Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's Finally Finished!

The grateful victim has been identified.

"The Good Samaritan" by Jacopo Bassano public domain

I've finished writing the thesis for my Master of Theology degree. The final edit has been done and it's ready to go to the printers. I officially submit next week. Then I get to wait anxiously for three months while it's with the markers (two of them). Then, around September, I find out just how well the last two years actually went. If it's as well received as I hope, I will probably move on to doctoral studies ... eventually.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

On Six Comments on Daniel

Six short exegetical comments on the Book of Daniel

His hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers
and his nails became like birds’ claws (Dan 4:33 NRSV).

1. Hebrew Supremacism

As well as “set[ting] the scene for the subsequent stories of court life,” the first chapter of the book of Daniel does much to establish one of the many underlying themes of these subsequent stories: the racial and (especially) cultic superiority of the “conquered” Israelites over the “conquering” Babylonians. From a certain perspective, chapter one could be seen as Hebrew-supremacist propaganda.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The End of the End of the World

On the Olivet Discourse and the Parousia of the Lord.

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem
by Francesco Hayez

Until last week, my theological stronghold had only suffered two seismic shocks big enough to shift its foundations. The first was my conversion to “the Doctrines of Grace” and the second was my awakening to the truth of the “science of Textual Criticism” and acceptance of the Critical Text of the New Testament. To these I now add my newfound Partial Preterist belief that the Parousia of Jesus Christ, his second coming, foretold in the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24:3–25:46; Mark 13:3–36; Luke 21:7–36) occurred in AD 70 with the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and its ending of the age of Mosaic Judaism.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who Slew Goliath?

Another unfortunate KJV-Onlyist attempt at "Gottcha"!

David and Goliath, by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888)

Spend any time at all in the comment sections under Christian Youtube videos and you’re bound to run into the dreaded cultic KJV-onlyist. I am intimately familiar with these people, and their way of thinking, because I used to hold similar beliefs regarding the Textus Receptus. Without getting into the whole controversy (see James White's excellent video series here for more details), let's just say that these people are, for the most part, well-meaning but unsophisticated believers who are sadly ill-informed about the process of translation and the vital field of textual criticism. This lack of understanding results in their mischaracterization of the KJV as an inviolate and unimpeachable biblical text--the standard English Bible from which any deviation is deemed satanic heresy. Recently, upon citing a verse from the ESV, I was immediately challenged by one of these unfortunates.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Third Down

Just completed the first of three semesters for my MTh.


Tempus fugit ... and that's a good thing. I've just completed two of the three taught-courses required for my degree of Master of Theology. I'll start the third one next semester along with my 30,000 word thesis. Providing I get approval to do it, I'll be completing my degree in only three semesters (which'll take to the end of Feb 18). So only two more semesters to go!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Stimulating Development

My first published work in a theological journal.

[UPDATE 20/04/17: The Stimulus editor just emailed me to say that some student at the Saint Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City University (OCU), just requested a copy of my article. As the editor noted in her email, "[I] just went international."]

UPDATE 01/04/17: This was originally posting on October 2016, but I'm re-posting it today because I've just learned how to easily add pdfs to my blog. I've also made some significant changes.

Hopefully the first of many

The latest volume of Stimulus, the peer-reviewed "New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice," is now out and I'm chuffed to bits! That's because yours truly is one of the contributing authors. Last semester, at the behest of my current master's supervisor, I reworked one of my thematic essays into an article and it was accepted for publication. Here's a pre-pub draft: "Sign as Symbol: The Sign Theme in the Fourth Gospel".

Friday, February 24, 2017

Smashed It!

Last ever undergraduate assignment uploaded to Moodle

At the bottom of the hill, there's another, steeper hill.

So, last Sunday I submitted my final assignment for my Bachelor of Theology degree and, although that essay hasn't been marked yet, it seems highly likely that my grade for the course will fall well within the A-range. This means I'll have maintained my straight-A streak for the whole degree.*

Yippee, it's all over AND I SMASHED IT!