Think about the last time you were really struggling. Like really--as in you had a hard time rolling out of bed and facing the day. What truth do you cling to in those moments? When life is filled with defeat, and your spiritual walk feels like a slog, and you are facing opposition from all … Continue reading Predestination Is a Doctrine for Your Daily Struggle
When it comes to the Word of God, both conservatives and liberals believe in divorce--the divorce of words from meaning. Conservatives divorce them in this way: the primary function of words is to aid in determining authorial intention. Meaning lies in the author's intentions. The words are an aid in the discovery, but do not … Continue reading Divorcing Words from Meaning
I have this annoying quirk where I can't let the particulars of Scripture go. When the Bible gets descriptive, there must be some significance beyond satisfying mere curiosity. There are no throw away parts of Scripture, no parts that are just for your information. Unexpected details get my wheels churning. When it comes to my … Continue reading The Curious Case of Benjamin
The key to a good joke is an unexpected wry twist at the very last moment. You don't give the punchline at the beginning or middle of a joke. No, a good joke-teller weaves together a seemingly pointless and at times oddly disparate story (a la "A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a … Continue reading The Old Testament Is a Huge Joke
This past month, I spent a lot of time working on a theology of Messianic anticipation through the Old Testament. As I saw how God laced this theme through the stories of men like Noah, Moses, David, Hezekiah, and Ezra, I also began to notice another theme that continued to pop up in each story. … Continue reading A Theology of Reset Failure
Why is the Bible so circuitous? Have you ever wondered, "Why doesn't God just come out and say what he means?" Things are rarely black and white; the Bible is full of narratives that spell things out in 50 different shades of gray. Wouldn't the Christian life be a lot easier if the whole Bible … Continue reading Why Isn’t the Bible More Black and White?
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)