Money to Study at Aberdeen

The Divinity College at the University of Aberdeen has money for Ph.D. student scholarships. (Incidentally, if you’re looking into Ph.D. or post-doc programs, keep your eye on jobs.ac.uk, where you may find funding opportunities from time to time.) Here’s the skinny: Divinity PhD Scholarships University of Aberdeen 2011 saw the appointment of three world-leading professors […]

Images Are For Worship

Before I jump into today’s post on The Life of Adam and Eve, I want to say a word to those of you who don’t live in the world of biblical studies. Often, we use ancient parallel material as part of our research. Here’s the point: often when we read scripture we think we know […]

Flirting with Death

I’ve been after this guy for weeks. And look at him now. Asleep. Taunting me in plain sight. Oh, mouse, you’re playin’ with death. UPDATE: For all my death-wielding words, I am a softie at heart. With minor injuries, the fuzz ball was caught and released. No doubt, the local hawk will be eating well […]

And Give You Peace

“Grace to you and peace.” And peace. Peace between a hostile heart and a loving Maker. Peace that passes understanding and overcomes misunderstanding. Peace that calms an anxious heart. Peace that overwhelms the waves of anxiety. “My peace I give to you—not as the world gives.” Peace from the reconciler. Peace from the Spirit-Giver. Spirits […]

Talk About Sex

Talking about sex is one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” sort of things. The images and lyrics and jokes and stories that fill our culture place sex at the forefront of practically everything we see and hear. But when the church tries to speak about sex, it often does so […]

Reading the Bible Like Twelfth Graders

Yesterday, one of my students pointed me to the State of California’s Common Core Standards for reading for students in grades 11-12. Here are a couple of them: RI.11-12.2. Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on […]