Ethics, Christianity, Philosophy

Jesus, Musonius Rufus, and Family

Many scholars suppose that Jesus had a negative view of the nuclear family that was softened by the gospel authors (or that he was inconsistent in his teaching): “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own …

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Josephus: On why Moses is Superior to Greek Legislation

Below is Josephus’ comment on the superiority of Moses’s legislation to the Greek laws: The reason why the constitution of this legislation was ever better directed to the utility of all than other legislations were, is this, that Moses did not make religion a part of virtue, but he saw and he ordained other virtues …

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Obligation isn’t a four letter word

IntroductionA feature of Paul’s letter to the Romans that I’ve never noticed being explored in depth is the concept of obligation or indebtedness. I am interested in this topic because there is a great deal of hand wringing in modern Christian thought about the notion of debt or obligation to God. John Piper, for instance, …

Bible, Spiritual Life

Proverbs 31: A Biblical Interpretation Case Study

In an article at Relevant magazine, a competent and articulate writer named Lauren Oquist challenges readers of her article to stop obsessing over the Proverbs 31 woman. The point of this post is not to be critical of the author of the post quoted (though I will be critical of her post), the point is …

Health, Science Fact of the Day

Bad News for Weight Gain: There is a point of no return

Researchers have found that under the typical conditions of care for obese and overweight individuals that: “current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients. For patients with a BMI of 30 or greater kilograms per meters squared, maintaining weight loss was rare and the probability …

Christianity

Dallas Willard and Church Growth

It’s good to return periodically to Dallas Willard’s perspective on church growth: The gospel of King Jesus and of his kingdom-now is indeed “the power of God that brings salvation/deliverance.” To prove this, just preach, teach, and manifest the good news of life now, for you and everyone, in the kingdom of the heavens with …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Sermons and Secondary Literature

John Piper lets pastors know what it’s important to study the Bible for themselves and carefully: We must be like Jonathan Edwards, who resolved in his college days and kept the resolution all his life, “Resolved: To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to …

Mindset

Francis Bacon: How to be Lucky

It cannot be denied, but outward accidents conduce much to fortune; favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue. But chiefly, the mould of a man’s fortune is in his own hands. Faber quisque fortunæ suæ [Every one is the architect of his own fortune], saith the poet. And the most frequent of external causes …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Pastors and Secular Power

Richard Baxter saw the dangers of cozying up to political power. Ministers of the gospel, if they aren’t careful, will not only sacrifice original thought but also Biblical truth in order to avoid being ostracized, mocked, or disagreed with. Social media has made this quite apparent in the current year. For instance, as the pro-life …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Jesus and Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33: Now, see first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and these things will be added to you.[1] Introduction Everybody wants to be happy and every good wandering philosopher tries to tell them how to do it. Matthew 5-7 is Jesus’ summary treatise on human happiness or how to live an honorable life.[2] …