I buy her pizza, and she lets me come over and play The Last of Us on her ps3.

I’m gonna like being a part of this family.


Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

John 21:25

So, let me get this straight. You thought Jesus was the Son of God, the most important person…

Let’s also keep in mind the fact that the vast majority of the population was all-but, if not completely, illiterate. What use are books in a primarily oral culture? The existence of Thomas, various non-canonical gospels, and the Q tradition point towards a variety of stories that were indeed written down. There is no doubt that the oral tradition vastly exceeds what remains today within the canon.


American history classes are an object lesson in refusing to acknowledge that your fave is problematic

"We are united in blood, even though we have not yet managed to take necessary steps towards unity between us and perhaps the time has not yet come. Unity is a gift that we need to ask for. I knew a parish priest in Hamburg who was dealing with the beatification cause of a Catholic priest guillotined by the Nazis for teaching children the catechism. After him, in the list of condemned individuals, was a Lutheran pastor who was killed for the same reason. Their blood was mixed. The parish priest told me he had gone to the bishop and said to him: “I will continue to deal with the cause, but both of their causes, not just the Catholic priest’s.” This is what ecumenism of blood is."

Pope Francis


(via chrysostmom)


"Control yourself," whispers the conscience.

"Stop," whispers the wallet.

"Shut up, we’re in a bookstore," whispers the heart.

H2O to get ready for a night out. #h2o #go

This was such an odd comment on a picture to wake up to. Mainly because: a) I’m possibly one of the most un-southern people you’d ever meet in the south, b) (though you can’t see it) I was wearing Chacos with my jeans rolled up, and c) we were dancing to The Cramps.

Was it the shirt? What makes me look “stereotypically southern”?

Fun times dancing to The Cramps at Haley’s going away party at Record Guys! (at Record Guys)

Diving into some new on reads on this cloudy Friday evening. I’m excited to finally spend some time with Brown, who is undoubtedly a giant in New Testament studies.

"… because all New Testament authors, as narrators and interpreters, bring their own history and the current situation of their community into their Jesus-Christ-history, and thus each carries out his own process of meaning formation, variety clearly has precedence, and there can be no such thing as “the New Testament theology” in the singular. Each New Testament writing is an independent linguistic and hermeneutical world, and thus an independent symbolic universe that is to be understood on its own terms. Variety is not the same as boundless plurality without any contours but is related strictly to the witness of the New Testament writings. There is variety in the New Testament, but only on a clear basis: the experience of God’s eschatological act if salvation in the criss and resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Udo Schnelle, Theology of the New Testament, trans. M. Eugene Boring (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 52-3.

Interesting stuff here, especially coming from a German scholar. I’d also add that the individual/community encounter with said texts throughout history further proves the point about the lack of a theology of the New Testament. Complicating the issue is the fact that the many Christianities have differing canons.