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
In rolling out the first phase of the first phase of the Four Volumes project, I have been constrained to take time to pull back and consider the merits of the methodology. One of the aims I have for this project is to rethink our approach to Biblical education and to do so not just
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
The last post argued that sin, though of course within divine control, is not somehow necessary for the progress of the world. God may permit and use evil, but that does not make it less tragic. We must look at things from a historical, human perspective, not from an exclusively eternal one. All of these