The Teaching of the Apostles

November 18, 2019

As renewed Israel gathered daily in the temple, they listened to the teaching of the apostles, and they committed themselves to that teaching. The apostles were mentored by Jesus for three years during his earthly ministry, and during forty days after his resurrection, Jesus taught the apostles about the good news of the kingdom of […]

Formation of Community: Assembly

November 14, 2019

On the day of Pentecost, three thousand people were baptized into a new community. They embraced the good news of Jesus the Messiah whom God had raised from the dead and exalted to the throne of David. In its early days, thousands were added to this community, including priests and Pharisees. The restoration of Israel […]

Invitation into Community: Baptism

November 11, 2019

Filled with the Spirit, Peter, on the day of Pentecost, proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God. Jesus was a prophet attested by God through many signs, but the ruling powers crucified him. Though humanity killed Jesus through the hands of the unjust, God raised Jesus from the dead. Peter himself, along with […]

The Pouring Out of the Spirit

November 10, 2019

One hundred and twenty disciples, men and women, were gathered in a room waiting for the promised Holy Spirit who would empower them to bear witness to the ends of the earth to the reign of God’s Messiah. Finally, their waiting came to end. God poured out the Spirit upon them, and they were each […]

New Publication: Anchors for the Soul

November 5, 2019

This is a second edition of a book published in 2001. I have updated it, and now it includes a video course, an audiobook, and a journal to accompany the reading of the chapters. I hope you will take a look. “Anchors for the Soul” chronicles my story, interweaving a biblical theology of suffering without […]

The Renewal of Israel

November 4, 2019

Only seven weeks ago the future looked bleak. The one whom they thought was the Messiah was dead. The disciples of Jesus hid in fear, and their spirits were broken. They had lost all hope. But that changed when God raised Jesus from the dead, and Jesus appeared to his disciples on different occasions over […]

The Messiah Establishes Kingdom Priorities

November 2, 2019

Theodrama 41. As Jesus taught in the temple courts, his opponents confronted him with a series of questions. Jesus had enraged the temple authorities when he cleansed the Court of the Gentiles from merchandizers. They questioned his actions and authority. The hostile questions intended to subvert his popularity or endanger his life. In the Gospel of […]

New Creation

October 31, 2019

Creation is good, but new creation is better. The present creation, though it retains its inherent goodness, is presently frustrated because it is bound over to corruption. It awaits something better; it awaits a glorious liberation. The present bondage will pass away even as the creation itself is gloriously transfigured when the new heaven and […]

The Messiah Enthroned as Lord

October 28, 2019

Jesus, resurrected from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father, is the fountainhead of new humanity. He is new humanity and thus the ground of new creation. Jesus was not resuscitated from the dead, but transformed from an Adamic, dying humanity to a glorious, resurrected humanity.  Born within the Adamic world […]

The Messiah Commissions His Disciples

October 24, 2019

Between his resurrection and his ascension to the right hand of God, Jesus spent forty days with his disciples teaching them about the kingdom of God and his messianic role. He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, to understand everything that was written about the Messiah in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms. […]