Here is a great quote from Grant R. Osborne’s book The Hermeneutical Spiral on the importance of historical theology (p. 266):
Historical theology technically belongs between biblical and systematic theology. It studies the way later paradigm communities understood the biblical doctrines and enables us better to understand current theological debates by placing them in bold relief within the history of dogma. Continue reading
How should a Christian view politics? While I don’t have the definitive answer to that question, here are a few basic principles that I hold to in light of Scripture and the Christian tradition that I embrace. Here are three basic principles that I believe can help us to interact with the political situation in a way that pleases God: Continue reading
Kostenberger and Patterson, on page 704 of Invitation to Biblical Interpretation say the following about the use of the Old Testament in the NT:
Beginning students of Scripture sometimes assume that there is only one way in which the New Testament writers use the Old Testament. (Most commonly, the assumption is that this one way is prediction-fulfillment, that is, a New Testament writer citing an Old Testament passage to show that a given passage has been fulfilled in Christ.) Nothing could be further form the truth. While it is true that the prediction-fulfillment pattern accounts for a significant number of New Testament references to the Old (such as Matt. 2:6 citing Mic. 5:2), it is by no means the only type of usage.
One of the other ways that Kostenberger and Patterson identify by which the New Testament writers use the Old Testament is typology. Continue reading
As I took a brief walk today, I was about to cross and intersection when a car approached. Since the driver had the turn signal on, I felt comfortable crossing the street on the other side of the intersection, but I kept my eye on the car in case they had accidentally left the turn signal on by mistake. I thought about this for a couple minutes and it seemed to me to be an interesting metaphor for the importance of communication. The turn signal is the driver’s way of communicating to the pedestrians and the other drivers on the road what the driver intends to do. If the driver forgets to communicate their intentions, or communicates the wrong intentions, an accident can be the result. The same thing is true in relationships. Communication is one way that we can avoid relational accidents. If my wife, children or other people understand what I am up to, it is less likely that we are going to have a “relational collision.” Continue reading
I just came across this helpful quote from Augustine while reading David L. Baker, Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological relationship Between the Old and New Testaments (IVP, 2010, p. 38):
To the Old Testament belongs more fear
just as to the New Testament more delight;
nevertheless in the Old Testament the New lies hid,
and in the New Testament the Old is exposed.
This more famously comes to us in the poetic form,
The New is in the old concealed,
the Old is in the New revealed.
While Augustine is not infallible, I think he really got it right with this one.
I haven’t had much time to write lately. I am trying to get ready to take the entrance exam for the Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in the area of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and spend a little more time with my family. However I did enjoy making this recipe with my oldest son tonight, and since the whole family enjoyed it, I wanted to post it so I don’t lose it. As with most of my recipes, the measurements are approximate just to give you a basic idea of what goes in. I don’t actually measure them. Continue reading
I realized today while studying for a Christian Missions exam that I couldn’t explain the difference between Sunni and Shi’ite Islam. I found a helpful description in the book World Religions: A Historical Approach by S. A. Nigosian. This in not meant to be a scholarly or profound post; I just though my readers might benefit from a refresher on the topic. Nigosian writes:
Although there are numerous groups within Islam, the major division is between the Sunni and the Shi’ite groups. The term Sunni derives from sunna, meaning “tradition,” community,” or “consensus.” The term Shi’ite (or Shi’ah) means “partisan.” The Sunni are in the majority; the Shi’ite comprise not more than fifteen percent of the total Muslim population. The Shi’ite and their various subsects are found mainly in Iran and to some extent in India. [...]
The Sunni and the Shi’ite differ on two fundamental points: line of succession and religious authority. Continue reading