The funny and frustrating thing about godliness or piety (Greek: eusebeia meaning true devotion) in large segments of the contemporary Christian Church is that there can be such widely varying conceptions of what it is and where its borders are found. Firstly, legitimate expressions of piety come in gendered forms according to the bimodal distribution … Continue reading Scandalous Godliness
The Judean people in the days of Christ’s earthly ministry were characterized by their expectation that things had to be done a certain way to meet their implicit societal standards, and that it was impossible to satisfy and be approved by them if you weren’t playing their cultural game within the bounds of their expectations … Continue reading Wisdom’s Recalcitrant Son
NEW! Scriptural Friendship – Part 5. Friendship in the Life of the Trinity
Ever since I accidentally discovered it, I’ve been a bit fascinated by the way the Greek terms for “feeling compassion” and “possessed by a demon” in the New Testament are structurally analogous. The word splagkhnidzomai roughly translates as “motions of the spleen” (or innards); it’s a visceral euphemism for being moved with compassion. The word … Continue reading Motions of the Demon
I published a revised and expanded composite essay of the three-part series on classical Nicene Trinitarianism that I wrote in the summer of 2016. I did my previous writing in the wake of the great Calvinist brouhaha about the “eternal functional subordination” of the Son and related teachings involving authority and submission as the distinguishing … Continue reading Nicaea and the New Subordinationism
NEW! Scriptural Friendship – Part 4. Friendship in the Life of Solomon
It’s not enough that Jesus died for our sins. The Apostle Paul says that he was delivered up unto death for our trespasses and raised again from death for our justification. He’s declared to the world to be the Son of God by his resurrection. The reality of Christ’s resurrection is the assurance of glorified life from the dead to all who are in him. This is why the night’s sorrow on Good Friday must pass away to see the renewed joy of the Lord on Easter Morning.
There are two wisdoms to consider—two wisdoms signified by two serpents. One of them uplifted and the other crushed in the event remembered on Good Friday.
A beautiful adaptation of Simon Belmont’s theme from the Castlevania mythos.
I’ve had conflicted thoughts about Lenten practices and other aspects of the medieval liturgical calendar for years. But I’m pretty sure my reasons are significantly different from those of contemporary evangelicals. My concern is a matter of the effectiveness (or counter-productivity) of communal formative habits and modest implementation of a regulative principle of worship in … Continue reading Lenten Thrift Shop