The Eagle Has Landed

My book on the Gospel of Thomas finally arrived yesterday! After waiting 16 months, I was glad to see it. The book lists for $16.95 but Amazon has it for $6.40. Disregard the information that says it won’t be released until May 1. It’s available now!

The book is dedicated to my friend and former dean, Dr. Michael J. Gorman. It would be difficult for me to recount all that Mike did for me during the five years I spent teaching at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He gave me my first opportunity to teach while still pursuing the Ph.D., wrote numerous letters of reference for me, and has consistently provided sage advice in numerous areas. The first part of the book was written during a particularly difficult year in my life and Mike did a lot for me during that period. I owe a great deal to him and I wanted to publicly acknowledge his contributions to my personal and professional development. Here’s how I close the preface:

Lastly, I want to thank my friend and former dean, Dr.Michael J. Gorman. The first half of this book was written during a very difficult year in the life of my family. During that period no individual showed more concern, offered more support, or sought to create more avenues of benefit to me—and Mike did all of this on his own initiative. Since 2005, Mike has been a mentor to me both professionally and personally. His advice on a wide range of issues has enriched me as a teacher, as a scholar, and as a person.Mike is an excellent teacher and a gifted scholar. However, despite his scholarly acumen and teaching ability, I have been most impressed and impacted by Mike’s loyalty as a friend. The Johannine Jesus tells his closest followers, “By this all men will know you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35). In all my dealings with Mike he has truly embodied the spirit of this verse. It is with admiration and tremendous gratitude that I dedicate this book to him.

Thanks, Mike!

Pastorum Conference June 5-6 (Chicago) – Great Speakers!

Seminary education in two days? Not quite, but, wow!, I am very impressed with the lineup of speakers at Pastorum Live (put on by the friendly folks at Logos).

John Walton

Scot McKnight

Peter Enns

Craig Evans

Dan Block

Warren Carter

Roy Ciampa

Michael Goheen

David Garland

Sean McDonough

Nicholas Perrin

Eckhard Schabel

Mark Strauss

And more!

I will still be teaching around that time, so I won’t be attending, but especially if you are in the Chicago area, this seems like a “mark your calender” kind of occasion.

Let me just say, I am so excited that Roy Ciampa and Sean McDonough are involved in this because they were two of my favorite professors in seminary (Gordon-Conwell) and I am glad to know others have an opportunity to learn from them.

In terms of topics, I am particularly interested in these lecture titles:

“The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology” (Craig Evans)

“Cross Purposes: Following Jesus in the Roman Empire (Warren Carter)

“The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel” (Scot McKnight)

“Reading the Bible to Equip the Church for Its Mission” (Michael Goheen)