The Anointing at Bethany

Today is Wednesday in Holy Week, a day traditionally used to commemorate Mary's anointing of Jesus at Bethany (John 12:1-8). Mary's act of breaking the alabaster jar and pouring the ointment on Jesus' feet is "wasteful" and "useless," to use Malcolm Guite's description, and Judas chastises Mary for exactly that. But, as Guite goes on … Continue reading The Anointing at Bethany


Is There an Application in this Text?

No. Or at least, if what we mean by "application" is "something practical," then the answer is often, "no, not immediately so." I was listening to the radio this morning and there was an ad for some kind of art foundation. The tag line was "art works." No it doesn't. Art isn't supposed to "work." … Continue reading Is There an Application in this Text?

Pietism, Anti-Intellectualism, and Doctrinal Disputes

Over the last 2 weeks - has it really been that long?? - the Trinity discussion/debate/deathmatch has raged like a wildfire through certain corners of the blogosphere. I've been heavily invested, as have others. One trend that I do not think has been adequately addressed but that I have repeatedly taken note of is a … Continue reading Pietism, Anti-Intellectualism, and Doctrinal Disputes

Jason Hood on Michael Bird (Luke Wisley)

At the beginning of June, Jason Hood posted some reflections on what he learned from Michael Bird as his doctoral supervisor. Jason's post really resonated with me, so I thought I would repost two of his thoughts with my own reflections. * MASTER your content; being a GENERALIST, a category I learned about from Michael and something to which I … Continue reading Jason Hood on Michael Bird (Luke Wisley)

C.S. Lewis as a ‘Man of Letters’ rather than Scholar

As many are quite aware, this year marks the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis' death and there have been various functions in Cambridge to commemorate his life and work since moving here in October. In whatever time has alloted this term, I have been trying to read more Lewis and books about him. Recently I read … Continue reading C.S. Lewis as a ‘Man of Letters’ rather than Scholar

Old Testament Law and Living Biblically

Christopher Wright has an article over at Christianity Today on reading Old Testament law and the Christian life. The starting place for his article are two recent books: A.J. Jacobs' The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and Rachel Held Evans' A Year of Biblical Womanhood which show how … Continue reading Old Testament Law and Living Biblically

Maundy Thursday Prayer

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one … Continue reading Maundy Thursday Prayer

Morning Prayer

DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness … Continue reading Morning Prayer