Jesus Condemned by the Sanhedrin, by Michael D. O'Brien

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 […]

Christ and Adam at Creation

God’s Grace, Human Agents

One of the problems with getting all super spiritual is that we sometimes tend to… well… spiritualize everything. We think we are learning new levels of faith and trust when we look to God alone–not realizing that God has given us people around us for the purpose of speaking wisdom, caring for us, and receiving […]

Working Preacher

Narrative Lectionary: Romans 5

For those of you using the Narrative Lectionary or just wanting some commentary from yours truly on Romans… My commentary on Rom 5:1-11 is up at WorkingPreacher.org Romans 5:1-11 weaves together themes of faith, love, hope, and glory, threading them through the story of the Christ event, the past work of God on our behalf, […]

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Laughing at Jesus

“And they laughed at him.” They laughed at Jesus. The girl was dead, and they knew it. And they also knew what dead meant: dead means dead. But Jesus had other ideas. The dad had told her: she’s dead. But the man also confessed: lay your hand on her, and she will live. With that, […]

"NAMA Aphrodite Syracuse" by English: Copy after Praxiteles - Marsyas (2006).

Did Temple Prostitution Exist?

What was the sexual climate of the first century Mediterranean, and how does that help us to understand what the New Testament is talking about? That’s a question that runs right through the middle of many conversations about sexuality in the church, and about homosexuality in the church in particular. One line of argument is […]