A recently published word study was not exactly revelatory for me, yet it did guide me back to that type of investigation in the Kingdom sphere. (Here is my follow-up inquiry on the word frequency data.). Quite a bit of dialogue—or, more accurately, a series of solitary interjections—came later. On the whole, it seems to me … Continue reading Regressive awareness (1)
It is almost embarrassing to admit that (1) traditions surrounding the Lord's model prayer and (2) my own distaste for repetition have kept me from considering the place of this prayer in early Christian thought—and presumably in the very mind of Jesus. As set in Matthew's gospel, this prayer can lead to important insights, including … Continue reading Unseen yet apparent: insights into the Lord’s model prayer
Merely knowing the Roman Empire existed during the time of Jesus and Paul would lead almost anyone to assume that said empire was a factor in people's lives. I suspect that the extent (a) differed regionally, and (b) will remain largely unknown to us. I am deeply interested in the "empire" topic and am under … Continue reading Subtextual “empire” in Paul?
I've learned that today, September 21, is an International Day of Peace. A quick scan of this website (currently not responding, presumably because of high traffic) tells me that the associated enterprise is too politicized for my taste, but there are many less worthy things to be aware of and involved in. I'm glad to know … Continue reading Peace Events
A kingdom word study appeared here on the Logos Academic Blog in September, 2017. This is succinct, valuable information, and it led to a little re-thinking on my part. Below, I've reproduced a slightly edited version of my comment on that blog. Thank you for this word-use analysis. Your observations seem sound, and I greatly appreciate … Continue reading NT kingdom instances
The horrors of Hurricane Harvey are only beginning to be known by those of us not directly affected. I won't attempt to encapsulate an event of such magnitude. Today, I heard the quip that "the news," for the first time in quite a while in our country, has actually been the news. Harvey has brought overwhelmingly … Continue reading The Kingdom is good news
This essay has two parts: background musings and a brief excerpt from a paper I presented at a small conference on July 26, 2017. Musings on Theology People's thoughts can develop as time passes. I suppose it is a truism that the thought paradigms and thought patterns of groups develop more slowly than those of … Continue reading A historical/theological glance