I was granted faith in Jesus Christ in late-1987, at the ripe old age of twenty. I was attending Utah State University at the time, majoring in Music. After coming to faith, my interests migrated and I changed my major to Philosophy. Several philosophy courses contained segments critical of the Bible, especially of the New Testament. One term I enrolled in the course, “The History and Thought of the New Testament” — which was neither. The lecturer was a deviant Presbyterian minister who’s education was a bit out of date. He tried hard to dissuade students of any confidence in the New Testament gospels.
What he didn’t know, at least at first, was that I had become acquainted with Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, now Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. Not only that, I had acquired a copy of Craig’s book, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (first edition). These were the days before email and low-priced long distance phone calls. Nevertheless, I began speaking with Craig about numerous issues. He was eminently helpful and always available. I read his book (or portions thereof) so many times that I eventually had to replace it. Then I had to replace it again. Now I’m very pleased to note that a second edition has been published. I highly recommend this book: The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. (If you buy a copy from Amazon, make sure it is the second edition!)
Later I was to make my way to Colorado, begin working with Summit Ministries, and eventually pursue an M.A. I took many courses on many subjects at different schools. I only took two courses with Craig, however. He is highly sought after at Denver Seminary. What I did enjoy, however, were our regular conversations and correspondence. I also enjoyed a fantastic independent study with Craig, one in which I first floated my peculiar reading of Romans 1:18ff. (No, Craig was not persuaded by my thesis, though he felt there was enough traction for it to be pursued. I’m pursuing it!)
Craig is an inspiration to younger wanna-be evangelical scholars. I cannot thank you enough, Craig!