Called to Contribute

After what has been a long journey through general human and Christian vocations and the callings to maturity and individuation, we come at last to a discussion of the specific ways we are able to live out our callings in practical, day-to-day life. In each of the previous posts, we’ve seen that all of the … Continue reading Called to Contribute

The Power of Story: Narrative Criticism

By the late 1970s, Christian theology and biblical studies appeared to be at an impasse. On the one hand, historical criticism in its various guises was still going strong; for example E.P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism was published in 1977, introducing the revolutionary ‘New Perspective on Paul’. But on the other hand, the Evangelical … Continue reading The Power of Story: Narrative Criticism

‘As it is written’: How the New Testament reads the Bible

Over the past two thousand years, Christians have interpreted their Scriptures in many different ways. These different interpretive methods and traditions didn’t arise out of nowhere, however. For the most part, Christians have used the methodologies of the cultures in which they’ve lived. But, they have also done this within an interpretive trajectory that began … Continue reading ‘As it is written’: How the New Testament reads the Bible

Jesus and the Stories We Tell: A Reflection on Luke 13.1-9

It will come as no shock to any of you to say that we are in a low moment in terms of public discourse. Everything seems to go from zero to furious in about two seconds. As discouraging as this is, it’s nothing new. There seems to be nothing more human than exaggerating the details … Continue reading Jesus and the Stories We Tell: A Reflection on Luke 13.1-9

Transfigured Lives: A Reflection on Luke 9.28-36 and 2 Corinthians 3.12-4.2

Today marks the last Sunday before the start of Lent. It’s therefore also the end of a wonderfully leisurely season after Epiphany (because a late Easter has given us two extra weeks before Lent this year). Today also marks the fourth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, an event which has further destabilized a … Continue reading Transfigured Lives: A Reflection on Luke 9.28-36 and 2 Corinthians 3.12-4.2