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Christ's Passion in Film and the New Testament

Three Takes on The Passion of the Christ. I wrote this review of Mel Gibson's film after a pre-release screening of the film, down at Icon Productions in L.A. Beliefnet (a wonderfully eclectic website) published the review, and it was promptly picked up by ABCNews.com as part of their coverage of the controversy surrounding the film.

The Passion of the Christ: Three Questions for Discussion. I delivered this address at a public forum sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League at Victoria Hall in Santa Barbara, on March 14, 2004. (pdf file).

The Passion of Christ: A Comparison of the Four Gospels. These columns should help you see more clearly the major similarities and differences in the Gospels' passion narratives (pdf file).

New Testament Imagery for the Death of Christ (pdf file)

The Da Vinci Code, Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels

The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown is Right. It's all about history. The web version of a talk I've given here and there (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura) in May 2006.

Cracks in the Code: Musings on Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. An outline of an address I delivered at a Westmont College public forum on April 14, 2004 (pdf file).

Israel, Palestine and Christian Zionism

Christian Zionism and Israel: Should Eschatology Trumps Ethics?. Horizon (Westmont College student paper) September, 2006.

Second Temple Judaism and the Nature of the Gospels

Second Temple Judaism: A Four-Part Historical Outline

Modes of Reading the New Testament (pdf file)

Largely Fiction: William Edelen's Take on the Four Gospels: A Response to W. Edelen's "The Fiction of 'The Passion' Movie" (March 7, 2004). If you know Edelen, you know he loves to push Christian buttons and, once in a while, to overstate his case. I tried to get our local paper (where Edelen's columns appear) to publish this but it was way too long and detailed for their liking. So here it is.

Walking on Water: Historiography in the Gospels

Jesus' Miracles in Tradition and Christology: A Response to James Taylor's "Jesus' Miracles and Christian Belief" (Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, Westmont College, September 27, 2004). (Not that James Taylor.) I was one of two respondents to Taylor's paper (soon to be a chapter in his book), but much of this should make sense on its own, as a reflection on the nature of historical reliability in the first century, and on the link between Jesus' miracles and his identity (pdf file).

Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John

The Story (Sermons and Homilies)

Preview of Coming Attractions: 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8, 12-19 and the Resurrection (pdf file). This is an Easter Sunrise sermon I preached at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, April 23, 2000.

The Frog Prince, The Matrix, and the Way of the Cross: A Meditation on Philippians 2:5-11. This was a Plenary Lecture at a Westmont College conference entitled Kenosis: A Campus Reflects (Sept. 2000). And here's Telford Work's response.

The Girl who didn't get to go Home: Hagar's Story in Genesis 16: 1-16 (pdf file). I preached this sermon in Berlin, 2002, in the course of a semester-long pilgrimage across Europe with 38 college students.

Foolish Wisdom (pdf file). A Lenten homily preached at Montecito Covenant Church, Santa Barbara, CA, on March 23, 2003.

Living in the In-between: Joshua 5 (pdf file). Another Lenten homily, also at Montecito Coventant Church, Mar 21, 2004.

Mother and Child Reunion: Luke 7:11-17 and The Widow of Nain. I preached this one at Montecito Covenant Church on Aug. 29, 2004. (pdf file)

My Story

Rumors of Glory: Opening Meditation at Westmont College's faculty retreat (August, 2003) (.pdf file)

A Eulogy for My Mother (December 17, 2003) (pdf file)