Training Tools

I find myself often rehearsing conversations with my children. When the house is quiet in the late evening, and I’m standing in front of a pile of soapy dishes, I think about what I am going to say to them in certain situations. When I am driving in the car, and it is the rare moment that everyone has fallen asleep, I rehearse what I […]

Cosmic Language, 1

In Matthew 24:29, Jesus employs “cosmic language,” signs in the sun, moon and stars, to predict the imminent end of the Old Covenant. His first-century audience would have recognized His allusion to the prophecy against Babylon in Isaiah 13 and understood His discourse as a condemnation of Jerusalem as a contemporary Babel. So, this “cosmic” language is clearly poetic, but why would the prophets—including Jesus and His apostles—deliberately cause so much confusion […]

Triune God of Israel

The Enthroned One speaks to John (Revelation 21:6): “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.” It’s a little theology proper. For starters, there’s the Greek version of God’s name – ego eimi, I am, translating the Hebrew ‘ehyeh (Exodus 3:14; LXX has […]

Stealing a Page from Our Playbook

In reading about how we got into this mess, I came across a very interesting couple of paragraphs that I think the church could learn from if we are going to counter the Obergefell ruling. Prior to 2009, same sex “marriage” had gone to the ballot box thirty-one times in the United States and lost every single time. The American people proved again and again […]

From Garden to Gate of Hell

In my previous essay on Macbeth, I pointed out that Shakespeare rewrote Scottish history to construct a play which points to Adam’s Fall — a man and a woman tempted by devils to steal the throne and become like gods. It is hard to imagine anyone in Shakespeare’s day missing the allusion, but in our day it is not uncommon for scholars to completely deny […]