A Studied Rest

Greetings to each of you. With my last post, True Rest III, I marked what will probably be my last post for a few weeks. I am currently sitting in my dorm room in Pittsburgh, PA at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and I am getting ready to begin a new round of intensive courses for my …

True Rest III

In my last post, I asked the questions: where did we go wrong? Where did Israel go "wrong" in its keeping of the ordinances? Can the Law become an impediment to grace? A stumbling block to the shalom that we all seek and God intends for creation? As I have repeatedly argued, observance of the …

True Rest II

In my last post, we explored the dicey relationship between Christian interpretation about the meaning of God's Law and our freedom as the Spirit filled body of Christ for the world. My overall point was that our discussions about Law v. Gospel rely upon caricatures of what the Law meant for Israel. The Law -- …

True Rest I

When I was a boy, I was in awe of the really great preachers who came to our church, or populated the tent revivals of summer. Growing up "Bapti-costal," those services and sermons by talented preachers meant paying attention for three of four hours at a time. Keeping the attention of an eight year old …

Rest

This week, I will be working with a text in Scripture that deals with the concept of rest, work, healing and the Sabbath (Mark 2:23 - 3:6). I am still mulling the various threads of the reading over in my mind, but I walk away from my first impressions of the text with a core …

True Dat?

Let's face it: we have a truth problem. I don't wish to rain on the parade of our collective optimism about the future and its promised progress (okay, maybe I do), but I think that our society has a major issue with both hearing and proclaiming what is true. As a result, our priorities are …

Lord of the Harvest

We often hear and use that old wise saying, "You reap what you sow." From a popular perspective, has there ever been a Western film made that failed to use it? To be sure, I believe this saying is sound wisdom for a number of reasons, especially given its biblical basis. Paul tells us in …