The Bible and Culture
April 2006 Archives

Sometimes movies get it just right. This is one of those cases. It would be hard to imagine a better told family tale of overcoming obstacles to excel than this movie. It is PG rated (apparently because the movie has …Read More

The following was an expository sermon delivered today 4/25/06 in Estes Chapel at Asbury Seminary by my esteemed colleague Dr. David Bauer, also a professor of Biblical studies. This message is rich in thought-provoking material which I find myself agreeing …Read More

May 19th lurks just around the corner and I have just returned from yet another Da Vinci Code seminar, this one in Burlington, N.C. a town of about 50,000. 2,000 of them turned out for the event! The anticipation, angst, …Read More

Even before the expected time, my new book of sermons with Eerdmans, Incandescence has now come into print. This volume is a collaborative effort between Ellsworth Kalas, one of our homileticians who wrote the introductory essay on preaching, J.D. Walt …Read More

The word Easter comes to us from the word eastern and easterly—as in the direction the western worshipper should be facing when he thinks of the source of his redemption in Jerusalem. It has been said that Christians are by …Read More

This is the final installment of a four part critique of James Tabor’s new book. For whatever reasons, scholars often seem to enjoy setting up contrasts between Jesus and his followers, particularly Paul. Tabor is one who fits this mold. …Read More

This is the third of four posts on James Tabor’s new book— The Jesus Dynasty Here is where I say that Tabor needs to realize that the historical Jesus could very well have viewed himself in a divine as well …Read More

This is the second of four posts on James Tabor’s interesting new study—“The Jesus Dynasty”– blessed Good Friday to one and all. ——————Here it is in order to point out a fundamental problem with Tabor’s approach to the sayings material …Read More

There is much in the news today of relevance to the study of Jesus. For example, there is now an article in the NY Times about the money and dealings which led to the National Geographic even having the Gospel …Read More

According to John 12 it actually started before the Last Supper. Judas did not like the way things were going at the beginning of Passover week A.D. 30, and objected to the extravagance of Mary’s anointing Jesus feet with the …Read More