Category Archives: New Testament Studies

Textual Criticism and Why I Throw Stones At Adulteresses January 29

Textual Criticism and Why I Throw Stones At Adulteresses

As it says in the Holy Scriptures, “People in glass houses should not throw stones…” No, wait. That’s not right…. Maybe it is, “God helps those who help themselves.” Nope, that isn’t there either. As amazing as it is to see a scholar of his merit make such a  blunder, even 50 Cent is mistaken […]

Symbol Versus Reality 2 January 21

Symbol Versus Reality: What Is “True?”

“Symbolism is not a denial of historicity but a matter of literary genre.” [1] This quote by Robert Mounce, a respected premillennialist, sums up very well how we must approach our study in Revelation. There are things mentioned here that are both clearly and possibly symbolic, but calling it so does not mean that we are saying […]

708 August 13

NIKAO: The Victorious Lord

“Jesus is Victor.” This is a phrase used decades ago by Corrie Ten Boom in her book that bares the same name. Karl Barth used the same phrase when describing his Christological doctrine. Yet, the phrase goes back even further in Christian antiquity. The early church used symbols to designate Christianity and help spread the […]

110 June 27

Piety is its Own Megaphone: Luke 18:9-14

The classic foil for proper piety was related (and repudiated!) by Jesus in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14).  Luke specifically notes that Jesus told this parable to those who prided themselves in their own efforts at religious rule-keeping and treated others as their moral inferiors (v.9) At first blush, that […]

887 June 13

The Bible and Homosexuality

I address this topic with great hesitancy. It’s not easy. I am hesitant because I really hate to highlight one behavior as this sort of “more-than” or “other-than” sin that is not related to the overall broken state of humanity. But I continue because I think there is something here that is really killing us. […]

101 June 11

Reply to “Born that Way?” by Esther May Moore

In a recent post at One Theology, Esther May Moore offered “biblical, historical and biologically based information that challenged the traditional Christian prohibition of homosexual intercourse. Specifically, she suggested four arguments against it, the first two having to do with history and the Bible, and the last two having to do with biology. The use […]

788 March 05

The Sound of Silence: Mark’s Account of the Crucifixion

In “marked” contrast to the adopted practice of most modern historiographers who are fond of supplying graphic details of heinous events (compare, for example, Bill O’Reilly’s magnificent KILLING LINCOLN), Mark’s account of the crucifixion is striking in its silence regarding the physical torture of the cross. Although this strikes us moderns as odd (and, for […]

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