Category: Christianity

Christianity, Culture, Poetry

O Love Divine!

O Love Divine! by Oliver Wendell Holmes1 O Love Divine! that stoop’st to share Our sharpest pang, our bitterest tear, On Thee we cast each earth-born care, We smile at pain while Thou art near. Though long the weary way we tread, And sorrow crown each lingering year, No path we shun, no darkness dread, …

Book-Review, Christianity

Jesus Christ and Mythology by Rudolf Bultmann: A Review

Rudolf Bultmann, Jesus Christ and Mythology New York, NY: Scribners, 1958 Introduction Bultmann really needs no introduction. If you do not know much about him there are numerous articles available online. The main purpose here is simply to review this particular book which is a collection of Lectures he gave at Yale and Vanderbilt in …

Christianity

Jonathan Edward’s Resolutions

RESOLUTIONS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS[1] “Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. 1.   Resolved, …

Ethics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy

Abraham’s Virtues

God Blessed Abraham in All Things Yoram Hazony makes the case that in Genesis, Abraham is painted as a paradigmatically virtuous character. The primary evidence is that while Abraham is not perfect, God has confidence that he will “command his children and his house after him, and they will keep the way of the Lord, …

Christianity

The Ignorant Atheist

Richard Dawkins, never one to be pleasant, made some remarks that hold some truth value and also showcased his inability to research his historical claims. He is criticizing certain Muslim claims about the relationship of their faith to science.  “Islamic science deserves enormous respect.” There are two versions of this second claim, ranging from the …

Bible, Christianity

Virtue Lists in the New Testament

Virtue Lists? In the Bible there are several famous virtue lists. A virtue list is exactly what is sounds like, a list of positive traits in sequence as a description of the good life. As a part of Scripture, the New Testament virtue lists are easy to overlook and if you misunderstand God’s grace, they …

Christian Mindset, Christianity, Self-Mastery, Spiritual Life

Don’t Pray When Tempted?

We all know that prayer is a great tool for spiritual growth and in some ways it is the method and even the goal of the Christian life. But is there ever a time in the Christian life in which prayer is not the go-to tool? In a book on Greek Orthodox spirituality, the author recounted a …

Christianity

Why write?

Why write? One of my favorite writers said this on the why of Christian writing: John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and his whole purpose in life was to point people to Jesus. He summed up his calling when he was questioned about his identity and said, “I am the voice of one …

Autobiography, Christianity

What I’ve Learned from Jordan Peterson

I’ve come to appreciate Jordan Peterson a lot. It’s rare for me to find a recent scholar from whom I learn more than one or two important things. Peterson is an exception.  Here are some of the main lessons I’ve learned from him:  Practically Speaking A key practice for good teaching is getting students to …

Christianity

Dallas Willard on Coming to Know Christ

The paragraph below remains one of my favorite from Dallas Willard’s work. The last sentence breaks the flow with its “mainly…Paul” line, but he’s attacking a stream of thought in academia with which he was all too familiar.  If you really want to know Christ now, you have somehow to set aside the cloud of …