God through the Bible


Scripture has so much to reveal to us.

Exploring the Text – Genesis 1:1-2:3

Observations 1:1 – beraysheeth (in the beginning)– No definite article. Literal interpretation “in a beginning”. Theologically, acceptable to say “in the beginning”. 1:1 – This is a prologue, indicating what will...

Genesis 1:1-2:3 – Discourse and Dialogue

Discourse and Dialogue Discourse 1 (God) – Light Discourse 2 (God) – Firmament to divide the water Discourse 3 (God) – Waters gathered, dry land appears Discourse 4 (God) – Lights in the heaven...

The Butchering of Prayer

Have you ever heard a pastor or elder pray for what seemed like an eternity?  How about heard all the prayers asking for blessings?  And they may not even seem like vain blessings.  Like “bless this...

Genesis 1:1-2:3 – Characters

Characters Names God Us (1:26) Man Position / Distance & Static / Dynamic God Static – unemotional Distance – Center of narrator and audience focus. Affecting change in the situation Us Distance –...


God through Philosophy


God can be discovered through our exploration into truth, wisdom, reality, creation and even humanity.

Divergenism

BRHM.  In India, you might pronounce this Barahama (Brahma).  In the West, you might pronounce this Braham (Abraham).  It’s a pretty amazing coincidence that my uncle, a devout Christian, introduced...

Genesis 1:1-2:3 – Observations

Observations 1:1 – beraysheeth (in the beginning)– No definite article. Literal interpretation “in a beginning”. Theologically, acceptable to say “in the beginning”. 1:1 – This...

What is Convergenism?

Convergenism is derived from the word convergence which in turn is derived from the two latin roots “com” and “verge”.  “Com” meaning “together” or “in...


God through Art


In humanity's quest for beauty, our internal image of God seeks the truth behind that beauty. Discover the truth for yourself.


God through Community


Relationships are metaphors for our fundamental relationship with God. Look into each relationship and you will discover an aspect of your relationship with your creator.

Judgmentalness – A Peek Into Ourselves

Being the victim of a judgmental rant can hurt.  Such criticism quickly jumps to conclusions about ourselves.  How dare they assume they have the right to critique us in this way?  Whether or not the...

Genesis 4:1-4:16 – Characters

Characters Names Havva Cayin Havel God the Blood – Anthropomorphic the Ground – Anthropomorphic Position / Distance & Static / Dynamic Havva Static – only mentioned once Cayin Position – Main...

The Undeserving are Chosen – Genesis 11:10-11:32

Experience the art for The Undeserving are Chosen – Genesis 11:10-11:32. Sarah is the undeserving individual through whom God chooses to act.  She has no family heritage, no ancestry from which she can draw pride...

Wealth in Proverbs

Introduction The Book of Proverbs has forever been the vineyard for the ad hoc plucking of verses in support of the so-called prosperity gospel.  As Kaiser claims, “Few books have been assailed more...


God through Faith


Faith trumps knowledge. It does not negate wisdom. Follow faith to the end of the rainbow and you will discover the wisdom of the creator that you seek.

Setting God as My god

Last night, I was at a Christian concert in which the choir director repeatedly spoke of how God was their shield from suffering, their savior when in need of recovery, and their provider when blessing was given. ...

The Characterization of the Wicked in Psalm 5

Introduction “Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God…” (Psalm 5:2)  Psalm 5 is a lament of the psalmist to God asking for protection, for guidance and for just punishment upon the...

Translating the Shema

The Shema, the Jewish proclamation of faith in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, has been interpreted in a variety of ways.  In this paper, the four commonly debated interpretations will be assessed resulting in a more precise...


God through Religion


Religion is humanity's expression of love and devotion to God. Explore the extent of that love and devotion and you will find both joy and fear in that intimacy.

חסד in Ruth

Introduction Undercurrents ripple through the narrative of Ruth.  The author, in contrast with the majority of the canon, has created a work which uses literary form and technique, rather than direct communication...

The Meaning and Task of Translation

One of the greatest travesties in Biblical translation extends from the basic belief in Fee’s statement, “The goal of translation is to reproduce the meaning of the text, not the form...

The Nominal Christian

In a recent conversation, I realized that in India, the label of “nominal” Christian is very different than what I understood growing up in the US. In India, people are religious almost as an ethnicity...

Understanding the Character of God in Judges

Introduction Threaded through the cycles of Judges is the underlying character of God. Stitched with various literary techniques, three of God’s character traits rise to the surface: His desire for partnership...

The Greatest Love…

Greater love hath no man than this that a man laid down his life for his friends.  This statement is simply wrong.  Let’s try “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for...

Are our health problems caused by our own sin?

The Black Paint of Sin The Fall, that ill-fated action which changed the fate of man, had such a profound impact that none can fathom the extent of the repercussions that have befallen creation nor envision the ideal...

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