Wright’s Paul and Faithfulness of God– Part Forty

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One of the most crucial sections in Wright's whole exposition begins on pp.815ff. Here he argues that the purpose for which God had intended Israel was fulfilled in and through Jesus the Messiah. Christ is the place where the God of Abraham and the people of Abraham meet, according to Wright. He is monotheism and election all wrapped up into one person. He will go on to argue that the death of Jesus on the cross brought to fulfillment the whole purpose of election (which was apparently to save … [Read more...]

The Tour Sandra Bullock Never Got in ‘Gravity’

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Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Thirty Nine

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Beginning on p. 806, Tom discusses the issue of supercessionism (and the charge that his own approach to Paul is supercessionist). For those unfamiliar with this term, it has to do with the notion that the church has replaced Israel as the people of God, or even the church is the current phase of Israel as the people of God. Tom distinguishes three kinds of supercessionism: 1) hard supercessionism; 2) sweeping supercessionism, and 3) Jewish supercessionism. The first sort is the kind you … [Read more...]

Bill Arnold on Acts 15 and What It Says

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"http://seedbed.com/feed/acts-15-doesnt-mean-think-means/" title="Arnold on Acts 15" … [Read more...]

Morning Music— I’m in a Philly Mood

We are heading to Philadelphia, the city of sisterly love (since adelphia is a female noun) to see our son and his wife for the Easter week. In preparation, I'm getting in a Philly Mood with Daryl Hall and Amos Lee... … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Thirty Eight

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On pages 795-804, Tom begins to make his case that the discussion of God's righteousness needs to be had in the context of God's covenant faithfulness, as the two are intertwined. He is well aware that we have difficulties doing justice to the dikaio- word group in English, as it has various nuances that the words righteous/righteousness/justice do not convey in English. In this section Tom draws on his earlier book on Justification. It is also in this context that we begin to see the real … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part Thirty Seven

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As Tom begins his discussion of election, he freely admits that his view stands more on the salvation history side than on the apocalyptic side when it comes to analyzing how Paul tells the story. Tom is prepared to talk about the fulfillment of the story of Abraham, and indeed of the Abrahamic covenant. He is even prepared to talk about the choosing of Abraham having to do with the undoing of the sin of Adam and its effects, the Fall. On p. 784 he says--- "As far as Paul was concerned, the … [Read more...]

Are You Feeling the Draft?– Draft Day

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For the record, I know Brownies. I've even cheered for the Browns--- for eleven years (1984-95) I suffered with their fans, attended games in the Mistake by the Lake, met Bernie Kosar and Ozzie Newsome in a Brown's chapel service before a game, and in general came to understand the angst of pro football fans in Northeast Ohio. I've seen dog pound, disappointment and disaster all play out like Oedipus Rex by the lake. It's been too long since Cleveland has won anything at all (other than having … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Thirty Six

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For those who were impatient to get to the doctrines of election and salvation and how Paul viewed these matters, we have finally arrived there with the enormous Chapter Ten (pp. 774-1042), which Tom declares one of the central pillars of his whole project. Indeed, one could say this is the linchpin of the whole deal. Tom's views expressed in this chapter have been heard in bits and pieces before in his earlier work (see for example his book on Justification), but it is nice to hear his … [Read more...]


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