Category: Christian Scriptures

Michael Jones, Jude, and 1 Enoch (Evangelical Eisegesis #3)

Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy suggests that the author of the epistle of Jude uses 1 Enoch 1:9 the way a pastor might insert a pop-culture reference into a sermon. But is this what’s going on with Jude’s citation of 1 Enoch? Let’s investigate!

‘The Pharisees,’ edited by Joseph Sievers and Amy-Jill Levine – A Brief Review

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” If your upbringing was anything like mine, then perhaps you heard those words spoken from the pulpit from time to time. In my home church, it was usually uttered by some fiery evangelist directing his ire at… Continue Reading “‘The Pharisees,’ edited by Joseph Sievers and Amy-Jill Levine – A Brief Review”

Genesis 1:2 and the Trinity (Evangelical Eisegesis #2)

‘Christology in Mark’s Gospel: Four Views’ – A Brief Review

Arguably, the central question of the Gospel of Mark is one that comes from the lips of the Markan Jesus himself: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 16:29) In the nearly two-thousand years since Mark wrote those words there have been myriad… Continue Reading “‘Christology in Mark’s Gospel: Four Views’ – A Brief Review”

Book Review: ‘The Beloved Apostle?’ by Michael Kok

Author: Michael J. Kok Book: The Beloved Apostle? The Transformation of the Apostle John into the Fourth Evangelist Publishers: Cascade Books Date: 2017 Page Count: 186 pages Price: $24.00 (paperback) INTRODUCTION Indispensable to my dad’s conversion to Christianity, an event that happened when he… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘The Beloved Apostle?’ by Michael Kok”

‘Paul the Apostle’ by J. Albert Harrill: A Brief Review

In J. Albert Harrill’s 2012 volume Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context (Cambridge University Press), the professor of classics brings to life one of history’s most enigmatic characters. Situating him in his ancient Jewish and, fundamentally, Roman contexts, Harrill… Continue Reading “‘Paul the Apostle’ by J. Albert Harrill: A Brief Review”

There Was No Spain? (Evangelical [Atheist] Eisegesis #1)

The “Exposing Religion” Facebook group seems to think Paul couldn’t have gone to Spain (Romans 15:24, 28) because it didn’t exist. Yikes!

Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons (part 2)

For those who are interested, Jonathan Burke has posted the second video in his series responding to my views on Satan and demons in Paul and the Gospels. (Click here for the previous post containing part 1.) I’ll refrain from making any substantive comments… Continue Reading “Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons (part 2)”

Amateur Hour #5 – The Book of Revelation w/Mark Edward

The book of Revelation has enthralled and mystified readers for the last two thousand years. What is it about? Who wrote it and when? Why is it sometimes referred to as an “apocalyptic” text? Mark Edward joins me to answer these questions and more.

Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons in the NT (part 1)

Last month, I wrote a brief post reacting to an episode of the Religious Learning podcast in which Christadelphian Jonathan Burke discussed his beliefs on the existence of Satan and demons. As I noted in that piece, while Burke and I are in agreement… Continue Reading “Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons in the NT (part 1)”