Our Identity in John’s Gospel Part II: Unmasking the Temple

Perhaps the first way we see Jesus unmasking is in the cleansing of the temple. In this passage, found in John chapter two, we see Jesus confronting the temple as an institution.The Jewish festival פֶּסַח (Passover) is the occasion for Jesus’ visit to the temple in John chapter two. This is a festival that commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from their slavery under the Egyptians. The Egyptian government was essentially an institutionalized religion. The citizens all worshiped the Pharaoh … [Read more...]

The Conservative Bible Project

Have you heard the news about the conservative bible project?http://conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_ProjectThe "Ten Guidleines" are as follows:1.Framework against Liberal Bias:providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translationwithout corruption by liberal bias2.Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, "gender inclusive" language, and othermodern emasculation of Christianity3.Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting theintellectual force and logic of … [Read more...]

Our Identity in John’s Gospel Part I: The Light and the Darkness

I was raised in an ecumenical community in Ann Arbor, Michigan called The Word of God. It began as a Catholic Charismatic movement, but soon attracted people from around the world with a large variety of backgrounds and rituals. As these customs began to be synthesized, some organic expressions of faith emerged within the community. The ritual that has stayed with me the most is one my family used to do every week. It was called Celebrating the Lord’s Day. The material was created by a Rabbi in t … [Read more...]

The Sword of the Spirit, and other violent terms

Have you read about the new Operation "Take the Hill" at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary?Read about it at http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=31277A few Highlights:FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Dressed in camouflage and stationed as the gunner in a Chenowth Desert Fast Attack Vehicle, Paige Patterson stormed onto the chapel stage.

 After firing a round of blanks from a .50-caliber Browning machine gun, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s president took his place behind the pulpit and … [Read more...]

Monasticism & Constantine: Martin Klauber

Martin Klauber, an affiliate professor of Church History at Trinity is teaching my Class on Church history at North Park this year.A couple of my classmates missed the lecture this tuesday so I told them I would post it...Note: The recorder ran out of room midway through part to... I can panta-mime if for you later if you wantDOWNLOAD HEREListen in if you want. … [Read more...]

The Bible, The elephent and the Lamb

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100% Pro-Life

Without really lookingI found this todayWhat's it mean to be 100% … [Read more...]

NEW SONG: Greek vocab – William Mounce Week 9

Hey Guys and Gals I wrote another song for my Greek Class this one is to help me learn the vocab for "Week Nine" in Bill Mounce's Basics of Biblical Geek! I have transliterated the greek in the Lyrics below! DOWNLOAD NOWorTake a listen!A-ga-thos means good or usefulKa-kos means bad or evilDou-las means slave or servantPon-AY-ros is also evilEye-o-ni-os means eternalEn-ta-lay means commandmentWhat's Emos? It means My or MineWhat's Emay? It means My or MineWhat's Emon? It means My or MineWhat's … [Read more...]

N.T. Wright on the Authority of Scripture

The word of God is often spoken of analogically in the scriptures. It is undergoes a typification with a bouquet of images as powerful as they are varied. It is seen as a sword, gold, honey, and countless others. It is out of this tradition that N.T. Wright draws many of his illustrations in the book The Last Word. In this work Tom lays out a careful unpacking of a very loaded term used to describe scripture: authoritative. In his view the church as a “scripture reading community” is the tool by … [Read more...]