In Defense of Deference

Daniel Patrick Moynihan told us that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” While the latter clause is certainly true, is the former? Are there no prerequisites to having an opinion? Perhaps, one might argue, the late senator was referring only to informed opinions. But what does “informed” really… In Defense of Deference — First Things RSS Feed – Web … Continue reading In Defense of Deference

Pharaoh Amenemhat III, cont’d.

In our previous post we featured the Sphinx of Amenemhat III (ca. 1859-1813), who ruled during the time of the biblical patriarchs. This unique colossal bust of Amenemhat III was found on the site of the ancient capital of The Fayum, Shedet (the Crocodilopolis of the Greeks). The Pharaoh is dressed in a panther skin, […] Pharaoh Amenemhat III, cont’d. — Leon’s Message Board Continue reading Pharaoh Amenemhat III, cont’d.

John’s Use of Time Designators in His Gospel

The Gospel of John helps us compile a historical chronology of Jesus’ ministry. At the same time, it is underlain by a symbolic chronology, which frames the climax of John’s passion narrative against the backdrop of three significant calendrical moments: a time of darkness at noon (the 7th hour), the arrival of the feast of… The Flow of Time in the Gospel of John — Thoughts … Continue reading John’s Use of Time Designators in His Gospel

Jacob’s Blessing and Prophecy During Co-Regency of Amenemhet III-1859 BCE-Gen. 49

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo displays the sphinx of King Amenemhet III, who ruled in the Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty. This is one of seven sphinxes of Amenemhat III that were found in Tanis in the eastern Delta. Sphinx of King Amenemhet III. Photo ©Leon Mauldin. The sphinx has the head of the king and […] Sphinx of King Amenemhet III — Leon’s Message Board Continue reading Jacob’s Blessing and Prophecy During Co-Regency of Amenemhet III-1859 BCE-Gen. 49

A Few Realities of the Pastorate-Jim West

Most Church people are kind, helpful, and willing to serve. 2. Some Church people are hurtful, selfish, and willing only to be served. 3. It will take at least 2 years knowing each sort before you figure out which sort they are. 4. Ministry is a thankless task; expect very little appreciation. 5. Lower your expectations of people, you’ll be less stressed out. 6. In … Continue reading A Few Realities of the Pastorate-Jim West

The Attractive Reductionism of Van Til

You can think of this post as “the brief confession of a former Van Tilian.” I don’t think I’ll ever truly get past my love for Cornelius Van Til. He is often derided as a notoriously confusing writer, but after many years of being immersed in his works, I have found his eccentricities of style… The Attractive Reductionism of Van Til — Credo Magazine Continue reading The Attractive Reductionism of Van Til

The Land of Midian

The heartland of Midian was located immediately east of the Gulf of Aqaba, although the Midianites’ nomadic lifestyle often took them far beyond this region and even into the land of Israel. The Bible mentions the Midianites as early as Joseph’s time (Genesis 37:25-36) and as late as Isaiah’s time (Isaiah 60:6), but they may… The Land of Midian — Bible Mapper Blog Continue reading The Land of Midian

Luther on the Uselessness of the Church Fathers

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:
One should draw from the source and diligently read the Bible. For a man who knows the text is also an extraordinary theologian. One passage or one text from the Bible is worth more than the glosses of four writers who aren’t reliable and thorough. Suppose I take the text, ‘Everything created by God is good’ [I Tim. 4:4]; food,… Continue reading Luther on the Uselessness of the Church Fathers

Bible Treasure from a Desert Monastery

Many scholars believe that the 4 great Uncial Codices preserved to our day are the remnants of the 50 Greek New Testaments commissioned by Emperor Constantine for dissemination and edification of the churches. This involved using the finest prepared animal skins and copying the text by hand before sewing the quires into book form. An uncial codex is a text written in all capital letters … Continue reading Bible Treasure from a Desert Monastery

Water in John 3.5-A Figure of Spirit Baptism

For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit-Acts 1.5 NIV Jason Engwer has a follow-up post about how Jn. 3.5 doesn’t refer to the rite of water baptism. John’s Gospel contains two further references that give clues to what Jesus refers when He spoke to Nicodemus about being born of water and the Spirit. The Prophet/Priest Jeremiah … Continue reading Water in John 3.5-A Figure of Spirit Baptism

Born of Water and The Spirit-John 3.5

Jason Engwer over at Triablogue has a post contra baptismal justification by the likes of later Christian Theologians, specifically, Tertullian. It is clear that the bible affirms justification by faith like Abraham and not baptismal regeneration by infant sprinkling. If John 3.5 speaks of Baptism, it refers to Spirit Baptism as a result of faith, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born … Continue reading Born of Water and The Spirit-John 3.5

Historically, Farmers Have Displaced Hunter/Gatherers

This is a Christian Blog. Christians are not Gnostics who discount the body at the expense of the ephemeral. We are commanded to be responsible stewards of our bodies: Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2Cor. 7.1 NIV). While Paul is specifically speaking about unclean … Continue reading Historically, Farmers Have Displaced Hunter/Gatherers

What Jordan Peterson Can Teach the Church About Men and Meaning

If you knew an enemy of the gospel and you saw him about to drown, would you risk trying to save him if there was a good chance you could without you drowning? I would. I make no distinction in bettering people’s lives and rescuing them from danger, even if they are an enemy if it is in my power and situation to help. My … Continue reading What Jordan Peterson Can Teach the Church About Men and Meaning

Thomas Reid’s theory of common sense

“For, before men can reason together, they must agree in first principles; and it is impossible to reason with a man who has no principles in common with you.” One of the first principles he goes on to list is that “qualities must necessarily be in something that is figured, coloured, hard or soft, that moves or resists. It is not to these qualities, but … Continue reading Thomas Reid’s theory of common sense

The Indictment Against Stephen-Acts 6.8-15

Members of a Jerusalem Synagogue-of the “Freedmen,” whom Luke points out was “so-called” (implying they were really still enslaved to sin), secretly colluded to have false witnesses say Stephen was speaking against Moses and God. Acts 6.14 contains the specific charges: For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us … Continue reading The Indictment Against Stephen-Acts 6.8-15

Where Eden’s Bowers Bloom-A Reversal

Sometimes ‘mid scenes of deepest gloom,Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,By waters calm, o’er troubled sea,Still ’tis his hand that leadeth me. Behold! I come, in the book of the scroll it is written of Me-to do Your will, My God. (Ps. 40.7-8 cf. Heb. 10.7) John’s passion narrative involves an array of creation-related images. These images are not randomly arranged, nor can they simply be … Continue reading Where Eden’s Bowers Bloom-A Reversal

The Theology of John’s Passion — Thoughts on Scripture

In John’s Passion, Jesus dies a death which is substitutionary, penal, and propitiatory—a death which fully expends the wrath of God so it might not afflict his people. In recent years, many students of Scripture have become more interested in the intricacy and import of Biblical narratives. At the same time, some of them have… The Theology of John’s Passion — Thoughts on Scripture Continue reading The Theology of John’s Passion — Thoughts on Scripture