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The Blog According to John

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:01:02 +0000

Duane Garrett, in his commentary on Exodus, speaks of the new Pharaoh who did not acknowledge Joseph and who oppressed Israel, and says, “There is no indication of how long was the time between the death of Joseph and the ascension of this Pharaoh.” Well, no indication in Exodus 1:8-10 itself. That’s true. But it’s […]

Leap of Faith?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:44:41 +0000

True pistis [faith-allegiance] is not an irrational launching into the void but a reasonable, action-oriented response grounded in the conviction that God’s invisible underlying realities are more certain than any apparent realities. Stepping out in faith is not intrinsically good in and of itself, as if God is inherently more pleased with daring motorcycle riders […]

The Dominion Couple

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:55:17 +0000

To whom did God give the mandate to fill the earth and subdue it and to have dominion over the creatures? Did he give that mandate to Adam and Woman together or did he give it to Adam specifically? The latter, says Douglas Wilson in Reforming Marriage. (I blogged about this yesterday, but having read further […]

Helper & Helpee?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:25:34 +0000

In Reforming Marriage, Douglas Wilson quotes Genesis 2:18 (“It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him”) and 1 Corinthians 11:9 (“Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man”) and then draws this conclusion: As a result of the creation order, men and […]

Fifty to a Cave

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:31:20 +0000

The author of this article is billed as a “leading expert on the persecuted church,” but I have to say that I find what he says here not only very strange but unbiblical.  The gist of the article is summed up on the site as follows: “When a Christian experiences persecution or imprisonment in a foreign […]

Yes-Men or Debating Partners?

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:41:20 +0000

A follow-up thought, hard upon the heels of what I wrote earlier about the kind of commentaries you need. When you do your own study of Scripture and then turn to your commentaries, are you hoping they’ll function as yes men, reassuring you that you’re on the right track, or that they’ll function as conversationalists, […]

What Kind of Commentaries Do I Need?

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:02:25 +0000

What kind of commentaries do you need to help you in your study of the Bible? You don’t need commentaries that tell you, in passage after passage, exactly what you’ve always thought or only what you yourself have already discovered. Such commentaries are generally a waste of your time. Why read So-and-so telling you what you […]


Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:00:41 +0000

“The people must not be present at worship only in the capacity of hearer and spectator, nor even merely to follow in thought what is pronounced by the minister of the church, but they must also speak from their side and at least they must respond Amen to what is said in the name of […]

The Harvest Is Plentiful… (Matthew 9)

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:46:56 +0000

In Matthew 9:35ff., Jesus sees Israel battered and cast down, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he says to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful; the workers are few.” Why does the imagery change from animals to plants, from sheep/shepherd to harvest/workers? It would make sense for Jesus, seeing the crowds like sheep without a […]

Simon the Zealous

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:42:44 +0000

I’ve sometimes heard that one of Jesus’ disciples was a Zealot, presumably a former Zealot who, now that he was follow Jesus, had given up his desire to commit violence.  Even N. T. Wright says, in one passage, that the name of “Simon the Zealot” (Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13) “probably indicates known revolutionary tendencies” (NTPG, 174n33). […]