The God who Rips the Sky

My friend Wesley Hill just preached on Mark 1 at our church.  He did a fine job demonstrating the OT connections in the scene of Jesus’ baptism.  The rending of the heavens echoes Isa 64:1 (in Jesus God is coming); the descent of the Spirit recalls Gen 1:2 (through Jesus God is re-creating); the pronouncement…

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A Morning Prayer

Dear Lord, I present myself afresh as one pledged to your service, as one for whom You paid too much, as an unlikely prize for whom You decided to fight hard and to the very end to make Your own.  I confess my position as Your possession.  In response to your hard fought ownership over…

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The Heartbeat of “Hopeful Realism”: Already… but not yet / Coming… and now is

The namesake of this blog is taken from a phrase my wife supplied as she carefully read through drafts for Faith Without Illusions.  Hopeful Realism is a perspective that holds rosy idealism and shallow optimism as incompatible in an ex-Eden world (hence, “Realism”).  But the perspective is “hopeful” because it holds that cynicism is incompatible…

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NT Seminar at Durham (Epiphany Term) & the New “Integrated PhD Programme”

Below is the list of papers and their presenters for the Durham New Testament Seminar this term.  I am very thankful that here at Durham the Seminar meets every week, rather than fortnightly (which is a great British way of saying “every other week”).  On the off-weeks not listed below, our NT Faculty members will…

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Faith Without Illusions at Euangelion

I check the biblioblog Euangelion at least a few times each week.  I had met Joel Willitts before, so I decided to sheepishly ask if he would consider taking a look at my book on cynicism for a possible review (giving him the freedom to review it badly if necessary, of course!).  He posted his…

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Initial Thoughts Re: Twitter

“Follow.”  That’s the word you click with the trackpad to connect with someone. “Follow” is a loaded word for Christians, but yeah—I am probably reading too much into it.  Not many people are following me anyway, so I don’t have to feel that presumptuous.  But then I have the problem of not knowing what in…

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