Tag Archives: Peter

Encounter the Bible’s Foreign Characters at Calvary Church

Announcing five new speaking engagements: Encountering the Bible’s Foreign Characters When: Sundays, June 19-July 17, 2016 at 10:15 – 11 AM (Please also join us for Calvary Church’s contemporary service after the class 11AM-12PM) Where: Calvary Church, 2120 Lexington Ave N., Roseville, MN 55113 Together we will explore the where, when and how of the […]

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Experiencing Passion week with Ancient Eyes

Two thousand Easter Sundays after the first it can be difficult to imagine the sweep of emotions, feelings and thoughts that went through the minds of the disciples that first passion week. For us, the end is already known. It is more or less always in sight as we experience our modern passion weeks. We […]

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Every house in 1st century Israel needed a tekton. Do you?

Most people, who know me personally, know that I come from a family of craftsmen, my grandfathers were machinists and carpenters, my father is a concrete mason, my brother is a stone and brick mason. Since the age of fifteen I have spent nearly every summer working alongside them, augmenting and building homes for our […]

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Judas: Villain or Guest of Honor?

For most of us, Judas Iscariot is the great villain of the passion narrative, but for Jesus, Judas was the guest of honor. We know this because of one seemingly innocuous detail that every gospel writer chose to include when discussing the last days of Jesus.  At the Last supper, Jesus and the twelve disciples […]

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Why I search … God Inspired Hard Texts

There is a question that I run into all the time. Sometimes it is asked explicitly: “Aren’t you asking too much of believers; doesn’t the plain truth of scripture make knowing all this archaeological and historical material unnecessary?” Sometimes it’s not so explicit. Sometimes it’s a quiet nod followed by a  “Hmm … that’s interesting […]

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