Paul and the Pastorals

On Facebook yesterday someone asked me if I wouldn’t mind recounting my journey away from affirmation of Paul’s authorship of the Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus). So here goes. First, the freedom to pursue the question was instilled in me through my pro-inerrancy education at Westminster Seminary (though one going to WTS […]

For Love

Having spent the past week drafting a chapter on sex for my Jesus and Paul book, wrapping it up with some thoughts on homosexuality yesterday and today, this is all I’ve got left: Love, Love, Love by The Mountain Goats King Saul fell on his sword When it all went wrong And Joseph’s brother sold […]

Gay Debate and Slavery?

On Religious News Service there was an article drawing out some parallels between the “Gay debate” taking place in the North American church today and the slavery debate that took place 150 years ago. One side argues for the plain reading of the Bible while the other argues from a grand narrative of freedom and […]

U.K. Ph.D. in the U.S.

For those of you who are aspiring NT PhDs, I want to draw your attention to a unique avenue of study that you might not otherwise become aware of. Thorsten Moritz has a program set up for PhD study in New Testament or Hermeneutics through London School of Theology. What’s unique about the program is […]

Community: Faith’s Proving Ground

First John is replete with confident claims. Claims that those who really are part of the people of God won’t sin. Claims that those who do sin aren’t part. Claims that those who are part of the people will agree with what the author and community say. Claims that those who don’t listen aren’t truly […]

Read the Sources

I just had one of those “O crap” moments. You know the kind I’m talking about. You stumble across something, an argument, an idea, something, that makes you think you’ve been going about it all wrong, teaching the wrong things, doing the wrong things. In this case, the issue was, “What’s the significance of a […]

Local Church, Local Bank

File this post in the: “Daniel doesn’t have a point” folder. Once upon a time I attended a church whose senior pastor liked to underscore the importance of moving one’s church membership to a local body of believers. Joining a local church was important. Just like when you move to a new city you get […]