Category Archives: Biblical Meditations

An Insufficient Understanding of “Sufficiency,” Part II

To see what the word “sufficiency” properly means, we need to look at the ends that are in view, and this takes us back to the definitions of the “sufficiency” of Scripture and of Christ given above. For the end … Continue reading

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An Insufficient Understanding of “Sufficiency,” Part I

In harmony with Scripture, we Protestants confess that Scripture is “sufficient”[1] and that Christ is “sufficient.”[2] I have noticed these past few years that in our circles these affirmations frequently exhibit the quality of moralism. That is, they perform as … Continue reading

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Rhetoric in the New Testament (Introduction)

I’ve been thinking lately about the rhetoric of the New Testament. Rhetoric in its classical form is, I believe, a very much neglected discipline in our age of cheap soundbites and endless emotional manipulation via image-based advertisement. And yet, rhetoric … Continue reading

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Matter Matters

I’ve been thinking lately about the dualistic attitude of many Christians, in which “spiritual” things are set in stark contrast to “unspiritual” – i.e., material, temporal – things. Many Christians simply take for granted that the soul is far superior … Continue reading

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Paul and Slavery

Cynthia Nielsen has started a set of posts on Paul and slavery. Check it out; I’ll be following the development of her thesis with some interest, myself

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Groping For God

Romans 1:18-32 starkly says: The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because … Continue reading

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Socratic and Biblical Wisdom

“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; the sea says, ‘It is not … Continue reading

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The Use of the Old Testament in John 1-2 (Pt. III – Conclusion)

The distinctive theme of John’s Gospel is the notion of bearing witness—specifically bearing witness of and to the Son of Man. Given this theme it is intriguing to note that John starts out his Gospel the same way Moses started … Continue reading

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The Use of the Old Testament in John 1-2 (Pt. II)

Here I will look at the structure of the narrative of John 1-2, with special attention on parallels with OT structural devices. I. Basic Outline / Structure • 1:1-18—theological explanation of the Incarnate Word • 1:19-28—John witnesses indirectly of Jesus … Continue reading

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The Use of the Old Testament in John 1-2 (Pt. I)

1:1–In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. A. This verse alludes to Genesis 1:1 ff. B. The truth alluded to in this verse of John’s Gospel is the opening of … Continue reading

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