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August 22 2017, 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

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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

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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]

May 15, 10AM

The news is now out that Dr. David Smith is coming to Wesley Seminary to be the new academic Dean. Woo-hoo! This is VERY exciting news to me because I now know that the academic oversight of the Seminary is in excellent hands going forward (in addition to... [David Smith] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

5AM

Fox paused, clearly contemplating how much to say and in what order.“In 1784, a German philosopher by the name of Immanuel Kant answered a question that had appeared a year previous in a Berlin magazine, ‘What is enlightenment?’ His answer was basic... [Novel 2015]

May 14, 2AM

Educators made the shift several years ago to think of college classes in terms of "outcomes" rather than professors talking about a topic. This is a good model, assuming that there are clear reasons for these courses to exist. I support this approach, al... [Learning Outcomes] [pedagogy]

May 13, 4AM

I didn't get much further in Philo this week, but I did read some more of N. T. Wright's Romans commentary. I'm finding it very readable and very helpful. For my Wednesday post, I thought I'd comment on his section on the key verses of Romans--1:16-17.One... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Romans] [Romans 1:16-17]

May 12, 5AM

1. Stop using "absolutes" as an argument. We're muddling it.First, people don't distinguish between absolute truths and absolute rights and wrongs. For example, it could be the absolute truth that there are no rights and wrongs at all. I don't believe it,... [absolutism] [relativism]

May 10, 9AM

This is now the fourth and final post in a unit on the Holy Spirit in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first unit had to do with God and Creation, and the second was on Christology and Atonement._____________... [conversion] [entire sanctification] [glorification] [justification] [Pneumatology] [prevenient grace] [sanctification] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

May 9, 2AM

I finally finished editing the first volume of my Sunday theology series and self-published it both in Kindle and paperback form (190 pages). The first volume is called God and Creation: Wesleyan-Arminian Reflections. Here is the Kindle link: And here is ... [Personal] [systematic theology]

May 8, 6AM

Then why not have your philosophy classes use my philosophy text, based on the classic Wesleyan theology of God?#shamelessselfpromotionA Christian Philosophical Journey [Personal] [philosophy]

2AM

For the whole trip from Chicago to Cambridge, Alan had the funny feeling that he was being watched. He wasn’t quite able to put his finger on it. There was a guy on the plane, for example, whom he had seen several times in the airport in Chicago. Then t... [Novel 2015]

May 6, 2AM

Fond fragments of memories past peek into my consciousness as I begin Torey Seland's Reading Philo: A Handbook of Alexandria. It has been a great privilege to be a Dean for several years. But I also have often thought of the experience something along the... [book review] [Philo] [Torey Seland]

May 5, 3AM

Tucked away in the New Interpreter's Bible from Acts to 1 Corinthians is N. T. Wright's commentary on Romans.I finished his Introduction to Romans yesterday and let me just say that this is Wright at his best. IMO, there is very little of Wright's eccentr... [N. T. Wright] [Romans]

May 4, 2AM

I want to slow down my blogging schedule this summer. I'm not saying I won't post things when they come to mind. But here's the schedule I'm planning:1. On Wednesdays, I want to post in relation to books I'm reading.2. On Fridays, I will continue my novel... [Personal]

May 3, 5AM

This is now the third post in a unit on the Holy Spirit in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and the second was on Christology and Atonement.____________SP3. The ... [Ecclesiology] [Pneumatology] [theology in bullet points]

May 1, 2AM

"You have had a year of physics, a year of chemistry, and a year of calculus in high school, yes?" Dr. Randolph said."Yes.""We do not think in terms of courses. We think in terms of competencies. My job is to determine what you have already mastered and t... [Novel 2015]

April 30, 5AM

I'm dawdling through a book called, The Science of Interstellar, by the physicist Kip Thorne. Here's an interesting paragraph on GPS (slightly edited):"Our smart phones rely on radio signals from a set of 27 satellites at a height of 20,000 kilometers....... [Albert Einstein] [relativity]

April 28, 12 AM

Had a coffee about 9pm. Woke up about 2:30. Graded a little. Worried about the state of race relations in America a little. Thought I'd write some novel before sleeping a little more. Happy Tuesday.__________________On Wednesday morning, Alan woke as befo... [Novel 2015]

April 26, 4AM

This is now the second post in a unit on the Holy Spirit in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and the second was on Christology and Atonement.____________SP2. The Holy... [Pneumatology] [theology in bullet points]

April 25, 4AM

My youngest children take chemistry next year. So I was thinking. What are some different ways that someone could present the content of chemistry? (I actually wrote 65 pages a few years back toward a chemistry novel back when one of my step-daughters was... [chemistry] [Novel 2015]

April 24, 2AM

Alan walked south gingerly along the river Cam out of Cambridge. He felt quite strange, having lived his whole life in Chicago. Alone, in such open space, he felt exposed, almost naked.No one was in sight, which was even stranger. There was something idyl... [Novel 2015]

April 23, 8AM

I'm on the periphery of a group for SBL that was denied this year even though it had quite a significant line up for this Fall and probably would have been quite popular. I'm trying to process the reason given, which more or less had to do with perceived ... [Academia] [SBL]

2AM

The fun of my pointless novel continues!I've brainstormed on material for the protagonist's education in relation to languages, history, science and math, and philosophy. So now I'm on the last brainstorm for art and religion.Of course religion is in... [Novel 2015]

April 21, 5PM

It should be clear that I am almost a medieval scholastic in my the-ology. I have no time personally for open theism or process theology. However, I would make a big distinction between the two.1. Open theism, as I define it, is the idea that while God is... [open theism] [process theology]

April 20, 4AM

I've been an external examiner now for three doctoral dissertations on Hebrews. This is a great honor and also a good way to keep your pulse on Hebrews' studies. It is also very interesting because I'm usually asked in relation to confessional communities... [PhD dissertations]

April 19, 4PM

I'm sure I will not do justice to the impulse beyond this post. But if there are curiosities to my views of God and Truth, they reduce in my mind to this. God is bigger than we could possibly imagine and the Truth, that is his thoughts, is beyond human co... [the-ology] [truth]

April 18, 8AM

continued from Wednesday... There is another intuition underlying this most fundamental one. This is the sense that God is more interested in who we are--our motivations and intentions--than even in what we believe or what we do. This is a theme we find i... [hermeneutics]

April 17, 2AM

"Your Dad was given an unusual opportunity when he was your age. And since he was your father, that same opportunity is potentially available to you.""He didn't really go to the University of Bologna, did he?" Alan asked."Not exactly."Father Barrett took ... [Novel 2015]

April 16, 4AM

As I look tomorrow perhaps to add a page to the novel we all know I'm not going to finish (currently on page 10), I turn to the place of philosophy in a college curriculum.1. In terms of the cognitive, philosophy stands at the very center of all universit... [Novel 2015]

April 15, 4AM

Continued from yesterday... Our paradigm for reading Scripture shapes what we are supposed to do with or get from the Bible. Are these words for us or for people long since dead? Is the purpose of these words to inform us, to transform us, to command us? ... [hermeneutics]

April 14, 5AM

1. Most of us take our ability to communicate with each other for granted, except when something obviously goes wrong. But our miscommunications simply reinforce our sense that, most of the time, we are able to get our basic point across just fine. "We're... [Scripture notes]

April 12, 6AM

I have now finished the raw material for two books I hope to self-publish soon. The first is material that covers God and Creation from one Wesleyan-Arminian standpoint. I hope to self-publish it by the end of the week. The other covers Christ and Salvati... [Holy Spirit] [Pneumatology] [theology in bullet points]

April 11, 2PM

There is a running joke in the show Big Bang Theory about how Howard is only an engineer with a master's degree. Sheldon, the Asperger's theoretical physicist doesn't consider him a real scientist.This distinction, like so many things on Big Bang, is... [Big Bang Theory] [quantum physics] [string theory]

8AM

So my post earlier today was just helping me think through my most recent novel that I won't finish. In my plan so far, the main character studies math and science primary in the area of Cambridge, although he will do some at the other locations as well. ... [Novel 2015]

5AM

I heard it when I was in high school. I hear it from my daughter today. "When am I ever going to use this?"So the square root of 48 reduces to 4 times the square root of 3. Who cares, right? What should be an essential part of a college curriculum in math... [Christian Education] [higher education]

April 10, 5AM

Jesus died on the cross.April 10, 30 at 3pm is my current guess for the death of Jesus on the cross. With a 7 hour difference between Indiana and Jerusalem, that makes now the anniversary of Jesus' death. [passion week]

4AM

Alan stood looking at his father's gravestone. It was a curiously shaped thing, more like a shield than any tombstone he had ever seen. A red cross ran from top to bottom through the center and then from side to side. In the center, where the two lines me... [Novel 2015]

2AM

In Acts, Jesus spends the bulk of forty days after his resurrection in the neighborhood of Jerusalem, appearing off and on to his disciples. Given that Matthew and Mark only tell us of appearances in Galilee, the disciples would then have to return to Jer... [Easter]

April 9, 3PM

Much of the Nazarene academic community and others in the Wesleyan tradition are currently alarmed at the potential elimination of Dr. Thomas Oord's position in theology at Northwest Nazarene. Oord is a tenured professor and has not successfully been accu... [Tom Oord]

1PM

People often confuse the Great Commission in Matthew 28 with the ascension in Acts 1, but there is a significant difference in these two texts. Matthew 28 takes place in Galilee. Acts 1 takes place in Jerusalem.In the Great Commission, Jesus tells his dis... [Easter]

3AM

John 21 is quite peculiar. It doesn't fit into any of the tidy resurrection appearances. Peter has been fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee with Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, as well as two other unnamed disciples (I think the anonymous, "beloved... [Easter]

April 8, 3PM

If the disciples were in a hurry to return to Galilee, perhaps we might conclude that they would have arrived back to Capernaum and other villages near the Sea of Galilee by late Wednesday.Did they have anticipation? The angel told the women Jesus would a... [Easter]

2AM

I love history. Even those areas of history that I have no interest in studying become interesting to me if I have just a little taste of them.My son has an excruciatingly boring world history AP textbook for high school right now. To me, it's a sin for h... [Novel 2015]

April 7, 2AM

Started another novel Friday (that makes over 50 I've started). We'll see how many Fridays keep me writing. I only want to give glimpses, but the idea is a four novel sequence that stretches over the most fantastical college education a nerd destined to b... [Novel 2015]

April 6, 3AM

Neither Matthew nor Mark tell of any appearances in Jerusalem. But they both predict that the disciples will see Jesus in Galilee. We can imagine that the disciples headed for Galilee on Monday morning. It was a three day journey. So they would arrive lat... [Easter]

April 5, 5PM

The two men rushed back from Emmaus to find that Jesus had also appeared to Peter and some of the women. All the disciples but Judas and Thomas were there.He showed them his hands and feet, so that they wouldn't think he was a ghost. He ate some fish. Thi... [Easter]

1PM

Rumors that Jesus' body could not be found were swirling among the followers of Jesus. Could it be resurrection? What was going on?In early afternoon, two men were making there way back to a village called Emmaus. Another traveler joins them and hears the... [Easter]

6AM

Mary Magdalene finally tells Peter. Jesus' body is not in the tomb.Peter and a follower of Jesus in Jerusalem named John immediately get up and race for the tomb Joseph of Arimathea had originally prepared for himself. Sure enough, Jesus' body is not ther... [Easter]

3AM

The women took note of where they had buried Jesus, but they were not able to anoint him for burial because of the Sabbath. They come back first thing Sunday morning at sunrise.But he is not there. They are confused. They are afraid. They tell no one at f... [Easter]

April 4, 6AM

I do not believe that any biblical texts properly speak of today except to say that Jesus was in "Paradise" (Luke 23:43). He is not yet "made alive in spirit" (1 Pet. 3:18). He has not yet proclaimed the good news to the dead (1 Pet. 4:6), for the good ne... [passion week]

April 3, 1PM

His father's death was unexpected.By and large, Alan had not taken his brief eighteen years of life very seriously. He barely passed his classes, although not for lack of intelligence. Often he didn't even show up, and he never did anything when he did. O... [novel]

2AM

Jesus hung on the cross from about nine to three. The Gospels give us seven "words":"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark, Matthew)"Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing." (Luke)"Today you will be with me in Paradise." (Lu... [passion week]

April 2, 11AM

I was excited to get my copies of the latest book in my life application series on the New Testament! It's the volume on the book of Acts, along with two devotionals to go with it.The Early Church: Reaching the WorldThere are also two devotionals that go ... [publications]

3AM

1. I probably should know where this expression comes from. Maybe one of my broader family members came up with it himself--"Give them a good letting alone." My impression is that it was a shaming act. If someone was doing something they shouldn't be doin... [Culture Wars]

2AM

What a somber night, Thursday night, as Passover begins for Jesus at sundown! The darkest day in all history begins as night falls. A final meal before death, before denial, before betrayal. The next meal of this sort with his disciples will be in the kin... [passion week]

April 1, 12 AM

Matthew and Mark both mention Jesus being anointed by an anonymous woman two days before Passover, with an anonymous disciple protesting. If we think of Passover beginning on sundown on Thursday, this might have been at sundown on Tuesday. By Jewish recko... [passion week]

March 31, 4AM

I am truly fascinated at the firestorm over the Religious Freedom Renewal Act. I'm sure Governor Pence had no idea. So many thoughts and questions.My main question is why it has gone up in flames in Indiana and not in any of the other places where similar... [Indiana] [politics]

3AM

On Tuesday in Mark, Jesus' authority was questioned and his honor was tested:By what authority do you do these things? Jesus responds by asking what authority John the Baptist had. He then tells the Parable of the Tenants.They ask Jesus about paying taxes... [passion week]

March 30, 3AM

The Gospels as a whole are not entirely clear on the chronology, but in Mark Jesus seems to cleanse the temple on Monday.Sanders thought Jesus was symbolically predicting the destruction of the temple, but it is interesting that none of the Gospels direct... [passion week]

March 29, 4AM

What were the disciples thinking today? Were they thinking that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem to become the king of Israel? Were they thinking that the kingdom of God was about to erupt in full force?They were right about the destination, but wrong about ... [Palm Sunday]

March 27, 5AM

A well-known President of a nearby university once had an idea for a marketplace where a student might convert life and learning experiences into college credit. This was over a decade ago and it was an idea before its time. We see movement in that direct... [higher education] [novel]

March 26, 2AM

The last five posts have wandered through Bergquist and Pawlak's 2008 book, Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy. I've expanded their six cultures into four different emphases colleges frequently have and then six variations on those emphases.Fou... [book review] [higher education]

March 25, 4AM

1. The 2008 expanded edition of Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy includes two additional cultures: virtual and tangible cultures. I won't summarize the previous emphases and cultures in this post, because I hope to synthesize it all tomo... [book review] [higher education]

March 24, 5AM

1. The fourth chapter of Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy looks at what Bergquist and Pawlack call an "advocacy culture. I've been reworking their categories to create a list of emphases that exist not only for universities as a whole bu... [book review] [higher education]

March 23, 2AM

1. In the last couple posts, I've been looking at Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy, but cooking the categories a little differently.a. the research emphasis - sees faculty research at the center of a university, emphasizes academic freedomb. the f... [book review] [education] [higher education]

March 20, 2AM

1. Yesterday I did some exploration of the first chapter Bergquist and Pawlak's, Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy. I am building my own synthesis off their book's content. Three theses that emerged yesterday were 1) that strikingly different ... [Academia] [higher education]

March 19, 12 AM

1. I'm intrigued by this 2008 book, which is an expansion of an earlier 1992 book.I think the nature of the academy is in flux, and there is something about this book that is helping me delineate what you might call clashes of culture within the current u... [Academia]

March 18, 3PM

I had this thought last week.1. On a popular level in the US, there is a good deal of skepticism toward scholarship. I suspect there are a number of reasons. Some of it seems ridiculous. Some of it seems threatening. Some of it seems irrelevant. Some of i... [scholarship]

March 17, 12 AM

You'll be happy to know that I've reached the end of this hundred page journey through the story of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University as I have experienced and reflected on it. I leave the story with hopefulness for the future.1. I predict my... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 16, 2AM

1. One aspect of Year 6 was when the then Dean, Ken Schenck, decided to apply for a New Testament position back in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). He was not looking to change positions. But he was doing some soul searching at the time. He was won... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 15, 3PM

1. There was some interesting chatter earlier in the week in response to a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this month about two Baptist youths who grew up, one to become an Anglican bishop, the other a Catholic priest. Al Mohler thinks it's ... [Al Mohler] [Anglican]

March 14, 3AM

1. I have mentioned Luigi Peñaranda and Brannon Hancock occasionally throughout this narrative. Let me now officially introduce them as faculty who joined the Seminary July 1, 2014.Luigi was hired as our first full-time faculty member who would teach ext... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 13, 2AM

1. A few days before the Fall semester this year began (August 2014), I came to a shocking realization. Although our total new student enrollment for the Fall MDIV was perfectly fine, only two of them wanted to come onsite here in Marion!Our on-campus num... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 12, 1AM

I sense this is getting very long, so let me skip a couple posts and get to this year (if I self-publish these notes, I'll add one post on improvements we made to our infrastructure in years 4 and 5, as well as one post about our transition to Learning St... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 11, 12 PM

... continued from the previous post9. There was another kind of organizational frustration that seemed to be rampant each August when we would have something like 60 classes beginning for the Fall. There would often be a series of misfires. Many if ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

9AM

1. I once heard David Drury describe the importance of reliable operations in an organization something like this, presumably alluding to Daniel 2: "Operational dysfunction eats at the feet of an organization until it falls under its own weight."It's not ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

1AM

1. We became Associate Members of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in June 2012, just as we were graduating our first batch of MDIV students. We immediately went to work on the next step--full accreditation. We would have had five years to sta... [Association of Theological Schools] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 9, 7PM

Year Five: The Year of Accreditation (2013-14)1. We moved into our own seminary building in May of 2013, at the end.For the first four years of our existence, we had our offices in the old Noggle Christian Ministries building, and we had our classes in No... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 8, 4PM

Events like this one are sad, a hundred years of stories that now will only survive in the memories of alumnae, a cache of historical documents, and a potentially idle property. Here's one person's suggestion for how to turnaround a place like this one.Go... [higher education] [Sweet Briar College]

10AM

Here are now the links to my reflections on the first two parts of my ongoing series on theology from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. These are in my "theology in bullet points" series. I'm almost ready to self-publish Part 1. Part 2 is now fin... [Atonement] [Christology] [salvation] [Soteriology] [systematic theology] [theology in bullet points]

6AM

This is now the eleventh and final post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement._______... [salvation] [Soteriology]

March 7, 8AM

... continued: growth means additionb. So the first new venue that Dr. Schmidt added in our fourth year was the new Benjamin MDIV cohort in Indy, November 2012.A second was an online MA cohort that was more or less based in 12Stone® Church in Atlanta. We... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 6, 7AM

Check out this article by David Drury that relates especially to a course we are offering at Wesley Seminary in May that will train a person to help someone move toward legal status. It is part of God's mission to care for those who are stuck in the middl... [Immigration]

3AM

... continued growth by new venues1. In our fourth year, 2012-2013, Wayne facilitated the launch of two new venues for the Seminary--a contextualized, urban MDIV cohort in Indianapolis and a contextualized MA cohort based out of 12Stone® Church.Somehow, ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 5, 2AM

1. The growth of Wesley Seminary, now approaching 500 at the end of our sixth year, is quite remarkable. The average seminary size last year was 155, and most are on a path of significant decline. David Watson of United Theological Seminary and I are actu... [Church Growth] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 4, 5PM

A number of bloggers, especially those of us who studied at Durham, are noting the passing of C. E. B. Cranfield. He was around 80 years old when I was in Durham and was unfortunately one of those individuals who had such extreme curvature of the spine th... [Charles Cranfield]

6AM

Colleague Luigi Peñaranda pointed out to me that a much more powerful version of Camtasia, Camtasia for Education, was available for a mere $177. I downloaded it yesterday.The first phase of online education was a "type, type, type" phase. How we have su... [online]

3AM

... continued from yesterday15. In shared governance, faculty have free will on a whole lot of things. On matters of curriculum and academic policy, the administration can try to influence decisions, but the decisions are mostly the faculty's to make.But ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 3, 6AM

... continued from yesterday10. The discussions over how to configure the team teaching in our praxis courses started a movement of many professors toward what we call a 10-6 or 6-10 model. In this model, a praxis course is restructured to six weeks of "i... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 2, 3AM

... continued from Saturday4. When new faculty joined the team, they all faced the fact that, in many cases, they were being handed a curriculum and courses that already existed in some form.The Missional Church course was already sketched out and it... [MDiv] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

March 1, 8PM

This is the tenth post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement.________________________... [salvation] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

February 28, 3AM

Year 4: The Year of the FacultyI'm dubbing Year 4 of the Seminary (2012-13), the Year of the Faculty.1. On July 1, 2009, the faculty consisted of Bob Whitesel, Charles Arn, and I was half-time faculty. Chip was technically a Visiting Professor because he ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 27, 3PM

The original Star Trek premiered less than two weeks before I was born. By the time I was watching TV, it was in reruns. (Growing up in the more conservative side of the Wesleyan/Pilgrim Holiness side of things, television itself was somewhat controversia... [Avengers] [Spock] [Superman]

3AM

1. Most of the first two MDIV cohorts, 14 students, graduated in August 2012. They seemed to survive the torture of being the lead cohorts, with its accompanying shock therapy. One of these cohorts had gone through the whole program onsite on Tuesdays. Th... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 25, 3AM

... 5. The Graduate School at IWU has seemed enigmatic to some since the restructuring of the university in 2009. It has none of its own faculty but, rather, all graduate level faculty within the university are part of it. Most of what the Graduate School... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 24, 6PM

Top Ten Leadership Lessons I've Learned (Ken Schenck)

10AM

1. This is a sentence several of us have said to each other from time to time in the Seminary. When talking to the Association of Theological Schools, the emphasis is on the word advantages. "There are advantages to being embedded in a broader university.... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 23, 2AM

Year 3: The Year of MaturityI'm calling the third year of the Seminary the "year of maturity" for more than one reason. The primary one is the fact that, by the end of the third year (2011-2012), our first MDIV cohort had finished all its core courses. Ou... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 22, 10AM

This is the ninth post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement.________________________... [afterlife] [intermediate state] [resurrection] [salvation] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

February 20, 3AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:Pre-Seminary1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.Year 1: Launch Year4. Innovation requires some trial and error. (1)5. Inno... [Spanish MDIV] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 18, 8PM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:Pre-Seminary1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.Year 1: Launch Year4. Innovation requires some trial and error. (1)5. Inno... [Spanish MDIV] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 17, 4AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.4. Innovation requires some trial and error. (1)5. Innovation requires some trial and ... [administration] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 16, 3AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.4. Innovation requires some trial and error. (1)5. Innovation requires some trial and ... [Wayne Schmidt] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 15, 12 PM

This is the eighth post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement._______________________... [entire sanctification] [salvation] [sanctification] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

February 14, 3AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.4. Innovation requires some trial and error. (1)5. Innovation requires some trial and error... [leadership] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 13, 3AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.4. Innovation requires some trial and error. (1)1. Yesterday I talked about both the joy and the... [leadership] [Spiritual Formation] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 12, 3AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.3. Good leaders collaborate and navigate.The first year of the Seminary was "Launch Year."1. The first course in the Seminary curriculum is Mi... [missional] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 11, 3AM

Previously on Seminary take-aways:1. There are key moments of opportunity.2. You need the right people.1. Designing the Seminary's curriculum took some trial and error. The MDIV design team involved no conflict at all in the Summer of 2007. Everyone wante... [leadership] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 10, 10AM

We read three more sermons of Wesley this week at IWU.The Duty of Constant CommunionI've had people suggest this sermon to try to guilt trip Wesleyans into taking communion more often. Don't do it. It backfires. Give them the sermon "Means of Grace" inste... [John Wesley] [sermons of John Wesley]

4AM

Bob Whitesel, channeling John Maxwell, perhaps channeling Jim Collins in Good to Great, channeling David Maxwell, has often told me that "You need the right people on the bus, and you need the right people in the right seats on the bus."Collins'...

February 9, 4AM

Before I transition back to teaching and writing, I thought I would try to capture some of the things I think I've learned these last six years as Dean. I want to go roughly chronologically.The first is that there are moments of opportunity. The... [leadership] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

February 8, 8AM

This is the seventh post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement.______________________... [salvation] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

February 7, 5PM

Some of my previous posts in this series include:MiraclesPrayerAngelsChapter 20: Satan and DemonsGrudem is an interesting thinker in that he is a fundamentalist in thinking and yet sympathetic to the charismatic movement. That's an unusual combination.Acc... [demon possession] [Demons] [Satan] [Wayne Grudem]

February 6, 8AM

Word is quickly trickling out and it is now official that I am transitioning back to a full-time professor role at the end of the summer. This opportunity was completely unexpected! But after some prayer and reflection, it strongly felt like the right mov... [IWU] [Personal] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

5AM

The story continues."So God must be pretty powerful," Tom said."Not just very powerful," the angel said. "He is all powerful. There is nothing--and I mean nothing--that he cannot do.""Can he lie?" Sophie said with a smile.The gargoyle smiled back. "He can... [novel]

February 5, 5AM

I was confronted with this question the other day. If I were to write an "introduction to studying the Bible" book to become the "go-to" book for colleges and seminaries in the Wesleyan tradition, what would be distinctive about it? What would distinguish... [hermeneutics] [Wesleyan theology]

February 4, 5AM

There's a part of me that bristles a little when I hear something like, "People don't realize the theology behind [X]." In so many words, "If they knew the theology behind [X], they would stop doing it."To me, there is a skewed assumption here, namely, th... [ideologies]

February 3, 6AM

This Spring the Honor's College at IWU has initiated reading groups on campus that are reading through a number of Wesley's sermons. One of them I read this morning is titled, "The Way to the Kingdom."1. Wesley's main text is Mark 1:15: "The time is fulfi... [hermeneutics] [John Wesley] [sermons of John Wesley]

February 2, 6AM

This is the sixth post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement.________________________... [salvation] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

January 31, 4AM

I'm once again enjoying 12StoneChurch® this weekend, teaching New Testament for their biblical studies program in cooperation with IWU. It's a cocktail of delight, not only with the familiar faces of students now in their fourth course, but with comrades... [12Stone] [hermeneutics]

January 30, 5AM

earlier"So what is God like?" Sophie asked the angel."God is beyond anything I could explain," he said. "Have you ever seen a huge mountain? Or have you ever seen a movie where some spaceship comes near a huge planet? Can you imagine what it would be like... [novel]

January 29, 6AM

A few days ago I jotted down some obvious paradigm shifts in reading the Bible once someone points them out. Here are some more, some of which may be more debatable.11. The biblical world was an oral rather than a literary world. The vast majority of... [hermeneutics] [paradigm shifts]

January 28, 5AM

This is the sixth and final sermon to go with my devotional book on the Sermon on the Mount: The Wisdom of Jesus. The devotional goes along with the background book, Jesus: Portraits from the Gospels.The sermon notes for the previous five weeks ... [Matthew] [sermon on the mount] [sermon starters]

January 26, 5AM

This is the fifth post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement.________________________... [faith] [justification] [repentance] [salvation] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

January 24, 7AM

I'll probably never come up with a model for teaching hermeneutics/Bible approach that feels fully cooked. You've probably noticed that bloggers sometimes hash and rehash the same issues over and over. It's the thing that really gets under their craw or p... [hermeneutics]

January 23, 8AM

... to orient pastors about how to use the Bible, what would you put in it? I don't mean Bible content. I'm talking hermeneutics and how to use it.

January 22, 1PM

I see from James McGrath that Marcus Borg has passed. I never met Borg, and he was always an example to me of the wrong trajectory with regard to the historical Jesus. But I read Jesus: A New Vision when I was working on my doctorate. I always f... [Marcus Borg]

3AM

There are certain books that you have to read in your field, whether you want to or not. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God is one of them if you hope to be any kind of expert on Paul. I've come to admit that Douglas Campbell's The Deliverance of G... [book review] [Douglas Campbell] [justification] [Metaphors] [Pauline Theology]

1AM

Paradigm shifts with the Bible are always hard and sometimes involve anger. The Bible is so central to faith that making adjustments is often scary and painful. Today I want to talk about paradigm shifts in relation to Bible translations.I posted some of ... [hermeneutics] [paradigm shifts]

January 21, 3AM

Somehow I basically missed the Baylor Religion Survey of 2006. One of its findings is that concepts of God do tend to differ from region to region in the US, and that this variation does have an impact on other factors relating to life, including politics... [Calvinism] [God concepts] [politics] [Wesleyan theology]

January 19, 7AM

1. Over the years, a number of thoughts have coalesced in my mind in relation to Martin Luther King, Jr. One is that today is not really just about him. There are some who would try to undermine today by pointing to character flaws in this specific man. T... [Martin Luther King Jr.]

January 18, 5PM

This is the fourth post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement._______________________... [theology in bullet points]

January 17, 7AM

Joanne Solis-Walker gave a challenge to service at The Gathering based on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 24. She was especially interested in the useless servant who is cast into outer darkness.1. I know she found this parable puzzling, becaus... [Matthew] [Parable of the Sheep and the Goats] [Parable of the Talents]

January 16, 3AM

As I sit back and look at the complexity behind the simplicity of this year's Wesleyan Gathering (which happens every four years in Florida), I am truly amazed. Much of it, as it almost always is, was having the right people in the right places. Or as my ... [The Gathering] [Wesleyan Church]

January 15, 6AM

Here's the fifth sermon to go with my devotional book on the Sermon on the Mount: The Wisdom of Jesus. If you're at The Gathering, you can find it at the Wesleyan Publishing House booth in the center of the exhibition hall. :-) The devotional goes along w... [judging] [sermon starters]

January 13, 5AM

I wanted to collect my thoughts on the destination of Hebrews.1. The most intriguing detail in Hebrews in this regard occurs in 13:24--"those from Italy greet you." It is an amazingly thin comment to base anything on, but it seems to suggest one of two th... [Hebrews]

January 12, 12 PM

I'm not a delegate, but have enjoyed worshiping and learning at the International Conference of the Wesleyan Church last night and today. I grew up around missionaries and have always felt at home with this special breed of person who answers to the call ... [Wesleyan Church]

January 11, 8AM

This is the third post in a unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first section had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished units on Christology and Atonement.________________________... [anonymous Christians] [common grace] [prevenient grace] [theology in bullet points]

January 10, 9AM

"I am Charlie."Well, I hope I'm actually little like the person Charlie or his publication. My impression is that Charlie Hebdo was an in-your-face publication that was hostile and insulting toward religions of all sort.We are Charlie today because we sta... [Charlie Hebdo] [France] [terrorism]

7AM

Some of my previous posts in this series include:MiraclesPrayerChapter 19 Angels1. To begin with, there was not much in this chapter to which a Wesleyan would object as a Wesleyan. For example:Wesleyans believe that angels are created beings, created some... [angels] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

January 9, 10AM

I thought it was clever to release some short teasers in relation to the upcoming State of the Union address. The first is apparently a proposal to give two free years of community college to all Americans who are willing to work for it.1. My first though... [Economics] [Obama] [politics] [welfare]

4AM

Thomas and Sophia went to bed like any night, Tom a little later than Sophie. It might not have been peculiar for one to have the other in a dream. Only when they awoke did they realize that they had both had the same dream--a tad bit more unusual.Of cour... [novel]

January 8, 7AM

Candida Moss has written an article about a new archaeological site now accessible for tourists, namely, the praetorium in the basement of Herod's palace. No doubt with a wry smile on her face, she mentions that this site has been known since 2001 but is ... [Archaeology] [Via Dolorosa]

5AM

1. The New Testament church was like a Jewish denomination. They didn't think of themselves as a new religion. They were the Jews that had the proper understanding of Scripture. They were the Jews who understood who the Messiah truly was. They were the tr... [New Testament church] [New Testament churches] [Synagogues]

January 7, 1PM

Here is Pete Enns' sense of the Newsweek article to which I responded on Monday. His take-away is that, amid all the inflammatory rhetoric and mistaken details, there is some truth in the article. [civil religion] [Newsweek]

5AM

A thought to ponder today:1. Because the Bible is made up of diverse books written for diverse situations...2. Because the cultural contexts of the Bible were different than ours today...... different groups inevitably hear different "take-aways" from the... [hermeneutics]

January 6, 6PM

Hat tip to James McGrath for a link to this great article on being a writer. I have found a good deal of this article to be true for me. Here are the points where I "amen-ed."I have written some fifteen books in the last four years, in large part by blogg... [Writing]

January 5, 11AM

President David Wright writes on the affordability of getting your undergraduate degree at Indiana Wesleyan. $24,102 is very affordable up against other institutions, with average financial aid around $7,000 a student. [David Wright] [IWU]

8AM

From the book I'm finishing, A New Perspective on Hebrews: Ways That Never Parted. This paragraph relates to Hebrews 6:1-2."... It is at this point that we see the great difficulty of supposing a strictly Jewish audience for Hebrews. A Jew would not learn... [Hebrews]

1AM

I was disappointed to read the December 23 cover article for Newsweek, "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." The words of Rodney King came to mind: "Can't we all just get along?"I don't want to react in kind. You know, perpetuate a situation wher... [media] [Newsweek]

January 4, 1PM

I enjoyed reading Roger Olson's post on distinctions without differences, mainly because his examples are mainly Calvinist. :-)I agree that there is really no substantial difference between these distinctions:single and double predestinationhard and soft ... [determinism] [predestination] [Roger Olson]

5AM

It dawned on me that last week's post should probably have been the second in the unit on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. So here now is the first one.The first section of the series was on God and Creation, and I have... [grace] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

January 3, 6AM

Now to continue my Saturday posts reflecting on Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology from the standpoint of Wesleyan-Arminian thought. My last post was some time ago on his chapter on Miracles (chap. 17).Chapter 18: PrayerThere is little in this chapter to ... [Prayer] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

January 2, 10AM

I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to business, so my thoughts are usually pretty basic (think Mr. Obvious). Here's one I had recently.1. To make a business a go, you need customers--people who want your product and who will buy it fro... [Business] [Money]

6AM

... So how would James or Peter have conceptualized these Gentile believers? Surely they did not consider them now to be Jews. They were not converts in the strictest sense of the word for they did not become circumcised, and they were only keeping the mo... [God-fearers]

January 1, 7AM

I was reading Brian Small's summary of Paul Himes' resources on Hebrews. Notice the hat tips to David Alan Black's book arguing for Paul as author of Hebrews.A whole host of thoughts run through my head. One is that popular sells and easy sells. Tradition... [scholarship]

December 31 2014, 10PM

Here we go again.Looking  BackAs far as last year's goals...I did finish my NT series with Wesleyan Publishing. Acts and its devotionals have been done for about a year but should come out at the end of March. Hebrews through Revelation and its ...

9AM

My brother-in-law, Dwayne Winterberg, repeated an interesting thought by A. W. Tozer today. I'll just quote the first half for reflection: "If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would kn... [Church Growth]

4AM

Here are my 2014 statistics, following the numbers in Google Analytics.  As of last night, I had over 80,500 pageviews and almost 30,000 unique visitors. I'm up over 4,000 page views from last year and up about 1500 unique visitors.From Previous Year... [Personal]

December 30, 6AM

How did Gentiles conceptualize their conversion to earliest Christianity?Yesterday I was contemplating the following break-down:1. Some within the earliest church believed a Gentile needed to convert fully to Judaism. We call these the "Judaizers." We fin... [conversion]

December 29, 6AM

When I was a child, the default drive of my personality would arrange my books in a library like order (yes, believe it or not, I am a "J" by default). When I was 18, I would have arranged my books in order of OT to NT. I would have arranged from Matthew ... [Personal]

2AM

This is the first post in a section on salvation in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished sections on Christology and Atonement.______________________... [predestination] [Soteriology] [theology in bullet points]

December 27, 7AM

I used to tell undergraduate students that I would not be surprised if they gained more understanding of the New Testament from taking Intertestamental Jewish Literature than they would from Old Testament Survey. I still remember one student who went on t... [Intertestamental Period]

December 26, 9AM

I don't know much about farming or how farmers budget, but I've often imagined that they have to be very disciplined. I've imagined that they get most of their money for the year during a somewhat narrow window of time. Then they have to be disciplined to... [budgeting]

December 25, 6AM

Wishing you all a joyful time of celebration with your families in faith. Celebrate the incarnation in anticipation of the life in anticipation of the death in anticipation of the resurrection in anticipation of the reign! [Christmas]

December 24, 6AM

Here are some very interesting reflections on the church growth's homogeneous principle, the idea that people are most attracted to groups that are like them. The idea has been used in the past to justify mostly white, black, or Hispanic congregations tha... [Bob Whitesel] [homogeneous principle]

December 23, 4AM

The idea of a flipped classroom is great. Have students watch video lectures or something similar before class, then work on applying the theory in class.It is a great idea, even if ironically similar to the innovative idea of textbooks some time ago... Y... [flipped classroom]

December 22, 2AM

I have an old friend who started his faith pilgrimage in the Wesleyan Church. Somewhat unusually, he has attended a Roman Catholic church for several years now, but is now contemplating returning to the Wesleyan Church.it reminded me again that there is n... [Wesleyan Church]

December 21, 10AM

Here's now links to my reflections on atonement from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. These are in my "theology in bullet points" series.Part 1: God and CreationGod and CreationPart 2: Christ and SalvationThe Doctrine of Christ (Christology... [Atonement] [Christology] [theology in bullet points]
This is the fifth post in a section on atonement in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished a section on Christology.________________________A5. In his death... [Atonement] [Christus Victor] [theology in bullet points]

December 20, 7AM

Here's an interesting article on where UM pastors go to seminary (HT: John Kavanaugh). Interestingly, more than 1 in 7 new UM pastors go to Asbury--more than seven of the official UM seminaries combined (there are 13). One UM seminary had less than 1 in 1... [United Methodist Church]
I deeply appreciate N. T. Wright. He has left his mark all over NT studies with generative insights all over the place. He was very impactful on me in the mid-90s. It would be fun to list all the little nuggets I have taken from him--it would be a signifi... [N. T. Wright]

December 19, 9AM

Received this book in the mail today from the author: I'm grateful for the copy. I have the unpopular opinion that it can actually be detrimental for a President to let specific faith ideas determine his or her decisions too much as President. Let theolog... [leadership] [politics]

7AM

Here is Candida Moss of Notre Dame's reminder that there was more female leadership in the early centuries of Christendom than we often assume. I do disagree a little with her reading of 1 Timothy 2:12, which I think was about the first century husba... [women in ministry]

5AM

No doubt because it's something President Obama is doing, a good deal of the American church will mindlessly and predictably condemn the idea of opening up relationships with Cuba again. I don't know enough to have an opinion that matters, although it see...

December 18, 5AM

Larry Hurtado has a nice summary of an argument from Michael Kruger, arguing that Origen's list of books that belong in the NT canon is authentic. They also accept the Muratorian Canon as authentic from the 200s.The case seems very well argued and suggest... [Hurtado]
Hollywood got a dose of reality yesterday with the pulling of The Interview. Yes, we're all sorry that political and economic reality has trumped freedom of expression. But it is an important reminder that none of the freedoms of the Bill of Rights are gu... [Hollywood]

December 17, 3PM

Jim Davila has sounded the warning that the University of Manchester is considering closing degree level studies in Persian, Turkish, and Modern Hebrew. These are part of the monumental shifts in education that we have already seen in seminary education.I... [higher education]

8AM

Some sobering but realistic advice from Ben Witherington. I especially resonated with his comment on the potential for teaching pastors. If I worked at an educational institution, I would suggest developing biblical studies programs that aim at equipping ... [higher education] [Witherington]
I'm toying with the idea of writing notes here on Wednesdays presenting biblical foundations for ministry. Who knows, if someone is interested it could become a book.Here's the outline I'm contemplating, even though I don't have time to start today:1. The... [ministry foundations]

December 13, 7AM

The book of Jonah is a pretty good case study in biblical reading paradigms. I use the term "pre-modern" reading of the Bible in reference to an ahistorical reading of the Bible that doesn't know it's ahistorical (as opposed to an ahistorical reading that... [Jonah]

December 12, 3AM

I think that truth and justice fit with Christianity, so that makes it easy for me to be an American as a Christian. I believe it could also be the case for someone who is Muslim as well... or a Buddhist, or some other religion.But I'm reading some of a h... [Enlightenment] [objectivity]

December 11, 5PM

A fascinating piece by Connor Wood (HT: Joel Watts), arguing that the reason why liberal churches don't grow is because they are not strict. The thesis is that groups with strict standards--whatever they are--attract followers with a greater commitment an... [Protestant Liberalism]

12 PM

Surprisingly busy week! But I did manage to read the rest of Part 1 of Mark Wilson's new book, Purple Fish at my son's swim meet last night. My first post on it is here.Here is a nugget from each chapter:Chapter 5"Jesus is our ultimate purple fish." ... [book review] [Mark Wilson]

7AM

Mike Bird weighs in on the question of funding theological colleges in Australia. It only interested me because of the strong connection IWU now has with Wesley Institute in Syndney. [IWU] [Wesley Institute in Australia]

4AM

I'm now one semester into reading through the AP world history text for Indiana high schools with my son. Here are some thoughts to whoever controls this curriculum, especially about the textbook, World Civilizations: The Global Experience.I'm not compete...

December 10, 4AM

1. Yesterday the report on the torturing the CIA did in the aftermath of 9-11 came out. Four questions seem to emerge: 1) Was it moral? 2) Was it legal? 3) Did it work? and 4) Should the report have come out?I'm primarily interested in the first question ... [violence]

December 9, 6AM

Continuing some of my writing from Sunday...__________________... If Dunn is correct that Paul primarily has works of the Jewish Law in view, particularly those actions that distinguished Jew from Gentile, then the issue is alleviated somewhat. Then Paul ... [James Dunn] [new perspective] [Richard Hays]

1AM

It's quite ironic for me to be reviewing leadership theory with my son for a JROTC test, since I've mainly encountered this material as part of the Seminary Leadership course. He's learning things like:Trait theory is about 100 years out of date--the idea... [leadership]

December 8, 5PM

1. If you were to ask me the top influences on me as a New Testament scholar, James Dunn probably comes first. For all my griping Tom Wright is probably second. Then I think the tie goes next to Richard Hays and Krister Stendahl.[I am of course sui generi... [book review] [Richard Hays]

11AM

This is the week I dive in to the waters of Purple Fish, a new book by Mark Wilson, whom I consider a good friend and a incredible pastor. This morning I read the first four chapters and I can tell you this: Mark is a good writer. The style is incredibly ... [Mark Wilson] [purple fish]

December 7, 5PM

... One feature of Wright’s interpretation that seems particularly helpful is his recognition of the role that works play for Paul in the ongoing life of someone in Christ. Key texts in this regard are Romans 2:6-10, 12-16 and 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, both... [justification] [Pauline Theology] [Righteousness of God] [synergism]

7AM

This is the fourth post in a section on atonement in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished a section on Christology.________________________A4. In his deat... [Atonement] [theology in bullet points]

December 6, 1PM

I sat on a plane recently next to a Chinese student from Beijing who was attending college in the US. We were talking about newspapers and I suggested that The Wall Street Journal was a relatively conservative newspaper. He looked at me really funny.It tu... [china] [Economics]

11AM

Well written in a playful style, How Santa Hurts Christmas. [Christmas]

10AM

In the first chapter, we saw that one aspect of the recently revised perspectives on Paul and Judaism was a greater sense of the continuity between Israel and earliest Christianity. Indeed, throughout the book I have argued that it is much more accurate t... [N. T. Wright] [partings of the ways] [Paul and the Law]

7AM

Skip to #4 below if you want to know that this post is about. Key sentence in this post: "I have a hunch that, in Christian circles, it is the most ideologically conservative professors who are most in attitude like the professor in&nb... [abortion] [Christian Education] [liberal arts]

December 5, 4PM

The fallacy of hasty generalization--jumping to conclusions when you don't have all the information--something I fight because I don't want to look stupid and because Christ commands me to love my enemy.I think I'm at least getting better. How about you? [Logical Fallacies]

3AM

I've decided to take a Schencky approach to my depressing reading list. Since I know I can't read through the list from start to finish--simply the realities of my life--I'm going to pop in and out of them.So tonight I popped into the Introduction to Part... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Paul and the faithfulness of God]

December 4, 1PM

I was so excited to see that Juliet Jamil, one of our Wesley Seminary students, has been ordained in The Wesleyan Church. See the article here.You may not know it, but there are still Aramaic speaking Christians in Iraq--exactly the type of Iraqi that fac... [aramaic] [Wesleyan Church]

5AM

These last ten years or so, I've been very interested in the question of how appropriate it might be to call people from my tradition, "evangelicals." Although I haven't been able to read it yet, I was happy to see that Don Dayton has put out a new editio... [evangelicalism]

December 3, 3AM

Certain genres of Scripture seem to relate more directly to different "power words" we use about Scripture more than others. 1. Infallible seems to be an umbrella term in the sense that no part of Scripture fails to do what God wants it to do. But what do... [authority of Scripture]

December 2, 7AM

Woe is me. I come away from SBL with a whole new list of books to add to the list... and I've hardly started on the ones from last year!!!So how can I get through these books, both old and new???N. T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of GodDoug Campbell,... [book review]

5AM

Continued from yesterday________________________... There is a scenario that can take place here, one that I want to air as a cautionary tale before we begin. Love of the Bible usually leads a person to pour over its words. There is a magic to the biblica... [hermeneutics]

December 1, 2PM

This is my second installment of notable Latin sayings that relate to the vocabulary in the chapters of Wheelock's Latin.Chapter 10in vino veritas - "in wine there is truth"via media - "a middle way"cum laude - "with praise"magna cum laude - "with great p... [Latin]

3AM

The Bible is God's word. We know this is true not only by faith but because countless people have heard from God and experienced God while reading and meditating on its words.Sure, you can hear from God at any time in any place. You can hear God while run... [hermeneutics]

November 30, 6AM

This is the third post in a section on atonement in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished a section on Christology.________________________A3. In his death... [Atonement] [theology in bullet points]

November 29, 7AM

I'm sure this has been done, but I haven't done it. The "third quest" for the historical Jesus is the re-examination of the historical Jesus that took place after E. P. Sanders had forced a re-examination of Judaism and Paul's writings in the late 70s/ear... [Third Quest]

November 28, 2PM

Last weekend I made my yearly pilgrimage to SBL, the Society of Biblical Literature. I don't think I realized how mentally tired I was when I left. I returned feeling a bit refreshed and thankful for all the blessings of my life.In the academic Dean's rol... [SBL]

November 27, 8AM

I had the opportunity to go to a luncheon on "Sectarian Violence in the Middle East" on Monday in San Diego, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank out of Washington. It was two panelists and a moderator. One panelist member was Ebrah... [Isis] [Islam] [Middle East] [Obama]

November 25, 7AM

By now everyone has heard of the rioting in Ferguson last night after a Grand Jury decided that the policeman who shot Michael Brown would not be indicted to go on trial.Now I want to be very clear: THERE IS NO ONE READING THIS BLOG WHO HAS ENOUGH INFORMA... [objectivity]

November 24, 12 PM

When it comes to the world around me, I'm not a particularly observant person. (And all the people said...)  I actually think I'm quite high in EQ--I notice how other people are feeling more than most people. But I don't notice shoes or hair or somet...

November 23, 1PM

... As we look at the dialog these past decades since Sanders, some features of the discussion seem more directly relevant to the interpretation of Hebrews than others. In the next chapter, for example, we will look especially at Hebrews 6:1-2. There we w... [Hebrews] [new perspective]

November 22, 6AM

Earlier this week, Don Sprowl, the Chief Academic Officer of IWU. Shared about the contrast between the times when we really feel like Ecclesiastes--"Futile, futile, everything is futile"--and the inner peace we can have with Christ inside. We can learn t... [Ecclesiastes] [imprecatory psalms]

November 21, 4AM

It is deeply unfortunate that we now find ourselves in a situation where it will be very hard for many Christians in America to think anything but that immigration reform is of the Devil. David Drury, the Chief of Staff at Wesleyan denominational headquar... [Immigration] [Wesleyan Church]

November 20, 5AM

I have a hunch that there were varied edges to the Old Testament canon at the time of Christ. Most agreed on the Law and the Prophets (although an argument can be made that the Sadducees really only considered the Pentateuch to be canon... Philo also is m... [canon]

November 19, 3AM

I actually have the workings of a post, "Exegesis in Bullet Points" that I might post sometime, but today I made this single PowerPoint slide on the nature of exegetical argument. For those who know me, this does not preclude other approaches to the bibli... [exegesis]

November 18, 3AM

Finally made it through the hour and a half panel discussion from last Monday that took place at Duke Divinity School. N. T. Wright was the reason, who spoke last Tuesday there. Richard Hays moderated. Douglas Campbell was the main debate partner, with Su... [Douglas Campbell] [N. T. Wright] [Richard Hays] [Ross Wagner]

November 16, 1PM

Here is my attempt to capture the best insights of the last sixty years or so since the first rumblings of a revised perspective of Paul in relation to Judaism:Paul did not see himself as a miserable failure at keeping the Law before he believed on Christ... [Alan Segal] [Bruce Malina] [E.P. Sanders] [James Dunn] [N. T. Wright] [new perspective] [Richard Hays] [Stendahl]

7AM

This is the second post in a section on atonement in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation, and I have just finished a section on Christology._________________________A2. In his death, J... [Atonement] [moral influence theory] [theology in bullet points]

November 15, 6AM

The late 20th century saw the rise in biblical scholarship of what was called the "new perspective" on Paul, the third quest for the historical Jesus, and re-investigations of the "parting of the ways" between Christianity and Judaism. What was that all a... [new perspective]

November 14, 12 PM

One assignment people do in the Seminary is to sketch out an overall biblical theology on a subject. Here is a brief sketch I did on women in leadership in the Bible:________________________In the OT, with no surprise given the patriarchal culture of the ... [women in ministry]

2AM

I'm making myself finish a novel on Fridays.Excerpt from chapter 1Excerpt from chapter 2Excerpt from chapter 3Excerpt from chapter 4____________________________________...Then ensued the intricate détente of two people who are intrigued by each other but... [novels (mine)]

November 13, 5AM

What are the functions of the Church?Following up on yesterday's post, what are the functions of the Church, and what are the ultimate priorities. I came up with five:worshipdiscipleshipwitnessservicefellowshipI think that's the ultimate order, but I'm no... [Ecclesiology]

November 12, 5PM

I facilitated an assignment for a Missional Church class last week and was reminded of how helpful a curriculum the teams who designed our Seminary curriculum is. This assignment was suggested and written by Chris Bounds five years ago.The source is Avery... [Ecclesiology] [sacraments]

November 11, 7AM

This is the first post in a section on atonement in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation (soon to be self-published), and I have just finished a section on Christology._________________... [Atonement] [theology in bullet points]

November 8, 1PM

As I get ready to start the posts on atonement tomorrow, I thought I would summarize where I have been so far in my "theology in bullet points" series.Posts on God and Creation (I'm currently editing these for self-publication)Now on to volume 2:The ... [Christology] [theology in bullet points] [Wesleyan theology]

3AM

Paraphrasing continues of Wesley's sermon, "Means of Grace" in contemporary English.IPart 1Part 2Part 3IIPart 4________________6. These individuals do not really understand that great foundation of the whole Christian building: "You are saved by grace." T... [John Wesley] [sacraments] [sermons of John Wesley]

November 7, 3AM

I'm making myself finish a novel on Fridays.Excerpt from chapter 1Excerpt from chapter 2Excerpt from chapter 3____________________________________As the bank robbers sped down the streets of Miami with multiple police cars racing behind, another figure wa... [novel]

November 5, 4AM

I was reading through Romans 10:5-13 in Robert Jewett's Romans commentary in the Hermeneia series last night. I was curious what a student would think of it. The footnotes are an impressive dazzle of references to scholars and ancient literature. The very... [Robert Jewett] [Romans]

November 4, 4AM

Paraphrasing continues of Wesley's sermon, "Means of Grace" in contemporary English.Part 1Part 2Part 3________________... I am using this expression, "means of grace," because I don't know of any expression that is better. I also use it because it has fre... [John Wesley] [sermons of John Wesley]

November 2, 10AM

This is now the fifth post in a series on Christology, in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation._____________________In his resurrection, Jesus became the king of all humanity and creati... [Christology] [theology in bullet points]

October 31, 6AM

Happy Reformation Day!  On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed 95 debate points on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, and the rest is history.Wittenberg Door, October 2011However, it would not befit the spirit of the Reformation if we took the develop... [Luther] [Protestant Reformation] [quadrilateral] [sola fide] [sola scriptura]

2AM

I'm making myself finish a novel on Fridays.Excerpt from chapter 1Excerpt from chapter 2_____________________________Like I said, I grew up dreaming about superheroes. Several novels fell into that category. "The Year of Jubilee" was about two kids that b... [novel]

October 30, 4AM

Paraphrasing Wesley's sermon, "Means of Grace" in contemporary English.Part 1Part 2___________________...6. Experience shows how easily this idea spreads and insinuates itself into the minds of people. And it happens especially to those who have been awak... [John Wesley] [sacraments] [sermons of John Wesley]

October 29, 4AM

Paraphrasing Wesley's sermon, "Means of Grace" in contemporary English.Part 1Now Part 2___________________...5. At the same time, in their zeal for the glory of God, in their attempt to recover souls from the fatal delusion that ritual acts are effective ... [John Wesley] [sacraments] [sermons of John Wesley]

October 28, 4AM

Yesterday I started paraphrasing one of John Wesley's sermons, "On a Catholic Spirit." However, I found that someone else has already done a fine job of that here. There are a few other Wesley resources there in modern English.A man named Teddy Ray has al... [John Wesley] [sacraments] [sermons of John Wesley]

October 27, 2AM

In the Spring, many at IWU are going to be reading some of Ken Collins and Jason Vickers' mammoth new Wesley collection, Wesley's sermons arranged systematically. Since I'll be reading through the sermons anyway (right now we're reading Steve Ha... [catholic spirit] [John Wesley] [sermons of John Wesley]

October 26, 6AM

This is now the fourth post in a series on Christology, in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation.______________________In his death, Jesus became the priest of all humanity and creation.... [Christology] [theology in bullet points]

October 25, 1PM

1. Some of my family watched Divergent this afternoon again on DVD. It's an interesting concept, dividing society into factions like the brave, the smart, the selfless, and the candid. It's a little like the four cardinal virtues of the ancient Mediterran... [movies]

5AM

1. It occurs to me that there is something I despise as a Christian about "both sides" of the political scene in America. I questioned whether to put "despise" because should Christians despise things that are so closely associated with people that it is ... [politics]

October 24, 11AM

I see that the city of Anderson is dropping the private company they hired to do their busing. I also remembered that the company Mitch Daniels contracted with to run the northern Indiana tolls is going bankrupt.Here was my thought. There are certain... [social contract] [social philosophy]

2AM

As a discipline, a novel exerpt from this past week (meaning, last night ;-)Excerpt from chapter 1_____________________________"We've got to do something," John said to Brad. "He's headed straight for Sarah." Sarah was right behind a corner pillar, w... [novels (mine)]

October 23, 5AM

1. If you know how I think, I use the model of pre-modern, modern, and post-modern as a framework for how people process reality. Here's the decoder ring for the way I use these terms:pre-modern - "first naivete"; this is when any of us--and let me stress... [postmodernism] [second naivete]

October 21, 4AM

I'm writing six sermon starters to make a sermon series based on the Sermon on the Mount. The first two are:Week 1: "The Winner Isn't Who You Think" (Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12)Week 2: "Love the Whole Way" (Matt. 5:43-48)Week 3: "Who I... [sermon on the mount] [sermon starters]

October 19, 12 PM

I took another shot at this one today. Here's what I wrote? Any suggestions?_________________It is, first of all, a perspective with a history. John Wesley (1703-91) was an Anglican minister in England who started a revival that eventually lead to the Met... [Wesleyan theology]

6AM

This is now the third post in a series on Christology, in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation.______________________Jesus on earth was a prophet of the kingdom of God.1. It is characte... [Christology] [theology in bullet points]

October 18, 2AM

1. I have never liked making a fool of myself, despite the fact that I do it so easily. So I am particularly keen to help others not make my mistakes, especially when it comes to the Bible or theology. There's a lot floating around out there that we say w... [1 Corinthians] [body of Christ]

October 17, 3PM

I was happy to receive the two devotionals today (Wisdom and Witness of Jesus) that go along with my second book on Jesus (Portraits). The three make a set.The Portraits of Jesus book focuses on special themes in the Gospels (as opposed to The Missio... [Writing]

12 AM

My daughter Sophie won't talk to me any more about novels. Even in her short lifetime, she has heard me say time and time again, "Oo, oo, I had a great idea for a novel today." She refuses to hear me talk about any more novel ideas (or listen to any first... [novel]

October 16, 3AM

How do you interpret a biblical text in context?1. First, you come to it with an appropriate question.That is, an inductive question, not a contemporary one.Questions of sense - "What did this word or phrase mean?"Questions of genre - "What were these wor... [hermeneutics]

October 15, 5AM

Some of us are reading through the selections in Charles Taylor's Dilemmas and Connections this semester. The chapters are individual essays he has written in other contexts, so it is a veritable grab bag of joy. Every essay is his genius applied to ... [Charles Taylor]

October 14, 2AM

At the Theological Research Seminar at IWU yesterday, I was presenting a historical and theological response to Richard Bauckham called, "Jesus and the Identity of God." My basic conclusion was that Bauckham's theology is spot on and his readings of NT te... [Schrödinger's cat] [theological interpretation]

October 12, 9AM

This is now the second post in a series on Christology, in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation.______________________God became a man in the person of Jesus, the Christ.1. As we saw in the ... [Christology] [theology in bullet points]

October 11, 4AM

Hard to do it, but I'm going to try to have a blog sabbath today.Happy Saturday!Ken

October 10, 2AM

So many of you have been asking how I go about writing my novels... NOT!I reckon I have started over thirty novels over the last thirty years... never finished a one, although one is at 100 pages. But in the process I figure I've learned a thing or two ab... [novels (mine)]

October 9, 2AM

Here are some famous Latin sayings based on the vocabulary of the chapters in Wheelock.Chapter 1ex nihilo - "out of nothing" (as in creation out of nothing)quid pro quo - "something for something" (tit for tat; you scratch my back, I'll scratch back)cogit... [Latin]

October 8, 2AM

I'm not going to commit to finishing the reviews, but I finally cracked open The Epic of Eden by Sandra Richter over lunch yesterday. I don't think I've ever met Sandra in person but I first became aware of her at Asbury. Then I knew she had gone to ... [Biblical Theology] [book review] [Salvation History] [Sandra Richter]

October 7, 4AM

There were some key elements to the civil religion I posted on yesterday. Why does the America cult have such staying power? Why does any movement have staying power?In fact, the way I described civil religion fits with what N. T. Wright has called the el... [worldview]

October 6, 1AM

Things that we value get mixed. Since all the mixing takes place in our heads, we often don't realize it. We look out at the world through one set of eyes, so we may not realize that we have apples and oranges all twisted up in our perceptions of the worl... [civil religion]

October 5, 6AM

This is the first post in the beginning of the second set of articles in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation. This second set has to do with Christ and Salvation._________________1. In theology, the ... [Christology] [theology in bullet points]

October 4, 4AM

I am not opposed to using worldview language. There are important cautions that need to go along with it, to be sure.1. For example, the relation between people's thinking and action is far more complex than some consistent movement from thought to action... [worldview]

October 3, 8AM

I was delighted to see Elizabeth Dole inducted as this year's IWU World Changer. To me, she is something like a model of what a world changer should be. She was humble. She was thoroughly Christ-like in her perspective on life. And what a life of service ... [IWU]

1AM

News is slowly trickling out about the shocking close of Nazarene Publishing House (NPH) yesterday. Here are some articles:Earlier rumblingsBackgroundTaken over by Nazarene Board of General SuperintendentsBuilding emptiedAt the center of the controversy s... [Nazarenes]

October 2, 5AM

I'm writing six sermon starters to make a sermon series based on the Sermon on the Mount. The first two are:Week 1: "The Winner Isn't Who You Think" (Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12)Week 2: "Love the Whole Way" (Matt. 5:43-48)And now a sermon for Week 3: "Who ... [sermon on the mount] [sermon starters]

October 1, 2AM

I'm creating six sermon outlines to go along with a devotional I wrote called, The Wisdom of Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount. These also go along with a book I wrote on the special themes of the Gospels.  I already wrote one on the "Be perfect"... [beatitudes] [sermon on the mount] [sermon starters]

September 30, 2AM

I have now completed the introductory posts to my series on Christian theology from one Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. This series is fleshing out a post I did back in March called, "My Theology in Bullet Points." All the posts I've done so far ... [theology in bullet points]

September 29, 4PM

Theology is the "study of God," and Christian theology is the study of God from a Christian perspective.1. There are, perhaps surprisingly, many different ways to approach the study of God. Perhaps the most common is called systematic theology. Systematic... [theology in bullet points]

1AM

This is the final post in the first section in my series, a theology in bullet points. (Here are three of the later sections that I've already done)._________________There is a spectrum of Christian thinking on many issues.1. In Romans... [theology in bullet points]

September 26, 2AM

For what it's worth, here are the points I've tried to make these past days, with a couple added on.In Ken's perfect world:The pastor is the local expert on the original meaning of the Bible.But the pastor realizes that God uses the Bible far more to tran... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 25, 4AM

Some of you may feel like I pulled a switch-a-roo on you. Didn't my lead off post in this series start with this:The Bible as Scripture is as much transformational as informational.So why have I spent the last five posts more or less talking about the inf... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 24, 2AM

I have been talking some basic hermeneutics that I hope would be at least a little familiar to a pastor. They have to do with realizing the nature of the real meaning the biblical texts had as well as some sense of how that meaning legitimately is expande... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 23, 3AM

If you've read the four previous posts, you might feel like I was trying to take away your candy. Today I want to start to give some back.When we read the Bible as Christian Scripture, we often "extend" the literal meaning so that it speaks to us today.Mo... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 22, 1AM

I decided there were at least two more posts I want to do on hermeneutics in this series on "What a pastor should know about the Bible."The last post talked about how "all meaning is local." The key points from that post were: There are meanings the words... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 21, 3AM

This is the fourth post in the first section in my series, a theology in bullet points. (Here are three of the later sections that I've already done)._________________God has revealed himself in events apart from nature.1. Different Ch... [special revelation] [theology in bullet points]

September 20, 1AM

So we come to the end of my family history posts. I'll end with a few notes on my own life.FloridaI was born in Indianapolis in the mid-60s, but my Dad's job took him to Florida in 1970. So I am a Hoosier by birth but a Floridian by childhood. I've never ... [family history]

September 19, 4AM

I have started a series, "What should a pastor know about the Bible?" In the first two posts, I have suggested the following hermeneutical points for starters:The words of the Bible in themselves are susceptible to multiple interpretations.The Bible as Sc... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 18, 3AM

I started a series yesterday--What should a pastor know about the Bible? (WSPK) Yesterday I made two key points:The words of the Bible in themselves are susceptible to multiple interpretations.The Bible as Scripture is as much transformational as informat... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 17, 8AM

Looking at Gary Thomas' Sacred Pathways in spiritual formation at the seminary. He reminds us that we don't all experience God as naturally the same way. It only makes sense that God would speak to each of us differently depending on our personalities and... [Spiritual Formation]

4AM

I'm thinking about starting a new series. What should a pastor know about the Bible?I'm not talking about content. I'm assuming a pastor will know the content of the Bible. I'm talking about things contextual and hermeneutical.What is the Bible?So I think... [hermeneutics] [WSPK]

September 16, 6AM

I was delighted to receive in the mail yesterday the second edition of Craig Keener's well known The IVP Bible Background Commentary. What a great idea--the one piece of the puzzle you can't get from the text itself is the historical and cultural backgrou... [pastoral resources]

1AM

Today's the tenth anniversary of my first blog post. If you are a young scholar thinking of blogging, here are my reflections.Pros1. I have a platform. I view my near daily posts as something like a newspaper. People scan the headlines of all sorts of inf... [blogging]

September 14, 2PM

I'm trying to finish a piece on Hebrews and Christology, and I thought I'd use the blog to process some thoughts again. I wrote a piece in 2008 here on the spectrum of positions on the worship of Jesus and received some good feedback from friends. I want ... [worship of Jesus]

6AM

This is the third post in the first section in my series, theology in bullet points. (Here are three of the later sections that I've already done)._________________God has revealed himself in nature. [1]1. That is to say, certain aspects of... [arguments for existence of God] [natural revelation] [theology in bullet points]

September 13, 2AM

I've already written about the Shepherds in this series. As this series comes to a close, I wanted to wrap up my further attempts to figure out this line.1. Elijah Washington Shepherd (1839-96)My grandfather's dad, Washington, died when my Grandpa wa... [family history]

September 11, 4AM

1. There is a beautiful Aria in Handel's Messiah based on these verses in Job:"I know that my redeemer lives,     and that in the end he will stand on the earth.And after my skin has been destroyed,     ye... [hermeneutics] [inductive Bible study] [Job] [theological interpretation]

September 10, 7AM

First, let me preface this post by speaking of the idea of Mark Driscoll. I don't know Driscoll. I shouldn't draw final conclusions on the real Driscoll because I am not involved with him. He has not wronged me personally that I know of. I am using the ru... [Bobby Clinton] [leadership] [Leadership Emergence Theory]

September 9, 3AM

1. The typical process of reading the Bible goes like this:I see the same English word used throughout the Bible. For example, "soul" or "spirit."I assume that word has the same meaning throughout the Bible, since it is the same English word.I assume that... [Psychology] [soul] [spirit]

September 8, 3AM

I was a little surprised at how much discussion took place on Facebook yesterday when I mentioned that the "gates of hell" in Matthew 16:18 were not the gates of Gehenna, the hell of fire, but the gates of Hades, the gates of the dead.I suggested that Mat... [hell]

September 7, 3AM

This is the second post in the first section in my series, theology in bullet points. (Here are three of the later sections that I've already done)._________________"All truth is God's truth," the saying goes.1. The basic idea of this sayin... [natural revelation] [theology in bullet points]

September 6, 1PM

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,... [devotionals]

3AM

My family history posts are almost at an end. Here is one of the loose ends.1. My grandfather, Harry Shepherd, lost his mother when he was still just six years old. I can't imagine what that would be like. I've mentioned a poem my grandfather wr... [family history]

September 5, 2AM

For a little over a month now, I have been reading through Paul Ricoeur's Interpretation Theory. I would now like to appropriate it (see what I did there).1. First, let me mention some aspects of his enterprise that I most appreciated. The first is his se... [hermeneutics] [Paul Ricoeur] [theological interpretation]

September 4, 4AM

Finally, the conclusion of Paul Ricoeur's Interpretation Theory, a series of foundational lectures on hermeneutics that he gave in 1973 at Texas Christian University.1. Language as Discourse2. Speaking and Writing3. Metaphor and Symbol... [hermeneutics] [Paul Ricoeur]

September 3, 5PM

"When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives... [devotionals]

September 2, 7AM

I'm trying to get my head around the magnitude of even the first two volumes of Craig Keener's commentary series on Acts with Baker Academic. I'm jealous that Asbury has biblical scholars of such exhaustive and profound knowledge! The third volume (a... [commentaries] [craig keener]

2AM

One thing I've noticed searching for my ancestors is a strange thread of the "wrong" biblical names.Pharaoh ShepherdAbsalom ShepherdNimrod ShepherdDelilah ShepherdEli ShepherdYou have to wonder if the people coming up with these names were bitter toward C... [American frontier]

September 1, 4AM

I have long thought that blogging and self-publishing are playing a role today that the small movable type presses of an earlier age played. Tyndale was able to publish his English translations of the Bible that way under the radar (at least for a while).... [blogging]

August 31, 11AM

One of the lectionary readings for today is Romans 12:9-21. Now there's a sermon series that could last for months! What great truths!  What hard truths! I actually wrote a devotional over these last few chapters of Romans.A few verses that stick out... [Romans]

3AM

I see this post as the very first in the first section (although I've already done three of the later ones) in my theology in bullet points._________________In your search for God, start with the faith you have.Technically speaking, it is first and f... [theology in bullet points]

August 30, 1AM

So with only one hole yet to fill (I'm still hoping I'll find more information), I arrive at my lifetime.I was born in the late 60s.1. It didn't seem so far in the past at first, but the decades fly by and you wonder where they went. You hear of people yo... [family history]

August 29, 3AM

Do not fret because of the wicked;do not be envious of wrongdoers,for they will soon fade like the grass,and wither like the green herb.Trust in the Lord, and do good;so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.Take delight in the Lord,and he will gi...

August 28, 1AM

Here are some exploratory thoughts (about 24 minutes) I had in relation to the particularity of Jesus. Here's my question--did Jesus come to earth as "everyman," or did he come as a particular man?  He certainly showed us the potential of every human... [Christology]

August 27, 4AM

Wesleyan Publishing House had the idea of creating some sermon starter material to go along with some of the devotionals I've written, as well as some of the books on Jesus and Paul I've written. These will be available on their website for anyone who wou... [perfection] [sermon on the mount] [sermon starters]

August 26, 4PM

I LOLed to see the stats on my posts the last few days:Matthew Henry post - 155 pageviewsThe womanizing physicist - 106 pageviewsBeware Thayer's Lexicon - 387 viewsMy Family in the 50s - 150 viewsSunday Theology - 114 viewsMy post about not having a post ...

6AM

Now the fourth essay in Paul Ricoeur's Interpretation Theory, a series of foundational lectures on hermeneutics that he gave in 1973 at Texas Christian University.1. Language as Discourse2. Speaking and Writing3. Metaphor and SymbolNow... [book review] [hermeneutics] [Paul Ricoeur]

August 25, 3AM

I've come to view my blog as something like a morning newspaper. I try to have something up in the morning for someone to read before the day starts.This morning I've got nuthin. My final book review of Ricoeur's not ready. There's nothing I care to weigh... [Personal]

August 24, 3AM

Now, for real, the sixth and final post in the third section of theology in bullet points on the nature of evil._____________________1.There is such a thing as corporate sin and sin that is perpetuated by the structures of society... [sin] [sin--corporate] [theology in bullet points]

August 23, 4AM

1. My parents married in 1947. My oldest sister was born the next year. Their first years of marriage, they lived in a large house where my grandfather Dorsey had a store on Olney Street in Indianapolis. I guess there were several renters, and my parents ... [family history] [Wesleyan Church]

August 22, 7AM

I have long introduced students to Blue Letter Bible because 1) it's free and 2) it gives you a quick way to see all the instances where a Greek or Hebrew word is used in the respective testament. I also take time usually to point out that there is very l... [Blue Letter Bible] [word fallacies] [word studies]

4AM

On to chapter 8 of Quantum Man, a biography of Richard Feynman. I only was able to slip in one chapter this week.So far:Chapters 1-2: High school, MIT, and PrincetonChapters 3-5: The Path to a DoctorateChapters 6-7: Theorizing the BombOne o... [book review] [quantum mechanics] [Richard Feynman]

August 21, 4AM

I thought I would weigh in on Matthew Henry. I'm probably a little unusual for a Biblehead in that I don't reject the use of his commentary by pastors. This goes along with my sense that God has always spoken truth through wise, godly individuals. Indeed,... [Adam Clarke] [Matthew Henry]

August 20, 11AM

Had a most excellent class this morning with some onsite and some live online.  So grateful for the online and onsite students who were game to try something new! It seemed to be the best of both worlds.The onsite students didn't have to stay as long... [online] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

August 19, 6AM

This is now my third installment of Paul Ricoeur's Interpretation Theory, a series of foundational lectures on hermeneutics that he gave in 1973 at Texas Christian University.1. Language as Discourse2. Speaking and Writing________________Now for the ... [book review] [Metaphors] [Paul Ricoeur]

August 18, 4AM

There are any number of paradigm shifts that go along with reading the Bible in context...[Insert my normal disclaimers that the Spirit can and does regularly speak to people through the words of Scripture out of context. Indeed, since we have no default ... [paradigm shifts]

August 17, 6AM

I have now completed a series of posts giving a Wesleyan "Theology of Sin," part of my ongoing series called, "My Theology in Bullet Points." It is not, to be sure, the only Wesleyan perspective, but it is an attempt to be true to Wesleyan theol... [hamartiology] [theology in bullet points]
Now the fifth and final post in the third section of theology in bullet points on the nature of evil._____________________"All have sinned and are lacking the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23, my translation).1. Wesleyans would disti... [Adam] [evolution] [sin] [sinful nature] [theology in bullet points]

August 16, 3AM

1. After my Dad died, I wrote pretty extensively about his life. He was born in Thorntown in 1924 at his Dad's first church plant (I think it was a plant). Although Dorsey Schenck planted churches around some, I think they mostly lived in Indianapolis. I ... [family history]

August 14, 9PM

This is my third installment reviewing a biography about Richard Feynman called Quantum Man, one of the greatest physicists of all time.So far:Chapters 1-2: High school, MIT, and PrincetonChapters 3-5: The Path to a DoctorateNow chapters 6-7.Cha... [book review] [P. A. M. Dirac] [quantum mechanics] [Richard Feynman] [Science Friday]

3AM

I was brainstorming yesterday how we might fix our schools in America. Let me make it clear that I don't blame the teachers. I point to the culture of our children and youth, who are attention deficit and chaotic in general. I've long got the impression t... [education]

August 13, 3PM

Fair fair, your lovely warming faceWith twirling wisps up into spaceAboon the stars ye take your place,I long to drink.The groaning teacher there ye fillYour caffeine like an instant thrill,While thro' the pores your dews distillIn time of need.And then, ... [poems]

4AM

La semana pasada, hablé sobre la tradición Wesleyana como un movimiento mas que una iglesia. Hoy, creo que la caracteristica de transformación como central en el pensamiento de Juan Wesley.Wesley cree que Deos quería transformar la vida de un creyente... [Español]

August 11, 11PM

I've been on a hiatus from reading through Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology for some time. It was a lot of work the way I was doing it. I want to keep working through but offer a more selective response.I think what I would especially like to do is draw... [hermeneutics] [Miracles] [Wayne Grudem]

2AM

I'm making my way through Paul Ricoeur's Interpretation Theory, a series of foundational lectures on hermeneutics that he gave in 1973 at Texas Christian University.The first chapter was Language as Discourse.________________Now the second of four:&n... [book review] [hermeneutics] [Paul Ricoeur]

August 10, 7AM

Now the fourth post in the third section of theology in bullet points.____________________1. The apostle Paul put it this way, "There is no one righteous, not even one... there is no one who seeks God" (Rom. 3:10-11). He was paraphrasi... [original sin] [sinful nature] [theology in bullet points]

August 9, 2AM

Dorsey Schenck and his mother Pearl1. In 1949, Pearl Dorsey (my Dad's grandmother), was living with her daughter Lula in Michigantown. The living situation was interesting. After her husband Samuel had died of an appendix burst in 1930, she and ... [family history]

August 8, 3PM

Christian colleges and organizations are keenly aware that the situation in America on the topic of sexual discrimination is changing rapidly. Just a few weeks ago, a presidential order indicated that government contracts would not be awarded to organizat... [homosexuality] [Indiana Wesleyan University]

1AM

A couple weeks ago, I started reviewing a biography about Richard Feynman called Quantum Man, one of the smartest physics geniuses of all time. It is incredibly humbling to read about him, a genius among geniuses. Sometimes we college professors slip into... [quantum mechanics] [Richard Feynman]

August 7, 5AM

My personal mission statement as a Christian professor: My mission is to trick Christian students into being more Christian in their thinking, to trick students in general into authentic existence, and for all to enjoy my trickery in the process.P.S. I pr...

August 6, 2AM

Esta semana, tenemos varios estudiantes en el campus que hablan español. Por mucho tiempo, he necesitado mejor aprender español. Entonces, creo que voy a utilizar mi blog los miércoles para escribir en español. Creo que comiteré muchos errores. Esper... [Español]

August 5, 12 AM

I decided to take an interlude from more popular book reviews (having just finished Ehrman and hoping to move to N. T. Wright's Surprised by Scripture next). In this meantime, I want to blog on Paul Ricoeur's short Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the... [book review] [hermeneutics] [Paul Ricoeur]

August 3, 6AM

Now the third post in the third section of theology in bullet points.____________________Suffering, in itself, is not evil. It is evil when a person wants to cause suffering for no good reason, but the suffering in itself is not evil.F... [problem of suffering] [theology in bullet points]

August 2, 3AM

I never met my mother's father, Harry Shepherd. He died of a bone cancer in 1963 in Frankfort, Indiana, before I was born. He was well known and much respected as an incredibly spiritual man, humble and selfless. His signature exclamation when he would ge... [family history] [Harry Shepherd]

August 1, 3AM

Today is the last day of a one week intensive I've been leading called "Bible as Christian Scripture." Great, fun group of people--recharged my bones a bit. (one person described them as "middle schoolers," no doubt a testament to the tone I've set. :-)I ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

July 29, 4AM

Yesterday we had a great launch to our sixth year as a seminary together. Dr. Wayne Schmidt cast a great vision looking forward to the next five years. He started by showing us a plaque commemorating our first five years. Then he held up the blank one for...

July 27, 5AM

Now the second post in the third section of theology in bullet points.____________________God created everything, including the possibility of evil.God created the world out of nothing. Therefore, there is nothing that exists that he did not create and th... [Adam] [problem of evil] [Satan] [theology in bullet points]

July 26, 3AM

On the last day of the year, in December of 1935, my great grandfather Oscar Rich was driving in Indianapolis to collect rent on some property he owned when he suddenly died of a heart attack, his car crashing into a tree.My mother was just nine years old... [family history]

July 25, 11AM

I was incredibly delighted to get a copy of James Colbert's new translation of Jean Daniélou's classic introduction to Philo, Philo of Alexandria. I don't remember if there has ever been an English translation before (it was originally French), but there... [Philo]

4AM

Last week I finished blogging through Thirty Years That Shook Physics, a great book by George Gamow on the first thirty some years of the 1900s, when the groundwork of modern physics was laid.If I were to pick, I would pick Einstein as the dominant figure... [John Archibald Wheeler] [quantum mechanics] [Richard Feynman] [Science Friday]

July 24, 4AM

Although I've said some things repeatedly in the past, it's worth repeating some of them every once and a while. I consider the following claims more or less beyond reasonable dispute:1. All of us see the world from "within our heads." That is to say, we ... [hermeneutics]

July 23, 6AM

This was a final video for my summer Greek for ministry class. Its aim was to capture the benefit of the class for interpretation. The webpage used is on interlinearbible.org. [Greek for Ministry]

3AM

Below are reading notes on Genesis, an 18 day read through the book. For my reading notes on the New Testament, see here.1. Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Creation)2. Genesis 2:4-3:24 (The Fall)3. Genesis 4-5 (Cain and Abel)4. Genesis... [Genesis notes]
And now, the final post of Genesis, for Genesis 47:27-50:26.In these chapters:As Jacob is about to die, he has Joseph swear he will bury him back in Canaan. Genesis 47:31 sounds like Jacob dies, but then he is still alive in Genesis 48.In Genesis 48, Jaco... [Genesis notes]

July 22, 9AM

I burned out on Genesis a couple months ago with only two posts left. No one seemed to be paying attention to the series anyway. But finish Genesis must I. Then I'll set this project aside till an angel appears and tells me to continue with Exodus.So toda... [Genesis notes]

8AM

Let me buck the academic norm again and say this. A master must know the primary sources. A teacher should know the primary sources. But, in terms of learning, secondary sources (including the teacher) are usually FAR, FAR, FAR more important than the pri... [pedagogy]

July 21, 6AM

And now it is with great pleasure that I finish the Epilog of Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God.So far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?4. Th... [Bart Ehrman] [book review]

July 20, 5PM

I've posted the books so far that have been helpful to me in trying to get a grasp on the developments in relativity and quantum physics this last century. I've barely scratched the surface, but if you want to poke around my Astore, here's the link to the... [astore]

5AM

Now with two sections of my theology in bullet points done, we move on to the third section I am doing, "The Problem of Evil."_____________________Evil is a matter of choice, intention, and desire.Technically speaking, people are not literally evil and no... [problem of evil] [theology in bullet points]

July 19, 11AM

For the last couple weeks I have been looking at my Grandma Schenck's family, the Millers (her father) and the Wises (her mother). The week before that, I looked at the 1920s, when my parents were born. Today I flashback from the year 1930 to look at my G... [family history]

July 18, 2PM

Finally finished this classic of popular physics I've had since the 80s, George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics.The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric Effect)1c.... [book review] [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

2AM

Although we have known unofficially for about a month now, we received the official letter in the mail yesterday announcing that Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University is now fully and officially accredited by the Association of Theological School... [Association of Theological Schools] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

July 17, 4AM

Here's the final piece of my Philosophy in Bullet Points, celebrating my new philosophy textbook (also see my theology bullet points). Unlike the textbook, which tries to present all basic positions fairly, these posts give my personal... [philosophy in bullet points] [social philosophy]

July 15, 1AM

Almost done with my Philosophy in Bullet Points in celebration of my new philosophy textbook (also see my theology bullet points). Unlike the textbook, which tries to present all basic positions fairly, these posts give my personal, ph... [philosophy in bullet points]

July 14, 4AM

Only the Epilog after this post, on chapter 9 of Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God.So far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?4. The Resurrectio... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Council of Nicaea] [Trinity]

July 13, 5AM

I have now completed my posts on the Theology of Creation, part of my ongoing series called, "My Theology in Bullet Points." Below the links on creation are the links for the other completed section on the Doctrine of God.The Doctrine of Creation1. God cr... [Creation] [God] [theology in bullet points]
In my two previous posts on the Dunkards, I have been trying to figure out the correct name for my relatives. Here is some very helpful information for any information seekers out there from Glenn Miller, my father's cousin.________________Church denomina... [Dunkard Brethren]

July 12, 10PM

This is my final post in the sequence on creation in my theology in bullet points series. I will follow it up with a post with all the links for the entire series thus far._____________________All humanity is of equal value to God--all nations, every soci... [prejudice] [theology in bullet points] [women in ministry]

2AM

Last week, I tried to follow the family of my father's mother's father back in time. It followed a course that led north to Elkhart, then east to Ohio and Pennsylvania. It crossed the Atlantic from the Rhineland of Germany back to the Bern area of Switzer... [Dunkard Brethren] [family history]

July 11, 2AM

Second to last post on George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics.The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric Effect)1c. The Compton Effect (Proof of Energy Pac... [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

July 10, 6AM

Now chapter 8 of Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God. So far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?4. The Resurrection of Jesus: What We Cannot Know... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Gnosticism] [progressive revelation]

July 9, 8AM

HEAR YE, HEAR YE,This is to all those people within a couple hour radius of Marion, Indiana who are debating whether to start a Master of Divinity degree. Sure, sure, you can do it online. EVERYBODY wants to do it online. What's with you people?BUT, you c... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]

5AM

Continuing my Philosophy in Bullet Points in celebration of my new philosophy textbook (also see my theology bullet points). Unlike the textbook, which tries to present all basic positions fairly, these posts give my personal philosoph... [philosophy in bullet points]

July 8, 2AM

Running late this week. Here is Sunday's post, second to last in the section on Creation in my theology in bullet points series. The previous one is here.________________God intended us to live forever.The dominant sense Christians have had thro... [soul] [theology in bullet points]

July 7, 6AM

My Philosophy in Bullet Points continues, in celebration of my new philosophy textbook (also see my theology bullet points). Unlike the textbook, which tries to present all basic positions fairly, these posts give my philosophical quip... [philosophy in bullet points] [philosophy of history]

July 6, 6AM

David Runia has announced that the premier journal dedicated to the study of Philo, the Studia Philonica Annual, has entered into rest at Yale University, thanks to Greg Sterling.Here is the site: Studia Philonica Annual.The site is well done and has... [Philo]

July 5, 7AM

Scot McKnight drew attention to some fun waves in the field of quantum mechanics. Since I've been working through George Gamow's version of the early events, and some other books as well, this is a very timely article.If this new approach is true, here is... [quantum mechanics]

2AM

I don't know if they had one yesterday, but my Grandma Schenck's family, the Millers, have often held a reunion on July 4, so I dedicate this Family History post to them._____________________In 1944, as my father was getting ready to cross the Atlantic fo... [Dunkard Brethren] [family history]

July 4, 5AM

The Society of Biblical Literature has launched a new website with basic articles on the people, places, and passages of the Bible, called Bible Odyssey. I think it would be fair to say that this site represents biblical scholars doing their best to be ob... [Bible Odyssey]

2AM

Not long now. Here's chapter 5 of George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics.The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric Effect)1c. The Compton Effect (Proof of... [antimatter] [P. A. M. Dirac] [Science Friday]

July 3, 6PM

I have alas, philosophy,history, math, and physics too,and dare I say, theology,with ardent labor, studied through.And here I stand, with all my lore,Poor fool, no richer than before.Magister, sometimes Dean, indeed,Sixteen, seventeen, years I lead.Up, do... [poems]

July 2, 10AM

Just three more posts after this for Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God. So far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?4. The Resurrection of Jesus:... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Christology] [Paul's Christology]

4AM

My grandfather, Dorsey Schenck, was a church planter throughout his ministry, perhaps from his first church in 1924 to his final church. His formula was simple.In the days before zoning, he would buy or rent a house somewhere to hold church. It wasn't alw... [church planting]

June 30, 2PM

I'd be interested in reactions to these paragraphs. Basically, I accept the logic of creational and eschatological formulations of God's oneness. But would most ordinary Jews of Jesus' day have come up with these ideas without prompting?______________... ... [Monotheism]

9AM

I've added some more philosophy classics to my Astore.Now, in addition to:Books I've written (I've shifted the categories of my stuff now to subcategories, on the right)Epistemology Classics (here I have added some books, including a subsection on lo... [astore] [Personal]

4AM

In celebration of my philosophy textbook, which took about 10 years to get published (now down to $64), I started doing my philosophy in bullet points, as I had done my theology. Unlike the textbook, which tries to present all basic positions fairly, my l... [philosophy in bullet points] [philosophy of science]

June 29, 7AM

Almost done with the section on creation. Here is the next post in my theology in bullet points series. The previous one is here._______________________Genesis 1:27 reads, "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created ... [Image of God] [theology in bullet points]

June 28, 6AM

Trying to write a chapter on "Hebrews and Christology" for a book I'm under contract for: A New Perspective on Hebrews.Let me just say how amazed I am at how the accessibility of scholarship has changed. Google alone is fantastic. Good grief, when you thi... [Hurtado] [Monotheism]

2AM

Let me resume my earlier track. You can see at the bottom below where my posts may be headed.__________________The Great GenerationMy father's and mother's family knew each other casually in the early days of the Pilgrim Holiness Church, officially rename... [family history]

June 27, 9AM

I'm moving slow, but I created the first of several recommended works pages within my Amazon Store. I started a section called "Philosophy Classics" and its first subsection, "Epistemology" (the study of logic and truth). The idea is that, if a person und... [Amazon Store] [philosophy]

2AM

I'll treat chapter 5 of George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics in one post.The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric Effect)1c. The Compton Effect (P... [book review] [quantum mechanics] [Schrödinger's cat]

June 26, 3AM

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God. So far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?4. The Resurrect... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Christology]

June 24, 11AM

Had a stimulating breakfast with Dave and Dina Horne, area directors for Europe with Global Partners. They stimulated some thoughts along the lines of an earlier post I made on letting the Wesleyan movement begin. (P.S. Don't blame them for the random tho... [Wesleyan movement]

3AM

After persecution and tribulation, after God's wrath and judgment, we arrive at the restoration of all things. The first thing we notice in Revelation is that eternity is not off somewhere in heaven but is on a renewed earth. "I saw the Holy City, the new... [Life Reflections on Revelation] [millennium]

June 23, 3PM

... Revelation 7 first looks to the salvation of those in Israel who remain true to the Messiah despite persecution. The number 144,000 is surely symbolic. But these from Israel are not alone. There is a great multitude there as well from every nation, tr... [N. T. Wright] [rapture]

12 AM

There are four general approaches to Revelation as a book of prophecy. The most popular by far is the futurist approach. This approach primarily reads Revelation as a book about things that haven’t even happened yet today. Certainly there are elements o... [Life Reflections on Revelation] [Revelation]

June 22, 4PM

... The woman was now waiting for the Messiah's return for a season, symbolically represented by 1,260 days. This year and a half period is not literal but represents the current age of persecution, while we are awaiting Christ’s return. We find this nu... [the antichrist] [tribulation]

2PM

Mis disculpas, la traducción inicial para este capítulo provienen de Google Translate. El original en Inglés está aquí. Estos capítulos son reflexiones sobre la teología cristiana de la Wesleyan-arminiana. Las reflexiones sobre Dios está... [teología]

1PM

Here is the next post in my theology in bullet points series. The previous one is here._______________There are both good and evil spiritual beings at work in the world. Before the Enlightenment of the 1600s and 1700s, belief in invisible beings like... [angels] [Demons] [Satan] [theology in bullet points]

2AM

In the previous chapter, we looked at the beginning of Revelation, which sets up the book as an apocalypse (Rev. 1). Then we discussed the heart of the letter part of Revelation (Rev. 2-3). In the chapter that follows this one, we will look at Revelation ... [Life Reflections on Revelation]

June 21, 1PM

In addition to being an apocalypse and a prophecy, Revelation is also a circular letter, sent to seven churches in particular. John does not exactly say that he has been exiled to the island of Patmos, just about forty miles into the Aegean Sea from Turke... [Life Reflections on Revelation]

12 PM

1. ... would require a thorough knowledge of Koine Greek and an operating knowledge of Hebrew.2. ... would require a substantial knowledge of Second Temple Judaism and the relevant parts of the Old Testament.3. ... would require extensive knowledge of the...

2AM

I'm just not following my intended order at all. But since I wrote about North Carolina last week, I thought I'd continue with another of my mother's lines. So far...7. The Revivalin' TwentiesIn the Year 1920 (Dorsey Schenck)From Quaker to Pilgrim&nb... [family history] [Jamestown]

June 20, 9AM

A few years ago, I wrote a little piece on 1 John and sin. I don't think I have it uploaded anywhere, but in the past Chris Bounds used to use it in some of his theology classes, I believe. I've heard he is actually writing a book on sin for Wesleyan Publ... [Life Reflections on the General Letters] [sin]

2AM

Now to finish chapter four of George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics. The last part of the chapter presents Schrödinger's earth shattering wave equation.The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons ... [book review] [quantum mechanics] [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

June 19, 4AM

It was a scholar named Martin Hengel who suggested that John’s letters made more sense to read in reverse order than to read them in the order we find them.[7] The letters we call 1, 2, and 3 John—like other letters in the New Testament—are in their... [3 John] [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 17, 2AM

More of Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God. So far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?4. The Resurrection of Jesus: What We Cannot KnowChapter 5 is "... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [dale allison] [resurrection]

June 16, 7AM

... What are we to do with these scary verses today?[3] Are they merely hypothetical? They certainly don’t seem so, and the example of Esau relates to someone who was fully a son and yet lost his sonship (12:16-17). Are they about individuals who only a... [apostasy] [Life Reflections on the General Letters] [unpardonable sin]

3AM

So the book of Revelation is an "apocalypse." It also partakes of two other genres of literature. It is also a letter and a prophecy.It should be no surprise that Revelation is a book of prophecy. If you have heard about the book of Revelation at all, you... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 15, 4PM

Mis disculpas, la traducción inicial para este capítulo provienen de Google Translate. El original en Inglés está aquí. Estos capítulos son reflexiones sobre la teología cristiana de la Wesleyan-arminiana. Las reflexiones sobre Dios está... [teología]

3PM

The theology in bullet points series continues in the section on the creation. Last post here.____________________God is in control of everything that happens in the world.We have already discussed this topic from the standpoint of God's knowled... [Creation] [theology in bullet points]

5AM

This is now my third Father's Day without Dad. Such a great Dad and a great man!  I raise my morning coffee to my father...I think his favorite memory of his father, Dorsey, was him driving up to Kokomo, I think it was, in a blizzard to pick him up f... [Genealogy] [Personal]

June 14, 8AM

The book of Revelation begins by calling itself, "the revelation from Jesus Christ" (1:1). [1] The Greek word for revelation is apocalypsis, which is why the book is sometimes just called, "The Apocalypse."In our chapter on Jude, we saw that "apocalyptic ... [Life Reflections on the General Letters] [Revelation]

6AM

For the last couple weeks, I've been dabbling in a "Family's History of the US." It's a travel narrative through parts of US history by way of my ancestry.My next post should continue the "Revivalin' Twenties" with a run through the births of my parents, ... [family history]

June 13, 12 PM

There are parts of the Bible where the words leap off the page across two or three thousand years to today like we were listening to a Sunday sermon. I experience a good deal of Paul's letters to the Corinthians and Philippians in this way. There are othe... [Assumption of Moses] [Jude] [Life Reflections on the General Letters] [Satan]

11AM

On to chapter four of George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics. Chapter 4 is on "L. de Broglie and Pilot Waves."  The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric Effec... [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

4AM

You can also see hints in the letters and Gospel of John of the situation around the area of Ephesus that was unfolding at the end of the first century of Christianity. A key hint appears in 1 John 2:19: "They went out from us, but they did not really bel... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 12, 4PM

Take this, Westminster:Matthew 2:21-23But Joseph, having heard that Archelaus was ruling in Judea in the place of his father Herod, was afraid to go there. And having received revelation in a dream, he withdrew into the regions of Galilee. And he went and... [sensus plenior]

9AM

My philosophy textbook is out. It is, as far as I know, perhaps the only Christian philosophy textbook out there that privileges a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective (although normally the Nazarenes quickly copy Wesleyan ideas like this once they learn of them... [epistemology] [metaphysics] [philosophy in bullet points]

3AM

As we will see in the chapter on Jude, the second chapter of 2 Peter has a good deal of the same content as Jude does, and they both cover that material in pretty much the same order. For this reason, experts on these letters believe there is some relatio... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 11, 11AM

One of the themes in 2 Peter is the need for believers to be ready for Christ's return, a day that will come like a thief (3:10). Peter (along with the rest of the New Testament) does not teach that you will be saved for sure just because you followed Chr... [eternal security] [Life Reflections on the General Letters] [predestination]

8AM

Where is the Promise?The second letter of Peter is also a "general letter," like 1 Peter. In it Peter addresses all Christians, "those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours" (1:1). This ... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

7AM

I usually get these things wrong (like when I predicted Rick Perry would be the next president), but just in case I get it right, I'm going to predict that, with Eric Cantor out, the unknown Democratic candidate, Jack Trammell, is going to be the next Rep... [Eric Cantor] [politics]

5AM

I've been planning for some time to create an Amazon store. Eventually, I would like to put there my recommendations for commentaries, theology resources, etc. I haven't gotten that far yet, but I did put all of my own books in the a-store to get it start...

June 10, 3PM

Estos son Google Translate versiones de mis posts en inglés en la Doctrina de Dios desde un punto de vista arminiano Wesleyan. Doy la bienvenida a cualquier ayuda que pueda dar con la mejora de las traducciones. He publicado estos con la misma fecha que ... [teología]

4AM

The review of Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God continues. The posts so far are:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism3. Did Jesus Think He Was God?Today is chapter 4, "The Resurrec... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [resurrection]

June 9, 8AM

Looking for a practical, to the point book to give someone who is going to be a father, is a young father, or is a father who needs some rehab like me, check out David Drury's Being Dad as a potential gift this Father's Day:This is just a great book. I th...

June 8, 3PM

On the home stretch with Genesis! Today is Genesis 39-41.Joseph considers adultery with Potiphar's wife a sin against God. Still, Yahweh is loyal to Joseph and blesses Joseph despite his situation.Interpretations belong to God. Joseph gets his interpretat... [Genesis notes]

10AM

Mis disculpas, la traducción inicial para este capítulo provienen de Google Translate. El original en Inglés está aquí. Estos capítulos son reflexiones sobre la teología cristiana de la Wesleyan-arminiana. Las reflexiones sobre Dios está... [teología]

7AM

The theology in bullet points series continues in the section on the creation.____________________C2. Everything God created was good.Genesis 1:31 tells us as much: "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."1. A Christian named Augustine (... [Creation] [creationism] [evolution] [theology in bullet points]

June 7, 4AM

I started an experiment last Saturday, exploring US history from the vantage point of my ancestors, a kind of travel narrative through history that is nowhere near exhaustive but with a view to one small set of ordinary people. I started last week with my... [family history]

June 6, 12 PM

Today I finish chapter three of George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics. Chapter 3 is on "W. Pauli and the Exclusion Principle."  The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Ph... [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

4AM

So 1 Peter was written during a time of widespread suffering and trial. In a moment, we will see that Peter urges believers to hunker down and endure suffering in relation to those outside the Church, to blend in. For those inside the Church, his instruct... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 5, 6AM

I more and more believe that the UMC split is not going to happen. I can already see the writing on the wall. If it does, it will only be a small minority of churches that withdraw. The resultant body would not be strong if it tried to continue on its own... [United Methodist Church]

5AM

We associate a number of writings in the New Testament with the name of John. There is of course the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation. Then there are the books we call 1, 2, and 3 John. Tradition associates all of these writings with a single per... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 4, 7AM

1 Peter 2:12 gives us the central point of the letter: "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us." Scot McKnight has considered 1 Peter somewhat... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 3, 4AM

1 Peter is another "general letter." Like James, Peter addresses this letter to a wide range of places in what is now modern day Turkey: Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia (1:1). This list seems like a somewhat strange audience for Peter to ad... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

June 2, 5AM

I continue through Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God.  Here are the posts so far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome2. Divine Humans in Ancient JudaismToday is chapter 3, "Did Jesus Think He Was God?"Before I begin, I ... [Bart Ehrman] [book review]

June 1, 7AM

I've finished some (Wesleyan-Arminian) reflections on God as part of my "theology in bullet points." Today starts Creation, including the creation of humanity.__________________C1. God created everything that exists out of nothing.The words of the Bible w... [Creation] [ex nihilo] [theology in bullet points]

May 31, 9AM

I had a fun idea the other day. If my research is write, I could write a fairly curious history of the US based on various ancestors of mine. For various reasons, I wanted to start with what I see as chapter 7, "The Revivalin' Twenties." I thought I might... [Schenck History of the US]

2AM

One of the things that James is famous for--maybe even infamous for--is the teaching that faith by itself is not enough to make you right with God. "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone." (2:24). Wait a minu... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

May 30, 4PM

I'll muster the will to make my Friday post on George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics. This week I started chapter 3, "W. Pauli and the Exclusion Principle."  The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Pho... [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

1PM

Still running behind!  Here is Wednesday's post, Genesis 37-38:Family Lessons: I think most of us recognize several problems here. First, Joseph is immature and shouldn't talk about the concubines of his father. Second, Jacob shouldn't show favoritis... [Genesis notes]

2AM

To Mr. Francis Asbury, February 25, 1791.My dear brother, sensing that my time on this earth may not be long (indeed, it may be that by the time this letter reaches you I will myself have reached that distant shore), I am moved to release the burden of my... [John Wesley]

May 29, 2AM

Don't get me wrong, there is such a thing as a Wesleyan theology and there can even be a Wesleyan denomination. But I was reminded yesterday by John Wright of Point Loma that Wesley didn't set out to start a church but to "reform the nation, particularly ... [Wesleyan movement] [Wesleyan theology]

May 28, 7PM

I want to try a new approach to my book writing here. Rather than blog the actual pages of what I am writing, I want to use the blog either to plan out my writing for the day, to give a point of interest from what I hope to write for the day, or to give y... [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

3AM

A little behind. Here's Sunday's post, Genesis 30:25-36:43.Divination: As an indication of how undeveloped the understanding of God is at this point, Laban seems to practice a form of "divination," which Leviticus 19:26 forbids of Israel.Two Trickste... [Genesis notes]

May 27, 7PM

Wanting to give honor to whom honor is due. Russ Gunsalus and his team have lined up a great team of thinkers in Indianapolis to talk about the nature of Wesleyan higher education, with not only Wesleyan speakers but also representatives of conservative M... [Steve Lennox] [William Abraham]

4AM

The United Methodist Church is in a major crisis right now. Billy Abraham (who is part of the Theological Symposium at Wesleyan HQ these next two days) has given his own spin on the factions within the church here. Part of the UM problem, he suggests, is ... [John Wesley] [Wesleyan Church] [Wesleyan theology]

May 26, 1PM

I am working through Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God, on Mondays.  Here are the posts so far:Introduction1. Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and RomeToday is chapter 2, "Divine Humans in Ancient Judaism."In this chapter, Ehrman aims to s... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Monotheism]

3AM

Not all wars are just, but I believe the wars in which my father and great-grandfather fought were just wars. Here's the memories of my father and great grandfather.1. M. Lee Schenck (1924-2012)My father was drafted into World War II when he was 18, right... [memorial day]

May 25, 1PM

Mis disculpas, la traducción inicial para este capítulo provienen de Google Translate. El original en Inglés está aquí. Estos capítulos son reflexiones sobre la teología cristiana de la Wesleyan-arminiana.___________________Sólo hay un Dios, ... [teología]

4AM

Here are my posts on the Doctrine of God.1. God didn't need to create. (God's self-sufficiency)2. God isn't literally a guy.3. God has the power to do anything. (God's omnipotence)4. God is present in all places and all times. (God's omnipresence)5. God k... [attributes of God] [theology in bullet points]
Last post in the section on God in my ongoing series giving some thoughts on theology in bullet points. I may have missed something, but I believe this concludes my section on God. I'll post all the links in a separate post in a moment.___________________... [theology in bullet points] [Trinity]

May 24, 3AM

I am worried about the future of church associated publishing houses like Abingdon, Nazarene Publishing House, and even my own Wesleyan Publishing House. I've talked to various prognosticators and of course have thought on my own about such things.  ... [publishing]

May 23, 4PM

Forgive me for picking up another book on physics this week: Quantum Generations: A History of Physics in the Twentieth Century. I had high hopes after enjoying so much The Perfect Theory on general relativity.It's not a good sign that I am a little ... [Science Friday]

4AM

Continued from yesterday_________________Probably the best known part of Hebrews is chapter 11, the "faith chapter." Hebrews 11:1 is a common memory verse: "Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."This verse is not ... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

2AM

I've been reading through George Gamow's classic, Thirty Years That Shook Physics. This week finishes chapter 2, "N. Bohr and Quantum Orbits."  The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Phot... [Science Friday]

May 22, 2AM

Fifty years ago today, Lyndon B. Johnson gave one of his famous "The Great Society" speeches at a University of Michigan graduation ceremony.What were Johnson's initial three points?1. He wanted to see the American city not just be a place to live but a p... [Lyndon B. Johnson] [The Great Society]

May 21, 7AM

My current rhythm, if you haven't guessed, is the following:Sunday: Theology in Bullet PointsMonday: Book reviewCurrently, How Jesus Became GodUpcoming: RomePeriodically: Reading through Genesis and beyondFriday: Something Science or MathSaturday: Reviews... [Personal]

May 20, 1PM

Continued from Saturday_________________... However, the strongest warning by far in Hebrews comes in 5:11-6:8. After the author has started to discuss Jesus as a priest, he suddenly interrupts his train of thought to give the sternest warning to the audi... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

4AM

Today we catch up with Genesis 27-30.Jacob the Trickster: In 27:1-29, Jacob and his mother Rebekah conspire to cheat Esau out of his blessing. It is a classic story about how one parent sometimes shows favoritism to one child and another to another (somet... [Genesis notes]

May 19, 7AM

After reading the introduction to Ehrman's book, we move on to his first chapter, "Divine Humans in the Ancient World." I don't know how this chapter would strike someone hearing it for the first time. I'm trying to react to the book from the perspective ... [Apollonius of Tyana] [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Michael Bird] [theology]

May 18, 11AM

Second to last post in the section on God. See the overall bullet points.____________________G10. To say that God is holy is to say that God is God.It is quite common to think of holiness in terms of ultimate purity or moral perfection. To be sure, these ... [Holiness] [theology in bullet points]

May 17, 3PM

Continued from Thursday______________________Much of Hebrews is devoted to building its audience's confidence in Christ, whether in Rome or wherever this sermon was sent. They can trust in his atonement. Whatever the cause of their worry--whether the dest... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

5AM

Anyone live in the Marion area and interested in spending 7:50-8:45 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays learning Latin? Dave Ward asked me to teach Latin for the undergrads in the Fall. I don't think it's been taught since the last time I taught it in 200... [Latin]

May 16, 1PM

I've been reading through George Gamow's Thirty Years That Shook Physics. This week starts chapter 2, "N. Bohr and Quantum Orbits."  The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric E... [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

9AM

For today, Genesis 25-26:Abraham's Death: Abraham dies at 175. After Sarah died, he took a second wife, Keturah, and had more children. Isaac inherits everything, although he gives gifts to his other sons and sends them east. He is buried in the same... [Genesis notes]

4AM

This morning I gave an acronym for weighing impressions, to try to decide if they are from God or not. What does Scripture seem to say (S)? Has God opened the door (O)? What is the sound advice of others (A)? Is it reasonable (R)?Most people play a game w... [ethics] [hermeneutics]

2AM

We were thinking in a class today about discerning God's will, especially in terms of how to way an impression you have, whether it is from God or not. I looked up an old book by Martin Wells Knapp called Impressions that he wrote in 1892 (Knapp was ... [God's will] [Martin Wells Knapp]

May 15, 3AM

Continued from yesterday_____________________... So the author has powerfully argued that Jesus is a superior priest to any earthly priest. Next he will argue that Jesus offered his sacrifice in a superior sanctuary to any earthly sanctuary. Jesus serves ... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

May 14, 9AM

Today's reading is Genesis 23-24.Death of Sarah: Sarah dies at 127. Abraham buys some land from Ephron the Hittite where he, Isaac, and Jacob will also be buried.Finding Rebekah: It was important to marry within your own people, not least to keep pro... [Genesis notes]

4AM

Hebrews continues.___________________... His strategy is comprehensive. He will show that Jesus was a superior priest in a superior sanctuary, with a superior sacrifice.First, in Hebrews 7, the author of Hebrews shows how Jesus might be considered a pries... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

May 13, 2AM

I do not know how widely Bart Ehrman's new book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, will be read. There is a good evangelical response in a fine collection of chapters edited by Michael Bird, a book appropriately calle... [Bart Ehrman] [Christology] [Michael Bird] [philosophy of history] [worldview]

May 12, 9AM

Today it's Genesis 20-22.Still looking good at 90: Genesis 20:1-18 is the second instance of Abraham asking Sarah to pretend she isn't his wife so that someone will not kill him. In this case, it is the king of a city named Gerar, a man named Abimele... [Genesis notes]

2AM

Continued from Saturday_____________________The Definitive SacrificeAlthough the strange teaching of Hebrews 13:9 is related to the “main point” of Hebrews, the author doesn’t really address whatever situation is behind it in the direct way you woul... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

May 11, 6AM

OK, I've been trying to figure out where to put omnipresence. I've decided that I should have put it much closer to the beginning.  So let's stick it back in the bullet points.____________________It makes perfect sense that if God made the world out ... [theology in bullet points]

3AM

Happy Birthday to my mother today!I've always considered myself to have been incredibly fortunate to be born with such a wonderful mother. I can't remember a single time she ever yelled at me. Ever patient. Ready with good advice, like, "You don't have to... [family tree]

May 10, 10AM

Continued from this morning.________________... Again, the specifics of Hebrews’ situation may be far removed from our current world. When we get to the central point of Hebrews, we will talk about the urge to substitute other means of atonement for the... [disputable matters] [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

6AM

... continued from Wednesday.___________________Strange TeachingsHebrews helpfully tells us the main teaching point of the sermon: "The main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne o... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

May 9, 4PM

I'm reading through George Gamow's Thirty Years That Shook Physics. This post finishes chapter 1, "M. Planck and Light Quanta."  The previous posts were:1a. Planck's Quantum1b. Jumping Photons (Einstein and the Photoelectric Effect)Today ends chapter... [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

11AM

The first step toward wisdom is to embrace the truth of this song for success in just about any area of American life. :-) The most insightful line is this one: "We have to think of celebrated heads of state or especially great communicators. Did they hav...

May 8, 10PM

Genesis 18-19 finish out the weekSacred trees: Genesis 18 switches back to YHWH. Once again, the LORD appears by way of messengers, yet it is understood as the LORD appearing. Once again, the LORD appears by the oaks of Mamre.Ancient hospitality: Abr... [Genesis notes]

6PM

I decided people should be able to handle an unedited version._________________________Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.Speak your... [poetry]

5PM

Last night I mentioned the ongoing Ehrman/Bird ongoing discussion. Since last night:James McGrath has responded to Nijay.Nijay has responded to McGrath and "Dustin Martyr."The Bible Gateway blog has done a round up.The discussion of these last 24 hours ha... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Christology] [James McGrath] [Nijay Gupta]

1PM

I personally love the Wesley Seminary foundations side of the leadership course (the students may not be as excited). Here's a snapshot of today's discussions of leadership lessons from some of the key figures in the lead up to the Reformation:WycliffeIde... [Erasmus] [John Wycliffe] [leadership] [Martin Luther] [Protestant Reformation] [Zwingli]

May 7, 8PM

I have been apathetically watching the flurry of back and forth posts in relation to the two books that recently came out in tandem:Bart Ehrman's, How Jesus Became God andBird et al, How God Became Jesus.James McGrath gives the most recent round up o... [Bart Ehrman] [book review] [Christology] [Michael Bird]

3PM

Today we catch up with Genesis 15-17.Genesis 15: Promise of DescendantsIt was apparently customary at that time for a person like Eliezer to inherit a person like Abram's property if Abram did not have a son.Yahweh again promises that he will make Abram's... [Genesis notes]

3AM

continuing from Wednesday..._______________... So what can we say about the situation behind Hebrews without speculating too much? There are enough hints here and there for us to come up with a basic picture. Hebrews 10:35-36 is a good place to start: "Th... [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

May 6, 4PM

Some people get really riled up over questions like these! A good friend of mine got into a bit of a tussle with someone else over the question of whether Jesus, although tempted as a human, could have really sinned or not. I hate these little vignettes, ... [Christology] [theology]

8AM

1. The setting of this passagePaul is on his way to Jerusalem at the end of the third missionary journey. He has a group of representatives with him carrying an offering to the church of Jerusalem, an offering he has been working on for years. He may... [God's will] [sermon starters]

May 5, 11AM

I love this description of Erasmus for some reason:"His was the hard life of a solitary and wandering man of letters, earning a precarious subsistence from booksellers or pupils, now learning Greek at Oxford... now teaching at Cambridge, losing by his rec... [Erasmus]

3AM

I've been looking for another book that might capture my attention like the last one. I've hit on a Pulitzer Prize winning historical book called What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. It's part of a series of books that make up ... [American History] [book review]

May 4, 1PM

Today covers Genesis 13-14Nomad: Genesis 13 reminded me of Hebrews 11:9. Abram was a nomad who wandered across the land with much livestock. Lot too.Bethel: Abram returns to area where he made an altar to Yahweh.Lot Separates: Abram gives Lot the cho... [Genesis notes]

5AM

More theology in bullet points...______________________G8. God's justice fits within the context of his love.God loves everything he has created. However, since has given freedom to the creation, humanity sometimes does things that he does not love. So, "... [systematic theology] [theology in bullet points]

May 3, 1PM

Here is the final summary/evaluation of Grudem's 16th chapter on God's Providence. Thus far I have reviewed:God's Preservation of everything andGod's Cooperation with everythingHuman Action in Calvinist perspectiveNow the final review of the cha... [arminian] [book review] [Calvinism] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

May 2, 6PM

Last week I (foolishly) started blogging through George Gamow's Thirty Years That Shook Physics. (Foolish because I wonder whether my puny brain will even make it through the first chapter).When last we met our hero (old quantum theory), Max Planck had ju... [Albert Einstein] [Max Planck] [photoelectric effect] [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

1AM

Today it's Genesis 12.Outline of Genesis: Genesis 1-11 form a unit, the pre-history of Israel as it were, from creation to Abraham. The next section will cover the adventures of Abraham.Abram's Call: The first half of Genesis 12 is Yahweh's initial call o... [Genesis notes]

May 1, 3AM

Today's notes are on Genesis 10-11.Genesis 10 gives us the genealogies of the sons of Noah, with the familiar phrase, "These are the generations" (cf. 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:32). These names give us a treasure map of the ancient world, its key cities... [Genesis notes]

April 30, 3PM

Well, I need to get moving on the final book in my New Testament series. I started on James a bit back but wasn't happy with it. So to get over the hump, I'll jump to Hebrews._______________The book of Hebrews is a curious book in the New Testament. It do... [Hebrews] [Life Reflections on Hebrews]

April 29, 3AM

Today's notes are on Genesis 6-9.Sons of God: Who were the sons of God who went in to the daughters of men and had "Nephilim" as offspring? The book of 1 Enoch, quoted by Jude and possibly alluded to by 1 Peter, seems to think that these were fallen angel... [Genesis notes] [the flood]

April 27, 10AM

1. In the summer of 2005, College Wesleyan Church was still in its old building and facing another year of massive overcrowding as soon as the new school year would begin. We were already doing two services, but the space was so crowded I always thought o... [College Wesleyan Church]

April 26, 9AM

In a fit of insanity, I decided to give a take-home final for philosophy. I don't know if I'll ever teach philosophy again but I doubt I'll use the same final. I thought you might find it amusing:_________________Ken woke up in a cold sweat. Where was he?... [IWU] [philosophy]

6AM

Here is more summary/evaluation from Grudem's 16th chapter on God's Providence. Thus far I have reviewed:God's Preservation of everything andGod's Cooperation with everythingNow the second to last installment:____________________C. GovernmentSummaryA... [book review] [providence] [Rick Warren] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

April 25, 5PM

Since I was in high school, I've wanted to understand quantum physics. In my first year at college, I felt called to ministry and so never continued that path. But in mid-life I've tried to get back into some of those old aspirations on the side.One book ... [Albert Einstein] [Max Planck] [quantum physics] [Science Friday]

3AM

Today's notes are on Genesis 4-5.We start with Cain and Abel. It's not entirely clear to me why Abel's sacrifice is accepted and Cain's is rejected. After all, there are grain offerings in Leviticus. But perhaps in Genesis, animal sacrifices are what God ... [Genesis notes]

April 24, 4AM

Continuing my summary/evaluation of Grudem's chapter on providence. Again, this is the chapter where Calvinists differ most from Wesleyan-Arminians.___________________B. ConcurrenceSummaryGrudem defines divine "concurrence" as follows: "God cooperates wit... [book review] [John Piper] [predestination] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

April 23, 4AM

I'm on a path to read a chapter of Genesis a day. Here is the third day, covering Genesis 2:4-3:24. I'm trying out the CEB for a fresh look.Genesis 2:4-3:24Adam and Eve: This is the Adam and Eve story, although the CEB uses "human" for Adam to highli... [Genesis notes]

April 21, 3AM

It was fun, if it took some time, to walk through the New Testament these last 8 weeks. Why stop? I thought I'd slow the pace down to a chapter a day, and start taking notes on the Old Testament. I thought I'd commit one book at a time.So anyone intereste... [Genesis notes]

April 20, 4PM

Here is the next installment of my theology in bullet points.__________________G7. God loves everything he has created.That is not to say that God loves everything we do or even that the creation is the "best possible world." [1] One of the ways that God ... [theology in bullet points]

3AM

Lo in the grave he lay,Jesus, my Savior,Waiting the coming day,Jesus, my Lord.Up from the grave, he arose,With a mighty triumph o'er his foes.He arose a victor from the dark domain,And he lives forever with his saints to reign.He arose!He arose!Hallelujah... [Easter]

April 19, 5AM

Nowhere perhaps is Wesleyan-Arminian theology more distinct from Calvinist than in the subject matter of this chapter.  I hope to review this chapter in three installments: 1) today's on Grudem's treatment of God's preservation of the universe, ... [Creation] [providence] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

April 18, 12 PM

At 3pm on Friday, April 10, AD30, Jesus died on a Roman cross. His head knew that he had obeyed God's will. He knew that God loved him. His head knew he would rise again.What he felt was, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"Here is a reminder for a... [Good Friday]

2AM

In a number of previous years (e.g., 2007 and 2008 especially), I walked through Passion Week with Jesus and the disciples. Here are some of those posts:Palm SundayMonday: Jesus in the TempleTuesday DebatesWednesday PlottingThursday: Getting Ready for Pas... [Good Friday] [passion week]

April 17, 7PM

I suppose we all wish we could live several lives. In one of them, I would teach physics.I finished the last few chapters of The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity and enjoyed it immensely. There's rarely a b... [book review] [relativity]

9AM

If you ever want to read through the Bible in 40 days (technically 39), here is a reading plan, based on the 40 Day plan that Biblica arranged with the Wesleyan Church in the Spring of 2014, in the days leading up to Easter. The version used is the NIV201... [40 Day Bible]

2AM

And so we come to the final reading of our 40 day Bible experience, Revelation 17-22.Some notes:The woman in Revelation 17 is a different woman than the one in Revelation 12. The woman in Revelation 12 gives birth to the Messiah and may be true Israel. Bu... [40 Day Bible]

April 16, 2AM

Today's reading covers the middle chapters of Revelation (4-16).Some notes:With Revelation 4, the apocalyptic section of the book launches in earnest in the throne room of heaven. I've always liked the KJV of 4:11.  "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almigh... [40 Day Bible]

April 15, 1PM

The rumblings of competency based credit is out there and seeming to grow. Think Western Governor's University. The problem with WGU is that it's pretty much on the basis of self-motivation. I hear there's a really poor completion rate (unconfirmed).What ... [IWU]

2AM

We start the final book of the New Testament with Revelation 1-3:Revelation mixes three genres. It is, first, a prophecy. Most of these chapters are, in addition, a letter to seven churches. It is also an apocalypse. An apocalypse was a type of ... [40 Day Bible] [Revelation]

April 14, 4AM

We enter the final week of the 40 Day Bible experience with 1, 2, and 3 John.Some notes:The author of these three writings does not identify himself but there are some thematic and stylistic features that seem to bind this sermon both to 2 and 3 John, on ... [40 Day Bible]

April 13, 8AM

The Sunday theology posts continue. You can see a map to the whole concept here.__________________God can do whatever he wants. But he doesn't want to do certain things.1. God can do whatever he wants.God has the power to do anything he wants in the unive... [sovereignty] [theology in bullet points]

April 12, 10AM

Just wrote a short piece on Wycliffe. Here are some quick reminders:Lived ca. 1320s to 1384 (died of stroke)Studied, taught at Oxford (then wooden buildings, with priests as teachers, no university salaries) until he was finally forced out in 1381. From Y... [John Wycliffe]

1AM

The next installment of The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity. The book just came out this year but, amazingly, chapter 10 is already outdated!Here are my earlier posts:Chapter 1: Einstein in 1907Chapte... [book review] [relativity]

April 11, 6AM

So with just a week to go, we finish today the Gospel of John, John 13-21.Some observations:The next chapters, from John 13-17, give the lead up to Jesus' arrest. Last Supper - John 13 never says it is a Passover meal, unlike the other Gospels. In fa... [40 Day Bible]

April 10, 3AM

Today's reading is John 7-12.Some thoughts:Deception? John 7:8-10 may be a bit puzzling. In many translations, it sounds like Jesus deceives his brothers.Holy Spirit: In 7:37-39, we have a great prediction that the Spirit will come after Jesus' glori... [40 Day Bible]

April 9, 4AM

Day 33 starts the Gospel of John with chapters 1-6.Some notes:The "prologue" of John is a magnificent hymn to the Logos or "Word," which is not the Bible, but Jesus. John 1:14 makes it clear that the Word come down from heaven is Christ. In theology terms... [40 Day Bible]

April 8, 4AM

For Day 32, we read 2 Peter and Jude.Thoughts on 2 PeterContrary to the NIV introduction, 2 Peter simply says that it is addressed to "those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours" (1:1).... [40 Day Bible]

April 7, 2AM

We enter the final two weeks of the 40 Day Bible experience with 1 Peter.Some highlights:I like what Scot McKnight says about 1 Peter, that its teaching was a defensive strategy in a time of persecution. The introduction to the reading above highlights pe... [40 Day Bible]

April 6, 9AM

My continued walk through Christian theology in bullet points.____________________God not only knows every possible thing to know. God knows every actual thing to know. God is "omniscient" or "all-knowing."The last article pointed out that if God made eve... [omniscience] [theology in bullet points]

April 5, 3AM

Spoiler Alert: While my youngest two were at Fusion and my wife was visiting the oldest two, I snuck off to see the movie God's Not Dead last night. 1. I love the Newsboys' song, God's not Dead. What a great song to culminate the movie with! Lov... [movies] [philosophy]

April 4, 2AM

Day 30 ends up Week 6 by finishing the Gospel of Mark.Some observations:Mark 8:31 is the turning point of Mark's Gospel. Up till Peter's confession, Jesus' ministry has been very positive and public. Now the tone will become more foreboding. Jesus sets hi... [40 Day Bible]

April 3, 6AM

I remember being wowed in Wayne Goodwin's "Servant as Leader" class at Asbury at a typology of five leadership styles he presented. (When you get excited about Greek, simplistic practical things wow you). I'm trying to remember the five. I think it was so... [leadership]

3AM

Today's reading covers the first half of the Gospel of Mark, Mark 1:1-8:30.Some thoughts:I thought the introduction to this section was driven by tradition rather than induction. The comment to the reader of Mark in Mark 13:14 possibly suggests that ... [40 Day Bible]

April 2, 2AM

Wednesday's reading is the book of James.James is full of wisdom, truly the Proverbs of the New Testament.It starts with words relating to trials and temptations. For example, remember that trials have a positive benefit. They help us develop patience. An... [40 Day Bible]

April 1, 3AM

Today's reading finishes out the sermon we call Hebrews in the New Testament.Hebrews 4:14-16 and 10:19-23 are pivots in the sermon that bracket its central teaching. This includes the fact that we have direct access to the heavenly throne of God through J... [40 Day Bible] [Hebrews]

March 31, 7AM

I did a quick thought on the Wesley Seminary blog about the flood of movies of interest to Christians that are out right now: http://wesleyconnectonline.com/christians-at-the-movies/My three warnings are:Avoid "three wise men" syndrome.Value Truth mo... [movies]

3AM

Week 6 begins with Hebrews. Today's reading is Hebrews 1:1-4:13.Some thoughts on Hebrews:It seems likely that Hebrews was a sermon that the author sent to the church, perhaps in Rome.We don't know who the author was. It wasn't likely Paul, not least becau... [40 Day Bible] [Hebrews]

March 30, 1PM

Last week was about God's omnipotence. This week we move on to omniscience. Here's the developing map.____________________God knows every possible thing to know. He knows every possible thing that could happen in this universe.That doesn't quite get ... [omniscience] [theology in bullet points]

March 28, 7PM

Alas, it looks like I will leave Florida with only 7 chapters of The Perfect Theory finished. So what else is new. Going by my past record, those last 115 pages may never be read.Here's a much briefer summary of chapters 3-6.  I've already summarized... [Albert Einstein] [relativity]

9AM

So ends the fifth week of the 40 Day Bible experience, finishing up the Gospel of Matthew.Here are some highlights:The anointing of Jesus at Bethany, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus' arrest, his appearance before the high priest and elder... [40 Day Bible]

6AM

Spoiler alert: Some of my family and I went to see the movie Noah last night. To be honest, I was hoping I would like it. There is a fundamentalist machine that goes crazy at all sorts of things, and it drives me crazy. Social media just seems to amplify ... [movies] [Noah]

March 27, 2PM

Dave Ward was kind enough to let me teach an evening philosophy class this semester. My long worked on philosophy textbook, by the way, is almost out in electronic form. Whether it ever takes on print form depends on the market. Times, they are a changing... [David Hume] [Descartes] [Enlightenment] [epistemology] [immanuel kant] [John Locke] [philosophy] [Spinoza]

6AM

I continue my Spring Break posts on The Perfect Theory, a book on the general theory of relativity and its footprint on the last century.  So far:1. Einstein in 19071. I might have titled these thoughts on the second chapter, "Einstein in 1915." That... [Albert Einstein] [relativity]

2AM

Day 24 covers Matthew 19-25.This takes us all the way through the final End Times Sermon of Matthew.Matthew 19 has Matthew's version of Jesus' teaching on divorce, with the Matthean exception of sexual immorality and Matthew's unique teaching on being "eu... [40 Day Bible]

March 26, 3AM

Today's reading is Matthew 13:53-18:35.Today's reading starts where the Parable Sermon ended and goes through the fourth sermon of Matthew, the Kingdom Sermon.Matthew 13 ends with a little insight into Jesus' family. He had brothers and sisters, for examp... [40 Day Bible]

March 25, 7PM

There are two items on my life's bucket list that I fear I will never attain--a general understanding of quantum mechanics and relativity. There's nothing more humbling to me than my repeated attempts to start up these mountains.I came across a book a few... [Albert Einstein] [relativity]

3AM

Here is today's reading from Matthew 8:1-13:52.Some observations:This section has two more of Matthew's five sermons, perhaps implicitly comparing Jesus to Moses. Matthew 10 has the Mission Sermon and Matthew 13 has the Parable Sermon. Matthew has th... [40 Day Bible] [Matthew]

March 24, 12 PM

President White, Biblical Gender Roles, & the High Cost of IndoctrinationThis is Nijay Gupta's response to the President of Cedarville's strong advocacy of complementarianism. There is probably room for some complementarianism within the Wesleyan Chur...

3AM

So we begin the second half of this 40 day journey with the Gospel of Matthew. For today's reading, which goes through the Sermon on the Mount, click here.Reading notes:I thought the intro to Matthew here was bold (for the NIV especially) to suggest that ... [40 Day Bible] [sermon on the mount] [virginal conception]

March 23, 7PM

I continue my Sunday theology posts. You can see a map to the whole concept here. I'm figuring out the order and precise content of this series as I go.____________________God has the power to do anything he wants. He is "all-powerful." In theol... [Alvin Plantinga] [Anselm] [arguments for existence of God] [cosmological argument] [omnipotence] [ontological argument] [panentheism] [pantheism] [theology in bullet points]

March 21, 5PM

We finish up the Pauline letters at the end of Week 4 with Titus and 2 Timothy. Today marks the half way point.TitusTitus and 2 Timothy, like 1 Timothy, are called the Pastoral Epistles. They are written to coworkers of Paul, Timothy and Titus. Timothy is... [40 Day Bible]

March 20, 3AM

Almost half way!  Today's reading is Philippians and 1 Timothy, a somewhat odd combination to me.PhilippiansChock full of memory verses (especially chapter 4)--learning to be content, to live is Christ, I can do all things through Christ, my God will... [40 Day Bible]

March 19, 3AM

Wednesday's readings are Ephesians and Philemon, an interesting combination.Some thoughts on Ephesians:I agree with the introduction they give, that it is not likely that Ephesians was written specifically to Ephesus. I know that messes with our tradition... [40 Day Bible]

March 18, 12 PM

Today kicks off a blog "book review tour" for Craig Blomberg's new Can We Still Believe the Bible?-An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions, put out by Brazos Press. Blomberg is a New Testament professor at Denver Seminary, where he... [book review] [Brazos Press] [craig blomberg]

9AM

... in our Wesleyan hermeneutic. How many Wesleyan churches today would feel completely comfortable with this logic from Charles Hodge, anti-abolitionist/pro-slavery inerrantist, Princeton Calvinist, writing here in the early 1850s in support of the Fugit... [charles hodge] [slavery]

3AM

Today's reading is the short letter to the Colossians.Some thoughts:Paul and Timothy write Colossians from prison to keep the Colossians from being caught up in a Jewish "philosophy," which was not a philosophy as we think of it but was basically a form o... [40 Day Bible]

March 17, 3AM

Today the fourth week of the 40 Day New Testament begins, finishing up the book of Romans. You can read it here.Some thoughts:Romans 9-11 begin to get at an underlying problem many Jews had with Paul's understanding of the gospel. "Works of law" had been ... [40 Day Bible]

March 16, 11AM

This is my second post expanding on my theology in bullet points. I started with the God section. Last Sunday's post was God didn't need to create.This Sunday the post is, "Is God a guy?"________________Is God a guy, a male?  For that matter, is God ... [theology in bullet points]

March 14, 4AM

I guess today is π day. Good for it. The top ten things I like about π:10. It's irrational.9. It's Greek, like my wife (okay, she's only a quarter Greek, so π/4)8. I like circles.7. You need it to figure out the area of ci... [π]

3AM

The final reading for this week is here. It covers the first 8 chapters of Romans.Here are some highlights:Romans 1:16-17 are the key verses of Romans: "That’s why I’m ready to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. I’m not ashamed of the go... [40 Day Bible]

March 13, 3AM

The second to last reading for this week is Paul's letter to the Galatians. The reading starts with a rather lengthy introduction that more or less interprets the whole letter.Background to GalatiansIt is interesting that it locates Galatians at almost ex... [40 Day Bible]

March 12, 3AM

Day 13. You'll find the reading for today here.Today is 2 Corinthians, an enigmatic letter, one that has lots of allusions without a lot of explicit details to go on, so it's happy hunting ground for speculation.Paul has written a harsh letter, lost to hi... [40 Day Bible]

March 11, 3AM

Tuesday is Day 12 of our 40 day pilgrimage through the New Testament. Here is the reading for today, the rest of 1 Corinthians.Some observations:1 Corinthians 8-10 has to do with the question of eating meat that has been sacrificed to an idol. This was a ... [40 Day Bible]

March 10, 3AM

Today we begin Week 3 of the 40 Day Bible. For today's reading, see here.Some highlights:The Corinthian church was riddled with disunity. First there was the old guard that was faithful to Paul, the founder of the church. Then there was the layer of conve... [40 Day Bible]

March 9, 12 PM

God didn't need to make the world. He created the universe because he wanted to.Admittedly, it is highly doubtful that we could comprehend God's literal motivations for creation. We inevitably "anthropomorphize" when we think of God. We create him in our ... [aseity]

March 8, 7AM

I am delighted to finally put this chapter of Grudem behind me. The previous summary/evaluation is here._________________________3. The Age of the Earth: Preliminary ConsiderationsSummaryGrudem considers the age of the earth much less important than the m... [book review] [evolution] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

March 7, 4AM

I was recently admiring a pastor who just seems to be able to boil down concepts into the most powerful little proverbs and snippets. For a brief moment, I had a glimpse of expressing my version of Wesleyan-Arminian theology in bullet points (with some id... [systematic theology]

2AM

Here's the final reading for the week. It goes through 1 and 2 Thessalonians.Some points I find interesting:Paul wrote them both from Corinth, presumably not long between them. He had to leave Thessalonica in a hurry, so sent Timothy back to check up on t...

March 6, 4AM

You'll find the reading for Day 9 of the 40 Day Bible here.Today we finish the book of Acts.Paul's stay at Ephesus ends with a riot in the theater (picture below). Some think Demetrius might actually have filed charges against Paul, that Paul may have bee... [40 Day Bible]

March 5, 8AM

Here is a summary of my current thoughts on the words inspiration, authority, infallibility, and inerrancy as they relate to Scripture. I submit them to the body of Christ as part of the ongoing dialog of the church.1. It seems to me that there are t... [2 Timothy 3:16] [authority of Scripture] [Inerrancy] [infallibility] [Inspiration]

4AM

Day 8's reading for the 40 day Bible is here.These chapters give us Paul's so called three missionary journeys.The first journey starts with Paul and Barnabas in Cyprus and the south-central part of modern day Turkey. It's on this journey that Paul starts...

March 4, 4AM

The book of Acts continues with Day 2. For today's reading, see here.Some highlights include:The first Christian martyr we know of, Stephen. The way these Greek-speaking Jewish believers preached Jesus must have been just a little more radical than the wa... [40 Day Bible]

March 3, 11AM

Country A invades country B. Country B has strong connections to Block of Countries B. Block B tells Country A to back off or else. Block of Countries B starts dialog, invokes sanctions, etc.Country A doesn't back off and, with a failure of "incentives," ... [World War]

4AM

Week 2 of the 40 day read through the New Testament begins. For today's reading, see here.Some highlights include:The ascension to heaven by Jesus. Have you ever considered how Jesus met the disciples within their own worldview. After all, heaven is not r... [40 Day Bible]

March 1, 8AM

Scenario:1. Paul is visiting a fairly small church in rural Indiana, where they will vote on him to be pastor. He is in his early twenties and currently a student at a nearby Christian college, where he is just beginning to study to be a minister. Since t... [RUWT]

February 28, 12 PM

I hope a lot of people are doing the #40daybible read through the New Testament, which is just about to finish its first week. If you're not, I wanted to mention a devotional I did on Passion Week in Mark's Gospel, including the resurrection.It is 30 devo...

4AM

So we come to the end of the first week of the 40 day read through the New Testament. Here's the link for today's reading, covering Luke 19:28-24:53, the rest of Luke. If you missed this week, read the whole Gospel of Luke this weekend to catch up. You ca... [40 Day Bible]

February 27, 5AM

Here's the link for today's reading, covering Luke 13:22-19:27.Some of the special features of this section:Luke isn't as negative toward the Pharisees as Matthew. In fact, some Pharisees come to Jesus to warn him that Herod Antipas is trying to kill him....

February 26, 3AM

Here's the link for today's reading. It covers Luke 9:51-13:21Some of the highlights include:The sending of the 72 (symbolizes the nations, unique to Luke)The fall of Satan from the sky is probably not about his fall at the beginning but the fact that the... [40 Day Bible]

February 25, 4AM

Two days into the 40 day Bible experience and we've blasted through almost 9 chapters of Luke. Here is the reading for today.What strikes me the most about this first section of Luke is what I like to call Jesus' inaugural address in Luke 4:16-21. Luke ar... [Luke]

February 24, 8AM

The Wesleyan Church starts the 40 Day Bible experience today: http://40daybible.com/nt/daily/day1/Want to join us?  Here is the reading for today. It's Luke 1:1-4:13.For more information, go here. [40 Day Bible]

3AM

This is my seminary blog post for the day.We live in the information age. The glut of potential sources of information is overwhelming, even if amazingly beautiful. Gone are the days when you have to find a library to read a book. Also gone are the days w... [truth]

February 23, 6AM

As you might expect, there has been some debate over the years over exactly who "God-fearers" were. [1] Nevertheless, we have every reason to accept the basic picture of Acts, where many of the earliest Gentile converts to the Jesus movement were already ... [God-fearers]

February 22, 7AM

The final chapter of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals on the Edges)... [book review] [Donald Dayton] [evangelicalism] [Molly Worthen] [Shane Claiborne]

February 21, 4AM

I had a moment's glimpse last night of a great philosophy class for our time. The danger for me and people like me is that I love the truth. I love the truth whether it has any obvious immediate benefit or not. There are students who want that and I hope ... [philosophy of history]

February 20, 3AM

Heard an update yesterday on brewings in Washington over educational reform. The basic impression is that whether you're talking about the Department of Education or the Congress, neither really know what they're doing. The DOE wants to regulate, but does... [higher education]

February 19, 12 AM

James continued...________________In response, James makes it clear who the true Patron of every believer is, "Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights... [james] [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

February 18, 5AM

It neareth the end: Chapter 10 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals ... [Alvin Plantinga] [book review] [evangelicalism] [Francis Schaeffer] [Molly Worthen]

February 16, 4PM

For whatever reason, I am fascinated with the 1500s, the century of the Reformation. This brief list does not do it justice. Alas...The Kings and QueensI don't know the kings in Europe well, but the monarchs of England in the 1500s are fascinating:Henry V... [The 1500s]

February 15, 6AM

I wish I had it all crystallized, but I've been pondering for some time how to present in a convincing way to the church that they are reading the Bible wrongly in a way that does ultimate harm to the kingdom and its causes. It fits with my "greatest comm... [greatest common denominator hermeneutic] [trump verse hermeneutics]

February 13, 7PM

Tonight's philosophy class was on the problem of suffering and evil. Difficult because the bottom line to me is that we just have to trust God:We have to trust that God can stop evil and suffering, even if he doesn't.We have to trust that God is loving in... [problem of evil] [problem of suffering]

5AM

I took a peak at the Wikipedia entry on the Geneva Bible of 1560. It thankfully has at the top, "The neutrality of this article is disputed." If you read it, the article seems to have been written or doctored by an enthusiast.Modernism wasn't entirely evi... [objectivity]

February 12, 10AM

I think it is fair to say that the Gentiles who converted to Christian Judaism, remembering that Christianity was not a distinct religion from Judaism at first, would have exhibited a wide range of attitudes toward the Jewish Law, just as there was a spec...

February 11, 5AM

I think a lot of people mistakenly think that American democracy--or any successful democracy--is simply about the majority getting its way. That is the starting point, but there are some important caveats to keep a democracy from becoming what de Tocquev... [democracy]

February 9, 11AM

Chapter 8 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals on the Edges)Chapter ... [Bill Goddard] [book review] [Chicago statement on inerrancy] [evangelicalism] [Francis Schaeffer] [Harold Lindsell] [Inerrancy] [Molly Worthen]

February 8, 3PM

By a happy coincidence, I both finished a brief piece on the Septuagint today and then discovered it is "Septuagint Day."  Here are some loose thoughts on the Septuagint:The Septuagint, technically, refers to the early Greek translation of the Pentat...

8AM

During the Olympic openings, I fiddled around with the incredible census data that is available now. It gets a little spotty once you get back before 1850, but here's what my ancestors were doing in the US in 1850.Ohio1. William Schenck, my father's, fath... [family tree] [Personal]

February 7, 4AM

Some thoughts I'm putting away for possible later use.1. God didn't have to create. God is self-sufficient in his own being.2. The nature of our universe is a matter of God's will, not his "nature." God in his essence is beyond understanding, deus abcondi... [Creation]

February 6, 10AM

Chapter 8 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals on the Edges)Chapter ... [book review] [Donald Dayton] [evangelicalism] [Molly Worthen] [Wesleyan theology]

February 4, 8PM

I'll have to say that I found the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye tonight somewhat depressing. It made me sad on both sides. Nye made me sad because at a certain point I thought he became somewhat demeaning. I know that made his side happy, but it did... [Bill Nye] [creationism] [evolution] [Ken Ham]

4AM

I was reminded again yesterday how hard it is to gain a historical sense of the books of the Bible. We are so programmed growing up to read the Bible as one book from God to me. And that "one book" tends to be whatever version we grew up with with whateve... [hermeneutics]

February 3, 4AM

A friend asked about how to go about publishing in a scholarly journal.  Here's what I wrote back:There are several elements to a journal article. They don’t have to come together in an exact order:An idea – obviously you can’t get a journal id... [scholarship]

February 2, 12 PM

Now continuing some notes on the "greatest common denominators" of Scripture in terms of theology. Previous posts were:GodCreationThe fallen worldAtonementToday, I want to think a little about the people of God in Scripture, the church.1. In the OT, Israe... [greatest common denominator hermeneutic] [systematic theology]

February 1, 9PM

I took a fun class in seminary called New Testament Textual Criticism. It was with the late Bob Lyon, one of those professor personalities that becomes the stuff of lore. I think Dave Smith was in that class with me, although we didn't know each other the... [Codex Sinaiticus] [Codex Vaticanus] [Constantin von Tischendorf] [Textual Criticism]

January 31, 6AM

Chapter 7 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals on the Edges)Chapter ... [book review] [evangelicalism] [Molly Worthen] [Robert Webber]

January 30, 5AM

David is playing the lyre, when the LORD sends an evil spirit on Saul. Saul picks up a spear and chucks it at David, trying to pin him to the wall. (1 Samuel 19:9)I don't know about you, but this verse used to puzzle me. Doesn't God like David? Hasn't God... [greatest common denominator hermeneutic] [hermeneutics] [Satan]

January 29, 3AM

Okay, sorry that this will not be mind boggling.  However, I've always appreciated G. B. Caird's dictum to move from the clear to the unclear, and I think there's a little clarity in this thought.It really came home to me in the last few weeks that P... [Inspiration]

January 28, 5AM

I've been intrigued by some "trends" in biblical scholarship. So has Mark Goodacre turned the tide on the existence of Q?  Or is it just that there is a lot of blogger buzz about the Farrer hypothesis with some of the most popular bloggers (including... [scholarship]

January 27, 5AM

I had some time to think more about the future of college education this weekend. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts.1. First, it seems strange, but I think some college professors can begin to think of their job as some sort of divine right, like a ... [higher education] [liberal arts]

January 24, 9PM

I'm delighted to be at 12Stone Church this weekend. They just have a spectacularly blessed ministry down here. You can even watch an online 12Stone service 24 hours a day.Dr. Steven Lennox and I drove down here today and had a great time with the OT and N... [12Stone] [Socrates]

January 23, 4AM

I'm buried this morning and don't have time to develop a post. Yesterday was the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Please keep any discussion civil--I won't have time today to interact much but here are some questions you might discuss:What assumptions are... [abortion]

January 22, 6AM

Well, here's the rest of chapter 1 of N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God, finished reading it about three weeks ago. :-(PrefaceChapter 11. The Basics of Philemon2.i-iii. Philemon and Christian Worldviewiv. History, Exegesi... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Paul and the faithfulness of God] [worldview]

January 21, 3AM

Chapter 6 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals on the Edges)Chapter ... [book review] [Charismatic Movement] [Church Growth] [evangelicalism] [Molly Worthen]

January 20, 1PM

If you read my blog much, you may think I find it easy to write. It would be more accurate to say that I find it easy to blog. The barest hope that there might be someone out there reading motivates me. How do I crank out so many books, someone asks. It's... [scholarship]

10AM

I've decided not to post what I had written for today. Better to give the Scriptures in it, and I'll let the Holy Spirit fill in the details:1. "But since faith has arrived, we are no longer under a guardian, for you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus, t... [Martin Luther King Jr.]

January 19, 2PM

This series is sketching out what the "greatest common denominators" of Scripture might be on topics of theology. Previous posts were:GodCreationThe fallen worldWhat is the greatest common denominator of Scripture on the subject of atonement? He... [Atonement] [greatest common denominator hermeneutic]

January 18, 10AM

Here's the rest of that section of the lecture after the first bit:__________The King James Version of 1611 was based on the so-called “Textus Receptus,” of an editor named Stephanus, dated to 1550. “Textus Receptus” means “received text.” T... [Erasmus] [King James Version] [Textual Criticism]

9AM

I'm cleaning up a transcription of a video lecture for a class. It is on the text of the Bible. I thought I'd post some of my comments in it on the King James Bible.____________________Let me talk for a second about the King James Version, because in some... [King James Version] [Textual Criticism]

January 17, 4PM

I drew this after philosophy yesterday:Of course none of us is God... [faith and reason]

January 16, 3AM

I'm teaching an intro philosophy class this semester for undergrads on Thursday nights. The first night we covered some logical fallacies. I thought after last week's class that there are some really basic ones I would especially like an educated person t... [logic] [philosophy]

January 15, 3AM

On to chapter 5 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Man, I wish I were a faster reader. Or maybe I shouldn't try to read too many things at once?Reviews of previous chapters include:Introdu... [biola] [book review] [C. F. H. Henry] [C.S. Lewis] [evangelicalism] [Fuller Theological Seminary] [Molly Worthen] [moody] [Wheaton]

January 14, 4AM

Filling in gaps in my Hebrews book..._____________________... N. T. Wright substantially agrees with Dunn on the question of works of Law. Even before Dunn began to popularize the phrase, "new perspective," Wright had written that Israel's problem, accord... [James Dunn] [N. T. Wright] [new perspective] [Romans]

January 13, 3AM

The final book in my "Life Lessons from..." series is The Church Moving Forward, which covers Hebrews through Revelation. So far in the series is:Paul: Messenger of Grace (Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians, Philippians)Paul: Soldier of Peace (Romans)P... [james] [Life Reflections on the General Letters]

January 12, 3PM

Continuing to unclog my blogging backlog, here are some thoughts on chapter 4 of Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Reviews of previous chapters include:IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Ev... [book review] [evangelicalism] [H. Orton Wiley] [John Howard Yoder] [Mennonites] [Molly Worthen] [Nazarenes]

January 11, 10PM

The previous summary/evaluation was here.d. The Gap TheorySummaryGrudem rejects secular evolution, theistic evolution, and in this brief section he rejects the so called "gap theory." The gap theory is the idea that there is a gap of millions of years bet... [book review] [gap theory] [systematic theology] [Wayne Grudem]

4PM

I'm a bit clogged up because I haven't had much time to post this last week.  So let me start by nearing the end of chapter 1 of N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I actually finished reading the chapter a couple weeks ago. Thus fa... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [pseudonymity]

1PM

I was excited to receive two of my devotionals on Jesus in the mail today!  The first is on the Parables of Jesus: The second is on the Passion of Jesus: As an excerpt, here's one of the paragraphs from the first week of Parables"Good soil yields go...

January 10, 10PM

In the last couple days, I read/skimmed through a book called, Stony the Road We Trod. It's going on 25 years old, but it seems to have been a watershed work of sorts in African-American biblical interpretation. The project seems to be to disentangle... [Caucasian] [Cornel West] [François Bernier] [Race]

January 7, 7PM

Yesterday I sketched the outline of a chapter on following the train of thought of a passage. Since I went over this today with a class, I thought I'd sketch out:Chapter 5Surveying Biblical Texts1. The Big PictureIn the last chapter, we mentioned that you... [David Bauer] [inductive Bible study] [Robert Traina] [surveying]

January 6, 6PM

I don't know if I will ever write a book on how to interpret and apply the Bible, but I have quite a bit of raw material accumulated. I put in a feeler with a publisher who was at least interested in seeing more. So on the huge assumption I meet other dea... [inductive Bible study]

January 4, 8AM

The previous post is here.c. Challenges to EvolutionSummaryGrudem spends about seven pages challenging evolution scientifically, followed by a page discussing the negative philosophical consequences of the theory. He acknowledges that Darwin's original th... [book review] [evolution] [Wayne Grudem]

January 3, 5PM

I was in a meeting the other day that most people only dream of. The group was trying to decide what the difference was between a BA (Bachelor of Arts) and a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree.The answer is, it really varies. It even varies from subject area... [bachelor's degrees] [liberal arts]

January 1, 4AM

It's that time again, to hit the reset button on life. Here's the obligatory link to last year's post.This Year's ProgressI'm on page 285 of Grudem. Some progress...I did in fact read, dabble in some books: Five Views of Inerrancy, Unintended Revolution, ... [Bible Gateway] [New Year]

December 31 2013, 2PM

Beginning tomorrow, Bible Gateway will tweet chapter-by-chapter Bible summaries written by Chris Juby.  Beginning with Genesis 1, tweets with summaries will come at midnight, 6am, noon, and 6pm ET. These are succinct chapter summaries that cover each... [Bible Gateway]

8AM

We are pleased to announce the publication of a Festschrift in honor of Keith Drury (the first is paperback, the second Kindle): "Scholars have a long-standing tradition of honoring one of their own with a Festschrift, a collection of essays, to mark a si... [Keith Drury] [Wesleyan Church]

3AM

It's become traditional for me to give the top ten posts of the year (well, actually, I only started last year ;-).  As of last night, I had 76,281 pageviews and 28,395 unique visitors. I'm up about 2,500 page views from last year and up about 3000 u...

December 30, 8AM

I don't think I've said this before here, but if so I'll say it again. I hear traditional academics continue to say things like, "Aha, the MOOC is a failure because of their completion rates." I've heard similar remarks in relation to WGU and its completi... [MOOC]

6AM

Let me finish reviewing chapter 1 of N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God in bits. Thus far,PrefaceChapter 1The Basics of PhilemonPhilemon and Christian Worldviewiv. History, Exegesis, "Application"SummaryThus far in this section, Wri... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Paul and the faithfulness of God]

December 29, 12 PM

A lot of people today are surprised when I tell them that, in the preaching I grew up with, the worst sin of all was pride. "Pride goeth before a fall, and a haughty spirit before destruction" (Prov. 16:18ish). Pride was thought to be the sin of Satan (cf... [pride]

December 28, 8AM

It's been almost two months since I've blogged any Grudem. Wright came out. Other books of more pressing relevance came out. But I do eventually want to make it all the way through Grudem. I am thankful that Michael Bird's Evangelical Theology is a p... [book review] [Creation] [evolution] [Wayne Grudem]

December 27, 4AM

I've been reviewing Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism.IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Chapter 2 (Evangelicals on the Edges)1. I gave my own title to the chapter above, but ... [book review] [Christianity Today] [evangelicalism] [Molly Worthen]

December 26, 7AM

Previous posts were:GodCreationNow, the fallen world.1. I have never really thought this question through in its potential complexity. I know the Augustine/Wesley schtick, of course, the one we read in all the theology textbooks and Wesleyans used to prea... [fallen world] [greatest common denominator hermeneutic] [sin] [sinful nature]

December 25, 5AM

There is something staggering about how this day of immense significance passed by so insignificantly. I don't mean December 25 in the year 1, of course. We don't know the exact date of Jesus' birth. And it is usually dated to more like 4-6BC. I mean rath... [Christmas]

December 24, 12 PM

I'm putting down some notes in case I ever want to write a book something like, "The Common Denominators of Scripture."  A few days ago I sketched out what a chapter on God might look like. Here are some thoughts on what a chapter on Creation might l... [Creation] [ex nihilo] [greatest common denominator hermeneutic]

December 23, 7AM

Carnell was the second president of Fuller Seminary, forced out after he wrote The Case for Orthodoxy. The following quote from that book gives a fair sense of how the word fundamentalism was being used in 1959. You can see why he seems to have been force... [evangelicalism] [Fuller Theological Seminary] [Fundamentalism] [J. Gresham Machen] [John Carnell]

4AM

I've been reviewing Molly Worthen's, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism.IntroductionChapter 1 (Birth of Neo-Evangelicalism)Now on to Chapter 2: "The Authority Problem"...Once again, I found it a little hard to proc... [book review] [evangelicalism] [Molly Worthen]

December 22, 6AM

I already have some writing plans for next year, but I thought I might outline from time to time what a book following my "Greatest Common Denominator" theme might look like. The idea here is to to get back before Charles Hodge's atomistic approach of the... [GCD]

December 21, 9AM

The journey through N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God continues. Thus far,PrefaceThe Basics of Philemon2. Philemon and the Study of PaulSummaryWright believes that there is a worldview coming to expression in Philemon (23). He... [book review] [N. T. Wright] [Paul and the faithfulness of God]

December 20, 1AM

This is a little unusual post, a reference post for academics.What is it?If you are in the education business these days, you have to do assessment or you're going to run into accreditation problems. Of course the reason to do assessment is so that you kn... [assessment]

December 18, 4AM

This is my second post reviewing Molly Worthen's new, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Today I want to review chapt