Lessons from Jude

God cares about our physical actions (including sexual perversions). He wants us to help one another and obey Him:  Hate the sin, but rescue/show mercy on the sinners. God loves us. We are to be servants/slaves of Christ. Those who act immorally will be punished (in this life or the next). Don’t brag, grumble, or … [Read more…]

Lessons from Ruth and Esther

These are the two books in the Bible named after women.  There’s an obvious message here (whether or not the titles were themselves inspired by God):  Not only men are worthy in God’s eyes.  The eponymous women are admirable in many ways, including their being bold and brave and smart, but it’s interesting that both … [Read more…]

Lessons from the Minor Prophets

This post will try to distill from each minor prophet’s book what he says God wants us to do or not do.  This unsubtle approach can be taken with any book of the Bible, but seems particularly appropriate for these fellows, who were by and large pretty straightforward in what they wanted to communicate and … [Read more…]

A Good Point by William Gladstone

I plucked this nugget from the Weekly Standard (Wray Herbert, “Faith of Their Fathers,” December 7, 2015, reviewing Private Doubt, Public Dilemma:  Religion and Science Since Jefferson and Darwin by Keith Stewart Thomson):  William Gladstone, the longtime British prime minister, responded to the emerging fossil record by noting that “the order of origins was identical … [Read more…]

Harold Bloom, “The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible”

Bloom is a traditionalist when it comes to criticism, but he is not a believer.  He takes issue with C.S. Lewis a few times; Lewis apparently objected to the whole enterprise of reading Scripture as literature.  I read only the introduction and the New Testament part (not the Old Testament or Apocrypha, which are by … [Read more…]

Terence E. Fretheim, “The Pentateuch”

The author is “a Christian and a Lutheran” (37). The discussion in chapter one of ways to read the text is interesting and thought-provoking (some politically correct elements creep in, though).  He makes the point that the themes in Genesis cannot be forgotten in interpreting Exodus and the rest of the Pentateuch.  Wikipedia, by the … [Read more…]