If you had a choice between a good book written this year and a good book on the same topic written over 100 years ago, which would you choose? Here are a few reasons why you might consider choosing the older book. 1. Old books give us perspective. Sometimes we...
Throughout church history, Christians have believed that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. This teaching is such an important part of Christianity that when heretics arose from time to time, overemphasizing or denying one or the other of these realities, they were identified as heretics and “dealt...
I came across an interesting bit of church history today. John Calvin insisted that the churches in Geneva remain locked outside of regularly scheduled worship times. In part, this was meant to discourage “superstitious” activity. The reformers were understandably sensitive to religious objects being used idolatrously (think relics), and...
We used to think that technology would solve all of our problems. During a recent trip to Disneyland I got to thinking about how cool “Tomorrowland” must have been back in its day. It’s funny to think that when Disneyland opened in 1955, this is what they thought the...

Women

The New Testament says a lot about women. Jesus’ ministry was largely devoted to instilling value in women. The growth of the early church was to a great extent shouldered by women. Most of us “Bible believing” Christians have probably not realized the depth of how radical Christianity’s positive...
Why are Protestants scared of the Apocrypha? I think it’s because we think that it’s Catholic, and since we’re Protestant, we don’t want to taint our theology with the dogma of Rome. But such fear is based on an inaccurate understanding of what these books are. The books of...
I ended my last post with the bold assertion that Calvin got Paul’s understanding of salvation right. The claim is somewhat ridiculous; no single interpreter has captured the full contours of Paul’s (or any other biblical writer’s) theology. So let me explain what I mean. After studying Paul’s’ understanding of...
My two year old daughter is infatuated with Buzz Lightyear. As we walked out of the Disney store with our new Buzz Lightyear action figure, I noticed that all the other little girls were looking at princesses. I guess my daughter is special. She loves Buzz Lightyear. Anytime we ask...
In the last post, I mentioned that I’m finishing up a book titled Paul and Judaism Revisited, which compares Paul’s understanding of salvation with the Dead Sea Scrolls. So I thought I’d back up a bit and give a layperson’s overview to two things: (1) what are the Dead Sea...

Hiatus

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m still alive and am back to blogging. I took a break because I’ve been trying to finish a book I’ve been working on for...
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