No real accomplishment or contribution to human society and learning is ever made in isolation by a single person. While it is still way too early to claim anything remotely approaching scholarly consensus around my discovery of the First Gospel and reconstruction of the Third Gospel, I would still like up front to thank many people who made my scholarly journey possible. These thanks are by no means an indication of any endorsement of my work or views. They are instead simply my heartfelt expressions of gratitude for what others have brought and meant to me.Read More »
Last night I was at the place of a friend in Long Beach who is a sheriff in Orange County. Great guy. Intellectually curious. Well-read. Knows his scholars (he mentioned Bart Ehrman by name, actually).Read More »
Thought I might as well self-publish this as well. I’m happy for publishers to know exactly what I’m up to.
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I personally am a Christian. I’m proud to have been baptized as a Christian and to have served as a minister in a Black Church for four years. I’m proud to have taught at Christian colleges and seminaries. I’m proud to have spent my whole adult life studying the Jewish and Christian scriptures. They are so, so amazing.Read More »
I’ve been emailing back and forth a bit the last few days with my friend and academic colleague, Dieter Roth, the world’s leading expert on the study of Marcion and his texts. We met at a conference at KU Leuven a few years back, one graciously hosted by Joseph Verheyden and John Kloppenborg. It was such a wonderful gathering. I’ve let Dieter know that I value our scholarly friendship and eagerly welcome his feedback. He said he’s working on a response.Read More »
As our society confronts its history of systemic racism, I am finding the courage to speak my truth and tell my story publicly for the first time.
I’m bisexual.Read More »
Recently through the grapevine I heard about the passing of Phil Wallack. I knew Phil as the devoted husband of my pastor, Alice Piggee-Wallack, under whom I served as an associate pastor for four years at the church she planted, True Light Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Missouri.Read More »
In our Academic Senate meetings at CSUF, we sometimes pause to have a moment of silence for CSUF faculty who have passed. While not overtly religious, it is a beautiful and meaningful ritual and tradition.
I can’t help but think about the many persons who never had an opportunity to be part of our community because of systemic injustice, and that we also have a solemn duty to be vigilant in remembering them.Read More »
My three children and I were part of the March for Our Lives rally yesterday in Santa Ana.Read More »
Coming up on the halfway mark, and almost done with our first round of research lenses! I’m super proud of this class for the great work you are doing. I’ve seen a lot of growth in your research and writing skills as regards New Testament studies, and you’re only going to get more awesome as the semester continues!Read More »