Old Testament; who cares?

At Westminster Reads we’ have read our way through the book of Hebrews and that has me thinking about how important understanding the Old Testament is if we want to really understand the New Testament. Sometimes Christians think of the Old Testament as unimportant or irrelevant or obsolete or worse still replaced even superseded by the New Testament. […]

Dishonesty is the best policy?

If we all named our favorite parable, I’d bet that the parable of the Dishonest Steward is not on anyone’s list.  It’s a difficult parable.   What is going on in this parable?  Joel B. Green in his commentary on Luke reminds us that we ought not to read this parable allegorically; that is trying to […]

Jesus’ Birth and the Emperor

First an apology. Last week I said I would post some resources and clearly I didn’t. I had internet connection problems over the past week that now, I’m glad to say, are resolved. This week I would like to think about religion in the Roman Empire in the first century BCE. Of course people write entire books […]