October 19, 2020

I was very blessed in many ways to grow up when I did. In other contexts (see my Is There a Doctor in the House), I’ve talked about my Christian upbringing by my parents and at Wesley Memorial UMC in High Point and then Myers Park UMC in Charlotte. But in this post I’m dealing with my pop culture youth. My mother was a piano teacher and I was reared in a lot of classical music. My school system in… Read more

October 18, 2020

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October 17, 2020

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October 16, 2020

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October 16, 2020

This is a segment from over a year ago, but it’s very timely for now with all the racial tension we are having. Read more

October 15, 2020

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October 15, 2020

BEN: In regard to the Transfiguration story, I had always thought that Moses and Elijah represented the Law and the Prophets attesting to Jesus as the Messiah, as God’s Son. One wonders how Peter knew it was Moses and Elijah—did they have Hebrew name tags J? And Luke says they conversed with Jesus about his ‘exodus’. I take your point about Peter perhaps thinking these were the 3 great figures of the messianic age, but surely you are also right… Read more

October 10, 2020

BEN: I agree that the first fully Trinitarian text in the Gospels (by chronological time since Mark comes before Matthew and Luke) is Mark 1—the baptism of Jesus story. The Isaianic background to the rent heavens is important. I take it that Mark is using apocalyptic language, and that we are being told Jesus had visions. Matthew makes this more of a public event, but Mark is quite clear this was a revelation to and empowerment of Jesus personally here…. Read more

October 9, 2020

BEN: I agree with you that it is very important to note how the discussion of the relationship between God and the patriarchs is one thing, and God with Moses and the Hebrews is another. The language of holiness does not really come up in Genesis. Furthermore, as you rightly stress, the character description of God as forgiving etc. doesn’t come up in any viable way before Exod. 34. And at the same time that very statement about God’s moral… Read more

October 8, 2020

BEN: Chapter 3 raises the whole issue of anthropomorphism. What is interesting to me is that God himself uses anthropomorphisms of himself— it’s not just that the Hebrew writer says ‘and God’s nose burned’, it’s that God says to Moses, you can’t see my face, but I’ll put my hand over you, and you can see my back. Now this is very striking language. Of course, the Mormons have a field day with this arguing God must actually have a… Read more




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