The following quotation is taken from a conversation between Justin Martyr and Trypho that can be found in Dialogue of Justin with Trypho, a Jew chapter 80. But before I give it to you, allow me to set the stage… Read More »Justin Martyr, Trypho, and the Resurrection
Love allows for not insisting on one’s own integrity at the expense of the unity of the community. Stendahl, Krister. Paul among Jews and Gentiles and Other Essays. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1976. Print. p. 67 I’ve had the pleasure… Read More »Love Rather than Integrity
Guilty of the Whole Law “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (James 2:10). I heard Christians use this passage all throughout my childhood to talk about Christians who… Read More »Guilty of the Whole Law (March 21-27, 2021)
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed… 1 Corinthians 15:51 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until… Read More »Paul Expected to Be Alive at the Coming of Jesus
I must work at the much harder task of trying to be fair to Paul, forgetting all I know of a long Christian history and experience in order to paint Paul’s thought in true first century colors. Krister Stendahl, Paul… Read More »Interesting Quotes from Krister Stendahl
Faith that Can Move Mountains “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if… Read More »Faith that Can Move Mountains (March 14-20, 2021)
When I was a toddler, my biological father would pick me up at 12:00 to go to his house until 4:00 on Sundays. Then he would get me back home so I could attend evening services. Why? Because one is… Read More »Disarming Hebrews 10:25 – Required Sunday Assembly?
The whole Bible is for the church the book: we are people of the book. But by shifting the emphasis from an unspecified biblicism to a vision that shows how the church sees itself as that people, we avoid a… Read More »Doctrine is a Useful Distraction from Living