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Guiltless Lawbreaking

One of my favorite sayings of Jesus comes in Matthew’s version of the grain-plucking episode. Jesus’s disciples are accused of doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath because they are tilling and eating as they go. Jesus says, in part, Have you not read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in […]

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Trinity Sunday Sermon Prep

Why do we read Isa 6 every year on Trinity Sunday? I give my A and B answers here, what’s your take? http://homebrewedchristianity.com/2015/05/24/trinity-sunday-the-glory-of-god-lectiocast/ Download the LectioCast podcast, and use it for sermon prep or otherwise getting ready for Sunday’s scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary!

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When the Messiah Comes

If you have dipped down into much of my work at all then you will probably recall that I am haunted by these words of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “To the Jew the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring person, who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished.” Everything is supposed […]

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Sydney Conference

In August my feet will touch the Australian mainland for the first time. If you live in or around Sydney, here is a great opportunity to connect with me. The conference I am doing in Sydney, “God’s Gift of Freedom,” runs from Friday through Saturday, July 31-August 1. Conference registration is here. I hope I’ll […]

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Why is Jesus Human?

For the past six and a half years I have been working on a book whose end is now in sight. I’m calling it A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. The question that has pushed me to endure through all of the trials and tribulations of the writing has […]

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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”. […]