Archives for December 2016

Matthew 2: How Old was Jesus? (John Frye)

Matthew 2: How Old was Jesus? I was asked this question by one of my daughters this year about Christmas events, “Was Jesus visited by the Magi at his birth or at a later time?” Despite all the Christmas cards showing shepherds, sheep and cows, Mary, Joseph and infant Jesus in a manger, and three [Read More…]

Rejecting Either/Or (RJS)

Denis Lamoureux has a new book out: Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! In this engaging and readable book he builds on his strong background in biology and theology to explore the question of evolutionary creation. The first chapter, Trapped in “Either/Or” Thinking sets the stage. Denis opens with the story of a student in [Read More…]

Jesus Creed Books of the Year 2016

Jesus Creed Book of the Year Jon M. Levenson, The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016). I have not yet blogged about this brilliant Jewish scholar’s book but I read it recently and it zoomed to the top of the list for this year’s [Read More…]

Job and Jesus (RJS)

We’ve been looking at How to Read Job by John Walton and Tremper Longman III. The first three sections of the book focus on Job in its ancient Near Eastern audience. As Old Testament scholars, both Longman and Walton agree that a meaning detached from the ancient context will necessarily go awry. As Christians, however, we [Read More…]

Top Ten Posts of the Year on Jesus Creed

Very interesting to look back over the blog this year to see which posts had the most page views, some of which, I’m glad to say, take on some controversial topic and generate discussion, debate, and conversation, which is the drive of this blog. 1. The New Stealth Translation 2. What Wayne Grudem Should Have [Read More…]

Is there a Future for Evangelicalism?

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God’s Kingdom and Social Justice: Witness to the Powers

One of the themes in John Nugent’s excellent book The Endangered Gospel is that the church is not called to make the world the better place but to be the better place now. Does such a view promote quietism, passivism (socially) and does it mean social justice doesn’t matter? Good question. The answer is No, unequivocally. I [Read More…]

For Christmas Day

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom [Read More…]

Christmas Day Candle

First we light the candle for HOPE because Jesus is our hope. Second, we light the candle for PEACE because Jesus is our hope and peace. Third, we light the candle for JOY because Jesus brings joy. Fourth, we light the candle for LOVE because Jesus is love. Finally we light the center candle. This [Read More…]

Merry Christmas Paraclete!

Paraclete Press, ever faithful and ever green when it comes to remembering its authors, gift wraps some Christmas goodies from their bakery every year. This year we got some granola, some Apple Pie jam, and a wonderful loaf of bread. Thanks Paraclete. Merry Christmas Paraclete, and God bless the New Year for you! [Read more…]