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A Theology of Hope

Posted on : April 30, 2014

For John Wesley, to faithfully follow Christ is to be dissatisfied with things as they are, especially one’s own heart and life. This dissatisfaction is fueled not only by the commands of God that we… Continue Reading

Building an Old Testament Library: Hosea — Malachi

Posted on : April 23, 2014

The earliest reference to the twelve Minor Prophets as a group occurs in Sir 49:10, dated 2nd century BCE: “May the bones of the Twelve Prophets send forth new life from where they lie, for… Continue Reading

A Day in the Life of a Pastor

Posted on : April 21, 2014

As I write this, I’m sitting on our church bus with other members; we’re returning from a dedication of a “Director’s Home” that our church funded, the first building on the site of a new… Continue Reading

Richard B. Hays

Posted on : April 16, 2014

Several years ago, I introduced a Festschrift in honor of Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament and Dean of Duke Divinity School, with these words: Perhaps no modern biblical scholar has… Continue Reading

The Joy of the Gospel

Posted on : April 14, 2014

I heard that during Obama’s visit to Rome this spring, Pope Francis gave him a copy of the Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. If Obama reads this document he may be surprised by… Continue Reading

Praying the Psalms (with Assistance from the Lord’s Prayer)

Posted on : April 9, 2014

The Psalter is the largest book in our Christian Bible. Divinely inspired, these 150 psalms have been formed though human engagement with the covenant-making God as revealed in the First Testament. The poets’ achievements demand… Continue Reading

Reframing “Original Sin”: A Frontier for Theology and Science (Part 2)

Posted on : April 4, 2014

In part one of this essay, I noted that Scripture shows little interest in tracing the origins of sin, and that the doctrine of original sin runs afoul of modern sensibilities. How are theologians formulating… Continue Reading

Reframing “Original Sin”: A Frontier for Theology and Science (Part 1)

Posted on : April 2, 2014

“Adam, What Have You Done?!” The OT, Gen 3 in particular, does not contemplate much the etiology of sin, nor the consequences of Adam and Eve’s mistrust and disobedience in Eden. In fact, Gary A.… Continue Reading
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January 23, 2023

“An abba said, ‘The prophets wrote books, then came our fathers, who put them into practice. Those who came after them learnt them by heart. Then came the present generation, who …

January 23, 2023

“An abba said, ‘The prophets wrote books, then came our fathers, who put them into practice. Those who came after them learnt them by heart. Then came the present generation, who …

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December 16, 2022

AFTE is now accepting scholarship applications for 2023. Applications and required supporting materials are due in the AFTE office no …

July 1, 2022

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to six doctoral students. The John Wesley Fellows …