Jesus and Capernaum (Part 2)

Capernaum is not mentioned in the Old Testament.  Although we cannot say for certain, it is probable any local population would have been killed or otherwise displaced in the Assyrian invasions in the 8th century BC. In fact there is little material evidence of human settlement before the 2nd century BC. Later Jewish writers refer…Read more »

John McRay, RIP

John McRay died recently.  From 1980 to 2002 he taught in biblical studies at Wheaton College, the place I now teach and where I serve as Dean of the School of Biblical and Theology Studies.  When he retired, he was awarded emeritus status. I never met John personally, but I did know him through his…Read more »

2 & 3 John

I had the great fortune yesterday (6/12/2016) of teaching  Mark Lanier’s Sunday School class at Champions Forest Baptist Church.  Mark is one of the best communicators and Bible teachers you will ever hear so I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity.  He and his wife Becky are currently in Oxford awaiting the birth of…Read more »

E. Earle Ellis, 1926-2010

Six years ago this week my Doctor Father, Earle Ellis, died.  When he came to his final teaching post in the mid-1980s, I was his first graduate assistant and one of only five students who finished under him in about 25 years of teaching.  Dr. Aaron Son, one of his other students, informs us through Facebook that…Read more »