In my last post, I argued that because we are embodied human beings, resulting in our occupation of a certain time, space and indeed sociocultural place that there is warrant for the concerns of liberation theology. Given sociocultural places wherein one’s place is adjudicated vis-à-vis the other, there is in fact the need to speak… Read More Jesus the Liberator – the Theological Grounding of Liberation
In our time and place, and perhaps in every time and place, people are crying out for a sense of identity, a sense of belonging, which is, ultimately, a sense of meaning. We are meaning making creatures that are ever vigilant of the need to draw meaning out of ourselves, the world around us and… Read More Is Liberation Theology Wrong?, or, the Embodied Nature of the Christian Faith
In an earlier post, I discussed how Christ levels all of our self-congratulatory posturing by the truth of the gospel. Thus, the reason why the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, I argued, is because it, like fear, undoes us. Yet, it’s important to add that we are undone by God because… Read More Christ the Great Leveler; or, Love for the Other in light of the Fear of the Lord
Politics can be difficult. It is often, somewhat humorously, described as one of three things that shouldn’t be discussed with mixed company. Political views are often strongly held to and prove to be divisive even among loved ones and friends. We all have political views, no matter how much people protest to the contrary. The… Read More Politics: A Theological Correction; or, Political Views In the Light of Jesus
Solomon, the likely author and compiler of the book of Proverbs, writes, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (9:10). ‘Fear’ is a strange word to modern ears. It usually does not carry with it a positive connotation. One does not usually place ‘fear’ alongside ‘happy’ in a sentence. Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) defines… Read More Christ the Great Leveler
I recently heard it stated, building on the approach of John Sailhamer, that background studies is not necessary to understand the text of Scripture. It is argued that there is nothing in Scripture that dictates using anything outside of the text to understanding or apply the text. While there is some validity to this argument,… Read More Should We Reject Background Studies for Interpreting the Bible?
In a recent online forum, the question was broached regarding whether or not Christ was impeccable in the incarnation. The question was raised because R. C. Sproul, a recently deceased theologian, argued that the notion of impeccability, i.e., that Christ was unable to sin, undermines his role as the second Adam who was truly tempted… Read More A Sinless Christ? How Christ’s Incarnation Informs his Impeccability