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‘The Apocalyptic Gospel’ Wins Royal Dragonfly Book Award

‘The Apocalyptic Gospel’ Wins Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Award CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2016) – The judges of the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense by Justin Mark Staller, won 1st place in the Religion & Spirituality… Read more »

A Virtual Book Launch for “The Apocalyptic Gospel”

This Wednesday we celebrated the publication of The Apocalyptic Gospel at the Pacific School of Religion. We scheduled our event for the middle of the week at the beginning of the semester, and I’m so grateful for everyone who carved time out of their schedules to attend. For my friends and family and colleagues who wanted to be there… Read more »

Barbara Essex

Praise for the Apocalyptic Gospel from Rev. Barbara Essex

    Based on my long-term relationship with the Apocalypse and research conducted at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, I’ve written a short commentary on Revelation called “The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense.” It discusses these issues and more at  greater length, with thorough reference to a wide array of academic and religious authorities. I… Read more »

The Apocalyptic Gospel: Download Free Sample

Now available for preview and download, you can sample the first chapter of “The Apocalyptic Gospel” from Apocryphile Press for free!

Praise for the Apocalyptic Gospel from Dr. Jim Lawrence

Based on my long-term relationship with the Apocalypse and research conducted at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, I’ve written a short commentary on Revelation called “The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense.” It discusses this proposition and more at  greater length, with thorough reference to a wide array of academic and religious authorities. I hope you’ll think about… Read more »

At the Pacific School of Religion: A GTU Story

     In the Beginning When I got to the GTU in 2012, I was already wrapping up a lifelong relationship with a small and conservative evangelical church.   The breakup had been long in coming. As I began to transition out of Religious Studies at Cal and into graduate school, it became obvious to me… Read more »

Come and See

Book Launch: The Apocalyptic Gospel

Please come help us celebrate the publication of “The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense” at the Pacific School of Religion on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in Mudd 100.   Win one of several doorprizes (read: free books!), compete in our book raffle (more free books!!), enjoy artisan bread and wine (free food and… Read more »

I Love the Apocalypse

Redeeming Revelation: Three Good Reasons to Love the Apocalypse

I feel weird admitting that I love John’s Apocalypse.   Everyone knows that crazy people love the Apocalypse, and I don’t want people to know I’m a crazy person.   So it seems reckless to openly admit to a lifelong fascination with the strangest book of the Bible. But when push comes to shove, I really do love the… Read more »

The Wild Goose Chase

     The Place   Wild Goose is hard to describe. It’s something like a Christian music and arts festival. But the music doesn’t suck, and the adults are generally excited to be there. Plus hipster food stalls and craft beer.     The crowd was inclusive, interdenominational, interreligious, with an abundance of inked bodies, rainbow haircuts,… Read more »

What is “The Apocalyptic Gospel?”

What exactly is the Apocalyptic Gospel? Dr. David L. Barr, professor of religion at Wright State University, has recently argued that—although the Apocalypse is radically different from the gospels in style—it should nevertheless be connected to the substance of Jesus’ life and death:   “…It is Jesus who dominates the entire story. At this constitutional level… Read more »

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  • dragonfly winner

    ‘The Apocalyptic Gospel’ Wins Royal Dragonfly Book Award

    ‘The Apocalyptic Gospel’ Wins Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Award CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2016) – The judges of the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense by Justin Mark Staller, won 1st place in the Religion & Spirituality… Read more »

  • A Virtual Book Launch for “The Apocalyptic Gospel”

    This Wednesday we celebrated the publication of The Apocalyptic Gospel at the Pacific School of Religion. We scheduled our event for the middle of the week at the beginning of the semester, and I’m so grateful for everyone who carved time out of their schedules to attend. For my friends and family and colleagues who wanted to be there… Read more »

  • Barbara Essex

    Praise for the Apocalyptic Gospel from Rev. Barbara Essex

        Based on my long-term relationship with the Apocalypse and research conducted at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, I’ve written a short commentary on Revelation called “The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense.” It discusses these issues and more at  greater length, with thorough reference to a wide array of academic and religious authorities. I… Read more »

  • The Apocalyptic Gospel: Download Free Sample

    Now available for preview and download, you can sample the first chapter of “The Apocalyptic Gospel” from Apocryphile Press for free!

  • Praise for the Apocalyptic Gospel from Dr. Jim Lawrence

    Based on my long-term relationship with the Apocalypse and research conducted at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, I’ve written a short commentary on Revelation called “The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense.” It discusses this proposition and more at  greater length, with thorough reference to a wide array of academic and religious authorities. I hope you’ll think about… Read more »

  • At the Pacific School of Religion: A GTU Story

         In the Beginning When I got to the GTU in 2012, I was already wrapping up a lifelong relationship with a small and conservative evangelical church.   The breakup had been long in coming. As I began to transition out of Religious Studies at Cal and into graduate school, it became obvious to me… Read more »

  • Come and See

    Book Launch: The Apocalyptic Gospel

    Please come help us celebrate the publication of “The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense” at the Pacific School of Religion on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in Mudd 100.   Win one of several doorprizes (read: free books!), compete in our book raffle (more free books!!), enjoy artisan bread and wine (free food and… Read more »

  • I Love the Apocalypse

    Redeeming Revelation: Three Good Reasons to Love the Apocalypse

    I feel weird admitting that I love John’s Apocalypse.   Everyone knows that crazy people love the Apocalypse, and I don’t want people to know I’m a crazy person.   So it seems reckless to openly admit to a lifelong fascination with the strangest book of the Bible. But when push comes to shove, I really do love the… Read more »

  • The Wild Goose Chase

         The Place   Wild Goose is hard to describe. It’s something like a Christian music and arts festival. But the music doesn’t suck, and the adults are generally excited to be there. Plus hipster food stalls and craft beer.     The crowd was inclusive, interdenominational, interreligious, with an abundance of inked bodies, rainbow haircuts,… Read more »

  • What is “The Apocalyptic Gospel?”

    What exactly is the Apocalyptic Gospel? Dr. David L. Barr, professor of religion at Wright State University, has recently argued that—although the Apocalypse is radically different from the gospels in style—it should nevertheless be connected to the substance of Jesus’ life and death:   “…It is Jesus who dominates the entire story. At this constitutional level… Read more »

  • 3 Things I Learned Teaching for the First Time

    At the start of the semester I received a last-minute inquiry regarding my interest in interviewing for a part-time, short-term position at the Pacific School of Religion, one of the member schools at the Graduate Theological Union. The course attracted more enrollees than expected, creating an opening for a teaching assistant.  Like a good doctoral student I… Read more »

  • Early Adopters: Claim Your Reward

    It’s hard to describe how enormously gratifying it is to hold a print copy of (what I hope is just) my first book.   But it’s true: The Apocalyptic Gospel: Mystery, Revelation, and Common Sense is now available for purchase (though we are still preparing the Kindle edition).   There are a lot of people… Read more »

  • Out of Critical Care: A Chance for Reflection

    I got out of Critical Care this Tuesday with a couple good anecdotes and a refreshed perspective.

  • Coming Full Circle: The Gungor Show

    For my birthday last month my friend and patron Norman took me to see Gungor.   The experience was surreal.   The show itself was—in the words of Mike the Science Guy—consciously “weird” (although I think what he meant was “post-modern”). Before the show I was chatting it up with the gentleman behind the bar,… Read more »

  • So its Called “My Seminary Blog” But…

    I call this My Seminary Blog, but there is one thing I should make clear: I’m not a seminarian. More precisely, I’m a doctoral student, studying Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union, which is (among other things) a consortium of seminaries and centers for religious study.     So technically I’m not a seminarian,… Read more »