"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" (Heb. 12:1-3).

On Believing in Christianity and Science: Stephen Hawking Dies at 76

Science and Christianity have always been an interesting mix. You can believe in one, or the other, or both. Hawking only believed in science...

Remembering Billy Graham, the Modesto Manifesto 70 Years Later

As an aspiring scholar at Taylor Seminary (Canada) more than a decade ago, I vividly remember my enthusiasm in writing a biographical-paper assignment on Billy Graham—I greatly admired Billy, and it was an opportunity for me to know more about him...

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Remembering Billy Graham and Evangelical Christianity

We will always remember Billy as one of the great historical figures of evangelical Christianity. Indeed, America has never seen a religious icon of such influence and authority as Billy. He served the American people and many other people in the world in various ways...

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Which languages did Jesus speak? On what occasions were Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin spoken in that ancient community? Was Jesus multilingual? These questions have had biblical scholars searching for answers since the sixteenth century until today...

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Book Highlight: Revisiting Aspect and Aktionsart by Francis G.H. Pang (Brill, 2016)

The study of the relationship between aspect and Aktionsart has for a long time been studied by linguists and grammarians...

Social Justice and “The Bible and Social Justice” (Wipf & Stock, 2015)

The Gospel narratives tell us that Jesus of Nazareth was a prime advocate of social justice.He fed the hungry, healed the sick, comforted the lonely, and helped the needy...

Modern Linguistic Theories and Modeling Biblical Language (Brill, 2016)

Modern linguistic theories have not been a popular interpretive tool in biblical studies up until perhaps recently. In fact, it is fair to say that many biblical scholars are still ignorant of them or at least hesitant to use them in studying the text of the Bible...

“Did Jesus Really Exist?” and Social Memory (co-authored with S.E. Porter)

Brian Bethune, in a recent article, “Did Jesus Really Exist,” published in Maclean’s Magazine(28 March/4 April 2016), writes, “The reason Biblical historians cannot find even the outline of a historical Jesus, argues an increasingly persuasive chorus of challengers, is that there is nothing to find: Jesus Christ never lived at all” (39). Here we go again...

Commemorating the 200th Birthday of Constantine Tischendorf

This article might have come a bit late for its stated title, but it is nevertheless never late for commemorating the life and work of this important, but perhaps much neglected, scholar who was responsible for providing the primary manuscript basis of the Greek New Testament Bible scholars use today...

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism

In this post, I wish to introduce the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism (JGRChJ) to authors and scholars who may wish to publish their work on any subject related to Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism...

New Book: The Multilingual Jesus and the Sociolinguistic World of the NT (Brill, 2015)

This book is my very first monograph that has just been published recently. It is broadly a study of the sociolinguistic contexts of the speech communities of first-century Palestine and, more specifically, a study of the use of the languages of those speech communities and of Jesus...

Good Scholars Cite Their Sources and Cite Them Well! Or Do They?

In my previous post, I talked about what it takes or what it means to be a good scholar. I thought that that post was an important reflection upon what good scholarship should be, especially from someone who has just finished his PhD degree and assumed his first career job. I particularly listed in that post five essential criteria of good scholarship...

Good Scholar, Bad Scholar—Which One Are We?

I remembered how my Old Testament professor used to greet us at the start of class with something like “Hello, comrades” or “Hello, fellow scholars.” This occurred back in the time when I was studying towards my MTS degree...

Is the Gospel Good News? The 2015 Bingham Colloquium

I recently (June 4–5) attended the 2015 Bingham Colloquium at McMaster Divinity College (MDC), Hamilton, ON, Canada...

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Learning a Bit of Greek through Worship in the New Testament

I recently received my PhD in Christian Theology (New Testament), and I was fortunate to have been offered right away a teaching and editing job by my institution...

Blessed Be the Pastor that Gives!

It can be hard to fathom that this dominical saying, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’, is actually directed to pastors—the guardians and overseers of the church of God. But the context of Acts 20:17–38...

"Wait in Hope for the Lord"! Don't Trust in Other "Things" (Isaiah 40:31)

In this article, I wish to preach a little sermon about quoting a Bible verse and Isa 40:31...

Not for "Grown-Ups" but for "Babies"! The Meaning of Colossians 4.6

In the movie Grown Ups 2, Sally quizzes her son, Bean, on his math skills. Bean is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer...

Pressing on toward the Goal of "Suffering for Christ" (Phil 3:14)

People don't really want to hear or talk about suffering. Suffering is repugnant and painful...

What Is There to "Taste and See" in God's Goodness according to Psalm 34:8?

Every so often we are asked to think about and reflect upon God's goodness in our life...

UECL: My Church, My Family...but also...God's Church, God's Family

A church's golden (or fiftieth) anniversary celebration always counts as an historical milestone–an achievement that is praiseworthy and glorifying to the Almighty...

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