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”

The Evangelical Church in the Future

There is no doubt that Neo-Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism are in for a good deal of change. What were two distinct camps within Evangelicalism are now beginning to mingle. It seems that in the church, new battlefronts are taking shape and forcing these two separate parties to unite or die. In the past, on the oneContinue reading “The Evangelical Church in the Future”

Two Nations Under God: The Mosaic and New Covenants

We all struggle with interpreting the Mosaic Covenant as Christians. Well, we know what the Law says, it is clear enough. But what does it mean to us. Here is my answer. But like all good answers, there is a bit involved. First, the Mosaic Covenant (from now on revered to as the Law) establishedContinue reading “Two Nations Under God: The Mosaic and New Covenants”

Probing Fundamentalism

I have been thinking a lot about Fundamentalism and fundamentalism. I can safely that the I am not part of the first category–Fundamentalism. This group is dedicated to the KJVO, antimodern, and antintellectual. Getting my PhD eliminates me from this group. The second group is the tricky one. It started with the idea of beingContinue reading “Probing Fundamentalism”

Jesus: YHWH, Prophet, and Message

While the commission of Isaiah is often cited for missions, the message that the Lord gives him is often overlooked. Here is what Isaiah was to preach: And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of thisContinue reading “Jesus: YHWH, Prophet, and Message”

Paregesis: The Homiletical Danger of “Timeless Truths”

We all acknowledge the dangers of interpreting the Bible with a preconceived idea. We call it eisegesis. You interpret into the text something that isn’t there. While the conclusion reached may not be wrong, the method is fallacious. In current preaching styles, we follow an expository method to avoid this error. Typically, expository means preachingContinue reading “Paregesis: The Homiletical Danger of “Timeless Truths””

The Fire Baptized Holiness Church Part 3

Theological Emphases of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church Overall, the doctrine of the FBHC was quite orthodox. They maintained justification from sin through faith in Christ alone. They also listed many organizations which they stood firmly against, like the Unitarians and the Mormons. They also stood for premillennialism, a newly revived doctrine in its day.Continue reading “The Fire Baptized Holiness Church Part 3”

O Glory! I Feel the Fire! The Fire Baptist Holiness Church Part 2

The Founding of the Fire Baptized Holiness Association In 1898, he held camp meetings in Royston Georgia. Here, J. H. King, who later succeeded Irwin as leader of the FBHA, first met up with Irwin. King had just finished his degree from U. S. Grant University School of Theology and was a minister in theContinue reading “O Glory! I Feel the Fire! The Fire Baptist Holiness Church Part 2”