More Thoughts on Exodus

Our church recently concluded its sermon series (also noted here on this blogsite) on the book of Exodus, so herewith are some thoughts. First, when you think about it, while of course Genesis discusses the origins of Judaism with the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Exodus is the first book about the Jews as a … [Read more…]

“In the Beginning”: Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-5

It cannot be an accident that the Gospel of John starts with the phrase “In the beginning” — just as Genesis does.  The first two words (in koine Greek) of both John and the Septuagint are, En arche.  This invites a comparison. One could analyze the entire first chapters of the two books, but I’ll … [Read more…]

Today’s News: John 19:1-23

In reading the first half of John 19 the other day, I was struck with how real, how straightforward the narration is.  It does not read like a made-up mythopoetic fantasy, but instead like reportage (I’m paraphrasing C.S. Lewis).  But see what you think: Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together … [Read more…]

Did God Concede Too Much to Abraham?

Any time we question God, it’s cheeky at best and can be dangerously disrespectful, so let me begin this blogpost by reassuring the reader that it will conclude with, well, whaddya know, He was right again. *** So I was thinking about the part of Genesis where God tells Abraham that He is going to … [Read more…]

You Could Make This Stuff Up — But Why Would You?

I (and others) frequently note that one argument supporting the veracity of the Bible is that it contains much that is unflattering to the people who supposedly made it up.  The Jews in the Old Testament are complaining and ungrateful backsliders, the apostles in the New Testament are uncomprehending and cowardly, to give just two … [Read more…]

Thoughts on the Opening and Closing of the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer begins, “Our Father, who art in Heaven:  Thy name be hallowed, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” and ends, “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.” How do Thy name/hallowed, Thy kingdom/come, and Thy will/be done fit together?  Next, how do kingdom, power, and glory … [Read more…]

Some Thoughts on Epistle Reliability

The Gospels read like unembellished eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life (per C.S. Lewis and Richard Bauckham, among others), and I’ve devoted other posts to the historicity of, and Luke’s reason for writing, Acts (see here and here).  But what about the various New Testament epistles? [Footnote:  The remaining New Testament book, Revelation, is also an … [Read more…]