What Killed Jesus Will Kil...

History repeats itself, they say. They’re wrong. We’re just too stubborn to learn from history. The Maccabean period of Jewish history, which started with the revolt led by Judas Maccabeus in 167 B.C.E., is crucial in understanding the times in which Jesus lived and the New Testament was born. It also has a lot to say about current events in the United States. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear....

The Bible, Government, and...

There was a whole lot of Bible-quoting going on in the news last week, and most of it poorly done. That’s what happens when you marshal selected verses out of context to provide support to whatever policy you want to justify. The verse in question was Paul’s statement in Romans that human government has a God-pleasing role in society and we are to respect that role. “Let every person be subject to the...

Don’t Invite Jesus I...

Growing up in a Baptist church I was always taught the importance of inviting Jesus into your life. Sin had messed up our lives, and we each needed to ask Jesus to come into our lives and save us from the mess that sin had caused. Truth be told, however, my life wasn’t all that messed up. Seriously, the situation into which I was born was a leg up on that of many others in the world. Both parents were...

“Me Too” is Sh...

In evangelical circles there is an ongoing debate between two views of the proper relationship between husbands and wives as prescribed by the Bible. The first, most traditional view, is the Complementarian View. In this view the husband is the head of the household and holds ultimate authority over the family. The wife’s plays a complementary role in managing the household. She willingly and graciously...

When God Provides An Escap...

What happens when the earthquake doesn’t come? In Acts 16, Paul and his companion Silas are thrown in prison in Philippi. They had delivered a young girl from a spirit of divination, and this angered some powerful men who had enslaved her and profited from her fortune-telling ability. Now out of a high-revenue, low-overhead business, they dragged Paul and Silas before the city magistrates, accusing them...

Abuse, Divorce, and Paige ...

Last week Paige Patterson was removed as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth for comments he made about women that are insensitive and demeaning at best. Yesterday he was fired. It is not my intent to write a commentary on Patterson as a person or as a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention. Plenty of people are doing so, and it is the responsibility of the trustees of...

Paul and the “Silent...

I want to follow up on a comment I made in last week’s post about Beth Moore and the mistreatment of women ministers in evangelical circles. I wrote that one of the things that was said to diminish women was that Eve was “last in Creation and first in the Fall.” I want to dig into that statement a little further because I think it illustrates something about the misuse of the Bible. The biblical support...
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