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Male and Female, God Created Them
March 9, 2016 – 10:46 pm | No Comment
Male and Female, God Created Them

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.

Creation
March 9, 2016 – 10:45 pm | No Comment
Creation

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.

Grace in Creation: Seeing Grace in Genesis 1–3
March 9, 2016 – 10:44 pm | No Comment
Grace in Creation: Seeing Grace in Genesis 1–3

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.

God Gave Women Authority, Too
March 9, 2016 – 10:43 pm | No Comment
God Gave Women Authority, Too

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?

Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation
November 19, 2015 – 11:42 pm | Comments Off on Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation
Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation

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.

Connectivity: Acts 17
November 19, 2015 – 11:39 pm | Comments Off on Connectivity: Acts 17
Connectivity: Acts 17

by C. H. Elijah Sadaphal

Connection is defined as “a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.” From a theological perspective, the Holy Spirit is connected to Creator, Who is connected to Christ, Who is connected to the Holy Spirit. The Connectivity and subsequent relationality within and amongst the Holy Trinity is what allows salvation.

Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King
November 19, 2015 – 11:36 pm | Comments Off on Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King
Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King

by Melvin Sensenig

Jeremiah 21:1–23:4 recounts a series of oracles against the last four kings in Israel. The canonical book’s reordering of the final four kings is important to the overall argument of the book about the future of the Davidic kingship. No future king can arise without the complete destruction of the current Davidic line.

What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?
August 17, 2015 – 2:09 pm | Comments Off on What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?
What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?

by Jin H. Han

Many will recognize the question as a parody of Tertullian, De praescriptione haereticorum, chapter 7: “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” So, to answer our question, we must first ask, “What does Jerusalem represent?”

The Mighty City and the Holy City: John’s Apocalypse at the Intersections of Power and Praise
August 17, 2015 – 2:07 pm | One Comment
The Mighty City and the Holy City: John’s Apocalypse at the Intersections of Power and Praise

by Jean-Pierre Ruiz

The author presents the point that John sets before his audience visions of two imagined cities, one the mighty city that was a distant presence looming large through its local surrogates in Asia, the other a holy city descended from above. He urges them to choose between them, to decide their allegiance. This decision is a matter of who is the proper object of worship: the emperor or the Christ. John positions his readers at the intersection of power and praise.

Smoked Ham
May 3, 2015 – 6:07 pm | Comments Off on Smoked Ham
Smoked Ham

by Donna Schaper

The role of the swine in Mark 5 that cured the legion-filled demoniac is rarely discussed. The author asks if we really need a displacement to heal? Does the devil have to be put in an animal considered unclean in religious and hygienic terms–for change to come? These are among the questions designed to encourage pastors to seek new insights on ancient tales.

Birth, Death, and Becoming Like God: Reflections on a New Testament Theme
November 1, 2014 – 5:09 pm | Comments Off on Birth, Death, and Becoming Like God: Reflections on a New Testament Theme
Birth, Death, and Becoming Like God: Reflections on a New Testament Theme

by Michael J. Gorman

The incarnation and the atonement are like bookends in the Jesus-narrative, and each of them is also linked closely to Jesus’ life. Jesus became one of us to change peoples’ perspectives and expectations, and he did that throughout his ministry. It is precisely because of his actions that he was crucified as a threat to the religious and political status quo.

The Handless Maidens of the Old Testament: Birthing Narratives
November 1, 2014 – 5:06 pm | Comments Off on The Handless Maidens of the Old Testament: Birthing Narratives
The Handless Maidens of the Old Testament: Birthing Narratives

by Amy Yeary Holmes

Most birthing narratives are embedded within a masculine journey which is external and involves leaving the ordinary and leaping into the unfamiliar, having adventures, over-coming obstacles, and returning as a hero. In contrast, the feminine journey is an internal journey of reflection, solitude, and self care. Often the chapters of the heroine’s life are seedbeds from which she draws energy and creativity when addressing a problem whose solution lies within the heroine’s being. Handless Maiden tales provide a path to uncover the intricacies of humanity’s feminine side.