Jason Byassee on Beeson Divinity School

Joel and I are pleased to announce that we will soon be posting an interview with Dr. Jason Byassee here at Hopeful Realism.  Byassee is a Research Fellow in Theology and Leadership at Duke Divinity School and has been directing their Center for Theology, Writing, and Media.  Joel and I are asking him about his…

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Living and Teaching the Sermon on the Mount

Tonight begins the Summer UCF Bible study.  Joel and I will be teaching on Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. For someone preparing to do doctoral work in the UK, with insurmountable obstacles in my way, with inevitable sacrifices that will logistically and financially overwhelm my family, with the prospect of not being able…

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Theology of Work/Vocation

Joel here. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Now that another semester is done, I hope to be a little more active. Lately, my thoughts have been consumed by the theology of work. My closest friends are not vocational ministers and I’m wanting to think hard and create a resource for them as they seek…

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Another Review

Cogito | Credo posted a review of Faith Without Illusions.  Again, reading reviews of my book is such a strange—yet usually satisfying—experience.  It is comforting to know someone actually took time to read what one has poured so much of his life into.  In many ways, my wife and I feel as if the book…

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Top 10 Biblioblog: Not sure who to thank… but thanks!

In the midst of storm damage of unprecedented proportions in my state, and in the midst of announcements about a clandestine raid in Pakistan, I received the profoundly less important news that mine and Joel’s blog was voted into the top ten biblioblogs for the month of April.  This came as a complete surprise.  I…

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Singing of an Unsung Hero (to the tune of “happy birthday”)

This post is dedicated to someone I have the privilege of spending a great deal of time with.  Her daily activities bring her into constant contact with a variety of unpleasant bodily fluids.  Feces, mucus, pee, spit, vomit.  Disgusting, I know.  And when other viscous fluids get added into the whole gross mix (syrup, jelly,…

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Social Media & Theological Discourse [6]: Social Media and “Incurvatus in se”

So Andy has been working on “Social Media & Online Theological Discourse.” In these posts, we’ve been thinking hard about several things. 1) How does social media necessarily and substantially affect theological reflection? 2) Shouldn’t Biblical wisdom regarding the “tongue” be applied to the typing? 3) Shouldn’t the Christian social media community think carefully about…

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Book Arrivals

For a bibliophile, there is nothing like the appearance of a cardboard shipment on the doorstep.  My father-in-law was kind enough to hunt down a copy of Francis Watson’s Paul and the Hermeneutics of Faith.  Kevin Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine is required reading for the next meeting of the Society for the Advancement of…

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Online Theological Discourse [3]: An Important Article at CT

This post is part of series we are calling “Ethics for Online Theological Discourse.”  Here are the preceding posts: Intro; [1] the dangers of the screen-to-screen mode of communication; [2] Wisdom from the 17th Century. There is a great post at Christianity Today by John Dyer on the phenomenon of online theological discourse.  The title…

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