August 31, 2023

In “A Tale of Two He-Goats Pt. 1,” I provided the beginning of a homily that sought to unpack the relevance of Leviticus 16:7-10 for today’s orthodox Christian. With the words that follow, I will conclude that project by describing exactly what the goat ritual of chapter sixteen teaches us about ourselves, as well as our Lord, Jesus Christ.  For those of you who missed part one, be sure to go back and read that post. There you will find... Read more

August 17, 2023

What on earth do the temple sacrifices of Ancient Israel have to do with the modern Christian? This is a valid question because the laws governing Israel’s sacrificial system are found in Scripture, and Scripture, as we know, is the inspired word of God—but not only this. We also know that this very same Scripture is without error and is, as we read in 2 Timothy “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”  The Bible... Read more

July 24, 2023

A severe and startling promise was once made to the covenant people of Israel. Should they disobey their liberator, a most despicable sin would overtake them. They would invert humanity’s duty to multiply and fill the earth; they would eat their own children.  It sounds unreal, but despite its nightmarish quality, Moses records this promise of the Lord in the Pentateuch: “If…you will not listen to me,” God uttered, “but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in... Read more

June 30, 2023

A few months ago I was fortuitously tasked with giving a brief lecture on some of the similarities that are shared by two of the most captivating texts in all of Scripture. This presentation, which revolved around the books of Ezekiel and Revelation, was intended to be one of two introductory lectures that set up a new comprehensive Bible study on John’s Apocalypse that would soon take place at the church in which I serve, Cedar Grove Baptist. My task... Read more

June 3, 2023

All who dip their toes into the world of ecumenical thought should immediately recognize the relevance of John 17:21 to the project of Christian unity; it is an excerpt from an earnest prayer spoken by the Son of God that directly pertains to, and asserts, the necessity of oneness among the members of His Body. Because Christ prayed that it would be, oneness is indeed necessary. But contemplating the notion of unity betwixt Christians brings along with it some very... Read more

February 2, 2023

In my last post, I argued for the study of the Scriptures in their original languages as a means of detecting the significance of linguistic nuance, and how such nuance can inform allegorical and homiletical interpretations of the Biblical text (see pt. 1 here). This entry will conclude my written thoughts (for now) on that topic; in what follows, specific examples of what I have dubbed “etymological allegory” shall be provided as I attempt to show how crucial the original... Read more

December 20, 2022

What do you believe is enclosed within the words of the Holy Bible? Is a literal interpretation of Scripture all that is advocated by its heavenly author, or are layers of meaning lying in waiting within the Bible’s spiritually adorned letters? If you gravitate toward the latter notion, that there is much to be uncovered within the Biblical text beyond its plain interpretation, perhaps the following declaration will strike you as significant: By reading the Bible exclusively in English, one... Read more

November 11, 2022

For those among my readership who consider themselves Christians of any ilk, please take a few moments to reflect on the following three questions:  Should we pray for a united Church?   What steps would need to be taken for the Church to dissolve its divisions? If the Church were to become whole once again, who would be among its members? These are significant questions, some of which form the very foundation of ecumenism; their purpose with regard to this... Read more

October 18, 2022

Before we dive back into the difficulties which surround the doctrine of the Fall of Man, let us first review the analogy that I presented in part one. (See original post here). In our imagined scenario, you, the reader, are seated comfortably at the head of a dining table in the midst of an elegant eating establishment; you are prepared to enjoy a nice meal and have brought the required appetite. However, on this fictitious occasion, things aren’t quite what... Read more

September 30, 2022

In the first chapter of the book of Leviticus, displayed vibrantly are the statutes which regulate the holy rite of the burnt-offering. Here we locate the charges of the temple priest, for it is a son of Aaron who sprinkles the blood of a slaughtered beast ‘round about the altar; it is he, the cohen (priest), who strips the animal’s flesh from bone, carves it into pieces, and offers its unblemished remains upon a fiery altar as a sacrifice unto... Read more

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