3 Things the Life of Daniel Teaches us about Troubled Times

From foreign rulers invading his home to keeping company with lions, the life of Daniel showcases God’s sovereign control. As the book of Daniel begins, King Nebuchadnezzar besieges Jerusalem and takes many of the young men back to Babylon, including Daniel.

Fast forward a few thousand years and we may not all face lions or invasion, but we do still struggle with a chaotic world.

How can believers learn from Daniel’s actions? Read more

God’s Glory Found in Nature & Poetry

leaf_cropWhen the Old Testament speaks of God’s glory, it usually refers to a visible manifestation of God. For example, the stories of the tabernacle in Exodus or of Ezekiel’s vision of the temple, both expressing God’s intent to dwell among men.

But it’s also related to God’s self-disclosure to humanity. For example, the psalmist wrote, “The Heavens declare the glory of God” (19:1). Read more

How to Understand 1 Timothy 2:11-12

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In yesterday’s post, I took a look at how a few different Bible versions translate 1 Timothy 2:11–12. They all had subtle differences partly due to the fact that it’s a challenging passage to translate and perhaps also due to the fact that there are several strong opinions on what this verse means.

Let’s take a closer look at these verses. For sake of simplifying the discussion, I’ll use the ESV text: “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” Read more

Comparing Various Bible Translations for 1 Timothy 2:11–12

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In my last post, I talked about how comparing various Bible translations can help show us areas where there may be disagreement between scholars.

The second chapter of 1 Timothy is probably one of the hardest passages to translate in the New Testament. Let’s look specifically at 1 Timothy 2:11–12. Read more

What is the Best English Bible Translation?

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Browse online or walk into most any Christian bookstore and you’ll see a cornucopia of Bibles and accessories—Amplified Bibles, Audio Bibles, Study Bibles, Parallel Bibles, and a whole host of versions. We often ask, “Which is the best?”

Yet, I don’t think that’s the right question to be asking. Or at best, it’s a trick question. For one thing, different options will suit some better than others. And secondly, I don’t think anyone should stick to just one option. Why?  Read more

Review of the Article “What You Need to Know About Bathsheba”

Recently, fellow Moody Alumna Dalaina May wrote a blog article for the Junia Project on “What You Need to Know About Bathsheba.” It’s often hard to find positive things about Bathsheba (or much on her at all for that matter), so I wanted to highlight some of the things I appreciated in Dalaina’s article:

  • An Acknowledgment of Bathsheba as the victim—She points out that Bathsheba was not an adulteress but instead the victim of a “power rape” and rightly points out that the biblical author places the full blame for the immoral incident on King David (for more support of this point, see my earlier blog article “Bathsheba’s Story (Part 1): How I Changed My Perspective.”
  • An Acknowledgment of Bathsheba’s profound influence on Jewish and Christian history—We don’t always talk about the positive influence Bathsheba had on her son Solomon. For example, many scholars believe Lemuel’s tribute to his mother in Proverbs 31 is tribute made by Solomon to his mother Bathsheba. In sum, Bathsheba’s voice played an important part in history.
  • An Acknowledgment that your role in society does not limit how God uses you—Bathsheba was a victim, but her influence was long lasting. I love Dalaina’s concluding line, “Even though the stories of powerful women often go unnoticed, God used women to usher in his kingdom throughout scripture. He still does.”

5 Things Genesis 1 Teaches About Unity

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Many Christians hotly debate the roles men and women play in church ministry. Yet, ironically, while we’re debating the merits of all the various forms of egalitarianism and complimentarianism (or patriarchal hierarchy), we forget a crucial point in the beginning of Genesis—unity.

1.) Unity in our creation in the image of God—Both males and females are created in God’s image. Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”[1]

The term image likely has in mind a custon that kings in the ancient near east had of putting up images to “represent their power and rulership over far-reaching areas of their empires.”[2] Putting this thought into the Genesis context, this idea of “God’s image” has the idea of representing God’s power on earth. Read more

Concluding Thoughts on the Canaanite Genocide

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The past several blog posts I’ve been discussing the Canaanite Genocide. If you’ve missed my earlier posts, you can catch up at these links: “The Old Testament and Apologetics,” “Is the God of the Old Testament Merciless?,” “An Overview of the Canaanite Genocide,” “The Canaanite Genocide: The Justice of God Viewpoint,” “The Canaanite Genocide: The Evil of the Canaanites Viewpoint,” and “The Canaanite Genocide: The Hyperbolic Language Viewpoint.”

The questions pertaining to the so-called “Canaanite Genocide” are important issues. It is unlikely that any one proposal by itself is the correct solution for no proposal seems to satisfy all of the issues. I conclude with a summary of three key points: Read more