This week I will begin my 40th year of teaching the Old Testament (OT) at Western Seminary. In their degree programs at Western, most students will invest 70 hours of class time and 140 hours of personal study in the Old Testament. Why is teaching the Old Testament an important part of the curriculum at Western Seminary?
To start off the new year, we asked a number of Western faculty and staff members to weigh in on their favorite reads from the past year in the fields of biblical studies, theology, pastoral ministry, spiritual disciplines, and missions/cultural engagement. These are titles to consider as you begin putting together your reading list for 2018.
Each year I attempt to write down some of my favorite reads of the year. This year I spent a lot of time on research projects and that meant I employed commentaries and resources that don’t make “best of lists” very often. But I did run across some good books.
Eventually we all transition—either from one ministry to the next, ministry to retirement, or life to death. We hope we have made a difference—a positive difference!
In 1995 the United States Senate and Congress voted to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But every US president since that vote has declined act on that vote. Finally, on December 6th, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s historic capital. Many have asked me since this announcement if this was the right thing to do.