The ‘Rocky’ road of John’s geography

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The training montage in “Rocky II” offers an implausible — maybe even impossible — version of Philadelphia geography. Philly journalist Dan McQuade plotted out Rocky’s run on a real map of the city and found a messy, mixed-up route of more than 30 miles. Biblical scholars have been doing the same thing, with similar results, examining the geography of the Gospel of John. [Read more...]

‘The Day the Sun Stood Still’

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A better presumption, I think, is to assume these storytellers recognized what they were doing and did it deliberately and that something else is going on other than an attempt to provide harmonious, wholly consistent stories that would satisfy the modern sensibilities of readers 2,500 years later. To understand the stories they told, we need to understand the choices they made in telling those stories. We can’t do that if we presume that they never made choices, only mistakes. [Read more...]

The gospel according to 1 Corinthians 13 (part 1)

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We all know love when we see it. And when we see the genuine article, we’re awed by it, regardless of the “theological system” (or absence of any such system) of those who show such genuine love. [Read more...]

When did Adam and Eve get married?

Pro-tip: Check the tide charts before scheduling your beach wedding. High tide + rainstorm = flooding.

In the story itself, on its own terms, Adam and Eve didn’t get married in anything like the way Christians today get married. They simply shacked up together. Although, of course, shacks — like clothing — had not yet been invented. Neither had marriage, for that matter. [Read more...]

‘Ceremonial law’ folklore is no substitute for an actual hermeneutic

This is not an accusation of hypocrisy. It is a request to clarify one's hermeneutic.

“Because of Christ, the ceremonial law is repealed,” Tim Keller writes — a sentence that would have baffled Moses, Isaiah, Paul, Luke, and Jesus of Nazareth. This idea of a distinction between “ceremonial law” and “moral law” isn’t something any of those biblical figures or biblical authors would have recognized. It’s not a distinction that can be found in the Bible, only one that can be imposed on it. It’s folklore, not theology. [Read more...]

‘I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living’

Bree Newsome preaches a sermon on the 27th Psalm in Columbia, South Carolina. (Reuters Media Express/Adam Anderson Photos pic snurched from Vox.)

“We come against … hatred, oppression, and violence. I come against you in the name of God,” Bree Newsome said, high in the air above the statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday. Newsome was arrested — charged with defacing monuments on state capitol grounds — but only after she had climbed all the [Read More...]

Baptist white supremacy and Luther’s anti-Semitism

The title page of Martin Luther's "On the Jews and Their Lies" (via Wikipedia).

Protestant Christians today still revere much of Martin Luther’s theology, even as we (mostly) reject his truly vicious anti-Semitism. Mohler is arguing, or perhaps simply hoping, that we can do the same with Boyce and Broadus and Manly — preserving and venerating most of their theology while rejecting their white supremacy as an unfortunate, unnecessary, tangent. But abstracting some “pure” form of Luther-minus-the-anti-Semitism or Southern-Baptist-minus-the-white-supremacy isn’t quite so easy. [Read more...]

The Southern Baptists’ White Abstract of White Principles

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The founders of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary did not affirm biblical orthodoxy, Baptist beliefs, and missionary zeal. They affirmed white biblical orthodoxy, white Baptist beliefs, and white missionary zeal. Like Mohler, these 19th-century white Baptists did not perceive any distinction between those things. They saw no difference between “biblical orthodoxy” and white biblical orthodoxy, and thus were unable to perceive or conceive of any way the latter might not live up to the former. [Read more...]


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