Is N. T. Wright an “Apologist”?

Paul Holloway, who is Professor of New Testament at the University of the South, has written a much-publicized letter criticizing his institution for awarding an honorary doctorate to N. T. Wright. The letter begins by criticizing Wright’s stance on LGBT issues. Yet that, says Holloway, is not the real bone of contention he has with…

Unstable Origins in #UMC Doctrine, and a New Series of Posts

There are many people who labor under the mistaken impression that United Methodism is a non-doctrinal tradition. United Methodist identity, the argument goes, is constituted by a theological method rooted in a commitment to scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, but not in any particular claims about God, Christ, or salvation. This understanding of United Methodism…

The Cuban Methodist Revival

Earlier this month I had the privilege of traveling to Cuba with a group from United Theological Seminary. We accompanied a mission team from Trinity Family Life Center, a United Methodist Congregation in Pickerington, Ohio, led by Rev. Tim Burden. There aren’t sufficient words to describe what is happening there. On almost any night of the…

Rest In Peace, Dr. Borg

When I was a grad student, I was asked to pick up a world-famous author and professor from the airport, chauffer him back to campus, and make sure he had everything he needed during his visit to SMU. Of course, I knew who Marcus Borg was. I was a PhD student in New Testament. I…

So you think you're human

What is a human being? The answer really does matter….

Here is a paradox. Over the last thirty or forty years, we have invested an enormous amount of thought, emotion, treasure, and blood in what we call human values, human rights, the defence of human dignity and of human life. Over the same period, quietly  but devastatingly, science and philosophy have combined to undermine our traditional concept…

Church of the Nativity Grotto

Incarnation, Salvation, and Hope

I have a new post on the website for United Methodist Scholars for Christian Orthodoxy, a reflection on Christmas. I hope you find it meaningful:  Christmas is about many things to many people. For some people, it is about shopping and presents. For others, it is about spending time with family. For the orthodox believer,…