May 26, 2017

Looking for David

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. • Matthew 1:1 • • • I have argued elsewhere that the overarching story of the Bible is about God establishing his Kingdom in this world. “May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as in heaven” is the […]

Pete Enns: What is Genesis About? (2)

UPDATE: I have added some articles to the IM bulletin Board (right column) that complement our studies this week. Note from CM: Here is part two of Pete Enns’s enlightening overview of the purpose of Genesis in the final edition of the Hebrew Bible. Pete blogs at The Bible for Normal People. He also has a new The Bible […]

Pete Enns: What Is Genesis About? (1)

Note from CM: Thanks to Pete Enns for allowing us to re-post this thought-provoking essay about the purpose of Genesis. As usual, from my perspective it is spot on. And, as usual, it goes against the grain of most of the evangelical/fundamentalist teaching which originally shaped my view of Scripture. But it makes so much […]

Psalms Week: May Your Kingdom Come

The Book of Psalms is a wilderness book. It is also perfect for the messy, muddy, unpredictable season of Lent. It is filled with laments, the most common type in the book, but the Hebrew name for the book is Tehillim, which means “praises.” There is constant movement throughout the book from lament to praise, from despair to […]

Andrew Perriman: Who is being transformed into the image of Christ? Not me

Note from CM: I read the following, fascinating post over at Andrew Perriman’s always interesting and thought-provoking blog, and asked his permission to have us discuss it here at Internet Monk. I think it’s a good one to consider during Lent. • • • Who is being transformed into the image of Christ? Not me by […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 26, 2015

Note from CM: On Sundays in 2015, we are looking at excerpts from our Archives in order to hear the continuing voice of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, who died five years ago. Today’s post gives an example of one of his lessons from the Gospel of Mark, and how Michael tried to understand and communicate the ongoing relevance […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: March 22, 2015

Note from CM: We are drawing near to the fifth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death. Each Sunday this year we are re-posting some of his encouraging, challenging words. The following is excerpted from a piece he wrote in March 2008. • • • I’m not a literature scholar, but I play one in the classroom several hours a […]

In the beginning, it’s not about “days”

Better, but still not in the ballpark. Good for Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition for many parts of the article, “Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods.” Questioning the so-called “literalism” of Young Earth Creationism in their reading of Genesis 1 is something to be commended even if I think he ultimately […]

What did Jesus mean? — “Salt of the Earth”

In a post at First Things, called “Salt of the Earth” Peter Leithart challenges Christians to consider the negative metaphorical implications of Jesus’ saying. Was Jesus, in fact, pronouncing judgment on a sinful world through saying, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13)? First of all, he notes what many have observed: that Jesus […]

Fundamental mistakes in reading Genesis 1-2

Many of the debates people have about Genesis 1-2 and creation stay on a rhetorical level: “literal” vs. “metaphorical,” “historical” vs. “mythic,” concordant with modern science or representing Ancient Near East cosmology, and so on. Today I’d like to bypass all of that and look at a few interpretive issues in the text itself that […]