Friday, April 06, 2018

First of a Series of 8:00am Outdoor Worship Services Based on the Wilderness Tabernacle

My chapel team this year at Virginia Seminary has created a six-week Friday morning series of worship services taking place in an outdoor model Tabernacle. The services are based on the regular OT readings from the Episcopal daily office lectionary, which each connect to the symbols and rites of Tabernacle worship. Each service lifts up a symbol or topos from the given lectionary readings and brings it to life within the imaginative world of the outdoor model. We do not think that this has been done before at VTS, and it sure to a topic of conversation. 




Sunday, March 25, 2018


My forthcoming Anchor Yale Bible volume has appeared on Amazon.
To pre-order, click here.
The commentary should be available this fall, and the ISBN number is listed as 978-0300218817

Thursday, November 23, 2017

VTS Building Faith Site offers 10 Thanksgiving Prayers and Graces

Happy Thanksgiving!
Check out these Thanksgiving graces and prayers from VTS: Click here.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

GPS-Enabled Map of Virginia Theological Seminary

With this GPS-Enabled Map on your iPhone, you can pinpoint your location on the VTS campus map at any time. Enjoy!

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Review of My Book, Reading Deuteronomy!

Check out this new Book Review that has come out in the journal Interpretation. I think it is very well done: https://goo.gl/zPC4Fd

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

M. Girón: Images of Prophetic Themes

This spring my student M. Girón reflected on many biblical prophetic texts and drew these three images of prophetic themes for our Prophets seminar. They are based on the work of three different photographers. Here they are with her commentary, in her own words.

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“A woman stares into the unknown. I wanted to portray a woman with a child (one that you can barely make out because I wanted to make a comment on the fact that society doesn’t see the least of these). The woman is an African American woman, and I was intentional in that, because I wanted to call attention to the Black Lives Matter movement (to this mother, her child matters and as she sits reflecting, I wanted to capture her pensive look which could mean she is thinking about her very life and that of her child’s).”

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“A boy draws water from a river. Throughout scripture, God is associated with springs, streams, water, and therefore, with life. I wanted to depict a child going to a stream to get water, because I believe it captures the concept of God as a living stream. There is nothing around the child – I was intentional in leaving out anything surrounding the child because this emptiness is how the image of water is sometimes used throughout scripture, it is a bearer of life in a land that is dry, a wilderness, barren.”

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“A woman is looking at some grain in her hands, she has food, she has life in her hands. I wanted to draw an image that captured what it means to be grateful for life and to be grateful for having sustenance. Throughout scripture, God is a creator who gives life and a God who calls us to care for one another in order for us to have life.” 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Peggy Parker Etchings 2016, Ezekiel's Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones

Artist Peggy Parker (www.margaretadamsparker.com), who teaches art and theology here at VTS,  has just produced absolutely stunning etchings based on Ezekiel 37, the valley of dry bones and the bones coming together. They are part of a set depicting the readings from the Easter Vigil. She has most kindly and graciously allowed me to share them. Magnificent!