Yearly Archives: 2018


“Where we find grace to help in time of need.”   Recently updated!

Proper 23 (28) (October 14, 2018) First reading and PsalmJob 23:1-9, 16-17Psalm 22:1-15Second readingHebrews 4:12-16GospelMark 10:17-31 “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” I love comedy. Not sit-coms like Friends or Brooklyn 99, I enjoy those very much, but what I really love are stand-up comics, the British panel quiz shows, and […]

To every thing there is a season.

Walking in Grace   Recently updated!

I continue to wrestle not only with the issue of suffering and grace, but also the book I am attempting to write on the matter. What tone should I take? Should it be more academic, more of a personal reflection, or more essay based? The following is part of the latter effort. Walking in Grace […]


Jesus in the Talmud   Recently updated!

This past year I was asked by Chris Keith to write a chapter on Jesus in the Talmud for The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. Last month I was invited to speak at the 1892 Club at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They recorded it and have posted the presentation (and the rest […]


The Baby’s Sermon

This is great. I will have to remember it the next time a baby is crying while I am preaching. HT: Jody Howard We have all heard the baby crying in church when the priest was speaking. Not all, however, have read Father Conroy’s book, “A Mill Town Pastor,” nor his delightful telling of a […]