Stephen Noll

Stephen Noll


The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry.

George Herbert: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Priest and Poet

Posted on February 26, 2024

George Herbert, perhaps the greatest devotional poet in the English language, was also a faithful pastor to a small country church. When I was a student, Herbert helped lead the way of my pilgrimage to Christ. As an adult disciple and priest, I have continually refreshed my spirit by dipping back into Herbert’s prose and…

Reclining On Christ: Saint John’s Example of Intimacy with Jesus

Posted on December 27, 2023

Saint John was an apostle, an evangelist, and a bosom friend to Jesus, who set an example of reclining on Christ. John’s feast is December 27th, and we also remember him on Maundy Thursday and any time we read from his Gospel. A Bosom-Friend I call John a bosom friend because it was he, “the…

The Book of Wisdom: Divine Intelligence or AI?

Posted on December 8, 2023

This is the fifth part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” Many Anglicans greet the season of Advent with the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” the second verse of which says: O Come, thou Wisdom from on high, Who orderest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And…

The Book of Judith, the Jewish People, and the Advent of the Messiah

Posted on November 10, 2023

This is the fourth part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” The Daily Office readings for November (BCP page 760) insert ten days of readings from The Book of Judith, from the Apocrypha. This book picks up themes from the Books of Maccabees, which I reviewed earlier, and adds some gender balance…

Let Us Now Praise Famous (and Unfamous) Men: The Wisdom of Sirach

Posted on October 25, 2023

This is the third part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” “Let us now praise famous men” is the best-known phrase from the entire Apocrypha. In the 20th century, it was used as the title of a photo narrative of poverty in Appalachia by James Agee and Walker Evans and a patriotic…

Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha: 1 & 2 Maccabees

Posted on September 26, 2023

This is the second part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” In my introductory article, “What is the Apocrypha and Why Should You Read It?” I suggested one practical reason for Anglicans to do so is that the Prayer Book lectionary prescribes selections from the Apocrypha. Now I’d like to up the ante…

What is the Apocrypha, and Why Should You Read It?

Posted on September 1, 2023

This is the first part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” It is hard enough to pronounce or spell Apocrypha, so why should you want to read it? Good question. Answering that question is my task in this series of articles. Did you know that the Apocrypha is part of the Bible?…

Marriage and the Three-Way Light Bulb

Posted on February 7, 2023

I happen to like three-way light bulbs. They make it possible to have background light for casual conversations and bright light for reading at night. Unfortunately the bulbs and sockets are quite finicky and I keep having to replace them. To be honest, I think the difficulty is that electric current is an on-off kind…

The Purposes of Marriage

Posted on February 4, 2023

Marriage is purpose-driven, that is to say, driven by God’s design from the beginning. In the marriage liturgy, after the majestic words introducing the origins of marriage, there follows a statement of its “causes” or purposes: The union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind was ordained by God: for the procreation of…