Jim West twitters

Well, not literally of course. You will not find a twitter account for the Zwingli hagiographer. But in making a parenthetical comment about the usefulness of twitter for sharing useful articles and information between colleagues it occurred to me that many of Jim’s posts likely fall within the 140 character limit and often function in the same manner as twitter. Quick, short notices about his feelings, views, grumblings with an accompanying link. In the last […]


(Apparently these are hornets. As a Damascus High School graduate I feel I should have known that.) Psa. 118.12 They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off! (Proving anyone can ignore context.) This Labor Day I have been doing a bit of the L word myself, helping to clean the house, run errands, and trim the hedges. And that is when […]

Connecting to younger generations

It is tough to admit it but I am no longer the “younger generation.” Sure I use twitter, facebook, and often have the gadgets. Folks are saying that twitter and facebook are really for the old folks anyway so maybe that isn’t a sign of my hipness. But when it comes to education and preaching I think that we are very often in danger of altering the message rather than the means of delivery. When […]

Looking back on Katrina

This past SBL in New Orleans I presented a paper so I will simply refer you to that post: SBL Paper: Recovery and Restoration Through Scripture (images). We continue to pray for those lost and those who remain. If you are so inclined, consider supporting the various ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. The Jericho Road Housing Initiative is a particularly powerful and important program.  

2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional SBL call for papers

Jeremy Schipper has sent out the call for papers for the 2011 MAR-SBL. I presented last year for the first time at a regional meeting and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was great to meet up with so many “local” scholars and I hope to go again this year. With all due respect to Larry, I would go just to hear Max, she is dynamite! 😉 Dear Colleagues, The 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional SBL call for […]

Questions for the Dean – Part 1

This is from my other blog and I thought I would share it here as well. For our Late Night program last week students were asked to fill out cards with their questions for the dean. I was only able to answer a few and we have hundreds! So I thought I would begin answering a few here on the blog. I will start with something easy. Would you rather go to Dunkin Doughnuts or […]

In the beginning…

Of the semester things are always a bit frantic. This semester I am teaching a mere 1 credit course, “Genesis 1-3.” The reason for the topic is because it usually takes me a month to get out of chapter 3 even when I am teaching Intro to Hebrew Bible. The reason for 1 credit is because I simply do not have enough time to teach a full 3 credit course. And the reason I am […]