Church signs and signifiers

I'm sure you've seen signs like these: God Bless America America Bless God (on a church marquis) Pray for America (at a tire store ) USA - Pray (in a private citizen's front yard) Each sign presents something, doesn't it?  Each one speaks.  Flags divulge things, too—in a wordless, perhaps even more revealing way.  Having … Continue reading Church signs and signifiers

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Human machinations

The first two chapters of 1 Kings present an exceptionally strategic and even bloody picture of the continuity of the house of David.  While a holistic perspective on the nature of the kingdom(s) of Israel and the kingdom of God might tend to see Solomon's early actions as performing the will of God, I question … Continue reading Human machinations

Regressive awareness (4)

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)

Regressive awareness (2)

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)

Regressive awareness (1)

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)