Thursday, January 29, 2015

Piper on Hope and Plunder

I finally enjoyed a John Piper video.

Whenever modern Reform theologians are discussed, the name John Piper will always come up. This is due, I believe, in large part to his having penned The Justification of God, wherein he conducts an “objective, historical-grammatical exegesis of Romans 9:1-23”1 and provides one of the most unassailable apologetics ever on the doctrine of election. It's a great book and Piper is a terrific scholar, but I have to say, as a preacher and pastor, I’ve always found him less than appealing ... until today, when I got this in my Twitter feed:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Whatcha Watchin?

Calling all Church History buffs who are addicted to YouTube!

If you’re like me and spend an inordinate amount of your free time on YouTube AND you can’t get enough of Early Church history, then my latest Facebook post is for you. Although the video is primarily about the Apostolic Fathers, there's also a particularly good section on the Didache in it; it's worth watching the whole thing just for that bit.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Moment on Matrimony

Traditional Christian marriage owes more to Rome than Jerusalem.

As a Christian in the developed world it is nearly impossible to avoid the debate raging in the public arena between the proponents of gay marriage and those who cherish its traditional form. Now, I have no intention of joining the fray with this post, but I would like to take a look at one feature of the argument of those Christians who are promoting the traditional view of marriage. Whenever I hear them present their case, I’m always left wondering whether they are aware of the actual history of the traditional form of marriage that they so vehemently defend.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

In Ephesus?

What to do when many of your early textual witnesses omit the addressee in an epistle?

As with most of the books of the New Testament, there are several critical issues regarding the book of Ephesians that have been debated by scholars for centuries. These are mainly questions pertaining to the dating and setting of the autograph (when and where was it written?), its authorship (by whom was it written?), and its recipient (for whom was it written?). With regards to the latter question, would it surprise you to learn that there is no absolute proof that the epistle to the Ephesians was written to the Church in Ephesus?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looks Like Newsweek is Good News Weak

What is it about Christmas that makes the media pull out their duller, rustier knives?

Last week I detected a stirring in the Christian blogosphere. Some article I never would’ve noticed, in a magazine I never read, written by a journalist I’d never heard of, had rattled a chain or two. I was shocked, shocked, to discover that the mainstream media in the U.S. dislikes us hate-filled Christians and our big, black book of lying lies for liars.