We can be Gospel-centered by talking about God since the Gospel exhibits the economy of God in accordance with the eternal relations of God and the nature of God.
Sometimes you read a passage in the Bible that stops you in your tracks. Psalm 84:6–8 is one of those passages. Every line subverts expectations. It is full of double entendres. [Read more…] about Double Double Toil and Trouble, Is Psalm 86’s Meaning Double?
I recently wrote a review of Ernest Lucas’ Proverbs commentary in the Two Horizons series in Themelios. Here’s part of my conclusion:
I would recommend it to those who do not own a commentary on the book of Proverbs, and to those who desire to read contemporary theological reflections on the text.
To read the full review, click here.
The Book of Lamentations portrays grief in its darkest form and functions like a mirror to grieving souls. It shows readers how to grief and how to heal this malady of the soul.
The particular grief that Lamentations underscores is the grief caused by our own sinful choices. In short, it answers the question, “How should I respond when I suffer for doing what is wrong?” Part of the answer to that question involves the form of the poetry itself. [Read more…] about How Ordering Our Grief Helps Us Heal Our Grief
To be a good reader and to dive into the theological depth of the Bible, we need to learn about the concept of prosopology. Now, prosopology is simply a technical word, which refers to the act of defining the person who speaks in a text. The Greek word prospon, from which get prosopology, can take the meaning of “person.” Prosopology, thus, studies the person speaking in a text.
At this point, we might be tempted to roll our eyes at this jargon because of how obvious the point is: of course, we read books and recognize who speakers are. Yet as seasoned readers of the Bible will note, sometimes it is not clear who is speaking in biblical texts. And so It takes some effort to determine the identity of a voice in a text.
At this point, we need to look at a couple of illustrations lest the point become so esoteric that we miss how practical it really is. [Read more…] about What Is Prosopology?