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(Birthday) Gifts and (Speaking) Gigs

Two brief blog-related issues, one involving a birthday and the other my speaking gigs. The birthday – well, it kind-s involves the blog.   This Thursday (October 5) is my birthday.  62.  Who would-a thought?   And who cares?  (Apart from me…) Well … I bet you’re wondering what you should get me for my birthday.  Here’s an idea, suggested by two blog members already:  How bout you get me a donation to the blog? None of the money would come to me, of course.  But it would make me SO happy.  I’d love to be able to gather a chunk of change for the charities we all support.   They’d be happy, I’d be happy – everyone would be happy. It’s very, very easy to donate: just hit the Donate button on the landing page and BINGO: you’re in.   I hope you can do it! The speaking gigs.  I’ve had a number of requests to post my speaking schedule for this academic year.  OK, I’ll do that soon.   The reason I haven’t posted the schedule is that [...]

2017-10-02T15:29:53-04:00October 2nd, 2017|Public Forum|

Differences Between John and the Synoptics

In this sub-thread I'm trying to explain why I do not use the fourth Gospel extensively in trying to decide what Jesus actually taught (specifically about the afterlife, but about much of anything else as well).   One of the main issues involves the differences between John and the three Synoptic Gospels (all of them earlier than John), Matthew, Mark, and Luke.   Here I discuss one aspect of these differences: at the very fundamental level, John simply has Jesus say and do different things than he does in the others.  This is how I put it in my introductory textbook. ************************************************************ Even to the casual reader, the Fourth Gospel may seem somewhat different from the other three within the canon. Nowhere in the other Gospels is Jesus said to be the Word of God, the creator of the universe, the equal of God, or the one sent from heaven and soon to return. Nowhere else does Jesus claim that to see him is to see the Father, that to hear him is to hear the Father, [...]

2020-04-03T01:59:16-04:00October 1st, 2017|Canonical Gospels, Public Forum|
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