December 15, 2017

Ambiguity in Scripture

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part four Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • To my ears, one of the most bizarre and troubling passages in the Hebrew Bible describes the “bitter water” ritual (Numbers 5:11-31). This ceremony was to be used when a man suspected his pregnant […]

D.A. Carson on Genesis 1-2 and Science

One of the teachers I respect most in the Church is Dr. D.A. Carson from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Don was one of my primary NT professors when I was in seminary and he spoke at my installation service when I became pastor of a church in Waukegan, IL. One of my most satisfying moments […]

A Truth so Deep that Only Story can Convey It

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part three Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • Any discussion on the relationship of science and Scripture must deal with the Bible’s first chapters and their accounts of origins. John Polkinghorne, an Anglican priest who is also a renowned physicist, gives his […]

Misreading the Bible’s “Scientific Accuracy”

While we are on the subject of the Bible today, let’s look at a point of view quite contrary to that of John Polkinghorne, the renowned physicist whose book we are working through (see this morning’s post). Christian Post reports that “Pastor Rick Warren launched his ’40 Days in the Word’ biblical literacy campaign over […]

“A Developing Understanding of the Divine Will and Nature”?

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part two Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • “Development,” chapter two of John Polkinghorne’s small book on the Bible, is likely to be one of the more controversial sections in Testing Scripture. Whether you and I end up agreeing with him or […]

Texts that Should Be Taught (NT)

I was thinking the other day, “What texts would I turn to if I as a preacher, teacher, or writer wanted to infuse some needed emphases into today’s churches?” Here’s a few that I came up with (not exhaustive, of course, but suggestive of some key themes): James 1:27. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight […]

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part one Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • Today, we begin walking through a new book by John Polkinghorne on the Bible. I believe this will give us a unique vantage point from which to consider the Scriptures? Why? — because Polkinghorne […]

What Is This Parable About?

On Monday, my pastor asked if I would like to preach this coming Sunday. I accepted his kind invitation, and have been thinking about the day’s Gospel text ever since. Would you be willing to help me in my preparation? If so, I’ll give you some information here, and then you can join in the […]

The Gospel: What the Torah Says about Faith vs. the Works of the Law

By Chaplain Mike “Then [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6, NASB) “…Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” (Genesis 26:5) “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy […]

The Gospel: The Message of the Torah (1)

By Chaplain Mike The teacher to whom I owe my deepest debt of gratitude for giving me tools to help me read the Bible and for opening my eyes to its Gospel message from beginning to end is Dr. John Sailhamer. He was my professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School […]