Why I Am Writing my Thesis on Curses?

I am currently in the midst of writing my MPhil thesis on curses in Pauline letters. This means, among other things, that I spend a lot of time reading, thinking and writing about curses. And not just the imprecations that are found in the letters of Paul but also Greco-Roman curses that are roughly contemporary …

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Book Thoughts #3: „An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge” by Dirk Jongkind

I had read Dirk Jongkind’s book in June last year and intended to share my thoughts soon afterwards. But many things have occupied me since then that distracted me from updating this blog. Now, finally, I was able to catch up with things. I suppose better late than never.

Good Friday 2020: Mockers and Confessors

Recently, I spent some time meditating on Luke’s account of the crucifixion and preparing a sermon for a Good Friday (online) service. One of the things that captured my attention was how Luke gives his own touch to the well-known narrative. We are really blessed to have four gospels, each of which brings its own …

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Reformed Preaching and the Old Testament

“Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed”.  Gal 3:7-8 ESV These words have turned my theology upside down during my first …

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Book Thoughts #2: „In Search of Ancient Roots” by Kenneth Stewart

This post was first published two years ago elsewhere. I thought that it may be a good idea to make it available again. All time references are kept as they appeared in my original text. I would like to add that the question of the historical rootedness of our faith remains close to my mind …

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Book Thoughts #1: „The Captive Mind” by Czesław Miłosz

One of the reasons why I started this blog is to keep myself motivated to write down my thoughts after reading various books. Although these posts will not be reviews in a strict sense, they will include a brief summary of the book and some reflections on it. I do not plan, however, to give …

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Why Seminary Should Be Less Practical

Every now and then I hear objections to the seminary model of theological education. Usually in one way or another they posit that seminary education is not practical enough. It is portrayed as detached from the real-life ministry and focused on the academic knowledge and theoretical subjects that are not immediately transferable to the pastoral …

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