Why Was Jesus Born?

In the Christmas season, we often hear the story of Jesus' birth. We gloss over it like a children's story with no relevance to us today. But have you stopped to think about why the church considers Jesus' birth to be important? The importance of Jesus' birth begins with two concepts. The first concept is... Continue Reading →

Exegesis: Theology’s Science

The so-called soft sciences, such as history or anthropology, have a common issue: the lack of experimental controls. That is, there is no "standard" to compare it too. Unlike empirical sciences, like biology and physics, there is no way to repeat history and only change small variables in the process. This does not mean that... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Apologetics

There is a debate about how to do apologetics. I certainly will not solve the debate, but I offer my observations. Most everyone agrees: evidence is not enough to convert anyone. And there must be a work of the Spirit. What we do argue over is what kind of evidences we should use and how... Continue Reading →

The State of Modern Biblical Studies

I just read an excellent article from Joshua Berman. He works through the state of modern Biblical Studies and finds many problems with it. "A double standard permeates the field [of biblical studies]: when a scholar adduces evidence for the unity of a biblical text, he is liable to be labeled a conservative and dismissed;... Continue Reading →

Mafia-Style Exegesis

Having now visited many churches, listened to thousands of sermons, and preached a few myself, I have noticed the wide variety of exegesis. I've complained elsewhere about paregesis (preaching alongside the text, but never actually preaching the text). Here, I want to complain, if you'll so indulge me, about Mafia-Style exegesis. This gangster way of... Continue Reading →

Podcast Teaser: A Grimm Way of Law

So, I'm working on a podcast that will be fascinating. I'm not going to give the subject away yet, but part of my research involves Jacob Grimm--the guy who coauthored Grimm's Fairy Tales. While most of his work revolved around ancient German folktales, he also wrote on legal subjects as well. He used his folktale... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑