Posts from November 2012

Strange Fire

By Kenneth Way Nov. 30, 2012 10:35 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

What was the sin of Nadab and Abihu?  The text of Leviticus 10:1-7 is ultimately unclear about this.  One Pentateuch scholar aptly calls this an instance of “intentional ambiguity” on the part of the storyteller/author (see Schnittjer, 99, 324, 413-414).  So perhaps we will never know the answer for sure.  Nevertheless, many people have contemplated this question, and there are many suggestions out there.  How do we evaluate the relative merits of these suggestions?  Is there a way to distinguish the plausible theories from the implausible ones?  I think so.

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New Book

By Rob Lister Nov. 26, 2012 10:32 p.m. Theology

Crossway has just released a book I wrote on the doctrine of divine impassibility. The title is God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion.

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Two Thoughts About Giving Thanks

By Jason Oakes Nov. 21, 2012 1:40 p.m. Theology, Culture

This is the season for giving thanks. This year, I have turned to a few guides as I have attempted to think theologically about the importance of thanksgiving. Both have given me tremendous insight in how I should think about gratitude in response to God and his good gifts. Here are two very quick blessings I have received from these guides that I would like to share with you.

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God Has Dealt Bountifully With Me

By Nell Sunukjian Nov. 20, 2012 3:26 p.m. Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

The colors and smells of fall have arrived, even here in southern California. Red, yellow, gold and peach-colored roses, fresh from my garden, are tucked into a round pumpkin. Homemade pumpkin bread, smelling of cinnamon and ginger is fresh from the oven and ready to be tucked into our mouths.

Thanksgiving is almost here.

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The “Son of God” Translation Controversy and a Few Helpful Comments by D. A. Carson

By Kenneth Berding Nov. 20, 2012 11:24 a.m. Theology, Apologetics, Ethics, Evangelism, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament

I just returned from the Evangelical Theological Society annual meetings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I picked up a copy of D. A. Carson’s new little book, Jesus the Son of God: A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misunderstood, and Currently Disputed (Crossway).  On the taxi ride from the airport to the conference, I briefly tried to share the Lord with a taxi driver named Hassan.  We were about a minute into the conversation when Hassan commented rather ardently, “We Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet, and not the son of God.”  I explained to him that Christians don’t believe that God had physical relations with Mary that led to her pregnancy, as many Muslims assume and consider blasphemous.  The problem for dialogue with Muslims like Hassan is that many Muslims think that is precisely what we Christians mean when we use the expression “Son of God” in reference to Jesus—which, of course, we don’t.  So what if you were a Bible translator in a Muslim country and knew that many of your readers would make the same assumption that Hassan did about the expression “Son of God”?  Perhaps you should change the words “Son of God” to something else that is proximate in meaning but less offensive.  Or maybe you shouldn’t…

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El poderoso Dios siempre está en control

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 12, 2012 10:13 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

“Bueno, pero Dios sigue estando en su trono” es una frase que he escuchado bastante veces en los últimos días. Los que la pronuncian generalmente lo hacen con un tono de resignación al ver que las cosas no se han dado como inicialmente esperaban. Me da la impresión que recuerdan que Dios está en control de las circunstancias solamente como un premio de consolación al ver que su candidato perdió las elecciones o enfrentan otras decepciones en la vida. Tristemente en estos casos, estas personas se olvidan que nuestro Dios siempre es victorioso, siempre está en control y que nada ni nadie obstruye su soberanía sobre todo. Dios no debería ser el premio de consolación de los perdedores sino el premio mayor de todos los días sin importar lo que esté sucediendo a nuestro alrededor.

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The Confessions of a (Formerly) Busy Person

By Ben Shin Nov. 8, 2012 11:06 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Life can be busy. This just seems to be a reality of life. And especially within the Christian world, busyness sometimes seems to translate into godliness. I have known this to be true in my own life. I have the privilege to teach each week at the seminary and interact with students and colleagues regarding very important eternal matters. I also served as the lead pastor of a church on a “part-time” basis. I’m married with two little boys who were always wanting daddy’s time. And I was finishing my dissertation for my doctorate. Just a little busy! 

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