Groans From Within, Part 2: Problematic Passages, Philippians 3

Several days ago I began a discussion on the title: “Groans From Within.”  Many in the church have misrepresented key passages of Scripture that are often thought to refer to a disembodied afterlife.  A passage in the bible that is often misinterpreted is found at the end of Philippians chapter 3.  The key phrase in this [Read More...]

Exodus/ Passover Motifs in the New Testament… "The Cups"

I have been doing some thinking and study about Exodus/Passover motifs in the New Testament. One of the most obvious ones is found in the gospels when Jesus is in the upper room with his disciples. Most scholars agree that the Last Supper was shared by Jesus during a Passover meal or “Seder” (I am [Read More...]

Quote to Ponder: Early Church Belief in Renewal of Creation as Final Hope

Below is a quotation from Irenaeus who was a disciple of Polycarp. This is significant because Polycarp is believed to have been a disciple of the Apostle John. This quotation comes 2 generations removed from the direct tradition of the Scriptures. It is my opinion that it confronts the common belief that the early church [Read More...]

Where Is Hope?

The following is an excerpt from a paper I wrote during my undergrad program. It may challenge some presuppositions that you bring with your Christian background, or affirm some things you have wrestled with… Christianity’s common stereotype in the United States, as well as abroad, tends to look at hope through one lens. This view [Read More...]