The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant – Matt 18:21-3

First off I just have to ask: Don’t you feel sorry for Peter sometimes?  My heart really goes out to him.  It seems like he is always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.  Peter was at the Transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus and Peter deftly offers to pitch a tent […]

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Thoughts on Bonhoeffer and The Cost of Discipleship

It would not be an exaggeration to say that The Cost of Discipleship has made a larger impact on my life than any other book save the Bible itself.  Although the concept of radical discipleship is in vogue in our contemporary setting, when Bonhoeffer wrote The Cost of Discipleship, this was certainly not the case.  […]

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Formation – A Brief Reflection

Along with middle-age has come bifocals, muscles that take longer to recover than they used to, and a profound sense that, contrary to prior assumptions, I am not going to live forever after all.  Nonetheless, one of the few nice things about being middle-aged is that by the time one has reached his forties, he […]

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Deuteronomy and the Literature of the Ancient Near East

Thesis and Scope A central concern of exegetical pursuits is to discover the historical and cultural Sitz im Leben of the biblical text in order to properly interpret Scripture.  The field of comparative studies of the cultures of the ancient Near East is critical to understanding the historical-cultural and socio-political context from which the Scriptures […]

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