Which Disciple Are You?

A few days ago I finally gave in and submitted my answers to a rather unusual (ok, I will admit it: somewhat bizarre) quiz making the rounds on social media.  If you have a sense of humor and enough patience to answer ten questions, then you can learn which one  of Jesus' disciples you are most like. It turns out that, according to my responses to this quiz, my New Testament alter ego is Saint Jude. So What? While being asked to choose a color and choose a month as a part of the quiz Read More …

The Bible in 4 Minutes

Chuck Knows Church is an educational resource funded by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.  Every Thursday, a somewhat goofy yet always personable, pastoral and knowledgeable man named Chuck shares a new 2-4 minute YouTube video on a basic topic related to Christianity.  The site now features a library of over 40 videos with past topics that include Advent wreath, baptismal font, candles, and doxology. Recently, Chuck provided an overview of the Bible in 4 Read More …

Review of Evolution of the Word

Meet the Author Marcus Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  He is also professor emeritus in the philosophy department at Oregon State University, where he was the Hundere Chair in Religion until his retirement in 2007.  Borg is among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity.  He is best known for his work as a fellow in the Jesus Seminar, his biblical scholarship, and as the author of over twenty books.  His most recent Read More …

Review of the Power of Parable

Meet the Author John Dominic Crossan "is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world."  He has been a professor of religious studies at DePaul University since 1969 and currently serves that institution as professor emeritus. Over the last forty years Crossan has written over twenty-five books on the historical Jesus, earliest Christianity, and the historical Paul.  Some of his best-sellers include God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now; The Historical Read More …

Declining Biblical Literacy

Almost everyone agrees that Americans are not very religiously literate.  While lacking basic knowledge of the world's great religions, Americans typical know more about Christianity. Last week the Barna Group reported on research it undertook for a noteworthy client: the American Bible Society.  The following snapshot shows how people responded to some basic questions about Christianity: So What? John 3:16 has been among the most popular signs at American professional football Read More …

The Abbreviated Sermon on the Mount

Drew Willard, pastor of the United Church of Christ of the Villages, FL, will be leading a session on Biblical storytelling, entitled "The Three Point Sermon on the Mount,"  on July 3 at the United Church of Christ's General Synod.  Recently he shared what he calls "the Cliff Notes of the Sermon on the Mount" with some of the folks in the Florida Conference: You have heard that it was said, "One Way," but I say to you, "God is still speaking..." Don't pray, donate or serve just for show, Read More …