Yesterday I posted the following status on Facebook: The problem with abandoning the historicity of the Old Testament is that every few years another aspect of it is vindicated. To which I received this response: Yet we would acknowledge the role that varying styles of literature in the ancient Near East has to play, right? … Continue reading "On a Historical Old Testament"
Alastair Roberts, a favorite blogger of mine, has just finished a 10-part series on the Transfiguration. It’s really interesting, and I highly recommend it for any of you who can fathom 10 blog posts covering just the Transfiguration. Reading this series has given me two thoughts I feel are worth sharing, one more directly from … Continue reading "Whose Glory? On the Transfiguration"
The second item for the year’s reading list was a biography. I’ve never been particularly interested in biographies, but I found an exception. I was listening to the radio a week or two ago and ran across someone giving an interview about her biography of Joan of Arc. I kind of thought it was interesting, and … Continue reading "Joan of Arc: Her Story and Challenge"
To continue my Mark Bible study (which began in this post), I’ll move on to the very first verse: This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What the Bible Says Let’s not miss the significance of this. Mark has the simplest introduction of any of the Gospels. No genealogy (Matthew), preface (Luke), or … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: The Messiah Appears"
This is the third and final new series I’m starting now. I thought it would be fun to do a Bible study series on a particular book of the Bible. My recent studies have led me to Mark. The shortest and (according to most scholars) earliest of the Gospels, as well as the most cryptic, it … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: A Study on Mark"
Tradition. Such an interesting word for Christians. It seems innocent enough, but as it turns out there are very many ways it can be used, few of which are entirely free of controversy. Take, for example, the following statements: “You’re just follow human tradition instead of the Bible!” “Tradition tells us that John died on the isle of Patmos under house … Continue reading "Streams: Beliefs about the Bible and Tradition"
[This is an article I made for an apologetics forum. I decided I might as well post it here as well.] An argument frequently made by those who deny orthodox Christianity is that Jesus was not believed to be God until a very long time after His death. Among those who have the Internet but nothing … Continue reading "Early Evidence for Belief in Jesus' Deity"
What do God’s redemptive plan and the movie Inception have in common? Complex layers within complex layers. If you don’t know Inception, the movie is about dreams, and involves dreams within dreams within dreams. Each dream is very different, but also very connected to the dreams on the higher and lower levels. The dreams are … Continue reading "Jesus the New and True Israel"
People have a lot of funky ideas about the Bible. And it’s no wonder, given that it is the worldwide bestseller, was completed 2000 years ago, and is revered as God’s word by many millions of people. Anything with that kind of place in the world is bound to find several strange receptions. One thing which frequently happens with the Bible is … Continue reading "Misconceptions about Misconceptions about the Bible"
In my last post, I introduced my recent (somewhat in progress) transition from classical, TULIP Calvinism (“TC”) to Evangelical Calvinism (“EC”). I did not elaborate much, of course. That is the point of the rest of the series. Before I get into all the details, I’ll give a quick history lesson about where EC came … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Some Quick Background and the Gist"