Learning & Literacy in Paul’s Churches

If you're one of the 2 people out there curious about the kinds of things I'm exploring in my doctoral program, here's an essay from my last seminar on scribes and literacy in the ancient world. This essay addresses the question: “To what extent did literacy play a role in the spiritual development of Paul’s converts?” Enjoy … Continue reading Learning & Literacy in Paul’s Churches

Disciples as Scribes in the Royal Court

Here's a snapshot of my current research project I'm finishing up this week. I'm exploring ancient pedagogy and fresh angles on the task of discipleship in the church today.  POTLUCKS & POLITICS I hail from good Lutheran stock from the Midwest (Minnesota) where we shared potlucks (with an endless variety of “hot dishes”) in the … Continue reading Disciples as Scribes in the Royal Court

Bonhoeffer & the Cost of Discipleship

I have been deeply influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and have sweet memories of reading his 'Cost of the Discipleship' book for the first time in college. I have his portrait framed and hanging above my desk  -- he watches over me as I write this (along with other formative influences). To underscore my admiration, I lobbied hard … Continue reading Bonhoeffer & the Cost of Discipleship