Welcoming Brandon Smith to Biblical Reasoning

On behalf of the two Luke’s (both of whom, oddly enough, are technically “Lucas”…), I’d like to welcome my friend Brandon Smith to the blog. It’s a shame he doesn’t have a Gospel writer somewhere in his name. Oh well.

Brandon is moving his blogging efforts here after spending a number of years writing elsewhere, most recently at Patheos. He is pursuing a PhD at Ridley College under the direction of Mike Bird on a Trinitarian reading of the book of Revelation. Brandon is also the editorial director for a project Luke Stamps and I both are passionate about, the Center for Baptist Renewal. I’m excited to have Brandon here given our many shared interests and longtime friendship.

A New Contributor – Luke Stamps

I’m happy to say that my good friend Luke Stamps will be joining the blogging efforts here. Luke holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and wrote a dissertation on dyothelitism under Dr. Stephen Wellum. Luke also teaches Christian Studies with me in OPS at Cal Baptist, is an avid Auburn fan, and is from Alabama…so basically completely awesome like someone else who writes for this blog. Unfortunately I’m outnumbered by Luke’s now, even more so since that’s also my brother’s name. Oh well. We’ve updated the tagline slightly to account for Luke joining us – instead of “biblical theology according to the Scriptures,” it’s now “biblical and systematic theology according to the Scriptures.” Happy blogging, Luke, and we’re glad you’re joining us.

New Year’s Resolutions

Well it’s 2012, and apparently the Mayans want us all dead. Since it’s our last 350 odd days on earth, here are my resolutions:

  1. Develop a consistent family worship time.
  2. Memorize Philippians and Ephesians.
  3. Read through the Pentateuch in Hebrew and the Gospels in Greek (stole this from my bro-in-law…he said “read through the Hebrew Bible…he crazy…).
  4. Write 5 book reviews and 3 articles.
  5. Blog once a week.
  6. Eat less fried stuff and fast food, drink more water.
  7. Be more Kingdom conscious in my spending.
  8. And last but obviously most importantly, love my wife, children, and God more than I did last year.

The first four are quantitative, and thus I can measure my progress. They’re also, though, the easier of the four to accomplish because of that. I hope, though, that they will help me with the all important #8.

#5 gives me a target for this site, although I doubt I will live up to it. I’m going to try and plan ahead for this year…

#s 6 and 7 are in there just because I’ve gained probably 15 pounds since Turkey Day and I splurge too much on books and such.

Thanks Dr. Black!

Thanks to Dr. Dave Black for his shout out this morning:

6:45 AM Please join me in welcoming Matt Emerson, one of my seminary colleagues, to the blogosphere. His blog is called Intertextual Interpretation. You won’t believe his first post.

Although I’m not really sure how to take that last sentence! 🙂

Dr. Black was my Greek teacher in seminary, and in addition to being a brilliant Greek scholar and teacher, he’s a walking example of Christian humility and brotherly love.