Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Doubting Thomas and Hard Questions

    That ancient triad of human learning—the trivium—tries to capture the stages we go through in our human development. First, there is the grammar stage. This is the place where we learn jargon and facts. If we were to apply it to the Bible, this is where we learn the books of the Bible and what verses are and who the disciples were and about Moses and the Red Sea. This is the stage when we memorize the catechism. Some time later we move into the dialectical stage. This is the stage when we begin to ask questions, especially questions that start with the word why. Why did Jesus die? Why did God kill so many Egyptians? Finally, as we grow and mature in years and in our faith we enter into the rhetoric stage. This is the stage when we … Read More »

  • The Scandal of the Resurrection

    Former Westminster Philadelphia Old Testament professor Peter Enns has released a new book about Scripture, a book that pushes the envelope more than his first book which led to his ousting from the conservative reformed seminary. His first book, Inspiration and Incarnation was decidedly more academic. His most recent word, The Bible Tells Me So…Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It, is palpably written for the masses. From the color of the jacket, to the short sections within chapters, to the prose itself, it is clear that Enns wants to reach a wider audience. The first section in the book is entitled When the Bible Doesn’t Behave. There he says

    For one thing, you don’t have to go beyond the first two books of the Bible, Genesis and Exodus, to find stories that are … Read More »

  • Jesus’ Resurrection

    Christ’s humiliation was intense.  He was born under the law (Gal. 4:4), suffered the death of the wicked, bore the wrath of God, had no place to be buried, and was laid in a grave for three days while death seemingly had the victory and the last word.  However, as great as his humiliation was, his exaltation was greater!  We have been meditating on our Savior’s death in the last couple of weeks. Today we move to consider his resurrection.

    Every year the church remembers the triumph of Christ on a day we call Easter.  While this is helpful, we must always be mindful that there is a sense in which every Lord’s Day is a celebration of Easter.  That is, every Sunday we gather because that is the day on which Christ was raised.  The transition of the church’s worship … Read More »