The Demonic in the Mundane

Whenever I talk about the powers and authorities in Paul’s letters, a lively discussion typically ensues involving all aspects of the heavenly realm and its mysteries.  We’re fascinated by angelic and demonic activity and the interface between physical and spiritual realities. After introducing Ephesians last night, I enjoyed a few animated conversations about these very […]

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U2 Conference in 2013

My former colleague Scott Calhoun sent out a call for papers for the next U2 conference, which takes place next April at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I’m especially interested in the intersection of pop culture and biblical studies/theology, and for a number of reasons, U2’s discography is an especially fruitful […]

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The Apostle Paul, Community Organizer?

A few weeks ago I wondered about the images we have of Paul the Apostle.  We can’t help but construct him in our imaginations and we do so in terms of modern jobs, careers, and ministry roles.  These images shape how we read his letters and regard his central concerns. I’ve heard evangelists talk about […]

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Public Lectures on Ephesians

The Thursday Evening Bible Class is a longstanding tradition at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  Each fall semester a faculty member offers a class to which the public is welcome. This semester I’m teaching Ephesians and we begin this Thursday.  If you’re in the area, you’re very welcome to attend!  There’s no cost and the class […]

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Politics & the God of Israel

In his book The God of Israel and Christian Theology, Kendall Soulen argues that God’s ways with Israel must shape how we think theologically.  God called Israel to be a distinct people with an alternative national way of life, and they were to be the agents of God’s blessing for all the nations of the […]

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Prayer for the Weekend

  “Surely, Lord, it is not I?” So often we know even before we ask that it is.   We, like Judas, like all the disciples, like every disciple who has ever lived, have betrayed Jesus for the most trifling of rewards.   May we, too, feel the burn of Jesus’ eyes as he speaks […]

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Conference on Christianity & Politics

If you’re in West Michigan on October 15th, plan to attend the day conference at GRTS on Christian civic engagement. I’m very pleased to participate in this along with two excellent scholars. Amy Black teaches political science at Wheaton College and has written Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and […]

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Los Angeles Theology Conference

With the number of theological schools in the Southwest and especially in Southern California, the Los Angeles Theology Conference seems like something that should have been going on for some time already. The first of several planned conferences is focused on Christology, and it boasts an impressive lineup. Check out the press release from Zondervan, […]

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For Your Consideration . . .

My friend and colleague in New Testament studies, Michael Pahl, has a new blog: Rustlings in the Grass. First, a warning: Michael is Canadian.  He is, however, a seriously thoughtful Christian person who writes with a  wonderfully light touch.  His posts have been thought-provoking and very interesting, so do make his blog a regular stop! […]

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A ‘Visitor’ at GRTS

The winner of last year’s ArtPrize contest, “Crucifixion,” by Mia Tavonatti, is on display in the lobby of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  They installed it today and it is just stunning. It’s a stained glass mosaic and is most certainly worth a visit to the seminary building to have a look. Here’s a glimpse of […]

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