Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Marcus Borg Near Our Mountain!

I just learned that Marcus Borg is going to be at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC in February. My presbytery, Holston, is connected with Lees-McRae. Banner Elk is just a stone's throw from Elizabethton.

Borg is a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar. Here are two articles he wrote for Westar's periodical The Fourth R, David Friedrich Strauss: Miracle and Myth and Me and Jesus: The Journey Home.

I am finding all this rather delightful.

The series of lectures that Borg will deliver are under the heading,
Christianity for a New Millenium:

Here is the scoop:

  1. “God for a New Millennium,”Monday, February 22, 2010, Evans Auditorium, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  2. “Jesus Christ for a New Millennium,” Monday, February 22, 2010, Hayes Auditorium, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  3. “The Bible for a New Millennium,” Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Evans Auditorium, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Dr. Marcus Borg is the Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar. He was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.

He is the author of eighteen books and has recorded many video-based studies based on his writings. His works include the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994), The God We Never Knew (1997), The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (1999), and God at 2000 (2000). His recent books, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001) and The Heart of Christianity (2003), have also been best sellers.

His most recent books are Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teaching and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), and The Last Week (2006) and The First Christmas (2007) both of which were co-authored with John Dominic Crossan.

Marcus Borg has also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline”, PBS’s “Newshour”, ABC’s “Evening News” and “Prime Time” with Peter Jennings, and NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. He is one of the foremost spokespersons and authors of liberal/progressive Christian theology today.

They forgot to mention his latest with Crossan, The First Paul.

I will definitely be there for the Borgster. Hope you will, too!

I should also mention that Tusculum College is hosting Al Staggs as its theologian in residence in February 2010. Unfortunately, Staggs and Borg overlap. However, Staggs will be at Tusculum for four weeks, so you can catch both. Our presbytery website has that information.


  1. Any word John on whether an agreement exists with MB for the recording (video or audio) of these sessions?

  2. I don't know. It is possible the school may record them.

  3. Been listening to the audiobook of first paul (stay at home parents don't get much reading time). it's excellent beyond excellent.