Claiming Jesus: Benefits and Dangers

This week our house church group read through Isa 34-35. The two chapters juxtapose starkly antithetical visions of what God’s vindication of God’s people looks like. In Isa 34 there is the negative side of the coin: Israel’s enemies destroyed for Israel’s sake. It is one of the most gruesome depictions of slaughter in scripture: […]


On Judging and Being Judged

Jesus says: Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad. For the tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! how can you speak good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. My mind has been spinning […]


What Kind of King?

“It’s the Son of David!” What might someone be thinking of and hoping for when making such an exclamation? Most often I think of early (first century) Jewish messianism in military terms: when the son of David comes, he’s the one who will muster an army to kick out the Romans. (Maybe that’s why Mark […]


Doing What You Believe

Today’s post is inspired by the Theology Nerd Throwdown podcast. “The” Vs. “-al” At the end of a recent episode, Tripp and Bo got into one of their recurring fights. It’s the versus -al. What’s more important? Is it the things that we believe–the incarnation, the resurrection, the Pentecost? Or is it the ways we […]


Guiltless Lawbreaking

One of my favorite sayings of Jesus comes in Matthew’s version of the grain-plucking episode. Jesus’s disciples are accused of doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath because they are tilling and eating as they go. Jesus says, in part, Have you not read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in […]

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Trinity Sunday Sermon Prep

Why do we read Isa 6 every year on Trinity Sunday? I give my A and B answers here, what’s your take? Download the LectioCast podcast, and use it for sermon prep or otherwise getting ready for Sunday’s scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary! Please share the love:


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 […]


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 […]