Category Archives: Ethics

MLK Jr on Nonviolent Resistance

In a 1957 article for the Christian Century entitled Nonviolence and Racial Justice, King briefly traces the history of African Americans in this country from their first arrival as slaves in 1619 to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. He further … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Simplicity

My blogging friend at Christocentricity provided some helpful suggestions for living a simple life. Check it out. As he often does, he addressed a topic of similar interest. So, let me provide some initial thoughts on living a life of … Continue reading

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Character and Appearance

We live in a culture where appearance often trumps character. The sexy, wealthy, and stylish are preferred over those with a beautiful character, rich of spirit and modest in adornment. The apostles Peter reminds us that we should strive to … Continue reading

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Wright’s Typological Interpretation

This is a fourth post on Wright’s models of interpretation in Old Testament Ethics and the People of God. The Paradigmatic Model related the OT Law to Creation, where it sought to restore God’s creative purposes for humans and creation … Continue reading

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Wright’s Escatological Interpretation

For a background to this post, read my first two posts on Wright’s interpretive framework from his book OT Ethics for the People of God: Wright’s OT Framework and Wright’s Paradigmatic Interpretation. In Wright’s Paradigmatic Interpretation, he notes that there … Continue reading

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Wright’s Paradigmatic Interpretation

In my last post, I presented Wright’s OT Ethical Framework, which consists of three major components: God, Israel and the land. Ethics in the OT revolve around these foundational concepts. Wright extends his use of the OT Ethical Framework in … Continue reading

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Wright’s OT Ethical Framework

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I just finished reading Christopher Wright’s An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today. Wright’s book, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God seems to be an expanded version of his thoughts in this book … Continue reading

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Model Behavior

I was encouraged to have stumbled upon this article about Kylie Bisutti on Fox News. Kylie was a Victoria Secret model who quit her job because it was incompatible with her Christian profession. Notice some of her remarks below, although … Continue reading

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From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

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One of the books on my reading list for my Theology of Ministry class at Lipscomb is From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, by Darren Dochuk. I had high expectations for the book, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Generous Justice

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I listened to the audio book of Generous Justice, by Timothy Keller, about a month ago, and although I have probably forgotten many important details, there are many points that have stayed with me. Here are some of those points … Continue reading

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Doctrine and Ethics

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Tonight at a Bible study, the point was made that doctrinal statements in the New Testament are given for practical reasons. As a case in point, Philippians 2 was used as an illustration. One of the most doctrinal statements on … Continue reading

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Narrative of Cross and Church Unity

Gorman’s formula for Paul’s narrative of the cross has been discussed in previous posts (See Post 1 and Post 2). The formula consists of the following: Although [status], not [selfishness] but [self-abasement/slavery]. Paul’s narrative of the cross demands that Christians … Continue reading

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What Kind of Millionaire Would You Be?

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Yesterday I wrote about some of my thoughts on the show Secret Millionaire. After looking at their website and reading about the millionaire Dani Johnson, I couldn’t help but ask what kind of millionaire would I be (if I were … Continue reading

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Secret Millionaire

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I watched an episode of Secret Millionaire Saturday night, and I thought it was a pretty good show and descriptive of the Christian character. The concept is that a millionaire poses as a volunteer, and then gives some of their money … Continue reading

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Counting the Cost

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,  26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his … Continue reading

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