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Category Archives: Old Testament

Daily bread

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus instructs his disciples to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” From this one phrase a whole aura of sentimentality has been generated about “depending on God” for our food, a task that is ever so hard for middle class American Christians because, after all, we are so used […]

An ecclesial gloss on Isaiah 1:10-17

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Rome and Constantinople! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Grand Rapids and Wheaton! What do I care about the multitude of your Eucharists? says the Lord; I have had enough of your broken bread and piously drunk wine; I do not delight […]

Give beer to beggars!

One of the foremost reasons I ever hear for why Christians don’t give to beggars is the claim that said beggars will undoubtedly use the money for buying alcohol. Thus any act of monetary giving is not only unnecessary (despite Matt 5:42 which seems pretty friggin clear), but possibly morally wrong. Well, like I always […]

For the sake of ten

So, yet again one of Satan’s favorite sock puppets (thanks, Gene!) has turned an incident of natural disaster into yet another instance of God “judging” nations for their sins. I find this curious and horrifying as I’m sure most people do. However, I think sometimes Christians who cringe at these comments don’t really have a […]

Jealousy vs. Envy

Scot McKnight has some helpful thoughts on the nature of God’s jealousy inspired  by reflections on the second commandment: God is “jealous” for his love and that is why idol-making is wrong. A little lesson: “I’m sooo jealous” is a commonplace expression today, but it’s an erroneous one most of the time. Most of the […]

God as Mourner

Its not often thought about as a key mark of God, but in the Old Testament, one of the key images of God is that of a co-mourner with Israel in her distress and suffering. Ezekiel 19, for example is quite striking in God’s command to the prophet to take up a lamentation for Israel. […]

Bit of Bonhoeffer

“There is in the Holy Scriptures one book that differs from all other books of the Bible in that it contains only prayers. That book is the Psalms. At first it is something very astonishing that there is a prayerbook in the Bible. The Holy Scriptures are, to be sure, God’s Word to us. But […]

The Bible and Meat: Sweet, Delicious Meat.

It is often claimed these days by Christians with a vegetarian bent that, in the scope of the biblical narrative, meat-eating occurs because of the Fall, and, as such should not be practiced by Christians who are called to live as a foretaste of the new creation. This is completely and utterly wrong and I’ll […]

The Not-So-Dangerous Theology of Walter Brueggemann

I’ve read and deeply enjoyed Walter Brueggemann’s works on the Old Testament for quite some time now. Brueggemann is nothing if not a rigorous and creative reader of biblical texts. Indeed, his early book, The Prophetic Imagination will always continue to be one of my favorite books. Central to Brueggemann’s whole attempt to read Scripture […]

Greatest 20th Century Biblical Theologians

Who do you consider to be the greatest Biblical Theologians of the 20th Century, and why?  If you wish, you may nominate one person for New Testament and one for Old Testament.  For my money, I think the work of Brevard Childs may be the most significant work in biblical theology to be done this century.  […]

The Hilarity of Dispensationalism

Over my desk at work I have a nearly 60-year-old chart by Finis Jennings Dake entitled “The Plan of the Ages”.  It’s one of those classic charts of how old-school dispensationalists used to divide up the Bible.  This one, however is the mother of all dispensationalist charts.  It has literally everything on it.  The subtitle […]

The Psalms as Inter-Trinitarian Dialogue

A while back I posted a Christological Theology of the Psalms.  At the end of that post I suggest that the Psalms can be read fruitfully as a an inter-trinitarian dialogue, that is as a conversation between the Son and the Father in the Spirit.  This has a prima facie plausibility to me in light […]

A Christological Theology of the Psalms

In reading through the Psalms yesterday, I was struck by what it might mean to read them Christologically as Dietrich Bonhoeffer recommends in his books Psalms: The Prayerbook of the Bible and Life Together.  His proposal, simply stated is that it ultimately Christ himself who prays the psalms.  This is, in part a brilliant way […]

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