Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, has many great one-liners. He’s gained wisdom through his years in life and ministry. Keller had this to say about reading: When you listen and read one thinker, you become a clone… two thinkers, you become confused… ten thinkers, you’ll begin developing your own voice… two or […]Read more "Reading Different Theological Traditions"
“As many as are persuaded and believe that what we teach and say is true, and undertake to be able to live accordingly, are instructed to pray and to entreat God with fasting, for the remission of their sins that are past, we praying and fasting with them.” (From Martyr’s First Apology, Ch LXI, Christian Baptism, copied from […]Read more "Justin Martyr: The Early Church on Salvation"
James 3:2 contains these words: “We all stumble in many ways.” Are those not some of the most encouraging words in all of Scripture? Here is James, the one-time leader of the Jerusalem church who wrote the book most concerned with faith and deeds as equally essential elements in the life of the believer. This book […]Read more "We All Stumble In Many Ways"
I’m an educator. I work as a high school Bible and World Religions teacher. When I’m not in the classroom, I coach football and basketball. I’m “in the ministry”, so to speak. My life is revolved around teaching “the faith once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3) I write that because you think I’d not […]Read more "Jesus Loves Me, For This I Know"
The last few posts have dealt with “difficulties” in the Old Testament. As I was talking about some of my questions with a man who is part of an Orthodox tradition (or, one as close as possible where he lives), he mentioned how the Orthodox read OT passages like 1 Kings 18 (and others). What […]Read more "The Orthodox Way of Reading Scripture"
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Bible, especially concerning how all of Scripture leads up to the final revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The text of Scripture under consideration today is 1 Kings 18. In this chapter, Elijah has a confrontation with the prophets of Baal. […]Read more "The Prophets of Baal"
**I cannot take full credit for the ideas behind this post. These ideas have come from all over Christendom.** The Bible. What is it? This is a question I’ve been asking a lot recently (for a wonderfully engaging overview of the Bible, see Rob Bell’s “What is the Bible?” blog post…intriguing). I’m not asking about […]Read more "Thinking About the Bible"