Articles in Biblical Reflections
by Moddie Breland
This article deﬁnes eschatological hope and then differentiates between the meaning of “hope in” and “hope for” the coming peaceable kingdom. Hope in the peaceable kingdom is the active practice of Christian discipleship while hope for the peaceable kingdom is the passive anticipation of Christ’s return. First Thessalonians 4-5 was used to illustrate what eschatological hope entails.
by Åke Viberg
“…When we know we cannot know everything and that we will soon die, what do we do?” It’s usually a painful experience to realize that we are limited beings forced to make some tough decisions in order to adapt to this very sobering realization. In the end however, we must face life as it is, and change.
by Peter Lau
As we read the psalms, we find the motif of panting or thirsting, which is part of a larger theme of longing for God. This article will first explore the motif of panting and thirsting in five psalms, and then trace the theme of longing through to the New Testament.
by William J. Sappenfield
Breathing readily illustrates the nature of paradox in our relationship with God. Breathing is the climax of God’s creation of humans in Genesis 2 and it is Jesus’ means of commissioning his disciples in John 20. But God slipped a paradox into creation to give us a reminder of how our relationship with God is maintained.
by Moses Biney
This is not a simple question. It is profound as it is perennial. Theologically, it points to the nature of God—God’s transcendence, immanence and omnipresence. It raises questions such as, “Is God present in all places at all times?” “How do we know this?”
by Johannes Unsok Ro
The concept of YHWH’s dwelling in the Deuteronomistic History seems to focus on His immanent and communicating presence among His people. The authors and editors of the Deuteronomistic History seem to show a yearning desire for God “dwelling among us” just as we do in the 21st century.
by Donna Schaper
When it comes to God’s dwelling place, most of us lead with ourselves and our involvement with the matter of God’s house. We lead materially. We know we can’t house God but we’d love to try to make God feel more comfortable in the places where we live. For God to dwell in a place, the place has to understand itself as holy.
by Jo David
The earliest chapters of Genesis struggle with the issue of how men and women were created and the nature of their relationship to one another. It is particularly interesting that, in Genesis 1, the almost universal idea that men are the “natural rulers” of the world is challenged in significant ways.
by Asayo O. Thomas
Each star and galaxy are evidence of God’s creation. God did not just create them, but has been nurturing them for billions of years. And new stars keep emerging into this universe almost every day.
by Brandt L. Montgomery
That grace can be found in the New Testament is an issue of no debate, for the fourth Gospel declares, “The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (Jn. 1:17). But the assertion that there is grace throughout the Old Testament is one that still generates considerable debate within certain Christian communities and theological circles.
by Peggy Adrien
The Book of Genesis describes a beautiful story about the beginning of life on earth. However, it is also a story anchored in debate, fueling conversation known as “the battle of the sexes” and addresses the ongoing issue of female leadership. Should women hold positions of authority in the church?
by Carmen Nanko-Fernández
One of the most profound Christian teachings is the incarnation. There is little development in the gospels of this audacious claim that the divine entered the human condition as one of us. John proclaims the Word became flesh and dwelled in our company and both synoptic gospels provide insights into the incarnation, establishing the humanity of Jesus from birth.