Biblical Narrative Is Ambiguous (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

This might make your toes curl up inside your shoes, but the narratives of the Bible are ambiguous. Just to be clear, I am not saying that the Bible is false, untrue, misleading, or culturally confined. But its stories are ambiguous. Perhaps you remember being introduced to literary tools in your high school English class–simile,Continue reading “Biblical Narrative Is Ambiguous (and Why That’s a Good Thing)”

What If I Miss the Rapture?

So, I did a bad thing this past week. I googled “what if I miss the rapture?” For those who are not familiar with what I’m talking about, “the rapture” is a central piece of a dispensational reading of Revelation. The idea goes that when Jesus returns, he will come back secretly first and takeContinue reading “What If I Miss the Rapture?”

New Posts @ TGC and Southern Equip: ‘Chiasms’ and ‘Hope’

I’ve got a couple of articles up at The Gospel Coalition and Southern Seminary’s blog Southern Equip on two totally different topics, with two totally different tones. The first explores chiasm and symmetry in Scripture. The second shares personal testimony about my own struggles in the early years of ministry and the hope I foundContinue reading “New Posts @ TGC and Southern Equip: ‘Chiasms’ and ‘Hope’”

Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads

There are times when translators are befuddled. 1 Samuel 6:19 is one of those times. Here is the verse in several translations: NASB–“He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men” ESV–And he struck some of theContinue reading “Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads”