The Seven Christian Disciplines (Part 2)

2 Peter 1.5-7 For this reason expend all efforts to supplement to your faith excellence; then, to excellence, knowledge; then, to knowledge, self control; then, to self control, endurance; then, to endurance, godliness; then, to godliness, human kindness; then, to human kindness, love.   The goal Simon Peter wants his audience to experience is “the knowledge of Jesus Christ” (vs. 8). I mentioned previously that … Continue reading The Seven Christian Disciplines (Part 2)

The Social Setting of Textual Transmission

Garrick V. Allen reviews Alan Mugridge’s study of early papyri to determine if aspects of the setting can found in the production of these copies. Mugridge’s work and Allen’s review highlight for the non-specialist the various areas under examination. Transmission studies have always fascinated and confirmed the historicity of the text for me.   Alan Mugridge. Copying Early Christian Texts: A Study of Scribal Practice. … Continue reading The Social Setting of Textual Transmission

The Seven Christian Disciplines: 2 Peter 1. 5-15 (Part One)

2 Peter 1.5-7 For this reason expend all efforts to supplement to your faith excellence; then, to excellence, knowledge; then, to knowledge, self control; then, to self control, endurance; then, to endurance, godliness; then, to godliness, human kindness; then, to human kindness, love. These qualities or disciplines that Simon Peter lists are regarded as crucially important to the early Christians since he wants to repeatedly … Continue reading The Seven Christian Disciplines: 2 Peter 1. 5-15 (Part One)

T. S. Elliot on Unconscious Influence

James Anderson points out Elliot’s observation on what often affects us unwittingly. Both the Old and New Testaments of the bible tells us to watch our words and deeds. The only real way to do this is to consciously decide to observe the command. It is another matter entirely that when we try to do right that we fail. This is because we attempted righteousness from … Continue reading T. S. Elliot on Unconscious Influence

Paul Helm Discussing Judgment

The philosopher introduces a book by his Christian friend and adds his own perspective. I want to state however, other existing formulas to Gal. 3.23-5. Helm portrays the plural variously: “protection, correction or discipline, destruction.” These do not seem to align neatly. Other commentators see a singular law being the guardian of many people. Believing the latter idea, I merely quibble a minor point which in no way … Continue reading Paul Helm Discussing Judgment