There are two sides to the coin that purchased our eternal home with God. On Good Friday we mourn our part in the death of Christ and the suffering He endured so that He could take our sin to the grave. We celebrate a God who said “they can’t, so I will.” We marvel at […]

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

“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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]