A Powerful Collision: God, Bible, Authority & Narrative 3

How does this narrative approach then change the way Christians understand and relate to God and the Bible? Let’s look briefly at a narrative understanding of God, the fall, saving faith and evangelism. 1. A Narrative Understanding of God. The particular plot line reveals a lot about the heart and character of the Author. Therefore, in our…

PHILIPPIANS 24: Religious Badges for Boasting (3:5-7)

“We couldn’t carry this off by our own efforts, and we know it—even though we can list what many might think are impressive credentials. You know my pedigree: a legitimate birth, circumcised on the eighth day; an Israelite from the elite tribe of Benjamin; a strict and devout adherent to God’s law; a fiery defender…

PHILIPPIANS 23: Rely on Christ, Not Human Effort (3:1-4)

“Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are…

A Powerful Collision: God, Bible, Authority & Narrative 2

Nobody likes being told what to do and what not to do. To some degree or another, everybody is suspicious and wary of “authority” and those we call “authority figures.” We think of relentless bosses, overbearing parents, slave-driving teachers, stern-eyed judges and intimidating police officers. Yet, the Authority that stands above the rest is God….

Cruciform Justice 7: The Critique of the Cross

Jurgen Moltmann is the foremost proponent for approaching the world’s suffering through the lenses of the cross. For Moltmann, “Christian theology must look at the question of Christ’s suffering before looking at the suffering of the world. It can only form a critical theology of its contemporary environment only in as far as it has…

Are you afraid of clowns?

Now for something completely random and off topic… Coulrophobia is abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns. Why are so many people scared of clowns?  Do you find them creepy?  Check out this video. Here’s some other strange phobias: Aulophobia- Fear of flutes. Barophobia- Fear of gravity Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks Homilophobia- Fear of sermons Geniophobia- Fear…

MOVIE REVIEW: The Neverending Story (1984)

Keri made me watch it.  I didn’t want to. I watched it when it first came out in the mid 80s when I was about 8 years old.  It was creepy. Do you remember The Neverending Story?   Bastian is a boy bossed around by his dad and bullied by schoolmates, all the while grieving the death…

Cruciform Justice 6: Between ‘The Rock’ & A Hard Place

BRINGING GOD INTO THE MIX As indispensable as justice and peace are to a world of suffering and injustice, are these the highest goods worth striving for or dedicating our lives to? A biblically minded Christian must answer ‘No.’ For those who find their lives within the redemptive narrative of the creator and redeemer God…