Rethinking My Christianity: Why I’ve Changed in the Last Year

Some people are probably wondering what happened to me. I used to be a super rightwing guy with a fundamentalist view of Scripture and life. Now, I lean center in my politics and only agree with fundamentalism in that there are narrow doctrinal positions that define Christianity. Why this change? This process has been goingContinue reading “Rethinking My Christianity: Why I’ve Changed in the Last Year”

A Biblical Theology of the Book of Amos

Amos came with a message from YHWH to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. He was not considered a formal prophet, or even in a prophetic school (7:14), but rather, he was a farmer from the southern tribes (1:1).  Even though he did not have formal training, his book still communicates the message of God inContinue reading “A Biblical Theology of the Book of Amos”

The History of Interpretation of the Genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11

The debate over Genesis five and eleven stretches back as far as men have commented on these passages. But, for the most part, scholars and theologians in the pre-critical era understood Genesis five and eleven to be accurate historical information. While there are some exceptions to this rule, this homogeny will be assumed for theContinue reading “The History of Interpretation of the Genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11”

Between Can and Should: Church Singing and COVID19

Dr. Ian Malcolm: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” These words, first uttered as entertainment, contain a surprising amount of wisdom. We need to take time to think through the ethical implications before we act. Should We Sing? Governments are loosening restrictionsContinue reading “Between Can and Should: Church Singing and COVID19”

The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 2

Book Eight: The Polity of the Jews According to Moses Eusebius moves to the establishment of the Hebrew nation my Moses. At first, he digresses to discuss the providence of God in the translation of the Hebrew oracles into Greek (p. 358).  After this digression, he argues that laws of Israel were written on twoContinue reading “The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 2”

The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 1

During the transition from paganism to Christianity in the Roman empire, Eusebius of Caesarea became a significant player in controversies at that time. He took part in the debate over the deity of Christ and engaged extensively with pagan philosophies during his life time.  Several of his works survive till modern time, displaying his meticulousContinue reading “The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 1”

Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 2

Book III: The Interpreter’s Approach to Metaphorical Language (Chpts. 1-4) Besides textual issues, the passage may be ambiguous because of incorrect punctuation or pronunciation. To determine which punctuation or pronunciation is correct, the interpreter must consult the rule of faith and the church. But if the passage is still ambiguous, he should consult the contextContinue reading “Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 2”

COVID19, BJU v. US, and Christian Rights

The COVID19 pandemic has opened the floodgates on the discussion of governmental control over its people. If you’ve had any contact with people on Facebook, you will quickly realize that conservative proportionate claim that the governments’ lock-down of the US economy is unconstitutional. The local, state, and federal governments do not have the right, accordingContinue reading “COVID19, BJU v. US, and Christian Rights”

Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 1

Augustine wrote his book On Christian Doctrine (or better translated: On Christian Instruction) as a manual for a Christian teacher. As such, the English title may be a bit misleading, because it is not about the doctrines of the Christian faith. Rather, it is an overview of hermeneutics and homiletics (to use modern terminology). InContinue reading “Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine: Part 1”