"NAMA Aphrodite Syracuse" by English: Copy after Praxiteles - Marsyas (2006).

Did Temple Prostitution Exist?

What was the sexual climate of the first century Mediterranean, and how does that help us to understand what the New Testament is talking about? That’s a question that runs right through the middle of many conversations about sexuality in the church, and about homosexuality in the church in particular. One line of argument is […]

On Being Son of God

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, […]

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 […]

Receiving Justice

Power. Too often, power is the enemy of justice. “Justice” is the cry of those who cannot make their own. Power calls itself justice. It makes a thriving land a desert and calls it peace. Power knows how to be rid of a nuisance. It knows how to excommunicate. It knows how to execute. But […]

Weaker Sibling Revisited

In Romans, Paul is passionately concerned about Israel. He is passionately concerned about Israel given that his gentile mission is meeting with great success while so many Jews are rejecting Jesus as God’s promised messiah. He wants to make a case for the message of a crucified and risen messiah as the fulfillment of God’s […]