Comparing Noah with Jesus

The story of Noah has many themes. God’s judgment and sovereignty. God’s promise not to destroy the world again, the rainbow being our sign. The fact that nothing changed is another theme. Mankind’s cursed sinfulness had festered to the point that God needed to destroy everyone, hit the proverbial reset[…]

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.  God is all these things.  However, so is god. For a long time,[…]

Judgementalness – A Peek Into Ourselves

Being the victim of a judgemental 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 message itself is beneficial is besides the point. Today’s independent, isolationist culture asserts that judgementalism[…]

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 frequently for suggesting a profit, success, or materialistic motivation for right action than the book of Proverbs”[…]

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 to convey the motifs, none more significantly thanחסד.  Throughout the four chapters the theme of חסד can be[…]

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 wicked.  As Jacobson states, this structure is not an unusual format for a[…]

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 interpretation. Translation demands that the context of the Shema must first be explored.  Craigie draws a[…]

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.”    (Fee and Strauss 25)   This statement alone intimates two flaws in Biblical teaching leading to many of the great[…]

A Form Critical Analysis of the Fourth Servant Song in Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Introduction The Fourth Servant Song, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, long a cornerstone of Christian prophetic literature, provides ample fuel to the debates that arise from its ambiguity.  Who is the servant?  Who was made to suffer and was despised?  A plethora of questions exist to be honestly wrestled with in order for[…]

Character Development in Paul’s Shipwreck Saga

Introduction Seemingly out of place among the narrative in Acts, the saga of the shipwreck on the journey to Rome stands alone in its intention.  A scene by scene journey illuminates not only the characterization of the players but the purpose of its inclusion in the Acts of the Apostles[…]

The Evolution of “My People” in Amos

INTRODUCTION What exactly is understood by the term, “My people”, a label often used by God to refer to the Israelites.  As the book of Deuteronomy dictates, it is a community in which is privilege and responsibility to God and His law are part and parcel.  Scudder presents Deut 10:12-22[…]

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.  You are born into a certain religion.  On your government applications, you check the religious[…]

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 with man, His anger over man’s betrayal, and ultimately His steadfast focus on His Will. A 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 his neighbor.”  Even this is at best, incomplete. My neighbour might[…]

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 community that might have been . The invasion of sin into the[…]

Why would God create sin?

We live in a sinful world, created by God,  yet God is without sin.  This doesn’t make any sense.  Why, and even How, would a sinless God create sin?  So then is something else the cause of evil?  We understand evil to be all the morally, emotionally, and even physically[…]

Which is more important, the crucifixion or the resurrection?

I’ve never really celebrated Good Friday until I came to India.  The concept of Good Friday seemed like a religious ritual, as it does for fasting for lent and communion. I had never even heard of the term Maundy Thursday until a few years ago. Easter on the other hand, is something of a national celebration,[…]

Inherently good or Inherently evil

I’ve been debating with myself for a while now on whether people are inherently good or evil.  Good in the sense that they would want what is best for others, but evil in that it can never come at the expense of themselves or what they love. For many, good[…]

Smart Decisions

A friend of mine was faced with a career defining decision  of  either selecting a job that would advance her career, give her an incredible experience, and provide her with all the comforts that she has grown to love. Or. Choose a job in which she would not have any[…]