Monthly Archives: March 2016

Neil Elliott inspires my sideways Holy Week reflection

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
Even though I have a busy week of Holy Week services and preparation for leading worship on Sunday, I had to spend some time in a medical waiting room where I read another article on the Paul-within-Judaism…

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The Martyrdom of Zechariah in Rabbinic Literature and Matthew 23:35

In Matthew 23:35, Jesus is lambasting the Pharisees, and he says: “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye … Continue reading

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Philo and the Unborn in Special Laws III

A while back, I wrote a blog post, “Judaism, Abortion, and Joan,” in which I talked about ancient Jewish ideas about the unborn.  The post centered around different Jewish interpretations of Exodus 22:22-25.  This passage states (in the KJV): If … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Lion of Princeton, by Kim Riddlebarger

Kim Riddlebarger.  The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. B.B. Warfield was a theologically conservative professor at Princeton in the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries.  In The … Continue reading

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Booklet Write-Up: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, by Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller.  The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy.  United Kingdom: 10Publishing, 2012.  See here to buy the booklet. I decided to read this after reading L.L. Martin’s Positively Powerless.  Martin in her book was talking about … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Wrapped in the Flag, by Claire Conner

Claire Conner.  Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book.  See also here, which has a later edition of the book.  One of the Amazon reviews there … Continue reading

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“My Times Are in Thy Hand”

At church this morning, we sang the hymn “My Times Are In Thy Hand.”  It dates to the nineteenth century, so I am assuming it is in the public domain.  Here are the lyrics that we sang: My times are … Continue reading

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Philo on Difficult Torah Passages about Rape and Slavery

When I was in college, I would discuss religion with an atheist friend.  He would criticize the Bible, while I would try to defend it.  I still look at the Bible as a source of wisdom, but I have to … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Positively Powerless, by L.L. Martin

L.L. Martin.  Positively Powerless: How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity.  WestBow Press, 2015.  See here to buy the book. In Positively Powerless, L.L. Martin critiques the positivity Gospel and presents an alternative way to look at life. The positivity Gospel … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Three Central Issues in Contemporary Dispensationalism

Herbert W. Bateman IV, General Editor.  Three Central Issues in Contemporary Dispensationalism: A Comparison of Traditional and Progressive Views.  Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1999.  See here to buy the book. I have been interested in dispensationalism lately, so I typed “dispensationalism” … Continue reading

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