Category: Bible

Literally?

Last week, Justin Taylor highlighted an article on the history of the interpretation of Genesis 1. I almost posted a rapid response, as the history of biblical interpretation is my big specialty. But I feared the appearance of posturing for...

/ February 24, 2011

What are Theologians For?

What are theologians for? What are they supposed to do? If the theologians of the world went on a retreat together and made a list of objectives for 2011, what would be on it? I’m not sure how to answer...

/ September 18, 2010

Mixing Fibers and Levitical Prohibitions

Mention the prohibition on tattoos in Leviticus 19:6 and it’s 98.7% likely that the immediate response will be, “Yeah, and don’t wear a cotton/polyester blend, either!” Now, I take it that the existence of polyester suits is a prima facie...

/ August 18, 2010

Defining the Gospel

Talking about the Gospel is all the rage these days. Everyone wants to know precisely how big it should be–does it include working for justice (which is invariably social justice), or not? With that in mind, I decided to put...

/ August 4, 2010

McLaren’s ‘New Christianity’ and its Greco-Roman Narrative

I haven’t yet read McLaren’s latest, mostly because of financial restrictions.  But I’ve been keeping one eye on the critiques, if only to see where the perceived weaknesses are if I ever make it around to it. And  Fuller New...

/ May 5, 2010

The Central Message of the Epistle to the Galatians

I’ve been reading through some traditional evangelicals, hunting for their understanding of embodiment.  Along the way, I came across this gem from Andrew Murray: That there is a glorying in Christ Jesus that is accompanied by much confidence in the...

/ March 31, 2010

The Gospel to the Phillipians

One of my other pet pseudo-academic theories that I occasionally like to argue is that Phillipians–not Ephesians, not Romans–is actually at the core of Paul’s theology. It’s a crazy thesis, and no NT scholar that I know would ever make...

/ March 12, 2010

Stephen Colbert and Bart Ehrman

Ehrman of revisionist fame, of course.  And Colbert of late-night comedy show cynicism fame. Best line?  “What’s the son of a duck?  It’s a duck.” Runner up?  “Isn’t it just possible that you’re missing the point, and that Jesus is...

/ February 25, 2010

Is the Bible Monotheistic?

Job 38:1-7: “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me… Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding…. Whereupon are the foundations...

/ May 27, 2008

A Biblical Dilemma

Spending ten hours a week in discussion with high school students presents some universal truths about human nature. One such universal truth is that human beings do not like to change (even for the better), and so require some strong...

/ May 1, 2008