Knowing God
You hide Yourself from prying eyes, From faithless seekers veil Your face, Conceal Your form, confound the wise, Your brightness dim, though not Your grace.      Shekinah garbed in smoke and cloud,      Invisible to them that peer,      Your brilliance hidden from the proud,      Disclosed to those who love and fear. Invisible, yet present still, You show [more]
Be holy in all your culture
This post concludes my series on the New Testament implications of the idea that culture is behavior. Here are all the implications: New Testament authors explain cultural differences between various people groups as differences of belief and value. New Testament authors identify people groups (ethnicities, tribes, nations, etc.) as those of common ancestral heritage who share common culture flowing from common values. New Testament authors demand that the culture of Christians be holy, pure, and [more]
Back to the Shema
When we studied the great priority of the Christian life, we saw that ultimate love for God is based on God's unchallenged status as the only God. Humility gets the human into the posture for worship: acknowledging that Yahweh is God, and there is no other; there is no God besides him (Is 45:5). Humility acknowledges the 'solitariness' of God: that he is solely God. The humble Christian recognizes that God alone deserves worship, and that he alone deserves ultimate need-love, and gift-love. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. [more]
“Give Attention to the Reading”
This essay was originally published on July 17, 2009. The apostle Paul instructed the young preacher Timothy to give himself to reading. In the ancient world, reading was normally done aloud, and it was often a public activity. Books were scarce, and if you were going to read aloud anyway, why shouldn’t others benefit from hearing? Paul thought that a young preacher needed to develop the habit of reading. This sensibility has been echoed through much of the history of the church. For example, the Anabaptists who drafted the Schleitheim Confession made reading the first duty of a pastor. Periods [more]
All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22a)
I am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular [more]
Borrowing culture
Since culture is the same idea as behavior, we have been discussing important New Testament [more]
A Magnet for Grace
Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I should reply that [more]