Monthly Archives: July 2014

11 posts

“Realized” Eschatology

My friend Richard Wright has picked up the thread of our discussion on Mangy Dog and added quite a bit, particularly a long quote from Achtemeier. He (Richard) summarizes things for me quite nicely in the paragraph: A theme that seems to be emerging from both Achtemeier and Wright is what one might call realized eschatology. Paul the Apostle begins with the past (what God has done for Israel -> what God has done in Christ Jesus) […]

Things Temporal and Eternal

As I was looking at the readings for this Sunday, Proper 12, Year A, I noticed the collect. Interesting coincidence, given recent discussion here. (If you would like the lectionary in English, Greek (LXX and NT), and Hebrew please head on over to Richard Wright’s most excellent site.) O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you […]

Wishes, dreams, and promises

Getting ready in the hotel room this morning ESPN just played one of their “My Wish” pieces, a story about a young boy with a rare form of lymphoma who is “drafted” by the Carolina Panthers. I have very complicated and mixed feelings when I see these stories. First, of course, I think of Mack and I wonder what “wish” he would have had if he had lived, but “qualified” for this program. I strongly […]

Another Christian wrong about heaven.

Well, I don’t want to be quite so strident, but some have no such qualms. This past week I came across, via Facebook, this post “Are Christians Wrong About Heaven?” which was in turn inspired by this old interview of NT Wright in Time magazine. So in the more recent blog post the author, Matthew Ryan Hauge, Ph.D.1 says that yes, most Christians are very wrong about heaven. For example, according to Christian folklore, when Christians […]

How to win — Stuart Scott

[pullquote]When you die that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.[/pullquote]Wonderful, wonderful speech that is making the rounds, as it should. Perhaps one of the most important things he said is that we win through the way in which we live, how we choose to respond to our tragedies, in his case, his diagnosis of dancer. Watch the […]

Morning by morning?

In the late 80s early 90s I read a bunch of Chaim Potok’s works, his famous books about young Jewish men growing up in a modernizing world. He came to speak at Wheaton College when I was there as a grad student. For those who do not know, Potok was a Jewish chaplain during the Korean war, and his first book not about Jewish subjects, I Am the Clay, came out about that time. I […]

What is it to light a candle?

My wife has recently written about the fact that when we travel and there are churches or cathedrals to visit, we light a candle for Mack. We have done this since last summer, the summer after he passed. There are usually hundreds of candles burning there. People light them for many reasons: as a memorial, a petition to God (or in the Catholic Churches to one of the saints) or thanksgiving for a prayer answered. […]

Are eschatology and apocalypticism “healthy”?

This week at the International SBL meeting, three Qumran sessions were given over to commemorating the work of John Collins on Apocalypticism. In the first session Prof. Collins, in his summary of his work on apocalypticism, said something that made me go “hmmmm.” Now, I should say that I may be misremembering the precise quote, however I have asked colleagues who were also there and they confirm the sentiment is as I have presented it. […]

iSBL – Hebrews Paper

I am looking forward to heading to Vienna this weekend for next week’s International SBL. I will be presenting in the Hebrews section. I posted a summary of my paper already, “Hebrews 11 is a Midrash of 1 Macc. 2.” To save you the trouble of clicking the link, I will cite my own summary below. The article itself should be published later this fall. Summary of the Argument Most commentators do note that 1 Macc 2, […]