Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Greetings from the Flaming O

I am here.

Since 1985 scholars have been searching for that elusive Jesus at the Flaming O.

This is the 25th anniversary of the quest.

If it weren't for the insights and honesty of these scholars, I doubt I could hang in there at all with Christianity.

For me, this is a credible Jesus. A real human being.

Tomorrow, Bernard Brandon Scott, one of the original fellows of the seminar who has probably written the best book on the parables in the English language (Hear Then the Parable) will start us off with a rousing discussion of resurrection.

Of course, you know that we have Brandon Scott and Arthur Dewey coming to Elizabethton
October 29 and 30.

You can't get better Jesus than this.

Even if you put him on toast.

Get your Jesus on and

Here is the blurb for Brandon Scott's presentation:
Where did the resurrection come from?
Bernard Brandon Scott

Resurrection did not just happen, it emerged. It began with early Christians who searched the Jewish tradition for models to make sense of their conviction that Jesus was still alive. The first evidence for their experience of the risen Jesus comes from the letters of Paul and the Q-Gospel. Working from his new book, The Trouble with Resurrection, Brandon Scott will explore the emergence of the resurrection from the earliest pre-70 ad witnesses to the very different stories of the resurrection in John 20 and 21, which have dominated art and Christian views of the resurrection ever since.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Then tomorrow evening, Lane Mcgaughy will offer
A Short History of the Jesus Seminar

What led Bob Funk to launch the Jesus Seminar in 1985? What were its aims and accomplishments? How has the Jesus Seminar impacted scholarship and public discourse about the historical Jesus? This presentation will locate the Jesus Seminar in the context of contemporary cultural movements and illuminate the scholarly dynamics of the project. For newcomers and veterans interested in a firsthand version of what happened and why.
Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
I am going try to update you about the goings on through the week. I may even tweet the darn thing at #westar25

Tomorrow I'll show you what is behind this door...


  1. We're jealous that you're having all this great stuff going on down there in Tenn. Keep up the good work :)

  2. Perhaps the only reason that they're coming to Elizabethton, TN is that no one else is listening to them.

    Enjoy your conference John...after all the Jesus Seminarians are dead and gone, the true church will still be going strong. Same thing happened in the sixties with the "Death of God" squad...they're just a mere blip in the 20th century, but the Resurrected Christ and His Gospel message still continues to expand...:)

  3. @Tony and Mike!

    This is fun. I am here in all my nerdly glory.

    @Stushie O Stushie. You do have a bit of a nasty streak.

    Much Love,

    P.S. You should come to the JSOR since you are in the neighborhood. You might learn something about how to read the Bible.

  4. Yes, please post what you learn at the seminar. I hope to attend one of these when they come to southern California.

  5. You know, that toast face looks more like Bill Paxton than Jesus, to me. Or is it Bill Pullman? Oh yeah, it's both. That's right!

    Regardless, such an artifact would stand no chance of survival near me. Mmmmm. Toast!

  6. "Perhaps the only reason that they're coming to Elizabethton, TN is that no one else is listening to them."

    And perhaps the only reason Stushie comments here is because no one else is listening to him. LOL