August 10, 2020

Reconsider Jesus – The Message of the Kingdom

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. For the next number of Fridays, we will be giving you a “sneak peek” into this devotional commentary.  Your thoughts and comments are welcome. (Note: There are some edits still to come, […]

Job and Jacob

I would like to clarify a point I made in the post about the book of Job yesterday. In that piece I said, “One might say that the Book of Job ends with a stand-off.”  A few respondents here and elsewhere have disputed that analysis and have pushed back with the more traditional understanding that […]

John Piper, Miserable Comforter

@JohnPiper: “Your sons and daughters were eating and a great wind struck the house, and it fell upon them, and they are dead.” Job 1:19 @JohnPiper: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.” Job 1:20 * * * As expected, John Piper, retired pastor of Bethlehem […]

Andrew Perriman on “Becoming the Righteousness of God”

Note from CM: One blog I enjoy and learn from regularly is P.OST, Andrew Perriman’s site about “Evangelical theology for the age to come.” Andrew has combined theological studies and writing with pastoral and missional work in a wide range of contexts around the world. I find his writing extraordinarily stimulating. One good place to start to […]

Time? or Timing?

One common area of cultural misunderstanding involves the perception of time. Once, when we were in India, our host planned a day of sightseeing before the mission team was to present an evening program. In typical fashion, everything took much longer than anticipated and we arrived at the church over an hour and a half […]

iMonk: The “Magic Book” Approach to the Bible

From the classic Michael Spencer post, Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How rightly approaching the Bible shapes the entire Christian Life * * * I believe most Christians use the word “inspiration” to mean “the Bible is a magic book, where God speaks to us in unusual ways.” By this they mean that […]

Have You No Shame?

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien IVP Books (2012) Part Three of a series. “In fact, the entire issue of honor and shame over against right and wrong (innocence and guilt) is a bit of a mystery to us. As […]

There Is No “Me and Jesus” in the Bible

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien IVP Books (2012) Part Two of a series. One major impediment Westerners have in reading the Bible and practicing the Christian faith is our individualistic perspective. For the Bible was written in a much […]

A Horse of a Different Color

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien IVP Books (2012) This is part one of a series of discussion-starters from this fine book. * * * “That is a good horse,” said the man as he watched it pull the farmer’s […]

iMonk: “What Is the Bible?”

From Michael Spencer’s classic post, A Conversation in God’s Kitchen * * * What is the Bible? When I was a senior in high school, I made it into an Advanced English Class taught by Mrs. Vista Morris. Mrs. Morris taught us to research, to write and to speak. Oddly, we never left her room, […]