Progressive revelation is the theological understanding for hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) which acknowledges the way in which themes that emerge early in Scripture go through development and change. The big framework for this is the Old and New Covenants/Testaments, where it is often said that Christ is “in the Old concealed and in the New revealed”.… Continue reading development in divine dealings with sin
Preparing for this Sunday’s sermon from Isaiah 35 on Joy, I’ve latched upon Hebrews 12:18-24 as an accompanying epistle text, and will spare my congregation (and burden you with!) this reflection :) Much like 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 or Galatians 4:21-31, Hebrews 12:18-24 boldly contrasts the ‘old covenant’ with the ‘new covenant’. Now, I’m somewhat weary… Continue reading a better word
This photo (found on Facebook) reflects a false, either/or view of Christian spirituality. It assumes that a) respecting, serving, growing and happiness of ‘you’ and b) respecting, serving, growing and happiness of ‘God’ are in direct and total contradiction. To quote Hannah Moore from the film ‘Amazing Grace’, “we humbly suggest you can do both.”… Continue reading both-and, again…
I’ve obviously changed a lot since moving to NZ. I hate how tooting-my-own-horn this sounds, but I like the changes. Both my theological and political views have been sharpened. I used to be a cookie-cutter, conservative, two-issue-voter (you know which ones), republican-Christian. Now I’m a liberal-conservative (in a centred, rather than fence-sitting way), wide-screen voter… Continue reading domain of discourse (of fear)
Two terms in the single verse of Romans 3:21 evidence both the continuity and the discontinuity of the newness of the righteousness-revealing gospel of Jesus with the oldness of the sin-revealing Law. But now, the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from [χωρὶς|choris; in discontinuity with] the law , although the Law and the… Continue reading old/new both/and
Finished my exegesis. :)
Every law that has ever been written “legislates morality”, because every issue is a moral issue. Shame on the American, Bible-belt, Republicanist, sub-Christian sub-culture which taught me as a new Christian that vote for GW Bush was a vote for the ‘moral’ candidate. Yes – marriage and abortion are HUGE moral issues (of which I… Continue reading legistlating morality
In chapter 10 of his gospel (or not far into the Jerusalem journey narrative as he would have seen it – he didn’t divide his gospel into ‘chapter and verse’), Luke presents an exchange between an expert in the Law (of Moses – i.e. Torah) and Jesus. The lawyer is first trying to ‘test’ Jesus,… Continue reading who is my neighbour?
The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term. However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is. It’s a common as anything. Teleology is blindingly relevant.
Obama’s recent statements on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, remind us all (like it or not) of the immensely divisive issue of abortion. The article says…