Humanities

Watch Ten of My Most Interesting and Controversial Lectures

Many of my blog readers often write me asking when and where I might be giving lectures. Although I do regularly lecture here in Charlotte and around the country, by far the most lecturing I do are the in-depth sessions at various Biblical Archaeology Society Seminars and their annual “Bible Fest” each year in a [...]...

Bringing in the Sheaves: The Shifting Meaning of Pentecost/Shavuot

The festival of Shavuot falls this Wednesday on the Jewish calendar, observed Tuesday sundown through Wednesday sundown. Shavuot in Hebrew literally means “weeks” or “sevens,” which refers to the seven weeks between Passover and what was originally a harvest celebration on the 50th day–also called the “feast of firstfruits” (Exodus 34:22). In Greek the festival is [...]...

So long, Pop South

All good things must come to an end.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I have retired from writing entries for Pop South.  Over the course of five years, I wrote more than 110 entries and, frankly, could do this full time.  But I teach, and have been writing another book, and now must support it.  I’m also writing on different topics over on my author blog.  Join me there, if you wish.  I plan to maintain this site for the foreseeable future, so that students and others...

Monday Missive – May 22, 2017

Award-Winning Educators — Our English Department has a long and distinguished history of preparing future public school teachers and administrators.  Once such former student is Tisha Greene, who received both her BA in English and her MA in English Education from our department.   She is currently the principal of  the Oakhurst STEAM Academy, and she has just received the 2017 Outstanding Administrator Award from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and...

The Top Seven Fateful Passages in the New Testament (5) “Rulers Are God’s Servants”

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influence has often emerged from single passages with far-ranging consequences:   Let every person be subject to [...]...

Monday Missive – May 29, 2017

Aunt Lou has a winning hand!

Angie Williams and Her Aunt Lou — Last Friday, a little before midnight, I received an email from Angie informing me that her Aunt Lou had passed away earlier that evening.  She was 92 years of age.

Angie’s sad news did not come as a surprise, for I knew that her Aunt Lou had been receiving hospice care for about a month.   I knew about her Aunt Lou’s struggles with cancer and dementia.  I knew about her Aunt Lou’s love of poker...

A Few Radio Appearances

I did some longform radio appearances this spring. Here is an interview I did on Southern Wonder, a program on Charlotte Community Radio. I talked mostly about my research and writing. Here is my appearance on NPR’s On Point, discussing......

The Top Seven Fateful Passages in the New Testament (7) “Salvation only in Jesus”

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influence has often emerged from single passages with far-ranging consequences: And there is salvation in no one [...]...

The Top Seven Fateful Passages in the New Testament (6) “Look to the Things Unseen”

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influence has often emerged from single passages with far-ranging consequences: We look not to the things that [...]...

The Top Seven Fateful Passages in the New Testament (4) “Slaves, Obey your Masters in Everything”

The New Testament has been the most influential collection of documents in history. Taken by both commoners and those in power as the inspired and infallible  “Word of God,” and interpreted ofttimes outside its historical context, its fateful influence has often emerged from single passages with far-ranging consequences: Slaves, obey in everything those who are [...]...
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