Paul: Surprises Along the Way

by David B. Capes A few weeks ago Mark Lanier invited me to speak to his Sunday School class at Champions Forest Baptist Church.  Mark teaches a class weekly of about 700 people, and I have been privileged to speak... Continue Reading →

Thomas Merton’s Prayer Is Worth Praying

by David B. Capes Thomas Merton may be one of the best known Christian mystics of the 20th century.  He was a Trappist monk who experienced life in period few of us know or remember.  He was born in 1915... Continue Reading →

International Orality Network

One of the most significant movements now in missions and missiology is the orality movement. Orality is the recognition that not all people can read or prefer to read, most of us learn by what we hear.  How often have... Continue Reading →

A Hearty Welcome!

A hearty welcome to Dr. Fred Smith who will soon join the faculty of HGST as Professor of Public Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.  Dr. Smith is well suited for his new role.  He has earned... Continue Reading →


Some of my favorite moments in the Summer Olympics involve relay races featuring the fastest women and men in the world.  Often these are individuals who have run their own races and won individual medals in previous events (100 meters, 200... Continue Reading →

Prestigious Book Award

by David B. Capes Recently two friends and colleagues of mine, Dr. Craig Keener (Asbury Seminary) and Dr. John Walton (Wheaton College) were recognized for their work with the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible.  Craig worked on the comments and sidebars for... Continue Reading →

What were the last words of Jesus?

by David B. Capes Recently, my rabbi friend, Stuart Federow, and I got into a disagreement.  Well, actually, I didn’t argue with him; I just listened to him in his rant against the Christian faith.  As Father Mario said, he... Continue Reading →

What Is a Story?

by David B. Capes “A story is a way to say something which can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say it.”  –Flannery O’Connor I was inspired recently by a statement Flannery O’Connor... Continue Reading →

Retrieving History

by David B. Capes Adjunct Professor, Stefana Dan Laing, has recently published her book, Retrieving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church (Baker Academic, 2017).  Laing is the assistant librarian at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Houston, TX) and... Continue Reading →

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