Another fine, FINE, article on Ian Paul’s site as he teams up with Andrew Bartlett showing that complementarianism and “complementarity” (yep; that’s a thing) fail. Here’s the conclusion: Men and women are the same as each other (human beings, made in God’s image) and are also different from each otherRead More

These last few lines of the book are about hope (Amos 9:11-15). But hope is vacuous if not rooted in something else. It is not hoping in hope or hoping against hope. What Amos offers is a hope grounded in something beyond itself. It is hope that is established byRead More

Lucy Peppiatt’s The Imago Dei: Humanity Made in the Image of God is my go-to text for an introduction to this mysterious but important doctrine. I’ve greatly admired her previous work, so it is no surprise to find this contribution so helpful. She carefully categorizes and clearly summarizes the vast andRead More

Whereas chapters 1-2 begin with God’s judgment of the nations surrounding Israel, chapters 3-6 focus on Israel and a warning of impending judgment. The language in these chapters becomes more threatening as God’s judgment on Israel is immanent. Beware the fury of a patient God (Amos 7:1-9) As I’ve said previously,Read More

Turning from God’s judgment of the surrounding nations (Amos 1-2; see here for remarks), the prophet’s message now focuses on God’s people Israel. Chapters 3-6 constitute the largest section of Amos and contains sharp criticisms. These warnings are applicable, not only to Israel then, but to the Church today. WeRead More

I really enjoyed Ben Myers’s The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. The subtitle is apt. As a “guide” it captures precisely the book’s scope where each chapter (just a few pages) is devoted to a single line (or word) from the creed. And yet it is packedRead More

I just listened to a podcast hosted by Lynn Cohick featuring Amy Peeler and learned of Amy’s upcoming release Women and the Gender of God. The book is out in October, but it’s available for pre-order now. The publisher’s writeup promises a “robust theological argument against the misogynistic heresy thatRead More

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First, some context At the end of Solomon’s reign (931BCE) Israel split into two kingdoms. To the north was Israel and Judah to the south. During Amos’s tenure, each kingdom had its own king, Jeroboam II (of Israel) reigned about 40 years and Uzziah (of Judah) was king at roughly theRead More

This is the first installment in a series on the book of Amos (see Resources below). Nothing technical here. These posts are intended to highlight some key theological themes (what we can learn about God) and some practical implications (what we can learn about ourselves and our world today). MyRead More

The third edition of Discovering Biblical Equality: Biblical, Theological, Cultural, and Practical Perspectives is now available and this volume is stacked with scholars who affirm, without reservation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture. This is a “fresh, positive defense of gender equality [and] at once scholarly and practical, irenic yetRead More