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LectioCast: the Lectionary Podcast

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of LectioCast: the Lectionary Podcast. The first episode is now available for downloading here: http://homebrewedchristianity.com/category/lectiocast/ Tripp Fuller and I talk through Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-37, Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 in order to get you ready for Pentecost Sunday. This new resource will be available to you […]

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Most Life-Changing Article I’ve Read

I want Storied Theology to be a place where you know you can come for all sorts of goodness. The goodness of spiritual encouragement. The goodness of biblical interpretation. The goodness of the Mountain Goats. All kinds of goodness. And just the other day I was thinking, I bet all those good readers would want […]

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Jesus and the Old Testament

My colleague John Goldingay has a new book out. Its provocative title: Do We Need the New Testament? Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself. The provocation doesn’t stop with the front cover, as the last chapter is entitled, “Theological Interpretation: Don’t Be Christ-Centered, Don’t Be Trinitarian, Don’t Be Constrained by the Rule of Faith”. […]

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Wind at Your Back

About a year and a half ago, I started running. I’ve never liked running, truthfully. So I also started biking on off days, as a sort of treat to myself for being so good and running on the others. One reason I don’t like running is that exercise has never been an escape for me. […]

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Religion and Tribes

I’ve had four thoughts about religion and tribes, a.k.a. religion and politics, swimming around in my head over the past couple of days. Actually, one of them has been a deep, on-going thought. It started with an observation that North American politics and the North American church scene are both increasingly polarized, despite what I […]

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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 […]