I will try to be submissive [to human government] insofar as this submission does not compromise my basic allegiance to Christ. - Andy T. Ritchie, Jr. Such thinking has been a part of my theological frame for some time, and many welders have strengthened the undercarriage, so the frame is pretty unlikely to break at … Continue reading Xposted: Allegiance
This final post follows from this one, this one and this one, in which I began sharing commentary on a post on the Logos Academic Blog. Here is the most substantial, worthy comment from someone else on that article. Please note the reliance on data and the good follow-up questions, and please don't miss my summary statement at the bottom. … Continue reading Regressive awareness (4)
This post follows from this one, and this one, in which I began sharing commentary on a post on the Logos Academic Blog. Here, a comment is made that appear context-less, so I would preface them here by saying that some (nay, many) serious believers tend to want to consider every possible source together, amassing "evidence" in a … Continue reading Regressive awareness (3)
This post follows from the previous one, in which I began sharing commentary on a post on the Logos Academic Blog. Here, a commenter named Daniel speaks matter-of-factly. I disagree with him sharply but appreciate his tone. Daniel: The reason that the kingdom is rarely referenced after the Synoptics, especially in Paul’s epistles, is because it has … Continue reading Regressive awareness (2)
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?