The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Organization: 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.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

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An Unexpected Faith

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

Eric Barreto: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Friday June 03, 2011
In his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Eric Barreto asks, Based on the account in Acts, what would it mean for a church to be Pentecostal? He says we would seek out all kinds of people without requiring them to become like us, that we cannot be "God’s" people without "those" people.

Eric Barreto: In the Beginning and In the End

Friday June 03, 2011
Dr. Eric Barreto says Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are not a blueprint for the world or a play-by-play of the dawning of creation. Nor are they simply an ancient fairy tale we can dismiss. They’re not about us--they are first and foremost about God.

Articles by The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

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The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto: Truth and Truthiness

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
Looking back, I am surprised that moving from Puerto Rico to Louisiana wasn't more traumatic than it was.

Dr. Eric Barreto: Can We Talk?

Friday June 03, 2011
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?

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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?

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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."

Dr. Eric Barreto: Preaching and Ethnic Diversity

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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

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

Friday June 03, 2011
"If there is a war on Christmas, I think the assault is both more subtle and more pernicious than these perplexed conspiracy theories."

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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?

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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: Eric Barreto on James 3:1-12: Sticks, Stones, and the Power of Words

Friday June 03, 2011
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-The Bible: Dr. Eric Barreto: How to Vote like a Christian (Mark 12:28-34)

Friday June 03, 2011
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-The Bible: Giving Up Guns for Lent (Luke 4:1-13) By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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-The Bible: When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love, By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

Eric Barreto: Love and Hope in the Wake of Boston

Friday June 03, 2011
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-Special: Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

Eric Barreto: Was Jesus Political? Undoubtedly

Friday June 03, 2011
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-The Bible: How to Be Perfect (Matthew 5:38-48) By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
'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?

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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: Should Christians be Afraid of Ebola or Climate Change or ISIS or…? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11) by Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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: Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power (1 Samuel 8) By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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....

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

Friday June 03, 2011
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: Not Just About the Future (Revelation 7:9-17) By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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: Who Can We Trust to Lead Us? (1 Kings 21:1-21a) By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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: Except This Foreigner (Luke 17:11-19) By Eric D. Barreto

Friday June 03, 2011
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.

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

Friday June 03, 2011
Hatred is bubbling up among the cracks of division among us. Ideologies many of us had hoped were dormant in our body politic have returned with a roar. And we can’t be sure what comes next. For some of us, the fear we feel is not just uncertainty, but the realization that our bodies continue to be the object of so much vitriol and scapegoating

Television by The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto

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Dr. Eric Barreto: Celebrating Our Differences

Friday June 03, 2011
In this Day1 Reflection video, the Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto encourages us to celebrate our diversity and draws encouragement from Acts 2.