Some noodlings and otherwise, un-properly documented quotes (no doubt) thus far… Clark, Chap, and Steve Rabey. 2009. When Kids Hurt: Help for Adults Navigating the Adolescent Maze. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. Clark, Chap. 2011. Hurt 2.0: Inside the Worlds of Today’s Teenagers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. Elkind, David. 2007. The Hurried Child: Growing […]Read more "Reflecting on Chap Clark’s Idea of Abandonment"
Here are the makings of an omlette “in process” for an upcoming conference and article. Adolescents, Social Capital, and the Restorative Power of Speech: The Promise of Engaging the Bible through Socio-Cultural Lenses for Youth Ministry Adolescents create social environments of safety and belonging – “tribes apart” or “worlds beneath” – in response to an […]Read more "Adolescents, Social Capital, and Jesus’ Restorative Speech"
My latest post on adolescents and competition signaled a change. I’ve decided to (finally) change the title of this blog from Jesus and the Gospels: The Search for a Culturally Plausible Jesus, to Jesus, the Gospels, and Ministry: The Search for a Relevant Jesus since my interests have over the past year inclined more directly […]Read more "Blog Title Change!"
Youthworker Journal’s January/February edition was devoted to “The Wisdom of Slow-ness,” a phrase I first heard back in 1997 studying Jurgen Moltmann. Although I suspect none of the articles in this edition of Youthworker were inspired by Moltmann’s theology, I was nevertheless glad to see that the problem of our hurried lives that we plug […]Read more "Killing our Kids with Competition"
To get to the hard copy edition CLICK HERE to get to Amazon.com! My book is now available in a Kindle Edition. CLICK HERE for that. “Daniels turns our attention from the sayings of Jesus to what others said about him. This stimulating analysis of gossip about Jesus highlights his depiction in John 1-12 […]Read more "Gossiping Jesus is now a Kindle Edition"
An activity I pulled with a small group of students to help experience memory, storytelling, and inscripturation. The results below are fantastic! Three eyewitnesses “observed” a generative event (a scene from the 1981 movie EXCALIBUR – that, btw, should have won Oscar for best picture! The Youtube clip above is only 4.5 minutes out of […]Read more "Memory – Storytelling – Traditioning Exercise"
As a follow-up to my June 4 post about the relevancy of historical Jesus research for the Church, or not, I offer this further reflection. It seems to me that despairing the idea that we only have access to interpretations that, some think, can never approach the “historical Jesus,” misses the point of it all. […]Read more "“What sort of man,” this Jesus of Nazareth?"
At the risk of seeming like I’m fixating on Scot McKnight, here’s another entry about something he wrote. [My present interests lie less with McKnight and more with what is being dubbed “the demise of the authenticity paradigm” in historical Jesus studies. McKnight happens to have a very accessible chapter in a recent collection of […]Read more "Is the “historical Jesus” useless to the Church?"
How research in ancient speech & talk sheds light on Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees in the Gospels is something that is still emerging in biblical studies. From time-to-time, one finds articles about Jesus and the Pharisees in journals, magazines, and online blogs that would have benefitted from considering ancient Mediterranean social processes like gossip […]Read more "Jesus’ Labeling of the Pharisees: A Brief Response to Scot McKnight"