Category Archives: New Testament

The Story of Revelation

Last Sunday, I finished up a 3 sermon overview of the Revelation of John. This was my introduction for the series. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien may be best known today for authoring fictional series that were … Continue reading

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Wide and Narrow Way

On my run this morning, I listened to a podcast sermon by Timothy Keller, and he made an interesting point on the wide and narrow way. Toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states, 13 Enter by … 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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Jesus’ Indictment of Hypocrisy (Matthew 23)

In Matthew 23, Jesus gives a stinging rebuke of the hypocrisy in the scribes and Pharisees. This chapter contains a third of all references in the NT to hypocrite (6 out of 17) so it serves as a fitting place … Continue reading

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The Meal as an Illustration of Kingdom Principles

The meal is one of the most common occurrences for all people, regardless of culture. Meals often reflect social values, and this was true in Jesus’ day. He used the meal as commonly practiced to contrast with principles related to … Continue reading

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Law in Galatians

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Since I studied Galatians in the beginning part of the year, I have thought about the subject of Law off and on. For the most part in Galatians (and other Pauline epistles), Law is considered in a negative light, and … Continue reading

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Meals in Luke’s Gospel

Although the Synoptic Gospels have a similar structure and record many of the same events, they should also be noted for their distinctive account of Jesus, selecting and arranging the material in order to convey important themes and teachings. One … Continue reading

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Initial and Necessary Response of Faith

In my reading for Galatians, I came across a couple of writers that had helpful comments on baptism. First up, a lengthy quote from Scot McKnight… Some will no doubt have problems with the observation that faith and baptism are … Continue reading

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Romans 7 and the Struggle with Sin

I’ve always understood Romans 7, especially verses 14-25, to be a simple discourse on the power of sin and the struggle that Christians will have with it. Sometimes the flesh wins over the spirit, leading Christians to commit sin despite … Continue reading

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New Exodus in Romans

In his commentary on Romans, N.T. Wright suggests that Paul uses the framework of New Exodus in Christ to relay his message. God promised Abraham that he would undo the sin of Adam through him. The initial fulfillment of this promise … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright on Romans

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I’ve just finished up my Romans/Galatians test this last week. I’m doing a practicum this summer, and I have two classes and a thesis left. One of the assigned texts for my class was N.T. Wright’s commentary on Romans in … Continue reading

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Paul’s Use of the Cross Narrative

In the last post, Gorman’s formula of the Pauline narrative of the cross was noted. Paul’s foundational story was the cross, and it completely informed his life and teaching. The formula looked like this: Although [status], Not [selfishness] But [self-abasement/slavery]. … Continue reading

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Chronology in Galatians

One of the challenges of Galatians is coordinating Paul’s chronology with the history in Acts. Determinations on chronology also impact considerations of the time of writing. Many have concluded that the meeting in Jerusalem consists of the following correspondence: Galatians … Continue reading

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The Jewish/Gentile Issue, Part 3

This is the third and final installment of this post series, following Part 1 and Part 2. Studying Galatians has made me realize the pervasiveness and intensity of this debate in the early church. It has opened my eyes to … Continue reading

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The Jewish/Gentile Issue, Part 2

You can find my first post on the Jewish/Gentile issue here. The New Testament is chalk full of references to this Jew/Gentile issue, and it addresses it from many different angles. While it was certainly not the only issue the … Continue reading

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