Jesus Creed
December 2005 Archives

Kris and I have for years set our clocks ahead — usually about 4 minutes. The wristwatch I wear is four minutes ahead. All the clocks in our home, and we have plenty of them, are at least four minutes […]

What could women in the Jewish world do in public? This is often overstated in order to dramatize the difference with Jesus and the early churches. So a good look at some of the evidence may help all of us.

The newspaper reports have it that the Cubs are working on a deal with Baltimore to bring Tejada to the Cubs. What we read in the paper is that the Cubs have talked about trading either Zambrano (a Knight-Ridder report) […]

Ben Witherington has recently published a useful, biblical analysis of three segments of Evangelicalism: Calvinism (which neither he nor I are), Dispensationalism (the same), and Wesleyanism (which he is, I’m not). The book is called The Problem with Evangelical Theology: […]

Today’s post will examine what the ancient Jewish sources tell us about how women and the legal system. First, what about Punishments and Judgments? Women were treated absolutely equally in matters pertaining to punishment. Because of Numbers 5:6 (where men […]

Luke 2:1-20 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their […]

This blogs of the week has been getting some attention of late, and I can’t possibly read everyone’s blog every day or week, so if you find something particularly worthy of note, let me know — and even if you […]

There was a stir recently when Emergent leaders announced they were meeting with some Jewish leaders. Here is the latest form of the press release for S3K, including names of those invited: LOS ANGELES, MINNEAPOLIS — Synagogue 3000 (S3K) and […]

James M. Robinson is perhaps the leading scholar in the world on the hypothetical source of the canonical Gospels called “Q.” He’s also a leading voice in the Jesus Seminar, which Seminar is not hypothetical but is instead the source […]

Every Christmas I read Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, and am in Stave 4 now. It is the story of a conversion from miserliness to generosity, from self-preoccupation to other-directedness. One assignment I give when I teach about conversion is […]