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Jesus, Paul, and Feminism

womenatthetombI wanted to comment on a blog article from over at The Junia Project that popped up on my Facebook feed last week.

The article itself is, for the most part, your run-of-the-mill egalitarian argumentation that seems more designed to appeal to fellow convinced egalitarians. For complementarians such as myself, the exegetical and hermeneutical arguments put forward are unconvincing. Continue reading “Jesus, Paul, and Feminism”

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Lead us not into…?

Recently, Pope Francis created quite the stir with his comments to an Italian news outlet regarding the phrase from the “Lord’s Prayer” (Mt. 6:9-13 // Lk. 11:2-4) “lead us not into temptation” (Gk. μὴ εἰσενέκγῃς ἡμᾶς πειρασμόν). NPR offers a translation of the pope’s words (from Italian): Continue reading “Lead us not into…?”

Christian Worship as Trinitarian Symphony

crucifixion and trinityMatthew Bates’ book, The Birth of the Trinity, contains an insight that has truly changed the way I understand Christian worship, specifically the church’s corporate worship in song. In presenting a prosopological reading of Paul’s citation of Psalm 18:49 (17:50 LXX) in Romans 15:9, Bates says, Continue reading “Christian Worship as Trinitarian Symphony”

No Mr. Tomlin, Heaven Is Not Our Home

chris-tomlinI’m a fan of a lot of contemporary Christian music. Hillsong’s What A Beautiful Name? Love it. Elevation Worship’s O Come To The Altar?[1] Love it. Natalie Grant’s Clean? Love it. I’m also very much a Chris Tomlin fan. However, whenever I hear his new song Home, I bristle. Continue reading “No Mr. Tomlin, Heaven Is Not Our Home”

An Outline of the Book of Revelation

The_Triumph_Of_Christianity_Over_Paganism.Gustave_DoréThe following chapter-by-chapter outline of the Book of Revelation is from a partial-preterist perspective. This perspective understands that most of the images described by John are symbolic descriptions of the events that led up to the Fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple by Imperial Rome in AD70. Continue reading “An Outline of the Book of Revelation”

Abraham and union with Yahweh?

Currently, the Sunday school class that I attend is working through the book of Romans. abrahamRecently, during the discussion of Romans 1:17, I was thinking through the notoriously difficult ἐκ πίστεως εἰς πίστιν and Paul’s usage of Habakkuk 2:4. Continue reading “Abraham and union with Yahweh?”

Finding Comfort in the Book of Revelation

Christians, like all peoplemultitude_in_heaven, go through periods of grief, sorrow, or discouragement. However, unlike non-believers who grieve as one who has no hope (1 Thess. 4:13), we have the blessing of Holy Scripture to look to for comfort and hope. One biblical passage that I often reflect upon during seasons of discouragement is found in the book of Revelation. Continue reading “Finding Comfort in the Book of Revelation”

Back to the Early Church?

An idea that I ofpentecosticonten hear from Christians is the notion that we, as the western church, need to get “back to the early church.” What is normally meant by this is the idea that something within the contemporary Christian church and culture is missing; the Church is off-track in some way and we need to get back to the doctrinal purity and unity that we read about in the book of Acts. Continue reading “Back to the Early Church?”

Cross, Theophany and the Forsakenness of Christ

“And around the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” That is, My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?” (Mt. 27:46)

In a previous post, I suggested that the cross is theophanic in nature (that is, a manifestation of God to save and to judge replete with specific imagery related to the appearance of Yahweh to Moses and the people of Israel on Mount Sinai). It has become a rallying cry in Evangelical thought, deriving from our text, that at the cross the Father and the Son were estranged. That God the Father “turned his back on his Son.”

Often the theological ramifications of such a perspective are overlooked in order to maintain the penal substitutionary model of the atonement or, perhaps more commonly, because it seems to be the most natural reading of the text. Continue reading “Cross, Theophany and the Forsakenness of Christ”

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