We need salvation. How does salvation come to bear upon our need? Racial solidarity in Adam is the pattern according to which salvation is wrought and applied. By Adam sin-condemnation-death, by Christ righteousness-justification-life. A way of thinking that makes us aloof to solidarity with Adam makes us inhabile [not fit or qualified] to the solidarity by […]Read more "No Adam, No Christ"
“So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.” —Ruth 2:3 (ESV) Things happen, but things never just happen. Can you picture the wry smile of the author as […]Read more "Reading Providence (Ruth 2)"
Death is not the debt of nature; itis hte debt of what violated man’s nature, namely, sin. —John Murray, The Nature of ManRead more "The Exegetical Systematician: Why Science Can’t Pay the Death Debt"
“In the days when the judges ruled…” These were grim days. The evils of the latter kings and the exile to come were but the harvesting of idolatrous seeds sown only a generation after the death of Joshua. Here is the dark rhythm of Judges: “And the people of Israel did what was evil in […]Read more "A Beat of Hope Interrupting a Dark Rhythm (Ruth 1)"
A Biblical scholar has written, “Few ideas in New Testament studies produce higher levels of agreement than the notion that Paul’s letter to Philemon has little or no theological substance.” All that statement says is that a lot of smart people are really quite dumb. This book may not tease out the doctrine of redemption, […]Read more "Work in the Theology You Work out (Philemon 17–25)"
The topic of Christian education may be approached from the angle of an evil of which I fear too few are aware, but one that is the bane of education at all levels. It is the bane of fragmentation. By fragmentation I mean that the pupil is not provided with what imparts a sense of […]Read more "The Exegetical Systematician: Fragmentation"
In the first half of this little letter, all that we explicitly know is that Paul is appealing. We are not told what Paul is appealing for, only how and for whom he is appealing. Instead of speaking as one with authority, that is, instead of speaking as an apostle of the Lord Jesus, Paul […]Read more "An Appealing Approach (Philemon 8–16)"