Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book Review: Interpreting the Pauline Letters

Harvey, John. Interpreting the Pauline Letters: An Exegetical Handbook (Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis). Kregel Academic, 2012. The author takes on a great challenge, to provide an exegetical handbook for the Pauline letters. In fact, provides more than an exegetical … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical studies, Book Reviews, New Testament

Thrashing season and broken nose

About the gravatar I recently changed my main gravatar to this one of a thrashing machine. For many people the image doesn’t mean anything. For me, it brings a lifetime of memories. What is it? A thrasher machine for separating … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Reflection | 2 Comments

The Faith of Jesus Christ—Part 1

Faithfulness of Jesus Christ? Or faith in Jesus Christ? In my continuing look at translations, I have come upon an interesting translation, interpretation, and theological issue, specifically related to the phrase (or its equivalent): διὰ πίστεως ⸉Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ⸊ (Galatians 2:16) … Continue reading

Posted in New Testament, NIV 2011, Translations | 8 Comments

Lest We Forget

Is our memory as long as the last media clip on the internet? Is our attention drawn to the urgent—always? Nearly 50 years ago a book was published with the title Tyranny of the Urgent. The problem? The urgent often … Continue reading

Posted in Oratio, Tentatio | 6 Comments

Sober Mercies

Kopp, Heather Harpham. Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up With a Christian Drunk. Jericho Books, 2013. I have read thousands of books over the last 50 years, many of them very good, a few superb. And I have read more … Continue reading

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Random thoughts about life and death

I just finished reading a gripping book. Normally I read books very quickly. This one I could not. I knew some men who fought in World War I. The “war to end all wars” was not the glamorous new era, … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Reflection, Tentatio

God hears, remembers, knows

Cry for Help Yesterday’s post about “hollering and whimpering” when at the bottom of the depression barrel triggered further thoughts. And then this morning I read in Exodus After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned … Continue reading

Posted in Meditatio, Old Testament, Tentatio