A Lifetime of Biblical Greek: An Interview with SFTS Professor Emeritus Polly Coote

As I’ve been making my way through my academic program, one constant endeavor has been biblical Greek. This semester I enjoyed the instruction of Dr. Polly Coote, a veteran Greek teacher from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In the time that I have studied with her, I have experienced her as warm and engaging, having a wealth of practical insight… Read more »

River: A Jesus Poem by John Mabry

blogger’s note: I didn’t write this, John Mabry did. I came across it while reading his recent book “Jesus Stories.”

5 Signs it’s Time to Leave Your Church

Are you wondering if your church is completely dysfunctional or just a tad quirky? Struggling with your place in the congregation or denomination? Do you think it might be time to go somewhere else but you’re not sure? Here are five signs that it might be time for you to move on. 1. You can no… Read more »

A Recommendation: My Favorite Course so Far

There are great classes offered every semester at the GTU. One of the best by far is Constructive Theology, offered by Dr. Jennifer Davidson from ABSW. The American Baptist Seminary of the West is located near Cal, across the street from People’s Park—it’s the big red-brick complex that looks like Hogwarts’ downtown campus.   Constructive Theology stands… Read more »

What a Pacific Coast SBL Conference is Like

Recently it was my privilege to present a short paper at the Pacific Coast regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which took place not far from Disneyland, at the campus of Hope International University. I was exceedingly nervous, and felt underprepared in a room filled with researchers, professional educators, and other intensely-interested specialists…. Read more »

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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 »

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  • A Lifetime of Biblical Greek: An Interview with SFTS Professor Emeritus Polly Coote

    As I’ve been making my way through my academic program, one constant endeavor has been biblical Greek. This semester I enjoyed the instruction of Dr. Polly Coote, a veteran Greek teacher from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In the time that I have studied with her, I have experienced her as warm and engaging, having a wealth of practical insight… Read more »

  • River: A Jesus Poem by John Mabry

    blogger’s note: I didn’t write this, John Mabry did. I came across it while reading his recent book “Jesus Stories.”

  • 5 Signs it’s Time to Leave Your Church

    Are you wondering if your church is completely dysfunctional or just a tad quirky? Struggling with your place in the congregation or denomination? Do you think it might be time to go somewhere else but you’re not sure? Here are five signs that it might be time for you to move on. 1. You can no… Read more »

  • A Recommendation: My Favorite Course so Far

    There are great classes offered every semester at the GTU. One of the best by far is Constructive Theology, offered by Dr. Jennifer Davidson from ABSW. The American Baptist Seminary of the West is located near Cal, across the street from People’s Park—it’s the big red-brick complex that looks like Hogwarts’ downtown campus.   Constructive Theology stands… Read more »

  • What a Pacific Coast SBL Conference is Like

    Recently it was my privilege to present a short paper at the Pacific Coast regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which took place not far from Disneyland, at the campus of Hope International University. I was exceedingly nervous, and felt underprepared in a room filled with researchers, professional educators, and other intensely-interested specialists…. Read more »

  • 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 »

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    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 »