Archives for Sep 22, 2010 @ 14:43


Tim Dalrymple, in the hope of genuine conversation, has a post about the accusations of Americolatry. Jonathan Fitzgerald at Patrol declares that the Restoring Honor rally heralded the birth of a new national religion.  David Sessions at the same magazine writes that “evangelicals…don’t really get” that they should be “far more worried about their own America-worship than they [Read More…]

Wisdom about Words

Recently I read on a blog comment that Hebrews/Israelites didn’t have abstract terms because the Hebrew mind doesn’t think that way. The commenter has not pondered Job or Ecclesiastes or such great terms as glory or justice or righteousness or salvation in the Hebrew Bible. This notion was put aside decades ago and needs to go the way of the dodo bird.

But it’s not just reading blogs that perks my attention about words, it’s also reading books and how some make much of a word in a way that befuddles those of us who have serious training in such things as “word studies” and concordances and word searches, not to mention deep familiarity with Kittel’s famous NT word dictionary, or Botterweck-Ringgren’s OT word dictionary, or Spicq’s brilliant three volume NT greek word lexicon.

A publisher sent me a book, and I won’t mention the publisher or the author, and I was excited to read the book because it was on a topic that has my full attention these days. The first chapter was flat-out wrong both on the meaning of a word and how to discern meanings of words, and the point of the chp was to correct everyone on that word’s meaning. In the book I found four or five transliterated Greek or Hebrew words that were so badly misspelled that what was given was not just a typo but a word that doesn’t even exist. I won’t go any further. Instead, I want to offer some wisdom about words: [Read more…]

Apologetics in a Postmodern World 3

One time a student came to my office and rather doggedly and aggressively said, “I don’t believe in God.” I knew the student a bit and I knew the student’s family, and I knew enough about the situation to say something that can only be taken as a “prompting.” I said to him, “What I think is that you don’t like your dad.” He stared at me so I suggested more: “You don’t really not believe in God. You don’t like your dad, and your dad is a pastor and therefore you reject not only your dad but everything he stands for.”

Odd thing is that the student agreed with me. Over his college career he gained back most of his faith.

I don’t do that sort of thing very often, but I did then. The whole idea — that our faith in God is connected to our faith in our father — is hardly a new idea, but it all came back to me in reading Paul Vitz’s essay …. [Read more…]

Who’s in charge (in this marriage)?

John Zens, author of a recent book on Paul and women, in the weekly newletter of CBE, posts this:

“Who’s in charge?” is a source of friction in many marriages. Latching on to the traditional concept of “male headship,” a number of Christian husbands use this mantra to abuse or marginalize their wives. I would like to suggest that there is a healing paradigm that would liberate couples and vastly improve marital relationships—seek the mind of the Lord together. This paradigm is unfolded in 1 Corinthians 7:1-5.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 is the only place in the New Testament where the word “authority” (Greek, exousia) is used with reference to marriage. Yet it is not the authority of the husband over the wife, or vice versa, that is in view, but rather a mutual authority over each other’s body. 1 Corinthians 7:4 states that the wife has authority over her husband’s body. One would think that this would be a hard pill to swallow for those who see “authority” as resting only in the husband’s headship. [Read more…]