Biblical Themes that Define Us (3): Elect Exiles

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in the World but not to be conformed to it (John 17:14-19). A third motif that describes the Christian life in this … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (3): Elect Exiles

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Biblical Themes that Define Us (2): Priests, Soldiers, and Servants

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in but not to be conformed to the World (John 17:14-19). A second motif given in Scripture is the identity of Christians … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (2): Priests, Soldiers, and Servants

Biblical Themes that Define Us (1): Two Kingdoms

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in the world but not to be conformed to it (John 17:14-19). One of these motifs is two kingdoms that exist in … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (1): Two Kingdoms

Your Sins are Forgiven: the Grace of God in Samuel

I suspect that the narrative of Samuel has much to teach us about the character of God: observe that David and Saul are both portrayed as rebellious men who break God’s word and law. David is still portrayed as a man after God’s own heart, yes, but these are glimmers of light in the midst … Continue reading Your Sins are Forgiven: the Grace of God in Samuel

Luther’s Hermeneutic

Central to Luther's doctrine of Scripture was the claim that Scripture was clear; from this doctrine of the clarity (or perspicuity) of Scripture came Luther's method of interpretation (or hermeneutic). Because the clarity of Scripture is a property of the text itself on account of God’s authorship, Luther’s primary hermeneutical approach is prayerful mediation upon … Continue reading Luther’s Hermeneutic

In God whose Word I Praise, In God I Trust

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:68-69)   When many disciples had abandoned Jesus, offended by his words, Peter and the apostles response was to hold … Continue reading In God whose Word I Praise, In God I Trust

Thoughts on Hebrew Poetry

Hebrew poetry, like Hebrew prose, is holographic: it revisits the same idea from different perspectives to communicate the whole picture--this is a feature that makes terseness possible. Its manifestation in poetry is the structural priority of parallelism, in all its various forms. That is, Hebrew poetry achieves a poetic rhythm through a multi-layered paralelism of … Continue reading Thoughts on Hebrew Poetry

Rick Gamache – “The Father’s Cup: A Crucifixion Narrative” audio and transcript

One of my teachers at Pacific Life Bible College introduced me to this creative but very biblical narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion. It is quite powerful and worth listening to this Good Friday. Transcript from Desiring God:The Father’s Cup (Good Friday) | Desiring God Link to an Audio Download