How is Jesus, God with us?

One of the things often overlooked in many people’s understanding of Scripture is the difference between Christ and Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, as if His name could’ve just as easily been Jesus Smith, or Jesus Johnson. (If we're actually looking for His last name, it was likely ben Yosef.) The word Christ … Continue reading How is Jesus, God with us?

A Different Lens – The “Other”

Let us begin with a question: Who is the person, or type of person, that is easiest for you to write off as unimportant...or perhaps dispensable? I cannot remember a cultural climate like the present where people and their perspectives are dismissed so easily. We apply a single label to describe someone which then grants us permission … Continue reading A Different Lens – The “Other”

A Different Lens

One of the most significant challenges I face as a pastor and teacher – whether in church or in academic settings – is helping people to learn how to read the Bible through different lenses than those to which they are accustomed and to discuss divinity in often uncomfortable ways. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue reading A Different Lens

A Restorative Work of Art for Easter

In preparation for Palm Sunday, I shared A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week. The painting I focused on is the central panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grunewald in France, in the year 1515. Grunewald was commissioned to depict Jesus in a way that was uniquely relatable to the patients of Isenheim, … Continue reading A Restorative Work of Art for Easter

A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week

The unexpected always seems to happen when you least expect it. Deep, huh? There I was, slogging (and whining) through my civic duty, when I met a new friend who just happened to be a curator for my favorite museum in Tulsa. I was fortunate to not only make a new art acquaintance, but also one … Continue reading A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week