With this series of blog posts, I want to help you better understand the way in which the Bible was written so that you can get more out of your Bible reading. Specifically, I will be exploring the different literary genres in which the Bible was written. Perhaps that sounds...
In light of my recent posts on busyness, it seems fitting to share a few thoughts on rest. Rest can be awful: “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will...
“I’m glad we worship the God of the New Testament rather than the god of the Old,” said one student before Bible class, “because the God of the Old is a God of wrath, while the God of the New is a God of grace.” I have had many students,...
Will Christians worship God in the future (e.g. the millennium) at a physical temple? This has been a debate for many years, especially since 1948 when Israel became a state again. Now, theological camps are divided on the question (shocker, I know). In general, Dispensationalists would say yes, there...
Happy Valentines Day! When it comes to dating, Christians are often awkward. Sometimes as awkward as their non-Christian neighbors, sometimes more awkward. One reason that dating can be especially awkward in Christian circles is that we can’t seem to agree on what to call it. Some Christians have mild preferences...
The western church, as you know, wades around in a thick sludge of individualism. We admit it. We bemoan it. But sometimes we don’t realize just how deep our individualism runs. As I peel back the many unforeseen layers of my presuppositions, I often see individualistic tendencies governing my...
As we come now to the New Testament letters (Romans–Jude), we are stepping into familiar territory for most Christians. These letters are theologically rich, and we often find them speaking directly into our lives. But there are some important aspects of these letters that we need to consider as...
Is it ever okay for Christians to use vulgar language? This question is particularly pertinent to me, since my book Charis takes liberties that might offend some people. While the response to my book so far has been good, I’ve received not a few reactions that go something like… “I don’t...
Who doesn’t love the Psalms? These poem-songs have been treasured throughout church history. Yet we often have trouble with the imagery and figures of speech that make poetry what it is. God loves poetry. Over a third of the Bible is recorded in poetic form. Essentially, poetry is a highly...
“I refuse to create a theology that allows for sickness.” I recently came across this sentence, spoken by a pastor with increasing prominence. This statement is so unfortunate. For one thing, it doesn’t fit the Scriptures. For another thing, it doesn’t fit with the world as anyone experiences it....
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