Wow! 2017 came and went. I know it’s the same 12 months in a year, or 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, or 525,600 minutes, and so on… but it does feel like it goes by much faster as I get older. And before I knew it, 2017 raced by without many blog posts. My life just became too busy to keep up with weekly posts. I did not even keep up with monthly ones. Probably, for the time being, I will post randomly and occasionally. I hope this is just an interim period. As soon as I get some book projects off my desk, and perhaps finish my tenure as chair of the biblical field at North Park, I will come back to the blog and reignite it with a flurious succession of original articles, book reviews, pastoral reflections, and historical-cultural notes from the world of the New Testament and early Christianity. 
     But for now, blessings to all this 2018!

FYI, this is the year of the dog according to the Chinese Lunar calendar! It’s the year of fortune and health. May the Lord bless the work of your hands and give you strength to serve Him faithfully this 2018. MJL