Today I want to start the first section of the series, "The Pastor and Context." As a first post in that section, this post is on the Domains of Ministry.______... [call to ministry] [seminary in a nutshell]

December 11, 4AM

3AM

I have a spiritual formation group at Wesley Seminary on Thursday mornings. It's sheer delight to hear pastors share the thrills and challenges of their ministries every week. Yesterday morning, I sat there thinking about how the skilled pastor is a littl... [Ministry]

December 10, 3AM

Psalm 12Psalm 12 is a psalm of complaint or lament. The first half (12:1-4) laments that no one seems to be godly anywhere (12:1). They lie, they flatter (12:2). Where are the faithful? May the LORD cut them off!The LORD responds. He will rise up. He's an... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 9, 3AM

Psalm 111. The psalm has two parts. In the first part, 11:1-3, the psalmist's advisers tell him to flee. His enemies are after him. They tell him to fly away like a bird, for the arrows of his enemies are aimed at him. If the foundations are destroyed, if... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 8, 5AM

1. I had the chance to have lunch with Joe Dongell a couple weeks ago in Atlanta. He's a Wesleyan professor at Asbury Seminary and one of the smartest people I know. We have a lot in common, including similar backgrounds and similar educational pathways. ... [Holiness Movement] [Joe Dongell] [John Wesley] [perfect love]

December 7, 5AM

1. In an attempt to crank up my reading machine, I'm trying to read every day in a rotation through a stack of books old and new I have piled on my desk. The first victim is a book that came out last year called Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews: Pro... [book review] [Hebrews] [theological interpretation]

December 6, 7AM

This is the sixth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.... [christian ethics] [household codes] [theology in bullet points]

December 5, 10AM

A friend in class, Payton, was talking about a child in his church who didn't know the 23rd psalm. If you have children, how about teaching them it today?The Lord is my shepherd;     I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pasture... [Psalms]

3AM

1. A few years ago, I came across David Horton's, The Portable Seminary. What a brilliant idea, I thought then, condensing the rudiments of a seminary education into a 784 page book. My friend Brannon Hancock recently pointed out that Zondervan was sellin... [seminary in a nutshell]

December 4, 2AM

A. When I look at the team at 12Stone Church®, the leadership giftedness of Kevin Myers is obvious, but there's an amazing team there with him that is off the charts. It's been a pleasure to get to know Dan Reiland, Chris Huff, Robin Ritchie and others t... [12Stone] [social media]

December 3, 3AM

Psalm 101. The Hebrew of this psalm is difficult, and English translations have done their best to render a good sense. It mostly has the character of a corporate complaint or imprecatory psalm. Why has the LORD not avenged his people?Verse 12 calls on th... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 2, 3AM

Psalm 91. Psalm 9 is a psalm of thanksgiving. Much of the praise is for God's deliverance. Someone important is talking, maybe a king. The title styles it a "psalm of David," and we can read the psalm that way, although David really didn't face "the natio... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

December 1, 1PM

The word gospel means good news, but different passages have different aspects of the good news in mind from place to place.1. There is the good news that "Jesus is Lord."It is the gospel concerning God's Son, of the seed of King David (Rom. 1:3).2. There... [gospel]

5AM

Psalm 81. Psalm 8 might be categorized as a psalm of thanksgiving or perhaps a psalm of praise. It marvels at what a privileged place God has assigned to humanity in relation to the creation. It was a key psalm for the New Testament as well.2. The psalm b... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

November 30, 7PM

With Black Friday past and CyberMonday waning, it's time to get ready for "Giving Tuesday."What better way to show our thanks to God for all the blessings he has given us but to give to his ministries? You can give to emergency relief, church plantin... [Giving Tuesday]

7AM

Skimmed through Nijay's dissertation this weekend, far overdue. I was interested in what he thought the significance of Paul's temple imagery was with regard the cessation of the temple. It wasn't his primary focus but he set me on to a good footnote trai... [Nijay Gupta]

November 29, 8AM

This is the fifth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.... [christian ethics] [government] [theology in bullet points]

November 28, 5AM

Psalm 71. The title to this psalm (which was not original and about which we cannot at all be certain) is puzzling. What was a "shiggaion"? Who was Cush the Benjamite? Perhaps the obscurity of the title speaks to its historicity. Nothing about the content... [imprecatory psalms] [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

November 27, 3AM

1. During the night I vaguely heard a segment on cable news about how men go around recruiting for the Islamic State among young men in all sorts of places, not least among young Muslim men in Europe. I thought of gangs of young men in urban cities in the... [society] [Youth Ministry]

November 26, 5AM

... for this moment in time. My children are well. My wife is well. My wife's family and mine are well. I have a church. I have a job. I have coffee. I have purpose."I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances...  I can do all this throug... [Thanksgiving]

November 24, 1AM

1. In a couple hours, I'll wake up and begin the drive back to home and family, leaving behind the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), my bitter sweet old friend. SBL is a friend because it is the language I dream in. It is the field in which I have put... [SBL]

November 23, 4AM

Psalm 6This is a psalm of lament. Although some take the psalmist to be extremely sick, the expression, "my bones are shaken" (6:2) probably has more to do with the terrifying situation the psalmist is in. There are hints of enemies who are ready to pounc... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes] [sheol]

November 20, 2AM

It is well known that people who like Jesus usually make him into whatever picture of him they like. So was Jesus a hippie type or a Pharisee fighter? Did Jesus keep silent when he was attacked and accused or did he stick it to the man?Jesus' earthly miss... [historical Jesus]

1AM

Psalm 5Psalm 5 is usually considered to be an "imprecatory" psalm. an imprecatory psalm is one in which the psalmist calls God to bring justice on his enemies. So the psalmist writes, "Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

November 19, 6AM

This is what we have to be today, even in the secular realm."When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly." (1 Pet. 2:23)"He committed no sin, and no deceit was f... [Christlikeness]

3AM

So far we have:Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1:1-7Psalm 2 and Proverbs 1:8-14Psalm 3 and Proverbs 1:15-19Psalm 4Psalm 4 is another psalm of lament in which the psalmist calls on the LORD for help. The later heading calls it a psalm of David, and we can read it tha... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

November 18, 4AM

So far we have:Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1:1-7Psalm 2 and Proverbs 1:8-14Psalm 31. The heading of Psalm 3 suggests we read the words of this psalm against the backdrop of David the king as its author, at the time that he was fleeing his son Absalom. That is a ... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]

November 17, 5PM

1. I usually process these verses by reading them against 1 Corinthians 11, where wives pray and prophesy in public worship. These verses must be about disruptive speech because Paul has already assumed that wives will speak spiritually in the public asse... [1 Cor. 14:34-35]

3AM

Yesterday, I started doing posts on the psalms:Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1:1-7Today, Psalm 21. Psalm 2 is a royal psalm, a psalm that was addressed to the king of Judah. Some think it might even have been an "enthronement psalm," a psalm read at the enthroneme... [Psalm 2] [Psalms notes] [sensus plenior]

November 16, 5PM

So there's Black Friday after Thanksgiving (one of my least favorite days of the year).There's CyberMonday (during which I secretly plan to sabotage the wireless in our house).Now The Wesleyan Church has an idea it's calling, "Giving Tuesday." It's a... [Giving Tuesday] [Wesleyan Church]

3AM

Last year I blogged a 40 Day read through the New Testament. Then I blogged through Genesis. I'm thinking about doing another book. I thought I'd work through Psalms and Proverbs. So that's a chapter of Psalms a day (when I can) and six verses of Pro... [Psalms notes]

November 15, 6AM

This is the fourth post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement... [christian ethics] [ethics] [theology in bullet points]

November 14, 6PM

I always enjoy time with the Indy Benjamin MDIV group on Saturdays. They're in their final course of the MDIV praxis sequence. This morning we went through key passages on marriage, polygamy, adultery, divorce, and homosexual sex.There are some fascinatin... [sexual ethics]

November 13, 4AM

1. I don't think the biggest question in relation to faith is science. Nor am I threatened by battles over the Bible. Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again. We're good. The evidence doesn't have to demand anything, but it is plausible.... [problem of evil] [problem of suffering]

November 12, 9AM

Don't have time today to develop a deep subject, but enjoyed Roger Olson's post yesterday on the "catastrophe of nominalism." Here's a memorable quote: "Nominalism is the ultimate poison of Western civilization that corrodes and erodes it. It lies at... [modified nominalism] [Roger Olson]

November 11, 5AM

I enjoyed the side comments at philosophers last night in the GOP Presidential debate. Not entirely sure what Rubio was trying to say, but it does make me wonder if anti-philosophy is going to be a thing. There was that movie God's not Dead last year. :-)... [philosophy]

November 10, 1PM

For whatever reason, I have a way of making PowerPoint slides that excite me sitting in my office, but when I go to present them, things suddenly seem vague and very controversial. Here are my latest slides:Slide 1: The Default Hermeneutic"God said it; I ... [hermeneutics]

5AM

Breaking down the outline of Isaiah today in a class. You may have seen divisions of Isaiah into chapters 1-39, 40-55, 56-66. As with most outlines, this captures a truth. Chapters 1-39 are mostly about Isaiah's own time. Chapters 40-55 seem to picture a ... [Isaiah]

November 9, 5AM

#peoplearesostupid [Starbucks]

November 8, 5AM

This is the third post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.... [idolatry] [theology in bullet points]

November 6, 4AM

Wesley Hill was in Marion last night to give a interview/talk back session with any students who might want to hear his testimony and thoughts on a book he has written on Spiritual Friendship. A faculty group read through this book and then anyone who was... [homosexuality]

November 5, 5AM

One of the hermeneutical problems of our day, I increasingly believe, is that American Christianity has gravitated toward focusing so much on individual verses that bigger principles can be undermined (cf. Matt. 23:23). I've explored this topic a little h... [greatest common denominator hermeneutic]

November 4, 5AM

Came up with a three point outline this morning that could be used as a sermon starter for a sermon based in the first couple chapters of 1 Corinthians. Don't have time to fill in the blanks but...Paul has true wisdom, not the worldly wisdom of some Corin... [sermon starters]

November 3, 7PM

I will be reviewing Tom Oord's forthcoming book when it comes out in about a month: The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational View of Providence. He has produced a video teaser. [Tom Oord]

5AM

1. I did a quick search to try to find a crisp definition or description of God's love somewhere in John Piper's online footprint. This article seemed to come close.Piper notes some strong statements by George MacDonald and a former professor named Thomas... [God's love]

November 2, 5AM

I generally blame my wife for the fact that I know a little bit about The Walking Dead. It is an intriguing series that raises serious philosophical questions about life and death, about what it means to be alive and about the meaning of life. The charact... [Walking Dead]

3AM

I had a fun idea yesterday (although we'll see how fun it actually turns out). Why don't I invite everyone to mention some issue they disagree with me on. I'm not looking for a fight (and I hope you don't fight with each other). I just think it would be i... [Personal]

November 1, 5AM

This is the first post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atone... [love] [theology in bullet points]

October 29, 2AM

There is a very simple and tidy version of Paul that is easy to understand and explain. What's nice about it is that it can be taught from children's church to the pulpit. You can't get to heaven by being good enough. No one can earn their way. All we nee... [flesh] [Pauline Theology] [sinful nature] [Total Depravity]

October 28, 7AM

Today my Romans class reached Romans 6:4 and we ended up spending most of the class discussing the practical theology of baptism. I consider myself very wesleyan when it comes to the topic (in contrast to Wesley-an). Of course I don't expect anyone to agr... [baptism] [Infant baptism] [sacraments]

October 27, 2AM

Whenever I go through Hebrews, both the question of eternal security and "second repentance" comes up. Eternal security is the idea that once you are saved, you will always be saved no matter what. "Second repentance" is the question of whether you can co... [eternal security] [second repentance]

October 26, 7AM

1. We are in Romans 5 in Romans and the question of evolution came into discussion. I have often said that Genesis 1 is not the biggest biblical problem for evolution, since it has a poetic character and should be read in dialog with other Ancient Near Ea... [evolution]

October 25, 6AM

This is the first post on Christian ethics in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atone... [ethics] [theology in bullet points]

October 24, 2AM

Because some of my Romans students are taking the class as part of a new residential MA program, I've been feeding them some articles and sources. Here are a few:The Context of RomansKrister Stendahl, "Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West"Pet... [James Dunn] [N. T. Wright] [Richard Hays] [Romans]

October 21, 5AM

I see that two of my friends are currently in Israel. I had a student last week actually ask me what my thoughts on Israel were (Don't they know that I expend considerable energy trying to be ambiguous about my own thoughts so they can make up their own m... [israel]

October 20, 7AM

The MA students in my Romans class are keeping an "Issues Notebook" from Romans. I did a sample entry for them on the phrase, "the righteousness of God" in Romans 1:17. Thought I'd share.___________________The Righteousness of God (Romans 1:17)The phrase,... [Righteousness of God]

2AM

The Seminary and School of Theology at IWU joint sponsor a Monday afternoon seminar where students and professors present research. I generally float something each semester, whether its something I'm working on or not. So I floated a topic this semester ... [pragmatism]

October 18, 3PM

Earlier today I finished a series of posts on sacraments in my  "theology in bullet points" series. This coming Sunday I hope to start the final section of the whole enterprise, on Christian ethics.So here are all the links in the series thus fa... [sacraments] [theology in bullet points]

5AM

This is the ninth and final post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonem... [sacraments] [theology in bullet points]

October 17, 6PM

I was explaining to a class what the issue is with regard to verses that are in the KJV but not in other versions. I decided to explain in story form:____________________In my version of the story, in the first three centuries of Christianity, the books o... [Mark 16] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

Excited to receive a copy of Craig Keener's fourth and final volume in his monumental Acts commentary series. I remain as ever dumbfounded at the magnitude of his genius, his knowledge, and of this work in particular. Asbury Seminary is incredibly blessed... [craig keener]

October 16, 7AM

So we reach the end of my publications through the New Testament with Wesleyan Publishing House. Earlier in the year, my final books on Acts and Hebrews through Revelation came out. I personally think these are really useful for pastors (and I'm clearly u... [New Testament church] [Personal]

3AM

I was thinking yesterday that a robust sense of Scripture is something like a fourth dimensional view.1. Most readings of the Bible, in my view, are two dimensional. Yesterday, my spiritual formation class was reading from a book by Samuel Rima called, Le... [Biblical Theology]

October 15, 2AM

In the Spring I'll be teaching a master's class for the School of Theology and Ministry MA program. It's on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3:15 (till 4:40pm).The course is Biblical Theology and we will be meandering through these two classic volumes f... [Biblical Theology] [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)]

October 14, 1AM

If a college wants Christian faith to be a key aspect of its identity, then it seems that hiring Christian faculty would be a key strategy. But there are many different flavors when it comes to Christians. What flavor of Christian should a Christian colle... [Academia] [faith integration]

October 13, 4AM

Putting together a PowerPoint on the Trinity in John. Here's what I've come up with.God the Father1. John 3:16 seems like a good place to begin: "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son." God's fundamental disposition toward the world is love.2.... [John] [Trinity]

October 12, 2AM

It makes me sad to hear good, sincere Christians believe that it is not God's will for a woman to teach a man or to hear a picture of the home as a place where the wife is supposed to sit humbly at the feet of the wise husband as he shares his great insig... [women in ministry]

October 11, 4PM

I have grown up with conservative skew, where because of conservative tradition, the evidence is fiddled with, the books are cooked. But skew is an equal opportunity employer, practiced by those with liberal concerns as well.I can see that the existence o...

12 PM

This is the eighth post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We ar... [authority of Scripture] [Inerrancy] [infallibility] [Inspiration] [scripture] [theology in bullet points]

October 10, 1AM

Looked at a couple theological issues triggered by verses in Romans 1 and 2 yesterday in class.1. "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what h... [prevenient grace] [Romans]

October 9, 2AM

1. In preparation for the honor's classes yesterday, did a quick word study of the word father in John. First thing that struck me is how much more John uses the word than any other writing in the NT (109 times). Except for Matthew, the next highest is Lu... [John]

October 8, 3AM

Last night was the final night in a series of group studies at College Wesleyan Church on 1 Peter. I've posted some notes so far on1 Peter 1:3-2:10 (aliens and strangers in an oppressive context)1 Peter 2:11-3:7 (slaves, wives, people ... [1 Peter]

October 7, 3AM

Yesterday, I ended up in my honor's classes giving a quick sketch of how the two hundred years of Jewish history before Jesus formed the Judaism from which New Testament Christianity emerged.The Maccabean crisis (167-164BC) created a law-observant zeal at... [Intertestamental Period]

October 6, 3AM

From something I'm working on this week:By literal, I refer to words taken in what we might call their most basic or everyday sense. This definition is not without complications, but it will suffice for our purposes. There are of course dead metaphors too... [literal] [Metaphors] [plain sense]

October 5, 11AM

October 4, 8AM

This is the seventh post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We a... [hermeneutics] [scripture] [theology in bullet points]

October 2, 11AM

Hoping to be able to go to the IWU FNL flashback tonight at 8:45 for homecoming. For a couple years, I did "Deep Christian Thoughts by Ken Schenck" fairly regularly, often with the help of Dan Steller and Dave Wingfield. I dug up a few old ones:As I walke... [Indiana Wesleyan University] [IWU's Friday Night Live]

3AM

KERN sponsored a visit by Jerry Bowyer to IWU these last couple days. Yesterday he presented on Biblical Economics Principles.1. I substantially agreed with Bowyer on most things. Our own Tom Lehman might be surprised to know that I actually agree with hi... [Economics] [Jerry Bowyer] [John Maynard Keynes]

October 1, 4AM

Last night was the fourth night in a series of group studies at College Wesleyan Church on 1 Peter. I've posted some notes so far on1 Peter 1:3-2:10 (aliens and strangers in an oppressive context)1 Peter 2:11-3:7 (slaves, wives, people... [1 Peter]

September 30, 7AM

Two students here at IWU recently worked with me to do the author and sources indexes for James Dunn's forthcoming third volume in his Christianity in the Making series. This book is going to be fantastic!First, insert my usual grumbling that the average ... [James Dunn]

September 28, 3AM

Some real quick thoughts this morning. On Saturday night, I found myself saying, "For a moment in time, America seems really enamored with the Pope. Why?"[BTW, Keith Drury re-posted this document some of us at IWU created a few years back on the Catholic ... [Pope]

September 24, 3AM

For the last three weeks I've been presenting on 1 Peter at College Wesleyan Church. Last week, for example, was on 1 Peter 1:3-2:10. Last night we looked at what are to me the difficult chapters, chaps 2-3.1. Inevitably, we processed them in the lig... [1 Peter]

September 23, 9AM

So exited to see Wesley Seminary at IWU pass the 500 mark this month! That puts it in the top 20 seminaries in the world (the average seminary is only about 155 students).Amazing kudos to President Wayne Schmidt (I'm just going to call him that ;-), Dean ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

September 22, 4AM

I wanted to bring closer to this walk through Augustine's book with some final notes.Book 1"Anyone who thinks that he has understood the divine scriptures or any part of them, but cannot by his understanding build up this double love of God and neighbor, ... [augustine] [de doctrina christiana]

September 20, 9AM

This is the sixth post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [hermeneutics] [scripture] [theology in bullet points]

September 19, 2AM

Yesterday I posted a worldview framework for my talk on a biblical view of economics. Here were more of my thoughts:1. God created humanity to flourish, which included work and striving for excellence, for humanity to "be all it could be." God put Adam an... [Economics]

September 18, 4AM

I'm speaking this morning in Michigan on "Biblical Foundations for Faith, Work, and Economics: Human Flourishing and the Kingdom of God."I start off with the basics of a Biblical Worldview, using some material I developed to present to a graduate class of... [Economics] [worldview]

September 17, 2AM

1. Last night was the second of five nights on 1 Peter at College Wesleyan. Here was the confusing background diagram I drew:The idea is that 1 Peter sees the current situation of the churches to which it is addressed as one of suffering and judgment. Pet... [1 Peter] [College Wesleyan Church]

September 16, 11AM

For the Presidential debates (for both parties), our esteemed philosophy professor Steve Horst has his Logic class doing a "spot the fallacy" assignment. If I have enough time, I may tweet the fallacies myself.Want to join? Let's use #logicalfallacies . [Logical Fallacies]

3AM

Last week I began a Bible study at College Wesleyan on 1 Peter. I don't have time to flesh it out but here are some of my notes from the first week:The greeting tells us this letter is being written to a cross-section of believers scattered throughout wha... [1 Peter] [College Wesleyan Church]

September 15, 12 PM

In his post today, President Wright tackles the question of what he sees as his focus in his third year. Read it here: "Third Year Questions: Focus for Year Three." [David Wright] [Indiana Wesleyan University]

6AM

I have been working through Augustine's De doctrina christiana again. Here are my posts so far:Preface and Book IBook II, first postNow here is the rest of Book II.___________________________1. Two kinds of learning in pagan society: 1) human made, 2) div... [augustine] [de doctrina christiana]

September 14, 2AM

I'm working through Augustine's De Doctrina Christiana again as I teach an Honor's College class this fall called, "Foundations of Christian Tradition." I have already blogged through Book 3 on an earlier occasion. Thanks to those who gave feedback o... [augustine]

September 13, 1AM

This is the fifth post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [communion] [theology in bullet points]

September 11, 12 PM

1. With the clock hitting 2:30, I finished my first full week back teaching. The thought I expressed to a couple people was that I was definitely back in my natural habitat. I am nowhere happier then when talking about the Bible, truth, and just about any... [School of Theology and Ministry (IWU)]

6AM

Today Dr. Wright gave some thought on his presidential blog to this question: "You are now beginning your third year as President of IWU. How would you characterize the first two years of your presidency and what would you say will be your focus in this ... [David Wright] [Indiana Wesleyan University] [IWU]

September 9, 6AM

I had coffee with Dr. David Wright the other day. He is now beginning his third year as President of Indiana Wesleyan University. Many will know that both of his godly parents went to be with the Lord in about the space of about a month, first his mother ... [David Wright] [Indiana Wesleyan University] [IWU]

September 8, 2AM

Here's another chapter from John Byron and Joel Lohr's new book, I (Still) Believe! It's a book about world class Bible scholars who have faith. Today I want to look at the chapter by Walter Moberly.Previous posts include:Richard BauckhamWalter Brueg... [book review] [Walter Moberly]

September 7, 2PM

... will everyone give a sigh of relief?(BTW, before I start I trust no one will think that I am talking about anyone at IWU or any Wesleyan church leaders in this post.)1. I thank the Lord that I didn't stay Dean of the seminary long enough for everyone ... [leadership]

September 6, 2AM

This is the fourth post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We ar... [communion] [theology in bullet points]

September 3, 2AM

1. Family is a funny thing. I don't have any sisters that annoy me (no doubt I was an annoying child). But I do know families where some of the siblings love each other but don't really enjoy being around each other very much.I say that to make it clear t... [Prophets]

September 2, 4AM

The book is out, John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe! You can now get it for reals! Although I'm finishing the book, I'm being more selective now in my posts. Here is a post on Scot McKnight's testimony.Previous posts include:Richard Bauckh... [book review] [Scot McKnight]

August 31, 4AM

As a Christian who takes James 3 seriously, I believe it's important for us to be mindful of the way we talk to others. My sense is that this message is the more relevant one for the typical person who would read my blog. So I try to be conscious of who i... [political correctness]

August 30, 5AM

This is the third post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [baptism] [Infant baptism] [theology in bullet points]

August 28, 2AM

1. I had been reading a book called, Our Mathematical Universe. I got through the part of the book that is generally accepted by physicists of the universe. But I came to realize that most view the rest of the book not only speculative, but perhaps border... [Big Bang Theory] [Friday Science] [inflationary theory] [quantum mechanics] [relativity] [string theory]

August 27, 2AM

If it comes out on schedule, the book will be available next week! Here is the seventh post on John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe. I probably won't do every person from here on out. You can buy the book and read them yourself!Previous post... [book review] [john goldingay]

August 26, 4AM

1. I had a fascinating conversation with Patrick Eby, Wesley Seminary's church history professor, on the way a lot of AME churches do class meetings and the way they started with John Wesley himself. If I understand correctly, AME churches (African Method... [class meetings] [John Wesley]

2AM

Two weeks ago I re-started reading through N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I'm in the middle of the horrendously long chapter 2. Today I want to review pp. 108-39. I apologize for how boring this post is.1. I'm beginning to see ... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Paul and the faithfulness of God]

August 25, 2AM

Here is the sixth post on John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe. Previous posts include:Richard BauckhamWalter BrueggemannEllen DavisJames DunnGordon Fee1. Beverly Gaventa spent much of her teaching career at Princeton, but in 2013 moved... [Beverly Roberts Gaventa]

August 24, 2AM

I'm teaching two sections of "Foundations of Christian Doctrine" for the IWU Honors College this fall. Last year, Steve Lennox had his students read On Christian Teaching. This is a classic work on hermeneutics.I'm not sure yet, but I thought I'd read thr... [augustine]

August 23, 1PM

Three great questions from Steve Deneff in this morning's sermon:1. Who are your teachers?He doesn't just mean people you read or take classes with. Who do you surround yourself with? Who are you becoming more like because you hang around them?2. What are... [Steve Deneff]

5AM

This is the second post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We ar... [baptism] [Infant baptism] [sacraments] [theology in bullet points]

August 21, 2AM

Here is the fifth post on John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe. Previous posts include:Richard BauckhamWalter BrueggemannEllen DavisJames Dunn1. Today's scholar of faith is Gordon Fee. I really enjoyed reading his story for a number of ... [book review] [gordon fee]

August 20, 3AM

1. I'm trying to ease back into scholarship as I transition back to teaching. Yesterday I was trying to catch up a little on some Dead Sea Scroll scuttlebutt. Last time I taught Intertestamental Literature was in 2009, just as I was transitioning to becom... [Dead Sea Scrolls] [John Collins]

August 19, 2AM

This is now my fourth post on John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe. Previous posts include:Richard BauckhamWalter BrueggemannEllen DavisToday is my own Doktor Vater: Jimmy Dunn (who is also the Doctor Father of John Byron).1. The chapter is ... [book review] [James Dunn]

August 17, 2AM

We continue our taste of John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe with Ellen Davis, Old Testament professor at Duke Divinity School. Previous posts looked at chapters on Richard Bauckham and Walter Brueggemann.1. What a pleasant r... [book review]

August 16, 5AM

This is the first post on sacraments in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.W... [sacraments] [theology in bullet points]

August 14, 2AM

Closing of Marion schools as studentsexit to the county schools. I thought I'd link to an article yesterday in The Washington Post called, "Indiana's got a problem: Too many teachers don't want to teach there anymore." No doubt there are element... [education] [Indiana] [Marion]

August 12, 2AM

This week's sample from John Byron and Joel Lohr's, I (Still) Believe is Walter Brueggemann. Last week we sampled the chapter on Richard Bauckham.1. The name of Walter Brueggeman will be familiar to many. The work that put him on the radar of ma... [book review] [Niebuhr] [Paul Ricoeur] [social gospel] [social justice] [United Church of Christ] [Walter Brueggemann]

August 11, 2AM

Last week I began my way through Philip Kitcher's book, Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy. No one will ever analyze my thinking on a scholarly level, but if you did, you would need to understand some of the things in this book.... [book review] [Philip Kitcher] [pragmatism]

August 10, 8AM

I preached this sermon at Mark Wilson's church, Hayward Wesleyan Church yesterday, August 10, 2015. You can listen to the audio of it here (27 minutes). After the service, Mark baptized 12 people in a nearby lake. Man, Wisconsin is idyllic country! I... [Righteousness of God] [Romans 1:16-17] [sermon starters]

6AM

Earlier this morning I posted the last post on the Church (ecclesiology) in my  "theology in bullet points" series. This Sunday I hope to start the second to last section of the whole enterprise, on sacraments.So here are all the links in the se... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

1AM

This is now the tenth and final post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and At... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

August 8, 9AM

Alan looked around the room to see if there was anyone else he didn't know. Satisfied that he had a good sense of the players, he moved over to a table where Ridley was sitting by herself, looking at her phone."You running in the morning?" he asked."Of co... [Novel 2015]

August 7, 4AM

Review Post #3I've been working my way through Max Tegmark's, Our Mathematical Universe. My post on the first two chapters is here. My post on the third chapter is here.1. Today I want to cover chapters 4 and 5. I can't believe how much has been... [book review] [cosmology]

August 6, 3AM

Many thanks to John Byron for having Zondervan send me a copy of a new book called, I (Still) Believe. You can pre-order it right now for its September arrival. Because I don't want to be too far into it when it is fully live, I'm only going to sprin... [Bauckham] [book review]

August 5, 3AM

Dare I say that I've restarted reading N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God? I finished chapter one in January of 2014! Wright has a book coming out this Fall on the history of the interpretation of Paul that I'm very much looking forward to, b... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Paul and the faithfulness of God]

August 4, 3AM

This is my third and final installment reviewing Bill Kostlevy's book called Holy Jumpers: Evangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America. Here are the first and second installments. Keith Drury and Bob Black were reading through the book, and Dave ... [Bill Kostlevey] [book review] [God's Bible School] [Holiness Movement] [Nazarenes]

August 3, 1AM

1. I have entered an interesting phase of my career as a thinker. There are of course endless details to learn, but I have more or less figured out what I think on many subjects. In philosophy in particular, I am sympathetic to Richard Rorty's sense that ... [philosophy] [pragmatism]

August 2, 5AM

This is the ninth post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [Ecclesiology] [missional] [theology in bullet points]

August 1, 12 PM

It's been a little over a month since I posted any on this year's imaginary novel. I thought I'd shift it to Saturdays. So here's a pulse..._________________________The morning run was grueling. Quirk had to be at least ten years older than he was, but he... [Novel 2015]

July 31, 3AM

1. I noticed that Nijay Gupta was talking about teaching Scripture at seminary. I'm just finishing up today teaching the one week "Bible as Scripture" intensive at Wesley Seminary. I second guess myself a lot when it comes to these sorts of things, but am... [hermeneutics] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

July 29, 4AM

For a couple years, there's been a hole in my Bible as Scripture class. I have in the syllabus that there will be a video called, "The NT Use of the OT" to watch on Thursday evening. So far, that video has never been ready.No one ever complains--one less ... [hermeneutics] [NT use of the OT]

July 28, 3PM

Kelly Hunt, who's in my Bible as Scripture class this week at Wesley Seminary, suggested I put together a little booklet with quick answers a pastor can give when they get a predictable question from someone in their church. So the next thought was, what ... [translations]

3AM

So James McGrath pointed out a recent article in the Huffington Post called, "Earth 2.0: Bad News for God." I found the point and the tone of the article bizarre.For one, I am always taken aback at this kind of tone. It's like the person who com... [extraterrestrial life]

July 27, 11AM

I didn't feel like I should let the passing of Virginia Wright go without some mention here. She is of course the mother of David Wright, the president of Indiana Wesleyan University, who is even more to me a long-standing friend. Her life and the life of... [Virginia Wright]

3AM

Today we reach the end of Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, edited by Torrey Seland.IntroductionPhilo the JewPhilo the CitizenPhilo the Interpreter of the Law and Educated JewPhilo the Philosopher and how to study PhiloPhilo and Socie... [Philo] [Torrey Seland]

July 26, 6AM

This is the eighth post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

July 25, 2AM

Last Saturday I started reviewing a book Keith Drury and I are reading called Holy Jumpers, by Bill Kostlevy. This book is about "evangelicals and radicals in Progressive Era America," around the turn of the century 1900. It is especially interested ... [Bill Kostlevey] [book review] [Martin Wells Knapp] [Pilgrim Holiness Church] [Seth C. Rees]

July 24, 3AM

Review Post #2As I look to a possible rhythm of posting for this fall, I'm thinking of looking at Fridays as a science/math type day. So today I thought I'd review the second chapter of Max Tegmark's, Our Mathematical Universe. Some thoughts on the f... [book review] [Science Friday] [Time]

July 23, 4AM

Only one chapter today of Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, edited by Torrey Seland. Three more chapters by the end of the week to go.IntroductionPhilo the JewPhilo the CitizenPhilo the Interpreter of the Law and Educated JewPhilo the... [Ellen Birnbaum] [Philo]

July 22, 4AM

Only one chapter today of Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, edited by Torrey Seland. Three more chapters by the end of the week to go.IntroductionPhilo the JewPhilo the CitizenPhilo the Interpreter of the Law and Educated JewPhilo the... [Philo] [Torrey Seland]

July 21, 2AM

Two more chapters today here of Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, edited by Torrey Seland. Four more chapters by Thursday to go.IntroductionPhilo the JewPhilo the CitizenPhilo the Interpreter of the Law and Educated Jew1. I have found... [Greg Sterling] [Philo] [Torrey Seland]

July 20, 3AM

Continuing my review of Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, edited by Torrey Seland. My goal is to finish this fine book before the end of the week, which means two chapters a day.IntroductionPhilo the JewPhilo the Citizen1. The first c... [Philo] [Torrey Seland]

July 19, 5AM

This is the seventh post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We a... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

July 18, 4AM

Keith Drury and Bob Black are reading a book right now called Holy Jumpers, by Bill Kostlevy. Bill was librarian at Asbury when I was a student there. You might remember that Keith and Bob wrote a history of the Wesleyan Church, so this book is right up t... [book review] [Martin Wells Knapp] [Pilgrim Holiness Church] [Seth C. Rees]

July 17, 4AM

This is my eighth and final post in a series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization. Previous posts include:1. A Vision for the Liberal Arts2. The Value of Philosophy3. The Value of History4. The Value of Music and Art5... [liberal arts]

July 16, 12 AM

The seventh post in my series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization, finishing up the usual general education curriculum at a non-Christian school. Previous posts include:1. A Vision for the Liberal Arts2. The Value of Philosoph... [liberal arts] [Psychology] [Sociology]

July 15, 4AM

Sixth post in my series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization. Previous posts include:A Vision for the Liberal ArtsThe Value of PhilosophyThe Value of HistoryThe Value of Music and ArtThe Value of Literature, Writing, and Speech1. Last ev... [liberal arts] [math] [Pluto] [science]

July 14, 2AM

1. I started this post on Friday when I heard that Jim Stumps had resigned from Bethel College in Mishawaka because its Board had decided now to require faculty to sign a very specific faith statement involving the special creation of Adam. That is e... [Academic freedom] [Jim Stumps] [Tom Oord]

July 13, 3AM

Fifth post in my series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization. Previous posts include:A Vision for the Liberal ArtsThe Value of PhilosophyThe Value of HistoryThe Value of Music and Art1. Philosophy reflects on all things. History encompas... [liberal arts]

July 12, 7PM

Did a short sermon for the SAGE evening service at College Wesleyan tonight. Here's the outline if it sparks some ideas for anyone.Text: 1 John 3:18-24"If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts."IntroductionI've always had a hunch that this... [1 John] [sermon starters]

6AM

This is the sixth post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

July 11, 7PM

Well, I'm reading another book: Our Mathematical Universe, by another physicist. The basic notion of the book looked interesting to me. Could it be that the universe is not just able to be described by mathematics. Could the universe be mathematics, a "gi... [book review]

July 10, 10AM

Wayne Schmidt and David Wright have graciously allowed me continue answering Seminary Dean email and do other exciting administrative tasks until late August when David Smith officially begins... :-)... but I have begun to trickle over to my new office (S... [Personal]

July 9, 3PM

I'm delighted to see that South Carolina has stopped displaying the Confederate flag on its own initiative. I'm sure the flag doesn't represent hatred to most of the people for whom it is a sign of southern pride and dignity. But it's been 150 years since... [civil war] [confederate flag]

5AM

Fourth post in my series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization. Previous posts include:A Vision for the Liberal ArtsThe Value of PhilosophyThe Value of History1. It seems to me that music and art are the most human of the liberal arts, wi... [aesthetics] [art] [liberal arts] [music]

July 8, 7AM

I'm far from an economic expert, but I wonder if there is a way to invert pay-backs. What if Greece's loans were structured for five years in terms of stimulus, directed by economic experts outside the country, and the amount they had to pay back each yea... [greece]

3AM

Continuing my review of Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria, edited by Torrey Seland.IntroductionPhilo the Jew1. Torrey himself is the writer of the third installment: "Philo the Citizen." Wow, what a great chapter. This book is shaping up to... [Philo] [Torrey Seland]

July 7, 4AM

Third post in my series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization. Previous posts include:A Vision for the Liberal ArtsThe Value of Philosophy1. If you think about it, every single bit of knowledge and experience is part of history. Every tru... [history] [liberal arts]

July 6, 3AM

A couple months ago I started reviewing Torrey Seland's edited text, Reading Philo. I need to finish reading it in the next couple weeks.For today, I have read the chapter, "Philo the Jew," by Karl-Gustav Sandelin of Åbo Akademie University in Finland.1.... [Philo] [Torrey Seland]

July 5, 8AM

This is the fifth post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

July 4, 8PM

A couple weeks back I finished working through Logicomix, a graphic novel of the life of Bertrand Russell. Today I finished another graphic novel on Feynman.1. Richard Feynman was an incredibly colorful character, a typical genius. Unusually for such geni... [Richard Feynman]

9AM

A quick supplement to my post earlier this morning.In a non-Christian setting especially, philosophy is the place where a student will encounter ethics in its most potent form. As I will argue in subsequent posts, they should also encounter ethics in hist... [liberal arts] [philosophy]

7AM

Continuing my series on the value of the liberal arts in college...1. I've said before that philosophy logically stands at the heart of a liberal arts curriculum. This is because philosophy stands alongside every other discipline and clarifies what that d... [liberal arts] [philosophy]

July 3, 5AM

1. I wish there was a better name for them, given the fact that a lot of people break out in hives at the word, "liberal" (the phrase comes from millennia before the current sense of the word, "liberal"). "General education requirements" has no power at a... [liberal arts]

June 28, 6AM

This is the fourth post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are now... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

June 27, 9AM

Yesterday, Northwest Nazarene confirmed its decision to let Thomas Oord go. My initial post on this situation is here. Tom has recorded and posted a civil response here and his video version here.1. I have greatly mixed feelings about this. On t... [Nazarenes] [Tom Oord]

June 26, 7AM

Alan's alarm went off at 5:45am, reminding him that he was not in Chicago any more. For a moment he struggled to get his bearings, to figure out where he was in the world. The impulse to go back to sleep was immense, and he almost did. Catching himself on... [Novel 2015]

June 25, 3AM

The Bible and theology connect in two ways, in terms of their content.1. First, they connect historically. The community of faith from which the books of the OT emerged (Israel) was in continuity with the community from which the books of the NT emerged (... [hermeneutics] [systematic theology]

June 24, 6AM

And so we reach the end of Richard Feynman's famous lectures, The Character of Physical Law, a series of lectures he gave at Cornell in 1964. The six previous were:Gravitation as an example of physical lawThe relation of physics to mathGreat conserva... [quantum mechanics] [Richard Feynman]

June 23, 2AM

This is the second to last chapter in Richard Feynman's, The Character of Physical Law, a series of lectures he gave at Cornell in 1964. The five previous were:Gravitation as an example of physical lawThe relation of physics to mathGreat conservation... [double-slit experiment] [quantum mechanics] [Richard Feynman]

June 22, 5AM

A few weeks back, my Wesley Seminary colleague Brannon Hancock mentioned a couple of graphic novels to me, one largely focused on Bertrand Russell and the second on Richard Feynman. I finished the one on Russell yesterday and wanted to report.1. The one o... [Bertrand Russell] [philosophy] [philosophy in bullet points]

June 20, 5AM

This is the fifth of seven chapters in Richard Feynman's, The Character of Physical Law, a series of lectures he gave at Cornell in 1964. The four previous were:Gravitation as an example of physical lawThe relation of physics to mathGreat conservatio... [history] [Richard Feynman]

June 19, 8AM

This is the fourth of seven chapters in Richard Feynman's, The Character of Physical Law, a series of lectures he gave at Cornell in 1965. The previous three were:Gravitation as an example of physical lawThe relation of physics to mathGreat conservat... [quantum physics] [Richard Feynman]

June 18, 2PM

When I entered my forties, I went through a kind of nerd mid-life crisis. I began to re-open some of the math and science books I had bought in my teens and early twenties. I hadn't understood them then and I still didn't understand them.Five years ago I ... [Richard Feynman]

2AM

This is the third of seven chapters in Richard Feynman's, The Character of Physical Law, a series of lectures he gave at Cornell in 1965. The previous two were:Gravitation as an example of physical lawThe relation of physics to mathIn this third lecture, ... [quantum physics] [Richard Feynman]

June 17, 4AM

Yesterday morning I read the first chapter of Richard Feynman's The Character of Physical Law, a series of lectures he gave at Cornell in 1965, fifty years ago. This morning I read the second chapter, "The Relation of Mathematics to Physics." In this chap... [physics] [quantum physics] [Richard Feynman]

June 16, 3PM

In what I think will be my last Seminary Academic Affairs meeting with me chairing (I have one more with Dave Smith chairing in August, I suspect), we passed a new MA in Ministry specialization in "Pastoral Ministry" this afternoon. It is a delightful fin... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

4AM

The second half of June is often the season when administrators take what they can of their remaining vacation days, so I am relaxing a bit these next two weeks (though I am happily and gratefully continuing to work for the Seminary until the end of Augus... [gravity] [physics] [Richard Feynman]

June 14, 6AM

This is the third post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are... [Ecclesiology] [theology in bullet points]

June 13, 6AM

The train from Cambridge slowly made its way through the north of London toward Kings Cross Station. Alan had thoughts of downtown Chicago as he observed row after row of terraced housing. But all of London had them. They were everywhere.Most of the train... [Novel 2015]

June 12, 4AM

At some point I underwent a paradigm shift to be able to read the Bible historically and literarily. I haven't found a great way to describe this shift other than a shift from a premodern reading. I have come up with some small statements that help point ... [hermeneutics]

June 11, 5AM

My New Testament "life application" series is now completely out with the final volume now available!This volume covers Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, Jude, and Revelation. It completes the whole series on the New Testament. Here is the Kindle... [publications]

June 10, 3AM

Nijay Gupta has written two reviews of John Goldingay's new book, Do We Need the New Testament?1. His first post is positive: Goldingay is right!2. His second post pushes back: Goldingay is wrong!I think Nijay does a great job of this. Let me say that I s... [john goldingay] [theological interpretation]

June 9, 2AM

Isaiah 14:12-15 is a really neat passage to me. I think it's because in my hermeneutical journey, I had not one but two exciting moments reading it.I remember how exciting it was in youth to learn everything for the first time. The rush of mental endorphi... [hermeneutics] [Satan]

June 8, 4AM

I forget what I was watching the other day that brought home to me how generally small a part of the world I am in. (Yes, yes, we are all equally valuable in God's sight. We all matter. We're all important. ;-)I am actually just finishing one of the most ...

June 7, 5AM

This is the second post on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and Atonement.We are now... [theology in bullet points]

June 6, 8AM

I did a brief study at the beginning of class most mornings this past week. The purpose was half-devotional, half to illustrate the tool of the previous day's session.On Tuesday, I put Philippians 3 on the screen and we looked at what seemed to me to be i... [hermeneutics] [Philippians] [train of thought]

June 5, 3AM

I've had a good week teaching a course called "Bible as Christian Scripture." You'd have to ask the students if they thought it was a good week but, for me, it was probably the best I've ever felt about the class. My goals for this class are mainly two-fo... [hermeneutics]

June 3, 2AM

I'm teaching "Bible as Scripture" this week for Wesley Seminary. My Asbury training always shows up in this class when we get to what Dr. Bauer calls, "structural laws." I try not to call them that but try to use more informal language. I really enjoyed I... [Asbury] [David Bauer] [IBS] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

June 2, 3AM

I think, you'll be glad to know, this series is at an end. Previous posts include:Did Constantine and Theodosius make Rome Christian?When did Europe become Christian?Theories of Western declineA more dialectical viewWesley, Arminius, a... [American exceptionalism] [philosophy of history]

June 1, 2AM

I continue my musings over the trail of Christianity in Western culture, now contemplating in what ways America is a Christian nation and whether we are in a decline of some sort at present. Previous posts include:Did Constantine and Theodosius make ... [American exceptionalism] [philosophy of history]

May 31, 5AM

This is now the first post in a section on the Church in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit in this series had to do with God and Creation (book here), and the second unit was on Christology and... [Ecclesiology]

May 30, 6AM

For several posts, I've been processing the Christian trajectory of Europe, culminating in America.Did Constantine and Theodosius make Rome Christian?When did Europe become Christian?Theories of Western declineA more dialectical viewWe... [American History] [Enlightenment] [Judeo-Christian values] [philosophy of history]

May 29, 1PM

For the first time, Alan began to have a sense of what this organization was. It was a secret society made up of individuals who studied in Europe at places like Cambridge and Bologna. It was born of the Enlightenment and had largely flown under the radar... [Novel 2015]

May 27, 12 AM

More in my series on whether American Christianity is in decline:Did Constantine and Theodosius make Rome Christian?When did Europe become Christian?Theories of Western declineA more dialectical viewWesley, Arminius, and the Enlightenm... [civil religion] [Judeo-Christian values] [philosophy of history]

May 26, 3AM

Continuing my series on whether American Christianity is in decline:Did Constantine and Theodosius make Rome Christian?When did Europe become Christian?Theories of Western declineA more dialectical view1. I'm sure that there is a body of research arguing ... [philosophy of history]

May 25, 3AM

Following up today on a post from Saturday on theories of Western decline.I remain unsure about the word, "decline." There are aspects of American culture right now that I consider in decline. I thus wouldn't at all want to say that we are on some traject... [philosophy of history]

May 22, 10PM

I've been exploring what happened when Rome became Christian and asked when Europe became Christian. Today I want to begin exploring several theories of Western decline.1. The Story of ProgressBefore I mention several stories of decline, I might mention t... [Alistair MacIntyre] [Francis Schaeffer] [Friedrich Nietzsche] [James Sire] [Louis Pojman] [Paul Tillich] [philosophy of history] [Richard Weaver]

4AM

"I noticed that some of you are not having sherry," Alan asked. There were only twelve or thirteen people in the room, some five of whom were his age. The professors from Cambridge were wearing an academic gown of mostly black, with some cardinal red lini... [Novel 2015]

May 21, 4AM

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post about the "conversion" of the Roman Empire to Christianity. My thesis there was that most people simply changed their flags, not their hearts. My thesis is that the number of "true" Christians at any one time--indiv... [crusades] [middle ages]

May 20, 4AM

1. You often hear that Constantine made Christianity the only allowable religion in the Roman Empire, that he squashed Gnosticism as a Christian possibility. This is false. Constantine made Christianity legal (it had been the target of persecution previou... [paganism]

May 18, 11AM

Interview with the New Dean, Dr. David Smith

5AM

I came across a physics textbook a long time ago that was striking to me because it interrupted the flow of the physics instruction with about 7 gray sections on calculus. As a teacher, this approach intrigues me. It could be used in the teaching of any d... [calculus] [pedagogy] [physics]

May 17, 4AM

I forgot to put up the summary last week of my posts on the Holy Spirit. Here are also the links to the first two parts of the series on theology from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective, my "theology in bullet points" series.Part 1: God and Creatio... [Pneumatology] [theology in bullet points]

May 16, 6AM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received the death penalty yesterday for his part in the bombing of the Boston Marathon two years ago. It's a good time for us to reflect and ask whether Christians should support the death penalty.I suppose the Christians I most respect... [Death Penalty]
This is only a test...

5AM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received the death penalty yesterday for his part in the bombing of the Boston Marathon two years ago. It's a good time for us to reflect and ask whether Christians should support the death penalty.I suppose the Christians I most respect... [Death Penalty]