the identity crisis of christ

In this world, Jesus has no identity that would have been meaningful for a first-century person. He is estranged from his family, chased from his home, had his mentor murdered and had a gentile woman ...

Clearing the Heir

Clearing the Heir: A Critical Examination of Ernst Herzfeld’s Reading of Dan 7.13 In his massive two-volume, 851-page tome on Zoroaster published in 1947, German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld assigne...

The Prodigal Son

Sundays when I was little, our beleaguered mother—divorced, in school, raising three kids—put us on the church bus, put a roast in the crock pot, and settled in for a couple of hours of respite. S...

The Joshua Delusion

Review: Douglas S. Earl, The Joshua Delusion? Rethinking Genocide in the Bible. Eugene: Cascade, 2010. Paperback. 190 pages. $22.00. ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-892-0. Buy this book here. My thanks to Wipf a...

The Old Rugged Cross

My drama teacher in high school taught me how to play the blues and drink my coffee black (he probably would have taught me to chain smoke, too, but I took a pass). I’ve also been a church musi...

If Christ Has Not Been Raised

One axiom that I hear all the time is that if the Bible is false, or is not self-evidentially true, or there is no God, or there was no resurrection, that we are wasting our time, and we might as well...

Belief in the Immanent Frame

There’s a riveting scene in the film Amadeus where Salieri, deeply envious of Mozart’s talent, is so angry at God that he removes the crucifix from his wall and burns it in the fire, swea...

Living on Hope While Living in Babylon

Living on Hope While Living in Babylon: The Christian Anarchists of the 20th Century by Tripp York Wipf and Stock / $17.00 US (list) [Amazon] [Wipf and Stock] The publication of Tripp York’s Livi...

Fringe Faith

I resonate with the identity of Religion at the Margins – the fringe, the heretics, the outliers. And I have a penchant to like underdog views, and underdog composers in music. If I was more int...