Mark Saucy

Taking Offense at Jesus: Did Israel Have a Wrong View of the Kingdom? (Part 1)

By Mark Saucy May. 2, 2017 8:37 a.m. New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Reading the other day in Luke’s Gospel I ran across some arresting words aimed indirectly at John the Baptist.  In Luke 7:23, right after the account of John sending a delegation of disciples to inquire whether Jesus is the “Expected One,” Jesus cites his deeds and words to say in effect, “yes, indeed I am.” But then Jesus closes the episode with another “beatitude” seemingly made in John’s direction:  “Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me" ...

 

 

 

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Hank Hanegraaff Goes Greek Orthodox

By Mark Saucy Apr. 26, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

The recent welcome of Evangelical radio apologist, “The Bible Answer Man” —Hank Hanegraaff, into the Greek Orthodox Church has understandably raised more than eyebrows.  Questions about the differences between Protestants and Orthodox have been coming my way in the aftermath, so I want to offer to Good Book Blog readers an essay I wrote for Talbot’s Sundoulos magazine back in 2008.  In it you’ll find some general characteristics of the Orthodox denomination as well as key points of difference with Protestants—some of which converts such as Hank Hanegraaff would typically need to renounce as they formally enter Orthodoxy ...

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Working the Story: Theology of Work Meets Eschatology

By Mark Saucy Jan. 18, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

... The topic is work. Something important for all of us, and it’s one that has interested me in particular teaching already five years now a theology of work course for Biola’s Crowell School of Business MBA program. Work is also a topic that naturally engages the desire for kingdom impact in the culture, because, as Karl Barth says, “human culture is produced in work. So the Faith and Work movement is right on target for engaging a ready audience in a worthy endeavor. This of course isn’t the only good of theology of work ...

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Is God a Respecter of Businesses? Yes, No, and Yes

By Mark Saucy Dec. 16, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, Missions, Theology

One of the benefits of being part of a Christian university is the opportunity for collaboration with colleagues across the disciplines. For theologians this is gold. Questions for integration of faith in science, history, politics, or psychology? I’ve got specialists across campus, all with the same mission, who have been thinking about such things for a long time. One recent opportunity in this direction was participating a colloquium with the faculty of Biola’s Crowell School of Business. Among many topics opened that day, one in particular has haunted me these days in the interim. It was a question that revolved around a start-up competition the Business School sponsors. Students are encouraged to submit business plans for the hope of some start up seed money to launch. But what should be the criteria for judging “better” proposals? Beyond certain received best practices for the business side, does God prefer some business plans to others? Following is my original Yes and No answer to the question; what comes after is now another rather late Yes for the conversation. God does prefer some businesses to others ...

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Worshiping at Work

By Mark Saucy Apr. 20, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Theology

What images do the word “work” bring to mind? If students and others I’ve had the chance to ask are any measure, the first thoughts aren’t all that positive. For myself I can recall flip comments I have made (half-) jokingly about hating when my work gets in the way of my hobby (cycling, mountain biking—the sport of kings!). From what I get from others, I’m fairly typical ...

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Does the World Need a Theocracy?

By Mark Saucy Mar. 3, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

This week’s conference, “Israel and the Church: A Troubled Past and Glorious Future,” hosted by Biola and Chosen People Ministries, provided yet another opportunity for me to think “big picture.” As most of us, I suppose, the cares of daily tasks—emails, news cycles, family, work-ministry, church-ministry—I can get so buried in the daily that I lose the plan! By plan I mean the narrative that God has written for the world. A narrative that first rescues a fallen creation and then restores it to the flourishing fullness God made it for ...

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Curious What the Bible Says about Gender? Get This Book!

By Mark Saucy Dec. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Culture, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

While I’m not usually too much into “merchandising in the Temple,” I must here. That’s because the book at issue in this modest review is a grabber. Not only does it concern a topic most pressing in our ever secularizing world—and therefore one Evangelicals must get good at talking about—it’s a topic that touches every one of us in everything we do ...

 

 

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