It’s been awhile since we’ve dealt with, you know, the actual Bible on here. As a remedy, I’m starting a 5 part series on one of the most beautiful, if overlooked, portions of the Old Testament. I once had a professor (the brilliant Dr. John Sailhamer) who referred to the Old Testament as the “Same […]Read more "“Same Ole” Testament: The Gospel According to Zechariah, Part 1"
Two ostensibly unrelated items on the religious news landscape caught my eye this week. On closer inspection however I think they are intimate dissections into the dysfunction of American evangelicism and into the dysfunction of my own warped soul. First, Texas Senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz stormed off the stage after […]Read more "Hubris or Holiness? Can Evangelicals Tell The Difference?"
Israel and Palestine. Is there any more divisive a topic facing our world today? Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an answer. And nothing ever gets accomplished. Conflict between the two is nothing new even in my short lifetime. My generation has seen it multiple times, early 2000’s in the West Bank, 2006 in Lebanon, […]Read more "What Does it Mean to Stand With Israel?"
It’s the home stretch. Today we are going to explore exactly why the “sojourner” is so important to Israel and to Israel’s God. Next time we will wrap it up. If you want to start at the beginning click here. The second and final proof signifying access to God of those outside Israel is the […]Read more "A Native of the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 7"
After examining the fate of those who attempt to destroy God’s covenant people, it’s now time to look at those from outside the family of Jacob who responded positively to them. What we find is that while God specially blesses and protects the genetic descendants of Abraham, they are in turn intended to bless the […]Read more "A Native in the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 6"
Having dealt with God and the Egyptians, the focus now must shift to the lesser known cast off characters quietly populating the pages of Exodus. There are a number of other tribes and nations scattered throughout the book whose relationship to God is on the surface level at least troubling. On several occasions God either orders […]Read more "A Native of the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 5"
Having dealt satisfactorily with preliminary issues here and here, it is now time to scour the text for signs of Israel’s ethnic self-identity. A thorough reading of Exodus makes explicit that Israel does indeed view itself as a distinct, ethnic group. The textual evidence can be summarized with three points. First, Israel’s unique physical and […]Read more "A Native of the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 3"