Biblical interpretation

Fruit Smoothie

I have been working on a sermon for this coming weekend and I have been doing a lot of thinking about the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.  Spiritual gifts, graces and fruit have been an interest of mine for some time (check out Equipped for Every […]

Children of God

I’ve gotten in trouble lately for an idea that I thought was fairly safe, but turns out (as many ideas do) is theologically open to debate.   I suggested that human beings, created in the image of God, might be children of God.  I do have to acknowledge that this is […]

Biblical Preaching

If ever there were a more confusing claim, I don’t know what it is.  Biblical preaching.  In the past few months, I have encountered people who either complain that their pastor doesn’t “preach the Bible,” or proudly boast that they have a “Biblical preacher.”  (One over 2000 years old…?)  But […]

This Is Only a Test

Serendipitous synchronicity.  When I keep hearing the same phrase or idea from a diverse variety of sources, I perk up.  First, I was listening to some chucklehead talking about how the earthquake in Haiti was “God’s way of testing the people’s faith.”  Somehow, dropping tons of cement and stone and […]

Goats of Christmas Yet To Come

Every once in a while, I blog about something I consider a “no-brainer,” something so obvious (at least to me…) that I cannot fathom anyone disagreeing.  But I am always wrong — there’s no such thing as a sure thing.  Case in point: caring for the poor.  The idea that […]

Puritanical Victorianimosity

It always amazes me when fairly modern interpretations of scripture are represented as “traditional” or “ancient.”  Most moralizing uses of scripture are as recent as the Victorian era (1837~1901), and many date back to the Puritan era (1550s~1660s) but almost none have anything to do with their original meaning.  Most of our Hebrew […]

Flexibible (Josh’s Turn)

I shared some thoughts from an email exchange with a young pastor on the west coast (Open to Interpretation), and he sent me a short response to post.  So here it is, Josh’s response: Hey, I’m Josh, I’m single, I’m twenty-eight, I have an M.Div. from Illif, and I now […]

Open to Interpretation

I have been engaged this week in a lively, fascinating email exchange with a young male pastor out west over the interpretation of scripture.  Think of the “hi, I’m a Mac/hi, I’m a PC” ads.  For the sake of the illustration, I obviously am the PC…  Anyway, my friend and […]

Philosophizzle

A few months ago I wrote a post on Frederich Schleiermacher’s view of the relationship between practical, historical, and philosophical theology.  (For whatever reason, this post, “Root Rot in the Theological Tree,” has become my most viewed post of all time…)  The main point of the essay was that while […]