Career Update…

So I am no longer with The Light Magazine (as of May 13, 2013). I was offered a position at Northwest Baptist Seminary, part of ACTS Seminaries and Trinity Western University as the Executive Assistant to the Dean. I am thrilled to be joining NBS in this role. I start on Aug 15. Now I am looking for options for a research PhD, but not sure where to look. (I’m thinking of starting perhaps within 5 years).

Working for a Christian Publication

11 months later – I need to dust off the moth balls off my biblioblog. I am now working for a publication called The Light Magazine out of Southern B.C., Canada. It is a Christian lifestyle magazine that seeks to encourage, engage and connect its readers in the Christian community and beyond. I get to write once and a while, but my main role is as the advertising sales rep. In the meantime I continue working on Greek, try to stay afloat of current literature and the current atmosphere of NT studies. Plus write on my blogs more than than once every 11 months!

I’ve been published!

Last november I received a copy of a research piece I assisted in for the Canadian Society of Church History. It was an appendix to their 50 year anniversary issue, listing all papers, speeches presented. It includes a subject index, author index, papers presented list and so forth. It’s great to finally be published in some capacity.

Bruce Guenter, Eric P. Fehr and Paul Lavedure. “Canadian Society of Church History Fiftieth Anniversary Cumulative Index: 196-2009.” Historical Papers: Canadian Society of Church History (2009): Appendix: 1-218.

This spring I will be published with Canadian Evangelical Review with a piece I assisted on with Dr. Larry Perkins of Northwest Baptist Seminary on Mark 6 and a reevaluation of the meaning of skandizesthai in Mark 6:3. I look forward to seeing it in print this spring.

What happened?

I have no idea where 8 months just went without adding any content to my blog! Needless to say I’ll try to organize my schedule to allow time to add new material. I have joined a Karl Barth reading group, so I will probably add my reflections on what I’m reading. (I’m new to Barth and this is a step outside of NT studies for sure!)

Critiques against Narrative Criticism: A quick summary

Months ago I listed the advantages of narrative criticism in biblical studies, especially in the Gospels. Here are a few arguments against NC for your reading enjoyment. NB: all critical methods have their advantages and disadvantages and I am not assuming that NC is the ‘correct’ method for interpreting/exegeting the Gospels. Rather, it is a method that offers a different approach than previously used by NT scholars). Three main arguments emerge in current discussions in NT studies;

1. First, the Gospels are historical documents and must be read as such.

2. Second, it is anachronistic to apply modern literary methods, like those applied to works such as “The Lord of the Rings,” to ancient literature. Ben Witherington III asserts, “Mark is not a work of ancient or modern fiction, and this means that some things which apply especially to modern fiction do not apply to Mark” (The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, Grand Rapids:William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001, 56).

3. The Gospels, particularly Mark’s Gospel, are redacted theological documents not intended to be read as an organic or unified whole.

Well, there are some thoughts to consider. Each one has merit, yet they do not engage in the whole discussion of NC, i.e., NC uses literary techniques developed by Aristotle in his Poetics (e.g., three act structure) and not modern literary techniques. Although, some Narrative critics might erroneously use modern techniques, this does not negate the usefulness of NC. Like any critical method, it is beneficial, and necessary to be aware of the shortfalls of your chosen method and the benefits of using other methods when interpreting a given text. Some methods provide insights into a passage or pericope that might have been missed just using one method.

Paul’s purpose?

Philippians 2.1-2 begins with a therefore, a conjunction which often signifies purpose or result of the previous sentence(s) or paragraphs. What is the purpose of what Paul discusses in 1.8-30? Paul’s joy will be complete if there is any love in Messiah, compassion, mercy, fellowship and unity of thought with the believers in Philippi. Paul rejoices that although they will suffer on behalf of following the Messiah Jesus, they do not abandon Him in envy, bitterness, strife and so forth. The Greek in these two verses contains a few rare words that pack a lot of meaning, which emphasize further Paul’s reocurring message in the letter to the Philippians: to rejoice in Messiah even in the face of adversity and persecution.

Farewell to a decade.

I would like to say farewell to the decade that was 2000 to 2009. I will miss you. We had some good times and definitely some rough patches. I got married, graduated with my Master of Theological studies and was blessed with a daughter. I guess those three items outweigh the bad times….oh happy new year – it is officially 12:00 am in beautiful BC, Canada. The fireworks going off are quite something. Here’s to 2010 – a new decade and new possibilities for the future.