Category: Christianity

Gerd Luedemann: Peter in “Psychoanalytical Terms”

From Gerd Luedemann, The Resurrection of Jesus: History, Experience, Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, Press, 1994), 99-100. To further an understanding of Peter’s “mourning” and “vision”, reference should be made in this connection to investigations at Harvard into cases of mourning and the painful loss associated… Continue Reading “Gerd Luedemann: Peter in “Psychoanalytical Terms””

Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 5

In our last four posts we’ve looked at Judas Iscariot in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke as well as in the book of Acts. In Mark, we aren’t told why he betrays Jesus only that he does. In Matthew, we are told… Continue Reading “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 5”

Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 4

In our last post we covered how the Gospel of Luke portrayed Judas Iscariot. The Lukan Judas was possessed by Satan himself and so the betrayal of Jesus by Judas is couched in terms of a demonic possession and a demonic attack on Jesus.… Continue Reading “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 4”

Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 3

So far we have looked at how the Gospels of Mark and Matthew portrayed Judas Iscariot. In Mark he is simply the foil of Jesus and he only says but one thing: “Rabbi!” In Matthew, Judas has a few more lines and his character… Continue Reading “Satan Entered Judas: The Great Betrayer, part 3”

Musings on Mark: He’s Out of His Mind!

“And his family heard it and came down to seize him: for they were saying that he was out of his mind.” Mark 3:21, my translation We often take for granted that in our New Testament we have four Gospels sitting side-by-side. We don’t… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: He’s Out of His Mind!”

Book Review: ‘Doctrine Impossible’ by Steven Tiger

“The essential conflict is not rationality versus faith but rationality versus dogmatism.”  – Steven Tiger Steven Tiger, who wrote for over thirty years in the complex world of medical literature, has taken on the complex world of religion and spirituality. His latest book, published… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘Doctrine Impossible’ by Steven Tiger”

The Mystery τῆς εὐ­σεβείας

A few weeks ago I sent out the following tweet. The old "Christianity is not a religion; it's a relationship." "Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion [τῆς εὐσεβείας] is great…." (1 Tim. 3:16) "Religion [θρησκεία] that is pure and undefiled before God,… Continue Reading “The Mystery τῆς εὐ­σεβείας”

Musings on Mark: Abiathar the High Priest

πῶς εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ Ἀβιαθὰρ ἀρχιερέως καὶ τοὺς ἄρτους τῆς προθέσεως ἔφαγεν, οὓς οὐκ ἔξεστιν φαγεῖν εἰ μὴ τοὺς ἱερεῖς, καὶ ἔδωκεν καὶ τοῖς σὺν αὐτῷ οὖσιν; (Mark 2:26) The Bible notoriously gets details wrong. Matthew attributes to Jeremiah what… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Abiathar the High Priest”

An Index to My Response to SJ Thomason on “God’s Promises”

Today I posted seven different pieces responding to the work of SJ Thomason and her blog post entitled “Babylon Will Never Be Inhabited.” This post will serve as an index to which readers can refer to navigate the posts. Keep in mind that I… Continue Reading “An Index to My Response to SJ Thomason on “God’s Promises””

Evangelical Eisegesis: SJ Thomason and “God’s Promises,” part 7

This is the final post in a seven-part series responding to the blog post “Babylon Will Never Be Inhabited” by pop-apologist S. J. Thomason. You can read the sixth post here. All biblical references, unless otherwise noted, are from the English Standard Version (Crossway,… Continue Reading “Evangelical Eisegesis: SJ Thomason and “God’s Promises,” part 7″