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Eric Seibert’s book The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy seeks to contribute to the effort of stripping Christianity of any heritage of violence or continuation of violent behavior. Seibert’s endeavor is to persuade readers that violence cannot be, in any case, virtuous. It is because of this ethical position that Seibert […]

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I’m still currently in the middle of my “Studies in the Prophets” class, which means I’m also currently in the middle of my research paper for the class. My paper will focus on the function of Old Testament prophets as it relates to our current understanding of the prophetic gifts, and much of the writing […]

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I watched two pretty great things this weekend. One was the finale of Breaking Bad. The other was the Lego movie. I’ll let you guess which one of these I watched with my four and six year old children. You get three guesses and the first two don’t count. You see, even though some of […]

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I’m doing a study in Genesis with a group at my church and got an opportunity to share on one of my pet peeves this week. It’s found in Chapter 38, and talks about wasting “seed.” Judah went on the town and got a couple of wives, had sons and then got wives for his […]

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There is a common assumption that because we received all knowledge about God through the Hebrew Scriptures then those ancient Israelites were always monotheistic. We see in our Old Testament pages a cut and dry story of One God revealing Himself to people who recognized exactly who He was, but willingly rebelled. But is this […]

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What was the real reason God preferred Abel’s offering? The text doesn’t tell us for certain though many believe it is a tithing issue. Cain “brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground.” Abel “brought of the firstlings of his flock and their fat portions.” Some see this as “Abel brought […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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So YouTube user Nathan83 has already done a phenomenal job at answering the question about how we find unicorns in the Bible, but what about dragons? Well, that is a little more complicated, but it also has bearing on something Christians are talking a lot about nowadays: creation stories. See, we are all familiar with […]

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This week I’m reading a book entitled Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel. By providing a history-reader flow to the Old Testament narrative of Jewish national development, and combining the Scriptural witness with extra-biblical sources, Merrill gives the reader an easy to follow interpretation of this turbulent era. The focus on dates […]

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Jacob’s life is truly a paragon of the gospel.  Though not the first, he is certainly an early pioneer “sheep” extracted from a world of wandering “goats.”  As we meet him in Genesis 32, he is standing on the frontier of the land promised to his grandfather Abraham. To this point, his life has been […]

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If I were writing this blog 15 years ago when I was first introduced to jiu-jitsu, no one would know what a leg lock was. For that matter, no one would know what a blog was. But now little old ladies talk about the UFC over their morning coffee, and a quick YouTube search will […]

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In a March 15, 2012 article on FoxNews, the Associated Press reported on a particularly disturbing story about a young Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her rapist, and commits suicide as a result.[1] The article states that, “In many parts of the Middle East, there is a tradition whereby a rapist can escape […]