February 21, 2017

One of God’s Better Stories

I have to admit, I loved being a part of the story I posted yesterday. It was a great privilege to know Lenny and Frances, and their lives inspire me. I got a sense from the comments that we all feel admiration for people like them — folks who seem to model Jesus’ teachings about […]

John Sailhamer Week: 3 — Focus on the Text

John Sailhamer Week on Internet Monk (3) Focus on the Text Last week, the most influential professor in my life died. John Sailhamer, my Hebrew and OT prof at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School throughout the 1980’s, succumbed to Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia, and went into the care of the God who loved him and […]

John Sailhamer Week: 2 – Opening the Door to Genesis

John Sailhamer Week on Internet Monk (2) Opening the Door to Genesis  Last week, the most influential professor in my life died. John Sailhamer, my Hebrew and OT prof at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School throughout the 1980’s, succumbed to Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia, and went into the care of the God who loved him […]

John Sailhamer Week: 1 — The Big Picture of the Pentateuch

John Sailhamer Week on Internet Monk (1) The Big Picture of the Pentateuch Last week, the most influential professor in my life died. John Sailhamer, my Hebrew and OT prof at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School throughout the 1980’s, succumbed to Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia, and went into the care of the God who loved him […]

Adam & Eve: A Failure of Vocation

What the Bible offers is not a “works contract,” but a covenant of vocation. The vocation in question is that of being a genuine human being, with genuinely human tasks to perform as part of the Creator’s purpose for his world. The main task of this vocation is “image-bearing,” reflecting the Creator’s wise stewardship into […]

Another Look: One Human Action, Profound Effects — Jesus and Adam

Note from CM: Since this subject came up in the discussion yesterday, I thought I would re-post a piece that I recommended in a comment (with edits and updates). I have also inserted additional material from another post, called “Paul, Christ, and Adam.” • • • Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, […]

Brueggemann: The hurt God and the possibility of faithfulness

Walter Brueggemann is among my favorite Bible commentators and theologians. He represents a generation of scholars in a tradition that my evangelical/fundamentalist roots taught me to avoid. But though he comes from the Protestant mainline with its history of embracing higher critical approaches to the Bible, Brueggemann, like many others has been honest about the […]

Pete Enns: No Turning Back

No Turning Back: 5 Insights about the Old Testament from Modern Biblical Scholarship By Peter Enns Pete blogs at The Bible for Normal People • • • These 5 insights overlap a bit, but here they are. (1) The Old Testament is an ancient Near Eastern phenomenon.  A rather obvious point, perhaps, but worth putting at the top […]

Adam: Israel’s first king

Adam is the prototypical king who is called to conquer the Promised Land. • Seth D. Postell • • • Awhile back we did a post called “Fundamental Mistakes in Reading Genesis 1-2.” One of the points of that piece was that, when reading the creation story, people miss clues that show all was not right with […]

Wisdom Week: Proverbs – Life’s Baseline

When most people think of “wisdom” with regard to the Bible, the Book of Proverbs comes to mind. Proverbs contains observations and instructions about life at its “baseline.” It sets forth general standards of life and living well. Eugene Peterson describes its sapiential message in these terms: “Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions […]