A couple of weeks ago, we started a series called "Is That Really What It Says?" at Bedford Road. The series is basically a romp through the Old Testament (and possibly the new) dealing with some of biblical narratives that have been popularized through retelling over the years. These pop versions of the stories generally… Continue reading The City and Tower of Babel
Every once in a while, I post some of the books I am reading at the moment. Since childhood, I have been of the opinion that one should read books that challenge your preconceived notions - especially if those notions were developed because you read another book! After the Ice: A Global Homan History 20,000-5,000… Continue reading What I’m Reading
On Sunday, I mentioned that one of the ways I read the first portion of Genesis is through something I called The Creation Cycles. Here is a basic summary of the structure: The Earth Cycle (1-4) Opening Summary (1:1) Earth as Creation: The Annals (toledeth) of the Earth (1:2-2:4) Earth as Creature: The Annals of Adam (2:5-5:2) The… Continue reading Genesis 1-11: The Creation Cycle
אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי eloi eloi lama 'zabachthani This Sunday at Bedford Road, we spent some time exploring Jesus's quote of Psalm 22 (Psalm 21 in LXX) when he was on the cross. This is perhaps the most well-known case of Jesus citing a lament from the Hebrew Scriptures; but it is often misinterpreted as… Continue reading Did the Father Abandon Jesus on the Cross?
In a recent sermon, I mentioned the work of Francis of Assisi and referenced an episode in which he traveled to Egypt during the Fifth Crusade solely to share the gospel with the sultan, Al-Kamil. (His full name was al-Malik al-Kamil Naser ad-Din Abu al-Ma'ali Muhammad; and the crusaders just called him Meledin.) There is… Continue reading Don’t Let People Steal Your History
Recently, I saw a video of a supposed Messianic Jewish rabbi talking about Luke 2:12. After declaring Jesus's birth in Bethlehem, the angelic host tells the shepherds: And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. This rabbi goes on to say… Continue reading Swaddling Cloths
Herod the Great It is important to understand that Herod was not just "a king." He had been declared the "King of the Jews" by the Roman Senate, a title which had been confirmed by Octavius Caesar when he became the First Man of Rome. Herod was an Idumean convert to Judaism who had ruled over… Continue reading Herod and the Magi