Rethinking My Christianity: Follow Through

By Nate Labadorf I want to say, thank you for your response to my earlier post. I certainly have benefited from the feedback I’ve received. I felt it might be necessary to add a few points that may easy some tensions. First, why do I bring up segregation and racism so much? Do I thinkContinue reading “Rethinking My Christianity: Follow Through”

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”

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”

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”

Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 3

Royal Authenticity of Christ (NT) It is one thing to claim to be the King, it is another thing to prove it. In the Davidic Covenant There were two criteria for this king laid out (2 Sm 7:13). First, he would come from David’s line: “I will raise up your descendant after you, who willContinue reading “Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 3”

Isaiah and His Books

The Jewish tradition is that Hezekiah and his men wrote/compiled Isaiah (Bava Batra 15a; Talmud). We know that Hezekiah compiled some Proverbs (Pro 25:1). We also know that other works, like Jeremiah, seem to compilations/anthologies rather than singly composed piece of literature. Jeremiah, as you know, is ordered radically different in the LXX than inContinue reading “Isaiah and His Books”

Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 2

Royal Appearance of Christ (NT) When we turn to the NT, Jesus appears as the subject matter. He is immediately addressed as king and people are willing to make him one. Jesus himself claimed to be king, although indirectly. Jesus’s Claim to be King Jesus made several claims to be the King of Israel. First,Continue reading “Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 2”

Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 1

Christians often treat Jesus as a friend and a brother, as well they should. He is both the “first-born among many brethren” and our friend (Heb 2:10; Jn 15:14-15). Yet, in American society, we have often left Christ on this level only. We often do not think what it means that he is King andContinue reading “Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 1”