There’s been a lot of talk recently about fake news. In case you’ve missed out on this phenomenon, fake news refers to misinformation that is deliberately spread on social media or even actual media cites often for political or financial gain. (The term can also refer to news media outlets making news stories out of nonstories.) One would never expect this sort of thing to happen in church since the church is to be the bastion of truth, in particular, the truth of God’s holy, inspired, and inerrant Word. Continue reading
Were there any examples of the kind of relationship that might be identified with NT discipleship in the OT?[i] According to Rengstorf the answer must certainly be no. He notes that the relationship between Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, the prophets and their attendants, and Jeremiah and Baruch were not teacher-disciple relationships as is sometimes thought. Rather, Joshua, Elisha, Baruch, and others who followed the prophets were “servants” of those with whom they had a relationship.[ii] In the end, Rengstorf reasons that the teacher-disciple relationship was absent in the OT because there was only one who was to be revered and whose word was to be followed, the Lord himself. Continue reading
As I was viewing Facebook recently I noticed that someone commented on an article at Charisma Magazine’s webpage. The title of the article immediately caught my attention, “One Little Word Dispels the Notion that Paul Silenced Women.” Having done some study on complementarian and egalitarian interpretations of key New Testament texts on the role of men and woman in the home and in the local church, I was interested to see what the author of the article, Eddie Hyatt, had to contribute to the discussion. Continue reading
Marshall, Colin and Tony Payne. The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything. Kingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2009. 196 pp.
As someone who is not much of a gardener, the image of a trellis and a vine sounds like a lot of work. I get exhausted thinking about it. On the other hand, there is something familiar about the imagery. It leads me to recall parts of the Bible that are filled with agricultural imagery, and in particular the imagery of the vine (see John 15). Continue reading
“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” While many of us can probably recite the words to this familiar little tune, I suspect fewer of us can with the same confidence recall where we first heard it. That is usually the case with any song you may have learned as a small child. You cannot begin to remember the circumstances under which you first learned the words to a song, but you can recall it with little effort, even to this day. That is part of the power of music. Continue reading
When a baby is born one of the first questions people usually ask (beside the child’s gender) is, “Who does he or she look like?” What someone means by the question is which parent does the child favor in terms of his or her appearance. Frankly, I find it almost impossible to tell which parent a child looks more like when they are newly born. However, after some time one begins to see how a child resembles one’s parents, or one parent more than the other. Continue reading