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The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto is the Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.

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The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

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Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

The Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto is the Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. He joined the faculty in 2016. Previously he was Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He was ordained by Peachtree Baptist Church (CBF) in 2006. After completing a bachelor of arts degree in religion at Oklahoma Baptist University and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned a doctoral degree in New Testament from Emory University.

His research interests range from the Acts of the Apostles to ancient and contemporary questions about race and ethnicity. In 2010, he published his first book, Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16. He is also a regular contributor to WorkingPreacher.org, and EnterTheBible.org.

For more information, visit his website.


Latest Content by The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

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ON Scripture: Prophetic Resistance (Isaiah 2:1-5) By Eric D. Barreto

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Prophetic Resistance (Isaiah 2:1-5)

By Eric D. Barreto

Losing an election shouldn't feel this dire.

Sometimes our preferred candidates win. We celebrate, but then life goes back to normal. Sometimes they lose. We protest. We demand a recount. But eventually we accept the loss. We lick our wounds and begin to think about the next election.

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ON Scripture: Except This Foreigner (Luke 17:11-19) By Eric D. Barreto

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Except This Foreigner (Luke 17:11-19)

By Eric D. Barreto

 

If Jesus's words never strike me as strange, if Jesus's words never cause me some sense of unrest, if Jesus's words never trouble me, then I can be sure of one thing: I can be sure that I am missing something important.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 06, 2016

ON Scripture: Who Can We Trust to Lead Us? (1 Kings 21:1-21a) By Eric D. Barreto

ON Scripture: The Bible

If we were to go by the titles of books about leadership, we might be tempted to imagine that good leadership is a matter of following the right set of instructions. And this might work if we could all agree what good leadership is. The roiling presidential season just might suggest otherwise.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

April 11, 2016

ON Scripture: Not Just About the Future (Revelation 7:9-17) By Eric D. Barreto

ON Scripture: The Bible

This is a vision of hope and abundance, which makes such a vision so much harder to believe in a world threatened by environmental, economic, political, and personal crises. More and more, we live in a world where scarcity is the order of the day, where what we lack looms over us.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

July 13, 2015

ON Scripture: All the Charlestons: We Press on for Justice (Mark 6:30-34, 53-56) By Eric D. Barreto

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Weariness is the constant companion of those who seek justice. A year punctuated with tragedies around racial inequalities culminated in a burst of hateful violence during a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Mother Emanuel church. And as these nine faithful souls have been laid to rest, I have been struck by a refrain that many of my friends have been voicing.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 01, 2015

ON Scripture: Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power (1 Samuel 8) By Eric D. Barreto

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Leaders disappoint. Leaders let us down. All of them and not just the ones with a different political label than we hold. In 1 Samuel 8, the Bible recounts an ill-fated political decision....
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April 06, 2015

ON Scripture: Sell All Your Possessions! (Acts 4:32-35) Eric D. Barreto

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Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational access, the easy prejudice of one's neighbors, and the ubiquity of oppression is dehumanizing and crushing.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

November 10, 2014

ON Scripture: Should Christians be Afraid of Ebola or Climate Change or ISIS or…? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11) by Eric D. Barreto

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Fear is in the air. Ebola. War. Conflict. Economic turmoil. Political victories. Political losses. This is the stuff of the nightly news. And everywhere we look we have a new villain to worry about, a new threat against which we ought to brace, a new sense of hopelessness. This is nothing new, of course. The world has always been a scary place.
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Dr. Eric Barreto: Celebrating Our Differences

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

In this Day1 Reflection video, the Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto encourages us to celebrate our diversity and draws encouragement from Acts 2.

ON Scripture Article

September 15, 2014

Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us (Jonah 3:10—4:11) by Eric D. Barreto

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The story of Jonah is a favorite in the Sunday School classroom. And for those of us who remember the story, one aspect of the narrative is most memorable. We remember that Jonah is eventually consumed by a whale or a fish or some sea creature. He spends three days in that great beast’s belly only to be jettisoned when he has finally learned his lesson. But what lesson exactly did he learn?
ON Scripture Article

May 12, 2014

ON Scripture: Heaven is a Home (John 14:1-14) By Eric D. Barreto

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When I was five, Disney World was my vision of heaven. As I grew up in the church, my vision turned upward. Heaven was an eternal destination deferred until the moment after you die. Heaven was a place of reward and eternity. Heaven was an ethereal experience, something so otherworldly that the best we could do is speak in metaphors and images about it. Heaven, in short, had very little to do with the world as we knew it. Neither vision gets it quite right.
ON Scripture Article

February 17, 2014

ON Scripture-The Bible: How to Be Perfect (Matthew 5:38-48) By Eric D. Barreto

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'Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect' (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you noticed how insatiable our egos are? How deeply insecure we all are?
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October 15, 2013

Eric Barreto: Was Jesus Political? Undoubtedly

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Let's get this out of the way right away: Jesus was political. His preaching was tinged with political statements. His healings carried massive political implications for the ways we structure our world and understand our neighbor. His execution was of the kind reserved for acts of political disruption. That is, he died on a cross because the political authorities of his day saw him as a threat to the political structures and order of his day.
ON Scripture Article

July 10, 2013

ON Scripture-The Bible: Good Samaritans All Around (Luke 10:25-37) By Eric D. Barreto

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The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is so familiar that to some it probably starts to verge on a cliché. Even people who have never read the Bible, let alone the Gospel of Luke, know the image of compassion embodied by the Samaritan who takes the risk to help a stranger in the midst of great trouble. In fact, the notion of a Good Samaritan has a cultural cache almost entirely separate from the term’s biblical origins.
ON Scripture Article

June 05, 2013

ON Scripture-The Bible: Women, Work, and the Word: Luke 7:11-17 by Eric D. Barreto

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Stories of Jesus healing people are common in the Gospel of Luke. The account of the widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-17, however, breaks a number of the patterns we expect to see around these narratives. This story revolves around Jesus and a widow whose son has died. Jesus sees her accompanying the funeral procession and is so moved by the sight that he brings her son back to life.
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June 02, 2013

An Unexpected Faith

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

For the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, the Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto explores the unexpected faith both of a Roman centurion and a grieving widow, and offers hope to all.
ON Scripture Article

May 21, 2013

ON Scripture-Special: Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma By Eric D. Barreto

ON Scripture

In churches around the world, Psalm 8’s resounding praise of God will be read this Sunday. Women and men will confess that these are the words of God. But we will do so with grief, with deep questions about God and the world God has crafted and continues to sustain. As we have learned anew in the last few hours, tornadoes are indiscriminate terrors.
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April 16, 2013

Eric Barreto: Love and Hope in the Wake of Boston

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

We should have stopped trying by now. We should have thrown up our hands in despair and cried, "Enough." We should have relented by now, given up any hope that our lives would cease being punctuated by random violence. We should have stopped hoping for something different. But we haven't.
ON Scripture Article

March 06, 2013

ON Scripture-The Bible: When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love, By Eric D. Barreto

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In Luke 15, Jesus addresses three famous parables about being lost and found to the Pharisees and scribes who disapprove of the company Jesus keeps. Simply stated, Jesus hung out with the wrong people, with riffraff and traitors, with people none of us would ever invite to our dinner parties. And yet Jesus broke bread with them much to the dismay of his critics.
ON Scripture Article

February 13, 2013

ON Scripture-The Bible: Giving Up Guns for Lent (Luke 4:1-13) By Eric D. Barreto

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Obviously, Jesus didn’t own a gun, never said anything directly about firearms. He couldn’t have. Of course, that won’t solve the debates now roiling this nation about violence and the people and tools that perpetuate it. Nonetheless, the fact that Jesus has nothing to say about guns has not stopped a number of pundits from extrapolating Jesus’ ethics on gun violence.
ON Scripture Article

October 31, 2012

ON Scripture-The Bible: Dr. Eric Barreto: How to Vote like a Christian (Mark 12:28-34)

ON Scripture

It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the core of faith and could--if we really were to trust God--transform the world. Similarly then and with election day looming, voting should be an easy affair: people of faith should vote for the candidates whose policies would most embody a love of God and neighbor.
ON Scripture Article

September 12, 2012

ON Scripture: Eric Barreto on James 3:1-12: Sticks, Stones, and the Power of Words

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Anyone who has been at the receiving end of a bully’s wrath knows that words are as blunt as stones, as sharp as a honed stick. We should know better than to repeat the old adage about sticks and stones, but we don’t seem to grasp fully the power of words. James 3:1-12 speaks to these realities in a vivid way.
ON Scripture Article

May 23, 2012

ON Scripture: Dr. Eric Barreto on Acts 2:1-21: Think Differently About Difference

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Christians have often hoped for a time when our racial and economic differences would cease, when in Christ we would all be indistinguishable. Such impulses are earnest but fundamentally misguided.
ON Scripture Article

April 25, 2012

ON Scripture: Dr. Eric Barreto on Psalm 23 and 1 John 3:15-24

ON Scripture

What shape does God’s presence take in our lives? Here a reading in 1 John 3:16-24 is most helpful. This passage points to Jesus’ sacrifice as the ultimate embodiment of God’s love for us. That Jesus laid down his life for us, however, comes with a price.
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April 05, 2012

Dr. Eric Barreto: Lent and Love: A Reflection on John 3:16

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Many of us would likely struggle to define love succinctly. Many of us would not even know where to start. Love is one of those words that you can't possibly understand just by looking it up in the dictionary.
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January 06, 2012

Dr. Eric Barreto: Los Tres Reyes: Did We Miss a Holiday?

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

El Dia de los Tres Reyes is an important holiday for our sisters and brothers in Latin America. It was a significant day for my own family growing up. What are we missing by ignoring it?
ON Scripture Article

December 21, 2011

ON Scripture: Eric Barreto on Luke 2:1-20: The "Real" War On Christmas?

ON Scripture

"If there is a war on Christmas, I think the assault is both more subtle and more pernicious than these perplexed conspiracy theories."
ON Scripture Article

September 28, 2011

ON Scripture: Eric Barreto on Exodus 20: 10 Commandments--Rules and Regulations?

ON Scripture

How many of the Ten Commandments can you name? If you are like most Americans, the number is far below the full ten. A 2007 survey reported that most Americans could rattle off the ingredients of a Big Mac more readily than the Ten Commandments
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September 08, 2011

Dr. Eric Barreto: Preaching and Ethnic Diversity

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

I would argue the dream of a "post-racial" society is ultimately empty. Such hopes emerge from a positive aspiration that we might move toward a society in which racial and ethnic prejudice is no longer granted a divisive and destructive force among us. However, our differences linger on for better or for worse.
The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto Article

August 17, 2011

ON Scripture: Dr. Eric Barreto on Exodus 1:8-2:10: Faith in the Past, Present & Future

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

In his ON Scripture post, Dr. Eric Barreto writes, "In the Exodus story as in many of our lives, deliverance and suffering are interlaced. Our hopeful prayers are not always answered, and grace may take a different shape than we might have expected."
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August 13, 2011

Dr. Eric Barreto: The Gospel according to Roger Ebert and the Homiletical Voice

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

When I hear someone complain that Twitter is simply a space for narcissists to announce their choice of breakfast, I can't help but think of Roger Ebert.
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July 28, 2011

Dr. Eric Barreto: Don't Try This at Home

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Are our sermons commercials for the radical Christian life that warn in the fine print, "Don't try this at home?" Are we more concerned with the side effects than the healing Jesus promises?
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June 29, 2011

Dr. Eric Barreto: Can We Talk?

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Theological disputes are rending many of our churches apart. These too frequently destructive arguments force a difficult question upon us. Can we have discussions any more that do not degenerate to the taking of mutually exclusive positions?
The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto Article

June 15, 2011

Dr. Eric Barreto: A God Who Breaks All the Rules

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Looking back, I am surprised that moving from Puerto Rico to Louisiana wasn't more traumatic than it was.
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June 08, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto: Truth and Truthiness

The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto (CBF)

Seemingly today, all the world's knowledge and data at our fingertips and yet wisdom and truth telling are no easier to discover. Too often, truth and truthiness look just alike.