This Sunday, March 14,  I will be giving TWO live Zoom lectures (not one) for anyone who wants to come.  They will be recorded for my undergraduate course on the New Testament and there will be a 30-minute Q & A to follow the second one.  Please NOTE the time; the first is at 2:00 p.m., second at 3:15 p.m. EST.   When I say “lectures” with one of the two I’m using the term loosely, as you’ll see below.

There is no charge per se, but I would like to ask for a donation to the blog in exchange, if you can see your way clear to do it.  If not, that’s fine – we all have our circumstances!  But one of the main reasons I’m doing these lectures is to raise money for the Food Bank of North Carolina; as with all food banks right now, it is in desperate need.  Your donation is completely tax deductible.

Here is the info you need:

  • Time: Sunday, March 14, 2:00 pm  and 3:15 (EST)
  • The Lectures will last about 50 minutes, with Q&A to follow the second.
    • First Lecture:   Is the book of Acts Historically Reliable?
      • Yeah, this is not a lecture.  It’s a debate.  I’m having the debate with myself.  Literally.  The students in the class will each be involved in a formal debate on a controversial topic; the debates are structured, with one side arguing for a resolution (Affirmative) the other against (Negative), with set speeches, refutations, and cross examinations.  In this lecture, I’m showing how it can be done.  By debating my self on the topic.  The Affirmative side will argue Acts is reliable; the Negative that it is not.  And I will be giving all the speeches.  Possibly with passion.  Maybe along the lines of SNL point-counterpoint.  🙂Second Lecture: The Deeds of the Apocalyptic Jesus
        • In earlier lectures I tried to show that Jesus was an apocalypticist and explained what his overarching message appears to have been.  In this lecture I will talk about the activities he engaged in that can be established as highly probable (e.g., the baptism, the choosing of the twelve, the cleansing of the Temple) , and show how they too too can best be understood within an apocalyptic framework.
  •  Come and find out!  As you know, these lectures are meant to raise money for those in need (see below).  Can you donate a bit?  My suggested minimum donation is $10 for one of the lectures and $15 for both together (there is no maximum donation!).
  • Three participants will be allowed to ask the questions at the end.  These will be the three highest donors.
  • In weeks past we have had a number of people donate $100; to be among the top three, you’ll probably need to go to about that level.  Whatever you donate, if anything, is completely up to you.  And everyone, donor or not, is absolutely welcome to hear the Q&A.  The last few weeks we have heard some terrific questions.  On these two I expect some toughees.  Bring ’em on!

In case you wondered, I have no plans to make these lectures generally available.  The recordings will be for my class only.

If you want to attend, all you need do is respond by letting us know, here: Register for my Sunday Lectures

Everyone who responds by 11:00 am on Sunday morning will receive a Zoom link by noon, via email from [email protected].

If you have any questions about how it will work, let me know.