The Heart of God

Two major purchases marked college life. One was a car that was crazy fast and handled very well on the curves. The second was the full set of the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, edited by Gerhard Kittel. (See the featured image for this post.) I don’t remember what kind of car it was, …

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Forgiveness by Proxy

One of the more sordid tales of the church in the apostolic era (that we would barely think about twice today) comes out of Corinth. A man (presumably widowed or divorced) shacked up with his mother-in-law and the church was okay with this arrangement. Paul, on the other hand, was not, and in 1 Corinthians …

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Gregory: The Patron Saint of Social Media

In the previous essay I explored the rather different Hebrew conception of time. I began that essay by mentioning Sergie Bulgakov, a theologian who was active about 100 years ago. Bulgakov, while brilliant, was eccentric, and his eccentricities are probably the reason there continues to be so much interest in him 100 years after his …

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An Exploration of How Paul Knew what he Knew

Saul (that is, the Apostle Paul before Jesus Christ gave him his Christian name on the road to Damascus) was a rather remarkable and faithful Hebrew who, in other circumstances, we would probably want to emulate. He described himself as a “Hebrew born of Hebrews: as to the law, a Pharisee, as to zeal, a …

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Objective Truth, the Living Word, and Divine Wisdom

The blog has been silent for a while because I've been busy working on a much larger project related to 1 & 2 Corinthians. One of the preliminary "aha" items is Paul's description of divine power (which Paul says looks like human weakness) and divine wisdom (which is foolishness). What has struck me most powerfully …

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