April 24, 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: Lives Built Around Praying the Psalms

My primary (and very limited) experience with praying the Psalms communally is with the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. They pray the Psalms seven times a day, and cover the entire Psalter every two weeks. So you can imagine that the words and sentiments of the Psalms have become part of the very […]

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 […]

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 […]