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 thatContinue reading “Exegesis: Theology’s Science”

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 howContinue reading “Thoughts on Apologetics”

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 “The State of Modern Biblical Studies”

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 ofContinue reading “Mafia-Style Exegesis”

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 folktaleContinue reading “Podcast Teaser: A Grimm Way of Law”

Christ as King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ

Hey y’all, I just finished a paper for Christology on the topic of Christ as King. It’s not super technical, so you’ll find it a more or less easy read. https://www.academia.edu/41312010/Christ_As_King_The_Royal_Supremacy_of_Christ Here is a summery of it: Christians often treat Jesus as a friend and a brother, as well they should. He is both theContinue reading “Christ as King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ”

Christ and the Divine Council

Paper Link: https://www.academia.edu/40941687/Christ_and_the_Divine_Council Recently I  wrote a paper on Christ’s relationship with the divine council. This paper has changed my view on a lot of things in the Scriptures. For example, one of the things that I discovered is that Jesus’ death “reconciles all things to himself . . . whether things on earth orContinue reading “Christ and the Divine Council”

Psalm 58: The Failure of the Divine Council

I wrote a commentary on Psalm 58, which is pretty in-depth. If you’re not into technical Hebrew, just skip to the end where I summarize the psalm. Check it out here! Psalm 58 combines all that makes Hebrew poetry hard: ellipses, rare words, confusing syntax, vague analogies, and imprecations. Yet, even in this muddle, theContinue reading “Psalm 58: The Failure of the Divine Council”

Red Herrings and the Racial Divide

Another problem in the ethnic relations debate is the systematic use of red herrings. The white church uses this so much that we are about to cause this fish to go extinct. Here’s what I mean. When we white evangelicals come to the table, we bring along our political views and place them alongside ourContinue reading “Red Herrings and the Racial Divide”

On Racial Dialogue in Evangelicalism

I’ve noticed something in my study of ethnic relations in the church. It is that often the white majority simply ignore the minorities. We see the social justice movement and we read the books. And we point out again and again the hermeneutical issues of the social justice movement. It is not wrong to critiqueContinue reading “On Racial Dialogue in Evangelicalism”