Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Jesus Memoirs: The Sin Leading to Death in 1 John 5:16-17

Continuing on the theme of sin in 1 John, 5:16-17 speaks about a sin leading to death. There are different interpretative options about what this could refer to: A particular action that causes literal, physical death. A distinction between mortal … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: God’s Love; Congregant Questions

For church last Sunday, I attended the Missouri-Synod Lutheran church, its Sunday school class on patristic interpretations of John, and the “Pen” church. Because the Lutheran service and the Pen church’s service overlapped in theme, I will consider them first … Continue reading

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The Jesus Memoirs: The Johannine Community—-Sinners or Sinless?

One of the most confusing aspects of reading through 1 John is its seemingly conflicting statements about sin. 1:8-10 reminds the audience that claiming to be sinless is to engage in an act of self-deception and to accuse God of … Continue reading

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James Sire: Some Personal Reflections — Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.

When I took the course, “In the Twilight of Western Thought: A Christian Response,” at the University of Oregon in 1978, we read a book called The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalogue (InterVarsity Press, 1976), by James W. … Continue reading

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Larry Hurtado: Jesus’ Mental Health—-Schweitzer’s Classic Work

I was sent recently a large manuscript giving what the author thought a novel view of Jesus: a narcissist who organized a personality cult with a strong sectarian character. I was reminded of the psychologizing portraits of Jesus from the … Continue reading

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The Billy Graham Century — Bob on Books

A Publishers Weekly story called to my attention that this is Billy Graham’s centennial year. If his health holds, he will turn 100 on November 7, 2018. The article noted that there are new or updated books that will be … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: No Quick Fix, by Andrew David Naselli

Andrew David Naselli.  No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It’s Harmful.  Lexham Press, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Andrew David Naselli has two Ph.D.’s: one from Bob Jones University, and … Continue reading

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Terrien-woman the crown of creation — theoutwardquest

I am reading this book: Samuel Terrien begins with the Garden of Eden story. “The story of the Garden was probably chanted liturgically at the ceremonies of the autumn festival, several hundred years before it was incorporated into the present … Continue reading

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The Jesus Memoirs: Blood and Water

Why does 1 John 5:6 emphasize that Jesus came by water and blood? And is this a polemical statement against the letter’s opposition or a positive statement of the central beliefs on the community? Here are some interpretations of this … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Ash Wednesday 2018

I attended the Ash Wednesday service at the Missouri-Synod Lutheran church.  My plan, for the next several weeks, is to attend the church’s weekly Lenten services, followed by the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.  And, yes, I hope to … Continue reading

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