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When the Messiah Comes

If you have dipped down into much of my work at all then you will probably recall that I am haunted by these words of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “To the Jew the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring person, who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished.” Everything is supposed […]

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Why is Jesus Human?

For the past six and a half years I have been working on a book whose end is now in sight. I’m calling it A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. The question that has pushed me to endure through all of the trials and tribulations of the writing has […]

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LectioCast: the Lectionary Podcast

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of LectioCast: the Lectionary Podcast. The first episode is now available for downloading here: http://homebrewedchristianity.com/category/lectiocast/ Tripp Fuller and I talk through Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-37, Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 in order to get you ready for Pentecost Sunday. This new resource will be available to you […]

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Jesus and the Old Testament

My colleague John Goldingay has a new book out. Its provocative title: Do We Need the New Testament? Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself. The provocation doesn’t stop with the front cover, as the last chapter is entitled, “Theological Interpretation: Don’t Be Christ-Centered, Don’t Be Trinitarian, Don’t Be Constrained by the Rule of Faith”. […]

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Religion and Tribes

I’ve had four thoughts about religion and tribes, a.k.a. religion and politics, swimming around in my head over the past couple of days. Actually, one of them has been a deep, on-going thought. It started with an observation that North American politics and the North American church scene are both increasingly polarized, despite what I […]

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Jesus’ Trial in Luke

What does it take to have a trial? Charges? Witnesses? Defense? Verdict? Jesus’ hearing before the Jewish authorities in Luke’s Gospel is conspicuously lacking in these things. In Luke 22:66-71, Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin. I know, I know, you think you know what happens next: they’re looking for charges so that they can […]