Articles by Mark Horne

  • Wisdom, Gender, and Strength in Proverbs

    Why isn’t Proverbs better known as the Bible’s book on “manliness”? I use quotation marks because the term almost seems archaic in our present culture, along with “manhood.” Perhaps the Church is too embarrassed to admit the Bible addresses that much attention to the topic. But another reason can be found in Proverbs itself. Solomon […]

  • Solomon’s Argument against Living by Plunder

    The first section of Proverbs (chapters 1-9) contains two lengthy descriptions of temptations that a young man should resist and avoid (1:10-19 and 7). The two temptations are recruitment into a robber gang and being enticed by an adulterous wife. I’ve argued before that these are the two perversions of the Dominion Mandate in Genesis […]

  • Limited Atonement & J. I. Packer

    When I became a Calvinist it wasn’t long before I learned that John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ was regarded as the masterful treatise on what is known as “Limited Atonement”–the “L” in the TULIP mnemonic device for “the five points of Calvinism.” This wasn’t because I had read it […]

  • Was Solomon Paleo? Primal Reality and the Wisdom of Proverbs

    Of course, since the Israelites had agriculture, Solomon was not paleolithic as that term is used today. But “paleo” is simply a prefix meaning old or previous, the opposite of “neo.” In that sense, I wonder if we might understand Solomon better if we interpret his statements and riddles in light of a changing Israel (and perhaps also a changing […]

  • The Alt-Right Meme

    Since the term, “alt-right,” is being tossed about in the national media and is the subject of moral concern (or perhaps, moral panic), it might be good to identify what we’re talking about or at least admit the limitations of using nicknames to describe cultural shifts and voter behavior. Until recently, the Alt-Right meant a […]

  • Notes on Scary Stuff in Romans 9

    What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For […]

  • David’s Sin and Israel’s Salvation, Part I

    Having retold the story of the cumulative sin of Israel leading to the great atonement on the cross, Paul then reemphasizes that, just as both Jew and Gentiles were locked into sin and judgment, now they are both justified by faith: Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of Law? […]

  • How is Wrath Revealed?

    A large mistake is made in understanding Romans if one assumes that Paul is concerned with proving the fact that no one can ever live without sin—or that all attempts at obeying God’s commands are at least tainted with human sinfulness. The first problem with such an assumption is that it makes no sense of […]

  • What Advantage the Jew?

    A sermon on Romans 3:1-8. 1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. A lot of people speculate here about what kind of advantage Paul is talking about, or what kind of value […]

  • A Pathway into Romans, Addendum

    An addendum to the earlier post on Romans. In my first essay, I pointed out how the role of the sin of Joseph’s brothers in bringing about Joseph’s exaltation in Egypt, and the resulting salvation of the world from famine, might show us and explanation to some of the distinctive in Paul’s letter to the […]

  • A Pathway into Romans

    When Paul wrote to the Romans, he was obviously writing a missionary support letter of a sort. One can read Romans 1.15 and then jump into 15.23 (“[S]ince I no longer have any room. . . .) without losing virtually any coherence. Yet into this letter he “dropped,” as it were, a major exposition of […]