In part two I look at Bible verses which mention the ideas of “eternal” and “fire” in regards to the future judgement. Do these verses speak of eternal conscious torment for unrepentant sinners? Continue reading»
Paul never mentions hell in any of his letters. James mentions hell just once. Jesus, on the other hand, mentions hell several times. Is hell a real place? Is it a place of eternal torment? Continue reading»
As followers of Jesus we need to keep our eyes on our risen and exalted Lord. But on this Good Friday, I’m praying using Fanny Crosby’s words, “Jesus, keep me near the cross.” Continue reading»
Have you heard people say that all sins (wrong doings) are the same before God? I have wondered about this belief. What does the Bible say about this? Continue reading»
Does Romans 5:12-21 teach us that God holds Adam, and not Eve, ultimately responsible and accountable for the first sin? How does Paul use the example of Adam in this passage? Continue reading»
I love this powerful image of Mary consoling Eve. Just look at their feet! Continue reading»
A short post on the status of Christian women, including why they, as well as Christian men, are sons of God and what this means. Continue reading»
Are you looking for a systematic theology or a book on Christian doctrine that has been written by a scholar with an egalitarian or mutualist ideology? Here are a few good books you might want to add to your library. Continue reading»
Some Christians believe the Trinity is a model for marriage. Does the Trinity model distinct roles and separate spheres? Is there a hierarchy and subordination in the Divine? Continue reading»
The accounts of the transfiguration of Jesus in the gospels are puzzling, and the point and purpose of the accounts are unclear. Perhaps this article may make its meaning clearer. Continue reading»
The concept of grace has sometimes become confused or conflated with the concept of mercy, but the two are not the same. Read more about the power of grace which God gives us through Jesus and his Spirit. Continue reading»
Was Eve alone when the serpent spoke to her? Is Eve solely to be blamed for the downfall of mankind? What does Genesis 3:6 say about this?
In this post I give a summary of Julie Parker’s essay, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b” JBL 132, no. 4 (2013). Continue reading»
This post takes a brief look at the Hebrew word ga’al which means “redeem” and “act like a close relative”.
Excerpt: Redemption was not just a lofty act done by the Creator to redeem and reconcile his creation to himself. It was also a loving act done by our close relative Jesus Christ, who became like us, identified with us, and became responsible for us so that he could rescue us. [550 words] Continue reading»
For 2000 years, many devout Jewish men have thanked God every morning saying: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” Paul may well have had this prayer in mind when he wrote Galatians 3:28.
Is Galatians 3:28 only referring to our identity and status before God? Or is it also about our identity and status in the Christian community (i.e. the church)? Continue reading»