In Matthew 22:36-39 Jesus tells us love is the highest duty of humankind. Love is human activity at its finest.

The command is the same in both cases: to love; but the recipients are different: “God” and “neighbor” (see Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18; and likely Luke 10:29-37 where “neighbor” extends to anyone in need). Since God is the greater of the two recipients (greater in every way morally, metaphysically, and conceptually), then it follows that he must receive more of our love. In fact, God must receive all of our love. Neighbors, however, are to receive at least as much as …Continue Reading

Sandra Richter’s book is difficult. Not intellectually, mind you. Far worse. It’s ethically demanding because it’s an eye-opening portrayal of God’s call for environmental responsibility. It addresses issues only the courageous will consider, but all are called on to engage. The concerns of creation care are not just critical, political, structural; they are ubiquitous. On every page this book is a biblical, practical, and down-to-earth call to action. Readers are not only informed about Scripture’s clear message of environmental stewardship, but challenged to make a difference. Richter’s purpose for writing Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why It Matters is to provide a “biblical theology of environmental stewardship.” It is not overly technical and is especially …Continue Reading

In Paul and the Hope of GloryPaul and the Hope of Glory: An Exegetical and Theological Study Constantine Campbell has provided a significant and important contribution to eschatology from the writings of Paul the Apostle. What follows is just a teaser of “things to come” intended to provide some scaffolding for readers to stand upon as they work through this outstanding offering.

The book is divided into three parts with Part 1 (chapters 1-2) presenting introductory matters; Part 2 (chapters 3-13) providing a brief exegesis of relevant texts; Part 3 (chapters 14-18) integrating …Continue Reading

Icons of Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Theology for Women’s Ordination is a compelling and capable defense of women sharing the full sweep of responsibilities for leadership in the Church. Despite the contention this topic breeds and the heat it generates, each chapter fairly and charitably rehearses arguments for and against women serving in church leadership. Author William G. Witt rigorously engages all the relevant biblical texts, along with traditional and contemporary testimony from Catholic and Protestant opposing voices. With philosophical and theological acumen, Witt applies careful historical, theological, literary, and exegetical analyses throughout, while keeping a practical focus on the Church.

Since the breadth and depth of this book is large, …Continue Reading

To say Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley is large would be an understatement. No less than 10 days after its initial release (September 1, 2020) the publisher’s site notifies customers that shipments will be delayed due to high demand. The author has appeared on countless virtual interviews and is aContinue Reading

Or, why it’s important to listen to Scripture and not import our own ideas into the text. The first rule in interpreting any text, ancient or contemporary, is listen to the author and learn what is being communicated. Enjoy this short video, then check out this post, “Interpreting the Bible,Continue Reading

With these words the Apostle Paul succinctly and poignantly “sums up the human tragedy” (Morris, Romans, p 176). Whereas Romans 1:18-3:20 might be understood as the indictment and evidence establishing guilt, Romans 3:23 is the closing argument. Sin levels the playing field. Sin is common ground shared by every personContinue Reading

It seems the biblical evidence is stronger for “sons of God” being angels in Genesis 6:1 for the following reasons: However, this conclusion is not without problems. For instance, if created beings are only capable of procreating after their own kind (according to Gen 1) then how do we explain the offspringContinue Reading

How do you resolve conflict? How does your church resolve conflict? Often those in the crosshairs or with their finger on the trigger just do a 180, pick up, and go elsewhere. It’s far easier to walk away or leave a church than face the emotionally-charged task of resolution. And,Continue Reading

Having taught a class on suffering and evil recently, I’m always looking to expand my knowledge on topics that I will likely teach again. When I learned Michael Gorman recommended Laura Reece Hogan’s, I Live, No Longer I: Paul’s Spirituality of Suffering, Transformation, and Joy, I requested a review copy from the publisher. TheContinue Reading

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spokenContinue Reading