Claim: Mel Gibson’s Braveheart is a better telling of the Jesus story than Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Discuss.
In this month’s Christianity Today there is an article by Bradley R. E. Wright (a sociologist at UConn) summarizing his study of religious discrimination by potential employers. The results of the study, in brief, were that any religious affiliation at all being indicated on the résumé (even a fictitious affiliation) could significantly hurt one’s chances […]
Here’s a question: in the Gospel of Mark, does Jesus know which disciple is going to betray him? Here’s the prediction of a betrayer in Mark 14:17-21: 17 That evening, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 During the meal, Jesus said, “I assure you that one of you will betray me—someone eating with me.” 19 […]
I have grown up hearing language of “mobilizing” God’s people through prayer, of prayer being like the gas that fills up our spiritual vehicles so that we can run off in service of God. But what if… What if prayer isn’t the great mobilizer of God’s people, but the great immobilizer? What if worship and […]
Today I cam across a profound prayer that expresses the hopes behind Storied Theology. Steep us in your story, Lord: that we may live its truth today. –From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals Amen.
The problem with “rich” is that I know, instinctively, that it doesn’t apply to me. My dad would sometimes pull the sly smile as he claimed wealth: the love of the family, the rewarding life, you know, the revisionist definition of rich. But I knew all to well that the financial pressures that had our […]
This morning’s musings had me in Zechariah. Zechariah 9-14 depicts a time of failure, punishment, and restoration. The movement, the hopes, and the casting of the roles have the power to shape our imaginations about what God’s promised salvation looks like. First, the hope of the people is thoroughly messianic. They will be given a […]
There once was a person who received the Spirit of God. With the reception of this Spirit, the man became something he was not before: God’s own son. Knowing that God was father, and protector, and deliverer, he implored God for deliverance in the face of suffering: Abba! Father! But deliverance, and entry into glory, […]
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; […]
In the first part of my review of How God Became Jesus, I engaged the contributions of the book’s editor, Michael Bird. Today I turn to the piece by Craig Evans, “Getting the Burial Traditions and Evidences Right.” Craig Evans’ chapter responds to Bart Ehrman’s claim that the body of Jesus was mostly likely not […]