There is a reason we are enamored with The Shack. We have a longing to see God's purposes played out in metaphor, in terms we can touch and taste and feel. We are feeble creatures, and we need spiritual realities to be depicted in physical terms. The Shack scratches an itch--albeit poorly, like when you reach your hand … Continue reading Who Needs ‘The Shack’? We’ve Got Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant!
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
Words have no meaning without context. You can read the words "once" and "upon" and "a" and "time" separately, and they could mean an infinite number of things. However, string them together and all of the sudden by appearing side by side they communicate a specific meaning: "Once upon a time..." Perhaps the first time … Continue reading “On Canonical Reading, Context, and Collective Biblical Consciousness”
"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of … Continue reading Hebrews 4:12–Ehud and the Double-Edged Allegory
Recently my wife delivered our third son, but this time around, things were a little different. With the first two boys, we made it to the hospital in plenty of time, she got her epidural, and we sailed through delivery like it weren't no thang. Somehow this time we missed all of the signs of … Continue reading The Greatest Pain in Childbirth and Sorrow of the Ground
I have been reading the discussion cued by Jim Hamilton in his article, interacted with by Patrick Schreiner at his blog Ad Fontes, and further discussed by Matt Emerson in this article. Though I might be a 5'5" near midget among giants here, I would love to enter the discussion with a few perspectives of my … Continue reading Authorial Intention: Entering the Discussion