Archives for May 2013

They Killed Him, but God Raised Him

The earliest description of the death of Jesus, if one takes the texts at face value and as historical records, which means taking Acts 2 seriously as an interpretation of the death of Jesus 50 days after Easter, sees the death of Jesus as (1) appointed by God and (2) an act of injustice that [Read More…]

Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end… they did

The question I have about this pic of John Raymond, my editor at Zondervan, and me, is “What’s with that red crewneck, John?” [Read more…]

The Debate is Over

From The Consensus Project: See here. Added: Here’s the abstract: We analyze the evolution of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, examining 11 944 climate abstracts from 1991–2011 matching the topics ‘global climate change’ or ‘global warming’. We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, [Read More…]

Holding it Together: Pete Enns

Pete Enns probes an issue many Bible readers sense, and some answers to the retributive violence of God in the Old Testament simply won’t do. Of course, for both the Old and New Testaments, there are other examples we could look at. But the point remains: If Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30), how [Read More…]

It is a Defiling Skin Disease … Say What? (RJS)

Over the last year or so I have been listening to scripture straight through in large chunks during my commute (20-25 minutes each way depending on traffic). The Bible Gateway App for my phone has a great feature that permits listening to an audio reading or dramatization of several different translations. Plug the phone into [Read More…]

Orthodoxy was a Process

Some — and probably far more than “some” — believe Christian orthodoxy is a simple, clear, uneventful interpretation of Scripture and, in particular, of the apostolic teaching. In other words, apart from some dipsticks all believed in the deity of Christ in more or less the Chalcedonian form from the beginning. Ronald Heine, in his [Read More…]

Oklahoma City in our Prayers

We are praying for the victims and families and workers in Oklahoma City as they tend to the devastation of this tornado. [Read more…]

Tithers — a Profile

Melissa Steffan, at CT: That last paragraph is a whole world of concern. 77 percent of tithers reported giving between 11 and 20 percent of their income, and 70 percent donate based on their gross (not net) income. The majority (63 percent) started tithing 10 percent or more between childhood and their twenties. Moreover, it [Read More…]

Tiger Mom, Thanks

From Grace Liu: My parents are immigrants from Taiwan. I was an only child, and I was expected to excel academically and extracurricularly. So, I delivered. I got straight A’s. I played violin for hours. I did extra math, chemistry and physics problem sets under the eagle-eyed gaze of my mother. Through it all, I [Read More…]

Negotiating the Political Powers

How did the Judeans in the era around Jesus negotiate with the Roman powers and the Judean powers? We might need to begin with the observation that they had to since Rome’s power was pervasive and, if need be, brutal.  In 63 BC Pompey the Great was sent to the eastern Mediterranean to calm things [Read More…]