How God Became Jesus: Part 3 in Review of the Evangelical Response to Bart Ehrman

This third installment of my review of How God Became Jesus moves to Simon Gathercole’s argument for preexistence Christology, and divine Christology more specifically, throughout the NT. Gathercole begins with a summary of the argument he made at length in The Preexistent Son, that the “I have come” sayings signal that Jesus came from somewhere; […]

Resurrection and Transformation

Resurrection is the consummate display of the power of God. In the resurrection of Jesus, God’s power, through the Spirit, reaches down and undoes the greatest power in all creation–the power of death. God’s own identity is shaped by this moment. Not only is God the God who created all things, calling the things that […]

Resurrection and Sending

I’ve been reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus over the past week or so. It tells us about God’s cosmic action, to renew the whole world and humanity upon it. And so it tells us about our destiny as humans. And the resurrection narratives show us how much it takes to begin to understand who […]

Resurrection and Revelation

The disciples didn’t get it. Jesus’ ministry, that is. Pretty much ever. We see hints at their incomprehension early on, when Jesus speaks in parables and the disciples don’t understand (Mark 4). Immediately after, they are terrified by a storm at sea, and Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith. We learn that they […]

Resurrection and New Creation

On Monday I shared some thoughts about resurrection: it signals Jesus’ enthronement. That would mean, within the narrative in which Jesus came proclaiming the kingdom of God, that Jesus had been enthroned as king over this kingdom. Jesus’ message of the coming kingdom was an eschatological message that found its resonance within a first-century Jewish […]