How Academic Research Supports Mission

Just about every December for the last few years, I have looked back over the paucity of blog activity in the calendar year, made some sort of apology to my audience (however wide or narrow it–or you–may be), and reflected on how very blessed I am as a professor to have so many outlets for creativity and thoughtful engagement. This year, nearly every post pertained to a sermon, a talk, or an academic publication. The one that did not–besides this one–hearkened back to earlier days when I would often share quotations from books that I was reading which were stimulating but too far above my level of full comprehension. (I’m much too busy and too prideful to do that, now–what would my students think if they realized I don’t understand everything I read?!)

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Sermon: Aukštas Bokštas (Tall Tower)

lkbThis is the audio (37:44, 51.2 MB) of a sermon preached at our Lithuania home church, Klaipėda Free Christian Church, on December 8. The sermon is titled, “Aukštas Bokštas,” and the main text is Genesis 11:1–9, the story of the Tower of Babylon.

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New Article in OTE

pageHeaderLogoImage_en_US[1]My article, based on last year’s presentation at the international meeting of the SBL (Helsinki, 2018), has just been published in OTE:

“‘Israel’s’ Only Son? The Complexity of Benjaminite Identity Between Judah and Joseph,” Old Testament Essays 32.3 (2019): 956–972. Continue reading

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Sermon: YHWH’s Glorious Images

This is the audio (20:32, 28.2 MB) of a sermon preached at LCC’s Wednesday chapel service entitled, “YHWH’s Glorious Images,” on November 13. The main text is Exodus 20:1-21. Continue reading

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Seminar: Hebrew Verbs and Minor Keys

Here is the audio (47:40, 34 MB) of a presentation I gave on September 17 at the first Theology Department Seminar, “Hebrew Verbs and Minor Keys: How a Hebrew Poetry Seminar Changed My Bass-Playing.” Continue reading

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Gunton on the Defects of Modernity

516NiFyEEqL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_[1]“…An account of relationality that gives due weight to both one and many, to both particular and universal, to both otherness and relation, is to be derived from the one place where they can satisfactorily be based, a conception of God who is both one and Three, whose being consists in a relationality that derives from the otherness-in-relation of Father, Son and Spirit.”

Colin Gunton, The One, the Three and the Many: God, Creation and the Culture of Modernity (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 6–7.

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New Article in EJT

ejt[1]My article, based on last year’s presentation at the meeting of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians, has recently been published in EJT:

“Technologising of Word and Sacrament: Deuteronomy 14:24–26 and Intermediation in Worship.” European Journal of Theology 28.1 (2019): 66–77.

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Sermon: The First Fruits of Resurrection

lcc-whiteThis is the audio (25:45, 19.2 MB) of a sermon preached at LCC’s International Christian Fellowship entitled, “The First Fruits of Resurrection,” at our Easter Sunday celebration (April 21). The main text is 1 Corinthians 15:20–28. Continue reading

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Extension and Projection of Self

I have not posted much in the way of substance at THTW in the last year or two. A quick glance over my archives reveals that I have posted 509 times since this blog’s founding in July 2008 (gee, I missed that decennial!)–so, an average of 45–50 posts per year. Of course, many of those are notifications or sharing of interesting links, not substantial pieces. In the seventeen months since I resumed teaching at LCC International University, I have posted only 25 times. Continue reading

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Sermon: Freedom (Colossians 2:16–23)

lcc-whiteThis is the audio (23:02, 31.6 MB) of a sermon preached at LCC’s International Christian Fellowship entitled, “Freedom,” in preparation for our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The text is Colossians 2:16–23. Continue reading

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