Monthly Archives: February 2013

705 February 28

The Fallen World of “Perfect” Communities

An important part of being human is recognizing and remembering that we are all fallen creatures. The fallen state goes beyond just a person’s finite abilities (seeing the future, making planets, etc.) but ultimately leads to sin that alienates us from God and others. Our hearts, minds, and actions can be used for wrong things. […]

805 February 27

The Walking Dead & Pastoral Ministry

*DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT UP ON THE WALKING DEAD DO NOT READ FURTHER* So what does this post apocalyptic show with murderous zombies and now a power hungry ‘governor’ have to do with the pastoral role of preaching the word and leading a community of believers? Much actually if we understand that all […]

401 February 25

Why We Love the Oscars So Much

My favorite part of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t when Jennifer Lawrence tripped over the stairs after her best actress win. It was actually when Hugh Jackman, in a flash, raced to her aid. He was like lighting. After seeing his reflexes, it’s hard for me to believe that Wolverine is just a character […]

807 February 22

The Disadvantages of Being a Wallflower: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Grace

I’ll be honest, as a child God scared the mess out of me. At times I pictured God with electricity in his fingertips, waiting to zap me the moment I did something wrong. He was the police officer and I was the driver speeding past him in a red sports car. What if I sinned […]

801 February 21

Land of the Rising Sun

This post will be a little more personal compared to the more academic blogs on this site, but I hope it gives a more peripheral view of the gospel’s impact on our world. My wife and I have recently been given an amazing opportunity to teach English in Japan. We are working with an English […]

101 February 20

Don’t Touch My Junk! Reflections On Genesis 47:29

Genesis 47:29 offers one of the best examples of why knowledge of historical and cultural backgrounds helps readers of the Bible avoid (sometimes serious!) misunderstandings.  I mean, imagine if you went to buy a car, and instead of asking for your credit information, the salesman asked you to put your hand under his thigh, well […]

808 February 19

Ye Olde Theology Blog: Dating Language and the Road to Source Criticism.

Whenever I want to sound fancy and old, I put on my monocle and start using “ye” in all of my sentences. Because Ye is the old timey way of saying “the” right? Well, not exactly. The y in Ye is actually a substitute for the Old English letter thorn þ, which makes the “th” […]

102 February 18

“The Old Testament does not apply to Christians.”

This sad perception has prompted me to give a response. The power of the Old Testament Law has lost its power to condemn to death, those who live in Jesus Christ. However, the Law has not lost its merit or worth. It is alive and active just as much today as it was before Christ’s […]

304 February 15

A Healthy Alternative to the Privatization of Religion; A Theology of Political Engagement

In contemporary American society, the relationship between religion (in this case, Christian religion) and civil government is one defined by privatization. The noble and well-intended concept of the separation of church and state has devolved into the strict bifurcation of the sacred and the secular, the invisible and the visible, the subjective elements of human […]

303 February 15

Catfished Emotions: Thoughts on The Imposter

Odds are you’ve probably heard someone use the term “catfishing” recently. For those of you still wondering how it’s possible for someone to catch fish with a computer, let me provide a working definition. Catfishing: The act of luring someone into an online relationship by fabricating your true identity. This is usually done through social […]

5523 February 15

The Arts & Theology: The Conclusion

Here we are at the conclusion of Theology and the Arts. Whereas these are very summarized versions of much that has been thought greatly on the arts I hope this has caused you to think more deeply about the Arts and their importance. I would suggest for more study readings by Francis Schaeffer, Tim Keller, […]

10 February 14

Abusive Shepherds: God’s Anger over His Battered Flock

We discover the heart of God in Scripture both through his acts of redemption and judgment. Our attention needs to arise when we hear the iconic, “Woe unto you….” A Woe Oracle was more than a generic “Hey you, listen”; it warned recipients of impending judgment unless repentance ensued. The Woe Oracle takes on particularly […]

118 February 13

The Trinity, Postmodernity and the Mistake of Male Omnipotence

“If God is male, then the male is God.” This quote by Mary Daly serves as the backdrop for this post. I have recently become fascinated by feminist theological approaches and want to flesh some of my thoughts out here. For the record, it is my firm contention that woman and men are equal and […]

777 February 13

“A Woman’s Place: In the Kitchen With An Evangelical ‘Hot Potato’”

I recently read a blog (http://theocchronicles.com/2013/01/25/women-in-ministry/) that expressed the writer’s reservations about the place of women in ministry.  Ironically, the writer was a woman.  Questioning the legitimacy of women in leadership positions, she confesses:  “But for now, in January of 2013, I am not ready to abandon biblical principles that are so clearly spelled out and […]

9966 February 12

Do Not Tell Them that I have Sinned: The Conundrum of Confession within Evangelicalism

There are some scriptures that, when read aloud in corporate gatherings, make me chuckle. My chuckle, however, does not emanate from a wellspring of gladness or joy. Instead, these particular chuckles serve to quietly accent the hypocrisy that is defiantly being propagated from the pulpit to the pew, and noxiously proliferating the atmosphere. We are […]

7366 February 11

Life with God in YOLO Culture

YOLO. The overused acronym of 2012 stands for “You Only Live Once.” Some could call it a sad millennial version of “Carpe Diem.” However, YOLO is not as much about “seizing the day” as it has a better comparison to the ancient hedonistic phrase, “Let us drink for tomorrow we die.”  The lifestyle acronym is […]

7742 February 08

Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?

Sometimes when I reflect on the impending zombie apocalypse, I have to stop myself from getting too excited. If everyone were honest with each other, I think we’d all agree that it’s going to be pretty sweet. In the end though, I probably won’t survive. And no, it wouldn’t be because of my physical abilities or […]

1122 February 07

The Moral Argument Reconsidered

Let me be clear, I am a theist. I believe in the existence of universal morality. I believe that morality is based upon the character & nature of God and that the scriptures contain an expression of it. One of my reasons for theism has always been my belief in Moral Law, and as such, […]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 182 other followers