Category: Bible

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

A Profile in Christian Courage: JP Moreland at ETS

JP Moreland isn’t afraid to engage in controversy, or even to start one himself. Two years ago, while addressing the plenary session of the Evangelical Theological Society on the topic of post-modernism, he offered this analysis: In what follows, I...

/ November 15, 2007

The Anthropology of Romans Four: Conclusion and Footnotes

VIII. Conclusion My initial move was to outline interpretations of two exegetical issues, namely anthropology and justification, pointing out that a fundamental tension exists within exegesis of both issues, namely which paradigm has primacy in Paul’s thought, the individual or...

/ July 31, 2007