For a while now, I’ve wanted to blog about the New Perspective, but have been reluctant, since I’m not sure that our readers are all that interested in it. But just this week, I’ve had quite a few people ask me about it—real people, not seminary students or scholarly...
In my previous post (“racial reconciliation”), I looked at two passages (Eph 2 and Gal 2) that place a high value on breaking down the walls of ethnic division within the church. This is especially important since in many churches, people don't seem to care whether it’s ethnically diverse...
I’ve been studying the Bible for over 16 years now, but only recently thought about what the Bible says about racial reconciliation. Racial tension is as old as Noah, and with Martin Luther King Day approaching, I thought I’d blog about what I now consider a theologically crucial topic. So...
I arrived at Aberdeen University on a frigid January afternoon in 2004 and headed straight to the secretary’s desk to receive the keys to my new office. This is where I’d spend the next three years, hammering out my PhD dissertation and seeking to keep warm on the Scottish...
In two previous posts (click here or here), I’ve discussed several issues related to Christians and alcohol. If you’re joining us late, it may be better to read those two posts, since they cover some of the more basic issues.Today, I want to look at one particular assumption that...

Beer

In a previous post, I discussed Christians and alcohol. I began by making several well-known assertions about what the Bible says, and concluded by making a few lesser-known ones. In this post, I want to continue the discussion by looking at two issues that I mentioned in passing in...
Amongst other things, the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are for spending time with family watching TV shows you don’t care about. While channel surfing with my in-laws last night, we struck gold. We happened upon a show called Extreme Cheapskates. It’s unbelievable. Basically, the show features people...

Wine

Okay, here we go. That all too debated and culturally driven topic of alcohol. I just made tenure, so I thought I’d stick my neck out and throw this out on the table since I’ve got nothing to lose. What does the Bible say about the consumption of alcohol and...
The traditional image that angels have wings is pervasive. I’ve rarely heard anyone question it. But—as has been my trend over the last few posts—I’m going to question it. Put simply, nowhere in Scripture do we see angels with wings. Nowhere. If you know of any, please drop the...
A few days ago, I raised the question whether Jesus was born at an inn and concluded that he probably was not. For some reason, I enjoy questioning our modern view of Jesus, not because I like to be edgy, but because I love to wipe clean our cultural...
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