English translations render Isaiah 53:3 as “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (ESV) or the like (NIV, NKJV, KJV). But the word “grief” here perhaps should be translated as “sickness” (וִיד֣וּעַ חֹ֑לִי). [Read more…] about A Man of Sorrows And a Man of Sickness?
Can we trust the Old Testament? Recently, a number of Christian leaders have argued in ways that depreciate the value of the Old Testament. Most recently, Andy Stanley called his church to unhitch themselves from the Old Testament. Greg Boyd has also argued that the Old Testament does not truly portray God because the Old Testament presents God as Israel thought him to be (and they were wrong). Bruxy Cavey underscores how Jesus and not the Bible is our authority, shifting authority away from the Old Testament to Jesus.
Stanley, Boyd, and Cavey want to clarify the Bible and help their people live the Christian life. Yet I believe that they are doing just opposite for the following three reasons. [Read more…] about Three Reasons Why We Can Trust the Old Testament
Over the last thirty years, religious and non-religious alike have spent time thinking about what it means to be gay. And Christians have considered the question of, “Can someone be both gay and a Christian?” As one might expect, answers to this question vary.
Matthew Vines has argued that being gay is not a sin, and so there is no problem to being both gay and a Christian; he also argues that we should redefine marriage to include same-sex sexual partners.* Others argue that one can call themselves a gay Christian, but gay Christians cannot engage in same-sex sexual activity (e.g., Wesley Hill). Still others deny that Christians can claim the identity of being a gay Christian, although they affirm that some people are same-sex attracted. Finally, some argue that any same-sex attraction (and so a claim of gay identity) is sinful.
So who is right? While arguments from all sides are legion, Christians should affirm the sufficiency of Scripture to provide an answer. So let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the question, “Can someone be both gay and Christian?” [Read more…] about Can I Be a Gay Christian?
Some think of theology as being reserved for bookish Christians but not for everybody. To experience a vibrant spirituality, many people turn to prayer, community, and music. But theology is not on the list.
Such a view, however, saps our confidence, minimizes our salvation, stalls our growth. The only way to grow in the Christian life is to know God and his son Jesus Christ. And more relevant for this article: only a right Christology can heal your whole person, whether your desires, your will, or your pain. Put another way, if you desire wholeness and a satisfying spiritual life, then only the biblical Christ can give it to you. [Read more…] about How Only a Right Christology Can Save You and Make You Whole
On April 28th, 2018, Alfie Evans died before celebrating his second birthday. He died because the hospital removed life support from him. Why? Because they deemed his condition terminal and further claimed that supporting his life was “unkind and inhumane.” In short, the hospital could have prevented Alfie’s immediate death but decided not to because his life was no longer worth saving. [Read more…] about The Story of Alfie Evans
In our day and in the Western world, 1 Timothy 2 might be the most controversial passage in the Bible. Here, Paul writes, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet” (2:11–12). While Paul certainly seems to limit a woman’s authority and instruct women to be quiet or silent, many are not convinced. They argue that Paul simply did not want certain women in the church to assume authority over a man. And in reality, Paul had a more egalitarian outlook.
But evidence from the first-century writer Clement shows that he sees the instruction for women be quiet as a general pattern of good behaviour. Before looking at Clement, I want to consider two egalitarian arguments that Paul does not forbid women from teaching in the church. [Read more…] about How Did Paul’s Contemporaries Understand His Instructions on Women in the Church?