Religion

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Jesus in the Talmud

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 of the series) on YouTube.  

Lilies of the Decking

Word and Speech; Truth and Action

A short homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 22, 2018) Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 Word and Speech; Truth and Action.  What has been done “in the name of Jesus”? In Scripture, the blind are made to see and the lame to walk. Sins are forgiven in the name of Jesus. Indeed, Peter says that “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven […]

Thinking as Worship

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 November, if you are there I hope you can join us!  Quote “Das Denken ist auch Gottesdienst.” Reflection Sometime in […]

Das Denken ist auch Gottesdienst

UPDATE: Now almost 7 years since I first posted this @jasonstaples has offered a source for the earliest citation! I have to say, it is more concise than the source I cite below.1 The citation is found in volume 1 of the “International Journal of Ethics,” October, 1890, January, April, and July, 1891. It is an article by J. H. Muirhead, “The Inner Life In Relation To Morality: A Study In The Elements Of Religion,” pp. 169-85. It is related of […]

The Greystone Chapel – An Advent Sermon

This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. I had meant to add to the sermon the lyrics of a song that just happened to come on while I was finishing writing the sermon. I was listening to Johnny Cash’s At Fulsom Prison and he closed out the concert with “The Greystone Chapel” written by an inmate, Glen Sherley. Sherley himself had a tumultuous life that ended tragically. It was such an odd circumstance that the […]

Protest Preachers and Prophets

I wrote this for the class blog, but thought it worth reposting here.  Every spring we take the Presidential Leadership Academy on a trip to some location to consider the leadership challenges facing that community. This year we took a different approach. We are visiting key sites of the Civil Rights Movement including Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, Greensboro, and Washington, DC. We are only 3 days in and it has been a powerful and moving experience. […]

A Biblical Theology of Suffering – Part 2

This is a continuation of my lecture given at the Cornell Graduate Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House in early April. My title was “My God, my God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Biblical Response to Loss and Catastrophe.” I have a recording of the lecture that I may make available if any are interested. I am slowly posting the content, hopefully with some revisions. I welcome any thoughts or comments. Read Part 1.  From whence comes our suffering? […]

I (don’t) believe; help my (un)belief!

The reference to Mark 9:24 came to mind when reading this Jesus And Mo comic. For those not familiar, J&M is written by an anonymous author (for her/his protection) and is very anti-religion. Often the strip has very prescient and insightful comments and there is always truth in it. I am well aware of the research the Barmaid refers to in this strip, but I cannot get past the logical rejoinder that is omitted. If all […]

Peace at Christmas

First, yes, the video below is ultimately an advert by a UK grocery chain. That being said, it marks (and does so beautifully) a rare moment in history, an actual event of peace and humanity that intruded into the atrocities of the War to End All Wars. One hundred years ago, in the midst of that brutal war, British and German soldiers stepped out of their trenches, shared their food and wine, took their pictures together, […]

Disgraceful Desecration Of Boalsburg Cemetery

Our son Mack is buried in this beautiful and historic cemetery. Many of the graves go back to the 18th century and is concerned by many to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. (The picture of the “three widows” commemorates that original, impromptu Civil War remembrance.) We chose this cemetery because on one side of it are soccer fields where he would play and on the other is the Military Museum where we would often go to see […]