Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Fifteen

Lest one think, in light of Wright’s strong conviction that Paul is critiquing the Imperial Cult, that Wright is actually an advocate of Paul being seen as something of a subversive or a political revolutionary in general, the following should lay such concerns to rest. He says “Yet I believe in the last analysis Paul did affirm the goodness, the God-givenness, of human structures of authority, even while at the same time undermining, through central aspects of his theology, the… Read more

The Case for Non-Resistance Part Two

(Below is the continuation of Dr. Kuruvilla’s case for non-resistance). What about men like David who served in war? The Old Testament is filled with men of faith who engaged in physical combat. David is but one example. Like practices of polygamy or animal sacrifice, physical war pertains to the Old Covenant but not to the New. Jesus often supersedes Old Testament practices in the Sermon on the Mount. A Christocentric, New Covenant perspective demands that Jesus’ followers obey His… Read more

The Case for Non-Resistance– Part One

The following is an excellent presentation of the case for non-resistance (not to be confused with certain forms of pacifism) from the pen of Dr. Finny Kuruvilla, a Harvard graduate. We will post the rest of this excerpt from his recent book King Jesus Claims his Church(-available on Amazon– reprinted by his kind permission) in a further post tomorrow. Chapter 17 Peacemaking and nonresistance Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9) The nations… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Fourteen

As it turns out, the real radical Reformation did not take place shortly after Luther (and in reaction to him). No, it happened in the first century when Paul revamped the whole symbol system of early Judaism. When someone reorients and reinterprets things like Temple, Territory, Torah, Prayer, Family, Battle etc. then they are messing with the vital parts of an ancient religion, not merely its thought world, but its praxis. So Wright correctly points out how different prayer looks… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Thirteen

I’ve finally arrived at the Pauline portion of Tom’s opus, and something immediately struck me. I don’t know if you readers are film watchers, but you might enjoy Monuments Men, the story of the desperate attempt to rescue the art stolen by Hitler from the Louvre and elsewhere. There is a great line in the movie that goes something like this— “if you burn a person’s fields, or house, or steal their clothes, that’s one thing. They can recover from… Read more

‘Son of God’– The Burnett and Downey Version

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcIXCok9HPg[/youtube] It is extraordinarily difficult to know how to evaluate a film like ‘Son of God’, offered quick on the heels of last spring’s successful series by Burnett and Downey on ‘the Bible’ (the Reader’s Digest version of a sort). Do we evaluate it against the original stories in the four canonical Gospels? Do we evaluate it against other films about Jesus? Do we assess it on its own merits, but that is difficult to do since it is based… Read more

Joni Mitchell– An Interview for the Ages

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEJuiZN3jI8[/youtube] This is a wonderful, long, very revealing interview done with one of the great artists of any sort of music or visual art of the last 70 or so years. I was fortunate enough to see her live in concert in about 1972 or 73 just after her Blue album came out, now considered a classic, and the concert was frankly ethereal, angelic, and unforgettable. Enjoy. BW3 Read more

I’d really Dig a Camel about Now!

There is a recent archaeological report about camels, or the lack thereof in the Holy Land. John Noble Wilford of the NY Times has a recent article about the findings which can be found here—-http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/science/camels-had-no-business-in-genesis.html?ref=science&_r=0″ title=”Camels”. The findings include the deduction that because evidence has not yet been found for camels in the Holy Land prior to 1,000 B.C. therefore they likely were not part of the economy in that Land before then, and also therefore, the reports in Genesis… Read more

Ephesian Miracle— The Sixth Art West Adventure

https://wipfandstock.com/store/Ephesian_Miracle_The_Sixth_Art_West_Adventure Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more lively for Art West, he goes to Turkey to get married and all kinds of mayhem breaks loose. What is the difference between miracle and magic, and how does that difference make a difference in the life of Marissa, Art’s new bride? And did they really discover the bones of Mary in Ephesus? If so those bodily assumption traditions may turn out to be based on false assumptions. These and… Read more

Sherlock– The Game’s Occasionally Afoot

It is an interesting phenomenon to have two very different presentations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusty sidekick John Watson on the telly at the same time. This is only possible really because one is a BBC production which gets farmed to the U.S. a season late by way of PBS, and one is the brainchild or the brain trust at CBS. When you throw in Robert Downey Jr’s. movie Sherlocks the visual arts are… Read more