The Lesson

My friend Nick sent me this by e-mail:

Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and gathering them around him taught them saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are they that thirst for justice.
Blessed are you when you suffer.
Be glad and rejoice for your reward will be great for you in Heaven.”

Then Simon Peter said, ‘Do we have to write this down?’
And Andrew said, ‘Are we supposed to know this?’
And Philip said, ‘I don’t have any paper.’
And Bartholomew said, ‘The other disciples didn’t have to learn this.’
And John said, ‘Do we have to hand this in?’
And Matthew said, ‘Can I go to the toilet?’
And Judas said, ‘What has this to do with real life?’

Then one of the Pharisees, who was present to watch Jesus’s lesson, asked to see Jesus’s lesson plan and enquired of him, “Where is your anticipatory set of objectives in the cognitive domain? May I see your differentiated scheme of work? How are you going to assess the criteria required to fulfil the objectives required of the National Curriculum?”

And Jesus wept.

How on Earth did Jesus become a God?

I’m really excited! In October we’ve invited Professor Larry Hurtado, Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at New College, the University of Edinburgh, to give a lecture on the title “How on Earth did Jesus become a God?”

    “How on Earth did Jesus become a God?”
    Professor Larry Hurtado

    Sunday 10 October 2004 @ 7:30 pm
    Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, Saughtonhall Drive

Download the poster (PDF, 41 KB)

Prof. Hurtado taught one of my M.Th. in Ministry modules while I was at New College, and he was excellent. He made the subject come alive, and his knowledge of the New Testament was incredible. Someone should make him a Profess… oh! wow! that was quick.

I’ve bought his latest book, Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to finding the time to read all 700+ pages.

Lord Jesus Christ
Prof Larry W. Hurtado
Hardback, 746 pages (July 2003)
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co
ISBN: 0802860702