Another Look: The Purpose of the First Testament

Why did the Jews compile sacred books together and form a canon of Scripture known as the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh? For what purpose did they put together what Christians have traditionally called the “Old Testament”? I believe they brought the canon of the Hebrew Bible to completion, at the end of a long process, because ofContinue reading “Another Look: The Purpose of the First Testament”

The Purpose of the First Testament

Why did the Jews compile sacred books together and form a canon of Scripture known as the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh? For what purpose did they put together what Christians have traditionally called the “Old Testament”? I believe they brought the canon of the Hebrew Bible to completion, at the end of a long process, because ofContinue reading “The Purpose of the First Testament”

Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander, Chapter 5- The Christian Matrix Within Which Biology Flourishes

Is There Purpose in Biology?: The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander, Chapter 5- The Christian Matrix Within Which Biology Flourishes We are reviewing the book: Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander.  Chapter 5- The Christian Matrix Within WhichContinue reading “Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander, Chapter 5- The Christian Matrix Within Which Biology Flourishes”

Pete Enns on Christians and the Old Testament

This post was first published on Peter Enns’s blog, Rethinking Biblical Christianity, on July 29, 2013. * * * When Christians run up against interpretive challenges in the Old Testament – like killing Canaanites to take their land or the meaning of the Adam story vis-à-vis science – a common way of handling these challenges isContinue reading “Pete Enns on Christians and the Old Testament”

Reconsider Jesus – The First Look at the Family

Today we are going to do something a little different.  Scott Lencke had suggested that for a change of pace, readers might be interested in hearing one of the original audio Bible Studies which are among the sources used for Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the GospelContinue reading “Reconsider Jesus – The First Look at the Family”

Jan. 2013 — Considering the First Testament

During the first month of 2013, we will devote many of our posts to subjects on Biblical studies in the First Testament. We will begin on New Year’s Day with my perspective on “The Purpose of the First Testament.” My life was changed in the 1980’s when I took several classes from Dr. John Sailhamer atContinue reading “Jan. 2013 — Considering the First Testament”

My first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.”

Francis Chan must be reading a different Bible. The other day I watched a video clip from a message he gave at the 2012 Verve Conference in which he asserted that genuine Christian fellowship is missional fellowship. I think Francis Chan is partly right there, but the way he said it was striking and revelatoryContinue reading “My first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.””

First, Second and Third Thoughts on the CStone 09 “Gay Rights and Wrongs” Panel

On Friday, July 3, I moderated a panel at Cornerstone 09 on the topic of “Gay Rights and Wrongs.” Here is the blurb from the CStone web site: Gays, Rights & Wrongs (Moderator: Michael Spencer, w/Andrew Marin, Richard Amesbury, Tony Jones, Christine Sneeringer & Frank Carrasco ) “Is homosexualty still a sin – or aContinue reading “First, Second and Third Thoughts on the CStone 09 “Gay Rights and Wrongs” Panel”

Christmas For Beginners: Michael’s sermon for the first Sunday in Advent (Text: John 1:1-18)

I am a preacher, and I enjoy it. I enjoy Advent and Christmas preaching most of all. Here’s the first sermon in an Advent series called “Christmas for Beginners.” If you use it, give me credit and Santa will take note. Christmas doesn’t begin in Bethlehem. All you have to do is pick up theContinue reading “Christmas For Beginners: Michael’s sermon for the first Sunday in Advent (Text: John 1:1-18)”