Category Archives: Bible-Theology

Review in JSOT

Cat Quine’s review of Sit At My Right Hand has been published in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament‘s review issue. Advertisements

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Review of “Sit At My Right Hand” in RBL

Leslie C. Allen has reviewed my book over at the Review of Biblical Literature. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part IX)

All branches of the church until relatively recently (the last century-and-a-half), and sizable branches of the global church today (Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, many conservative Protestants) did not ordain women. I am a confessional Protestant, not a biblicist. The historic interpretation of Scripture in the church carries significant weight in my assessment. It was therefore difficult to accept the notion that both the Eastern and Western churches were wrong on this for so long, and that the Roman, Eastern and Oriental churches are still wrong. Continue reading

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Give Us Our Daily Feed

I’ve written before about the free audio education I received over eight years working in pharma while in seminary and grad school. I thought it would be interesting to share what’s in my podcast feed, and solicit suggestions for new audio food for thought. What do you listen to, and why? Continue reading

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Sermon: The Good Samarians

One way to look at this story is to say: Look how bad Judah became, look at the effects of idolatry and self-love in this society! Even though we have this moment of repentance, obedience and mercy shown by Israel, it wasn’t enough to save that nation from destruction, either. (It’s like getting to the end of the book of Jonah—and realizing that God eventually destroyed Assyria for rebellion.) While this is true on some level, I don’t think it’s the way that the Chronicler wants us to read the story.
I believe that the positive way that the Chronicler wants us to look at it is: No matter how far is the human descent into sin and depravity—and it is far!—God is present. He is willing to descend into that darkness to rescue his people. In this story, it takes the form of a prophet, Oded, who probably wasn’t listened to much of the time! But God was present there. And God was present in the Chronicler’s day, as well—despite the fact that a Persian Emperor ruled over God’s people, not the chosen descendant of David. Continue reading

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Sermon: A Tale of Two Abijahs?

This is the audio (28:39, 26.2 MB) of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Norristown on July 9 entitled, “A Tale of Two Kings.” The text is 2 Chronicles 13:1-14:1a. I was pleased to be able to give my friend, … Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part VIII)

After stepping outside of the complementarian bubble, I realized that “complementarianism” is not actually a unified concept, and that its premise–that leadership in the home and in the church should be male exclusively–cannot be applied coherently or consistently. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part VII)

I now come to the biblical text that is often played as the trump card by complementarians when discussing the issue of women’s ordination–and I speak from personal experience, having played this card myself. Indeed, 1 Timothy 2:8-15 was the text that gave me the most pause when I reconsidered the issue; I felt that I could accept that other passages speaking of male leadership were culturally relative, but this passage seemed to be quite clear and rooted in the prelapsarian (“before the Fall into sin”) created order. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part VI)

Are the texts that speak of male headship in the home and in the church commands for every time and place, or are they time-bound concessions to patriarchal culture and to the peculiar scrutiny faced by first-century Christians in a hostile pagan context? Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part V)

No one wants to say, “Thus saieth the Lord,” where the Lord has not spoken. But no one wants to ignore the law of the Lord, either. Continue reading

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