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Garwood Anderson

Garwood Anderson is the Donald J. Parsons Distinguished Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and, beginning September 1, 2024, the Distinguished Fellow, Biblical Studies and Theology, at the Lumen Center of the Steve and Laurel Brown Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin.

The double cure

Toplady's “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” qualifies as one of the richest hymns, with its biblical allusions, soteriological vision, and complex history.

500 years after Luther, the law/gospel insight remains almost true

Luther's understanding of the gospel has a tremendous liberating appeal, but also grave hermeneutical consequences.

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do

While with his tongue the Suffering Servant made “intercession for transgressors” (Isa. 53:12), with torn flesh he made atonement for those who bruised him.

The future of biblical interpretation

I recommend this collection as an introduction to the state of contemporary theological hermeneutics, though, in candor, the recommendation is lukewarm.

Things Episcopalians say (4): ‘Jesus never …’

This is an equal-opportunity meme. Everyone is indicted, save for Jesus.

Things Episcopalians say (3): ‘Jesus Movement’

The phrase has captured the imagination of Episcopalians, but many friends don't much care for the hype or are even worried by it.

Testy texts: the GOEs and Scripture

The grammar of the GOE Holy Scripture question bears witness: Scripture is now viewed primarily as problem.

Maybe you should stay. Maybe…

I am hardly suggesting that “staying” — in a job, in a parish, in a denomination, in a city, with an institution — is always the right thing to do, only that, for Christians, change rather than stability bears the burden of proof, a burden that can be satisfied, but is borne nonetheless.

A noble desire?

There is a verse in the Bible that long vexed me. 1 Timothy 3:1 says, “Whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.”

(Some of) you should read John Barclay’s new book

The highest commendation I can offer is that I plan to re-read it soon to see what I missed the first time.