That Nashville Statement Thang

So… that Nashville Statement thang… Josh Daffern writes about what he views as the “fatal flaws” with the recent Nashville Statement, boiling down to basically an objection to what he considers its abrasive tone, seemingly stemming from his suspicion that the writers and signers of the Statement are “ivory tower” academics with no real world…

The Feminine Duty of Discouragement

In Ezekiel 13, the Lord sends Ezekiel to condemn the many false prophets in Israel, and he specifically identifies the many false “daughters” who prophesy out of their own hearts (Ez. 13:17). Turns out, women emotionally bloviating is nothing unique to Facebook. In those days, “magic bands” and “veils” were all the rage, along with…

Jesus the Fisherman

Luke XIX: Lk. 5:1-11 Introduction Today Luke introduces us to another important aspect of the ministry of Jesus: the friendship and hospitality of God. But Jesus does not merely come to meet us and welcome us, He comes to interrupt us, to catch us, to commandeer us. The Hospitality & Friendship of God The incarnation…

The God Who Answers

Easter V: Lk. 1:5-25 [Note: the audio for this sermon can be found here.] Introduction Luke writes so that Theophilus and others like him would have certainty of the things he has been taught. The first episode in his gospel is the story of an uncertain old man. He has lived a long, faithful life…

Lila

Just finished Marilynne Robinson’s Lila. Two brief thoughts for now, maybe more later. First, Robinson really is a master at her craft. Her prose is casual, conversational, comfortable but never mundane, never boring, never so elusive or evasive to become frustrating. And yet she is not a tell-er but a show-er. Sure, she’s telling all…

The Exodus and the Cross

On the mount of transfiguration Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Jesus about the coming “Exodus” that He will accomplish at Jerusalem (Lk. 9:31). While this is commonly translated “decease” (e.g. NKJV), the word in the Greek is “exodus” which, incidentally, means “exodus.” The word is used throughout the Septuagint to mean “going out”…

Performing for Captives

Following up on the quote I posted a couple of days ago from Jordan’s Handwriting on the Wall concerning the prophecies that Israel would have been receiving from the prophets already in exile: Ezekiel is already in exile while Jerusalem still stands. He is taken to Jerusalem in the Spirit (by his hair! – 8:3)…

Another Tenth Plague/Passover

Ezekiel 9 combines a number of elements from Exodus 12-13, 32. It too is a tenth plague/passover story. In Ezekiel 9, like Exodus 32, the Destroyer is embodied in the actions of men. This time the “sign” that marks those who are to be spared is made with a pen on the foreheads of those…

I am Yahweh

The declaration of God, “I am the Lord” using the the covenant name Yahweh occurs nearly 200 times in the OT. Nearly three quarters of those are found in the books Exodus, Leviticus, and Ezekiel. This suggests a few things: First, this invites a close connection between Exodus and Leviticus. The Exodus from Egypt is…

Believing Babylon

“Consider the likelihood that these three stories [Daniel 1-3] were in circulation for ten or more years before Jerusalem was destroyed. For ten years Jeremiah and his associates were able to tell the citizens of Jerusalem and Israel that God was working to convert the Babylonian empire. For ten years it was clear that the…