The book we call James is actually the name Jacob in Greek. And by God’s omniscient oversight, the situation dealt with in the book of James is similar to that of Jacob’s. Several themes in the book of James bear this out. Though one could hardly guess from most teaching about Jacob, the Bible actually
What does it mean to be Biblically literate? Obviously, this means more than just the ability to read the Bible. I looked up the word “literate” in the Oxford English Dictionary, and the definition I mean when I talk about Biblical literacy goes like this, “competent or knowledgeable in a particular area.” Helpfully, the dictionary
Over the years I have taught several composition and rhetoric classes, and one of my favorite skills to teach is that of outlining. Most writers whom I enjoy reading are easy to follow and understand because of a clear, helpful, and usually clever organization. The Distinction One way to describe different types of outlines is
What are we actually doing when we celebrate the Easter season? Why do we every year meditate on the pains, sorrows, darkness, and death of Good Friday? Why do we relive that sadness of death? Must we do that simply so that we can heighten the celebration of the surprise and joy of resurrection life?
The following is a post that I wrote elsewhere about three years ago. Something big is coming to remedy this problem! Stay tuned! Today I want to talk about something that should be obvious to everyone in the conversation of Christian education but, sadly, is too often neglected at worst and merely assumed at best.
Matt Colvin at Colvinism asks the following about the story of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20: Why is it that Jonathan resorts to this elaborate code-acting, shooting arrows and telling his lad “Look, the arrows are beyond you!” while David hides… and then Jonathan and David come out and talk face to face
Q: In what ways is the story of Ark entering the tent in Jerusalem like the enthronement of a king? A: The story of the Ark entering the tent in Jerusalem is like the enthronement of a king 1) by the Ark being the throne upon which Yahweh its, 2) by the events happening immediately
When the tribes of Israel come to David in Hebron to swear their loyalty to him as their king, they acknowledge Yahweh’s promise to David that “you will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel” (2 Sam. 5:2). Here the role of king is identified with two functions: shepherding and
At first blush, this post may not appear to be as “biblical” as most of the other posts, but I would contend that it is. One of the purposes of this post is to question a modus operandi that attempts to explain the events of history exclusively from God’s eternal perspective. Especially within systems of
1 Samuel 24:3 states that Saul went into the cave in which David and his men were hiding in order to “cover his feet.” Most interpreters take this phrase to mean “to answer the call of nature.” Thus, Saul went into a cave as a sort of an outhouse that is private and out of