Reshaped, Reworked, and Redeemed (Scholar’s Compass Transitions Series Summer 2017)   Recently updated!

This past summer I wrote a series of devotions that were published on the Emerging Scholars Network blog1. Over the course of this week I will published them here on Targuman. I encourage you to take a look at ESN and consider supporting and contributing yourself. We will be holding a meet-up at this SBL this […]


Unreasonable Expectations: “Be of the same mind”   Recently updated!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 Morning Prayer Readings: Psalm 119:49-72; 1 Kings 17:1-24; Phil. 2:1-11; Matt. 2:1-12 Philippians 2 begins, 1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in […]


The Ghost of Johnny Cash

UPDATE: While I first heard this a cover by Kerosene Halo, this is actually from Phil Madeira’s album “Motorcycle.” A great album and on sale! Buy it now and support PM, you will not regret it! Even the title song has a great story to it. Phil said he simply liked the pen and ink […]


Sidney Chambers is no Father Brown (or Harriet Vane): The Sex-lives of Grantchester

Last week was the third season finale of the series Grantchester. Having watched an enjoyed all three seasons to date, I wanted to share my critique of the show. A few preliminary comments are relevant. First, I deeply enjoy this genre, the British period mystery. Now, I have been a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers and […]


Gestation – 9 Months of Sermons

In the human life a lot can happen in nine months. This past year I was the interim rector of St. Bartholomew’s in Nashville for exactly nine months and preached almost every Sunday. I have posted few of those sermons here, but I have compiled them all into one PDF for any who might be […]


Rejoice!

Far from a “sophomore slump” I think October is one of U2’s best albums. I woke up this morning with the lyrics of “Rejoice” in my head. Looking more closely I considered the juxtaposition of the opening, “And outside a building comes tumbling down/And inside a child on the ground/Says he’ll do it again” and the […]


The Illumination of Archaeology

Recently (July 2017) there was a story about “ancient Canaanite DNA” disproves the Bible. For example, The Independent in the UK had this headline: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon.” Except, of course, that the Bible says no such thing. This comes up with reasonable frequency, some discovery offers […]


What’s in a name? 1

This past year has been one of transition and reflection. While serving as interim rector at an Episcopal parish in Nashville, I wrote a number of essays that may some day be collected into a single work. Then again, they may not, so I thought I would begin sharing them here. Part of my reflection was on the question of […]


On to a new Blue!

Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook will know the news already: I have recently been selected as the inaugural dean of the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. I am very proud of all that we accomplished in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State and our connections there are deep […]