Posts in Biblical Exposition

A Short Book Review of One of the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament

After six months of on-and-off reading, I have just completed N.T. Wright’s book, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.  The book is 1660 pages long if you include the bibliography and indices.  (If you don’t it’s only 50 pages long…just kidding.)  Here are three things I liked about this two-volume book, and two things that I struggled with.

 
 
 

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Wealth and Following Jesus

By Aaron Devine Jul. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

A question that naturally surfaces in [the reading of Luke 18:18-27] is whether Jesus considers wealth to be compatible with a life of faithful discipleship. Some interpret this story to say that material things and following Jesus do not mix well. This interpretation is sometimes based on a plain reading of passages like this, but it can also be motivated by material excesses in Christianity that make us uncomfortable. Too much focus on material blessing as a necessary indicator of God’s approval can stifle efforts at legitimate Christian disciplines such as frugality, generosity, and financial sacrifice. As such, divesting material wealth is sometimes seen as a corrective to bad prosperity theology ...

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Windows to the Ancient World of the Hebrew Bible

By Kenneth Way Jun. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

I want to recommend a recent book that brings honor to one of my teachers, Rabbi and Professor Samuel Greengus from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion.  It is called Windows to the Ancient World of the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor of Samuel Greengus (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2014), and it is edited by Bill Arnold, Nancy Erickson and John Walton. 

 

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When The Church Was A Family—Even From Town To Town!

By Joe Hellerman May. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Missions, New Testament

... Among the unique aspects of early Christianity, when compared to other religious options in the ancient world, are the relationships the early Christians shared across geographical boundaries. The church was a family—not only locally but also from town to town ...

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A Hill to Die On: How Biblical Backgrounds Help Make Scripture More Engaging

By Joe Hellerman May. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Last Saturday evening, my wife and I had a delightful dinner out with two of our very best friends, John and Leah Hutchison. Before we left the house, I had about fifteen minutes to kill while Joann was still getting ready. The nerd in me has something laying right on my nightstand for just such occasions: a volume of Josephus’ Antiquities. I picked it up, intending to read a little Greek, and stumbled across a story that had escaped my memory but is worth revisiting ...

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Alabad al Señor / Praise the Lord

By Octavio Esqueda May. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

 “¿Cómo estás?” Un amigo mío respondía en tono de broma a esta común pregunta con las palabras “bien, pero ni modo” o “bien, pero ya se me va a pasar”. Aunque su respuesta era graciosa en el fondo describía una tendencia común de nuestras percepciones y sentimientos. Por alguna razón es más fácil enfocarnos en lo negativo y olvidarnos de todo lo positivo que tenemos y recibimos. A pesar de estar llenos de bendiciones, con frecuencia pensamos que siempre nos falta algo y que nunca tenemos lo suficiente o alcanzamos la plenitud de la vida.

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Workbooks in the History of Redemption: An Interview with Kenneth Berding

Apr. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, New Testament, Old Testament

A creative series of workbooks for classrooms and churches has recently been released. Following is an interview with the series editor and author of the first workbook, Kenneth Berding.

"This series of workbooks is a new and creative way of drawing out the back story that lies behind the writings of the Bible ... These workbooks provide an entryway that will allow you to start uncovering this story for yourself."

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