Tag: Paul

Christian Humanist Profiles 130: Paul, A Biography

Download or Stream this Episode  Some people just don’t know what to do with Paul.  Browsing a bookstore will reveal attempts to pit him against Jesus, to make him the real genius behind the traditions we know as Christianity, to render the sayings of Jesus so that they fit his ideas, to render his career…

Christian Humanist Profiles 95: The Day the Revolution Began

Download this Episode In one of The Wire’s many memorable scenes, the older and more seasoned Vinson has a caution for the young gangster Marlo Stanfield as he aspires to dominance in the Baltimore drug-war: “Prison and graveyards are full of boys who wore the crown.”  Marlo quickly responds, “The point is, they wore it.…

Christian Humanist Profiles 62: The Paul Debate

Download or Stream this Episode St. Paul is at once one of the most familiar literary voices and one of the most perplexing.  An early convert to the Jesus movement within first-century Judaism, Paul’s letters have come to us as Holy Scriptures, canonical epistles whose teaching and whose proclamation have given shape to almost every…

Christian Humanist Profiles 56: Paul’s Divine Christology

In the early second century, Pliny, the governor of the Roman province of Pontus and Bithynia, wrote a letter to his emperor, Trajan, about Christians who “were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a deity.” But when did early Christians begin to believe…

Christian Humanist Profiles 43: Paul and the Trinity

There’s a story that everyone knows about the doctrine of the Trinity: there was this teacher in first-century Judea, Jesus of Nazareth, who preached the coming kingdom of God and ended up getting executed. Then his followers began to declare that he had been raised from the dead, that he was the Messiah, the Christ…

The Foolishness of God: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 2 February 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 2 February 2014 (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A) Micah 6:1-8  • Psalm 15  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31  • Matthew 5:1-12 Language can certainly be a strange phenomenon sometimes.  In 2014 Paul’s unforgettable phrase “the weakness of God” is the title of a recent book of post-orthodox philosophical theology, and its companion phrase “the foolishness…

Quiet but Never Silenced: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 22 September 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 22 September 2013 (18th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and Psalm 79:1-9  • Amos 8:4-7 and Psalm 113  • 1 Timothy 2:1-7  • Luke 16:1-13 Yes, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these Bible posts.  No promises about how many weeks in a row I’ll write new ones, but one should start somewhere, no? Whether…

Jesus, History, and Interpretation: A Response to Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan 272 pp. Random House. $27.00. I’ll say this up front: New Testament Studies is a hard discipline.  Its difficulty comes from the wide range of academic departments involved in doing it well.  To dig in for real, one must have some facility with ancient languages…

Linkle, Linkle, Little Star

The utter moral bankruptcy of national academic conferences Some tidbits from Barth on relationships between Scripture and theology Some facile, relativistic tidbits on pop music in the twenty-first century Some facile, relativistic tidbits on mercenaries in the twenty-first century A conservative critique of the Pledge of Allegiance More bad-news trends in American colleges A nice…

The Witness and the Writer: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 18 April 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 18 April 2009 (Third Sunday of Easter, Year C) Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) •Psalm 30 •Revelation 5:11-14 •John 21:1-19 I’ve been asked to preach not this Sunday (April 18) but next Sunday (April 25), so this reflection will be brief so that I can spend more time on the texts that…