Interview

I did an interview a while back for Christine Henderson for her writer’s blog (TheWriteChris) to discuss how I write and manage time. The links are below. If you’re a budding writer, I encourage you to check out the rest of her blog. Interview Main blog site     [Pen image by Guillaume Carels (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliceinw/227116873/), via Wikimedia Commons]

Reflections on Psalm 46

River

I recently preached a short homily on Psalm 46.  The following are my notes on the Psalm, divided in the historical context, literary context, theological insights, and contemporary application.   Historical Context The superscription of the psalm says, “To the choirmaster.  A psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth.  A song” (NASB).  The sons of Korah were Levites …

Early Christianity and Today

Rocks

I’ve been reading a book by Rodney Stark called “The Rise of Christianity.”  Stark is a sociologist by training, so he approaches the subject from this perspective.  He traces the rise of Christianity during the first few centuries AD. There are a number of points he makes that are thought-provoking for our present context.  Stark notes that the Roman culture …

Review of Zealot – Fourth Installment

Zealot

This is the fourth installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the previous installments here: http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-second-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-third-installment/   I’ve already covered Parts I and II of Aslan’s book, so this installment begins with Aslan’s prologue to Part III. Most of his prologue is centered around the martyrdom of the disciple Stephen, mentioned in Acts 6 …

Review of Zealot – Third Installment

Zealot

This is the third installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the first and second installments here: http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-second-installment/   The second installment covered Part I of the book, and this installment begins with Aslan’s prologue to Part II. In his prologue to Part II, Aslan tries to paint Jesus as a “zealot,” using the word …