In "The Fire That Consumes", E. W. Fudge places the textual evidence front and center in the Hell debate.
Anyone interested in a sample of my academic work, here's a full essay on race and ethnicity in the ancient world and today. (I shared a few sections a few weeks back.) Dr. Dennis Edwards said of it, "This is great, dare I say prophetic!" Unfortunately, the formatting and footnotes did not transfer to the … Continue reading One Body, Many Ethnic Parts
This Sunday I'm preaching a Pentecost sermon on our divided world, and the need for the church to learn, speak and embody a new language. I'm reposting an old seminary essay from 2004 on the same topic. (This one is for the Bible/Theology nerds out there.) “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just … Continue reading The Church as God’s New Language
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
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
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