What is Proof-texting and why is it problematic? Proof-texting is the act of presenting a hodgepodge or conglomerate of conflated passages from a text or multiple texts, usually the Bible, divorced from their every context and abused for purposes of persuading others about an idea. You may have come across this atrocity on social media, […]
What constitutes an unreached people group? Generally, it applies to a group, usually related to a geographical area, in which less than 2% of the population identify as Christian. Furthermore, it is where there is no local culture evangelizing to the rest of the culture. Being deaf is not geographically contained, but it is its […]
The answer to the question “Is the Pope a biblical expert?” might seem to be an obvious “Yes, of course” for many people. But the question is still worth asking: is the current Pope (Francis) or are the Popes that recently preceded him really experts on the Bible? The purpose of this post is not […]
Many Christians seem to have a fear of biblical apocryphal or pseudepigraphal books (texts not part of their primary canon). It is commonly thought that because these books are not ‘Holy Scripture’ or not ‘inspired’ in the same way as the canonized books of the Bible, that one needn’t or even shouldn’t read them. It […]
I never really thought I would be here, in this place wondering what is next. When we left Aberdeen it was in hopeful anticipation of the next step almost being an immediate thing. At first it was a bit disappointing…. ok really disappointing. I really didn’t have much time to reflect on what was next. […]
Lately, I have noticed a particular bent in conservative evangelical circles toward a special type of biblicism. This biblicism is characterized by a style of argumentation that loosely takes after the preaching of early modern preachers in their common (or plain) sense hermeneutic. The arguer cites chapter and verse as a premise in the argument […]
“You deserve to be happy.” “You deserve someone who treats you well.” “You deserve to be taken care of.” “You deserve the best in life.” Problem: These don’t seem to be happening with much consistency. If there was any cry under which modern culture united, it would be the one that preaches humanity deserving to […]
I mentioned in my last post (The Rule of the Community, the Prophet, and the Two Messiahs) that caution must be exercised in the use of Jewish sources for New Testament studies. This caution arose out of a tripartite evolution in New Testament scholarship which occurred mostly during the 20th century. These three phases I […]
The Root Issue: Failure to Listen In my previous blog post, The Art of Listening, I discussed the important and wise lesson behind one of my favorite biblical versus—Proverbs 18:13: “He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him” (NASB). If you have not already done so, I highly […]
This year has been a bit crazy. American politics are more than ever divided between the right and the left. Terrorism abroad and at home have people in fear and often their neighbors have become a source of that fear. Racial tensions are a powder keg of emotion and pain. It seems that there are […]
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