Captivated and Captured by Gospel Theology

I cannot get enough of it.  Theology.  I am willingly drowning in it.  I lose sleep over it.  I am sacrificing a great deal of money to learn more of it.  The “tolle lege” that rang in Augustine’s ear echoes in mine.  And the more I take up and read, the more intrigued, mystified, entranced…

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Revisiting the “We Need Boring Christians” Article (part 1)

  Six months ago RELEVANTMagazine.com published my article “We Need Boring Christians.”  They re-published it on the site in December—seems as though was one of the most shared articles on their site for 2011.  I had no idea the reception would be that strong.  I suppose a nerve was struck. In this series of posts…

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IVP’s Lenten Blog Tour

InterVarsity Press is sponsoring a blog tour throughout Lent.  A handful of us IVP authors are contributing to the weekly posts.  You can check out “Behind the Books” (one of IVP’s blogs) to get the schedule.  Rachel Stone has launched us off with a reflection on Lenten fasting.  Hopeful Realism is slotted for March 19….

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Richard Hays as “Dean,” not “Interim Dean” at Duke Divinity School

Duke Divinity School has a new Dean.  Richard Hays, the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, has accepted the job.  He certainly has an idea as to what the post entails.  For almost two years he has served in that post as an interim. In many ways, the acceptance of an administrative post can…

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Nijay Gupta’s Book—Prepare, Succeed, & Advance (part 2)

I graciously received a review copy in the summer of Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond.  When Pickwick Publications (Wipf & Stock) sent the book, I read the first 1/3 of the book and immediately wrote a post.   But then I actually started doing a PhD…

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The Story of the Gospel and the Star Wars Saga

I have mentioned before that I have a new book project underway, this time with Cascade Books.  The topic is media, so I am thinking a lot about how stories give shape to our lives.  When it comes to entertainment media, there are a lot of stories available.  Yet the story called to shape the…

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