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Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying – St. Paul’s Houston

Dying well is an art. Next Monday, May 7, 2018, I will be speaking on the art of dying – or ars moriendi – at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston. I will share my own insights gained from service in hospice, and I will also address common questions on death and dying.

Join me for lunch at 11:30am and lecture at noon. The event is free and is funded by St. Paul’s partnership with Perkins School of Theology as well as a grant that provides for the Theologian-in-Residence program at St. Paul’s. Donations are accepted.

To register, follow this link.

I hope to see you there!


Let’s Talk about Heaven and Hell – April 17, 2018

Young adults, join Dr. Roy Heller and me in Houston on Tuesday, April 17 for a conversation on Heaven and Hell. We will each share a 10-15 minute presentation, then we will join with other local leaders as part of a panel to entertain questions from the audience. This event is hosted by Theology on Tap, a collection of Houston churches who get young adults together to drink craft beer and talk about the Christian life. The event is free! Please register online.

Check out the information below if you are looking for more information about future events through Theology on Tap or if you’d like to connect with the Theology on Tap leadership.


Join Me on March 23, 2018 for a One-Day “Land Matters” Course through Perkins Theological School for the Laity


You may have noticed that I recently led another Perkins Immersion Trip to Israel and Palestine. One of the most valuable aspects of this trip is being able to experience firsthand the geography of the Bible — to experience the ways in which land mattered millennia ago and the ways in which land matters today.

Understanding the geography of the Bible has a direct impact on interpreting its meaning. As I insist my students repeat and memorize, the mantra is “All geography is theology” when it comes to the Bible. Once you start thinking about it, all kinds of questions spring to mind:

  • Why are the disciples known as Galileans?
  • Where is the Decapolis, and why does it matter that Jesus ministers there?
  • Why highlight that the woman at the well is from Samaria?
  • How does ancient Joppa intersect with modern Joppa, and why should contemporary Christians care?

Are you interested in learning more about the ways in which land matters for interpreting the Bible?

Join me for my upcoming one-day course “Land Matters: Geography and the Bible” as part of the Perkins Theological School for the Laity event. I will be teaching the “Land Matters” course on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9:30am until 4:00pm.

There will also be several other excellent courses offered during the entire 2 1/2 day Perkins Theological School for the Laity event held March 22-24, 2018 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Check out this video for a preview of a few of the Perkins Theological School for the Laity courses, including my own:

Find out more information about my one-day “Land Matters” course — and about the entire event — by visiting this link or by downloading the following PDF: Perkins Laity Brochure 2018 Print. You can register online for any of the courses that are part of the 2 1/2 day event, including “Land Matters.” Advanced online registration ends March 15, 2018.


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Sail Away with Me on a Journeys of Paul Cruise!

Journeys of Paul Cruise

SAVE THE DATE. Sail away with me on a Journeys of Paul Cruise (and places the Apostle WISHED he could have gone!) aboard the luxurious Jewel of the Seas starting Oct. 5, 2018. Greece, Italy & Turkey – Return to the USA on October 16th, 2018, or continue on the exciting Vatican City Post Tour (Oct. 16-17th). Two Units of CEU Credits Available. For complete itinerary, travel descriptions, brochure and rates, please click the button below. When you register, just put the number 57140 on the ID line and my name as your host. Can’t wait!

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