Category: Theology

Jesus: Logician and Lord

Jesus as Philosopher and Thinker Dallas Willard once said, “There is in our culture an uneasy relation between Jesus and intelligence.”[1] What Willard meant is that there are many things we, as Christians, think of when we think of Jesus, but His smartnes... Read More »

There Is Only One Doctrine with Divine Power—But Is This What You Preach and Teach?

Why should we be concerned about doctrine? After all, some have noticed that doctrines divide Christians, while others have opined that an emphasis on the mission of the church could unite Christians. But is it true that “doctrine divides, but missions unite... Read More »

Does Elohim foreshadow the Trinity in Genesis 1?

The age-old riddle—“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”—is no mystery for the Christian. Biblically speaking, the answer is unequivocally: “the chicken” (cf. Genesis 1:24; 2:19). A more difficult question to answer, however, is whether the w... Read More »

He Paid My Debt – So What?

During this Easter season, we often sing the Elvina Hall hymn “Jesus Paid It All.” The refrain is: Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. Jesus paid our debt through His substitutionary atonement[1] o... Read More »

God is Faithful in the Midst of Life’s Fragility

My wife and colleagues at Southwestern Seminary have asked me this week, “Are you doing OK? You’re acting weird and a little off.” Weird – no; a little off – yes. I’ve been highly introspective this week and overwhelmed with a single thought. Let m... Read More »

Why Ancient People Needed God, Why Modern People Don’t, and Why I Still Do

Imagine living in the ancient world, a world without internet, without computers, without electrical power, without complex machines, without running water—without the conveniences of modern life. Just imagine it—the work required to gather and prepare foo... Read More »

Christianity and the Alluring Beauty of the Divine Dance, Pt. 2

In a previous post, I explored the nature of beauty as understood in the Christian tradition. I contrasted this traditional Christian story regarding the nature of beauty with philosophical naturalism and exclusive humanism, two sides of a now standard story t... Read More »

Christianity and the Alluring Beauty of the Divine Dance, Pt. I

Reflection on the nature of beauty has a rich precedent in the Christian tradition, and for good reason. The Scriptures are replete with judgements about the beauty of objects as diverse as landscapes (Jeremiah 3:19), cities (Psalm 48:2; 50:2), priestly robes ... Read More »

Some Observations about a Prisoned Bible

It was the first day of my Bible Study Methods class … in prison. After passing through all the security checkpoints, I entered a musty room filled with 40 convicted felons in white jump suits, ready to study the Bible. During my first few years at Southwest... Read More »

But I’m no good with languages!

As a Biblical Hebrew teacher, I have heard many reasons why people don’t study languages—or at least do not do so with excellence. Top of the list: I’m no good with languages! This reason betrays several assumptions. These assumptions, however, fall flat... Read More »