A Baby Step Against My Latent Racism (And Maybe Yours?)

the long way home

client-coffee-hands-bwI know, I know. One of the worst types of writing there is in the world is a white person writing about their discovery that they are privileged and this is deeply engrained. I know. This post isn’t that, I promise. Just stay with me for a little bit.

Having worked in social work for a little over five years now, I’ve grown in my understanding that racism is about a whole lot more than individuals feeling an active, conscious dislike of someone just because of their race. It’s structural, cultural, political, economic, and systemic.

(Still, I’ve really missed this at times, and old habits and ways of thinking die hard. I’m really, really sorry for that.)

Recently, I had the honor to speak at one of my church’s ministries for those in homelessness. Afterward, I walked around saying hello to the almost-exclusively black crowd there. As I made eye contact with…

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Jesus: The Wisdom and Power of God for Salvation


Jesus is the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). In fact, according to the Apostle Paul, in Jesus are hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). But how does this fact benefit us?

Jesus’ Life. Jesus is the fullest and final embodiment of one who “fears the Lord.” Christ’s thoughts, words, and actions were God-saturated. In his life is an example for his people. But unlike God’s sons Adam (Lk.3: 38), Israel (Ex. 4:22-23), David (Ps. 89:27), Solomon, (2 Sam. 7:14), and other Israelite kings (Ps. 2:12), Jesus is the perfectly obedient Son of God . He never sinned, and therefore is a substitute for the disobedience of the people of God.

Jesus-Matthew2 Jesus’ Death. There are two ways to live: According to the wisdom of God, or according to man’s wisdom. Each side views the other path as foolishness (cf. 1 Cor. 1). The path of…

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Reading the Gospels

Reading Acts

It is impossible to read a text without interpreting the text in some way. The very fact we are converting signs and symbols on a page into thoughts in our mind is an act of interpretation. Every time we read a sentence, we make many decisions about what words mean or how a metaphor is to be understood. Rarely do we step back and think about how we understand a text. At the beginning of this series on the Gospels, I want to discuss the need for interpreting a text.

Dirty Harry PotterThe genre of the text matters. If a reader does not know Harry Potter is fiction rather than history, they will be very confused indeed! But it is possible to describe Harry Potter as fantasy. Fantasy has certain “rules” which hold the stories together in ways a crime novel does not. If you think Harry Potter and Dirty Harry should…

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On The Book of Isaiah: Excerpts from the Festschrift Honoring Joseph Blenkinsopp


The following excerpts are taken from The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew, a recently published collection of essays, edited by Richard J. Bautch and J. Todd Hibbard, which honor Joseph Blenkinsopp and his contribution to the study of Isaiah.

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The Book of Isaiah The Book of Isaiah

Isaian scholarship is a story of milestones. The 1892 commentary of Bernard Duhm, for example, gave rise to the model of a tripartite Isaiah that influenced the study of the book for more than a century and has begun to be supplanted only relatively recently. Another instance is Joachim Begrich’s seminal article of 1934, “Das priesterliche Heilsorakel,” which had an enduring impact on studies of Second Isaiah and the Psalms as well. The publication between 2000 and 2003 of Joseph Blenkinsopp’s 3-volume Anchor Bible commentary on Isaiah is proving to be another significant development in Isaiah studies. The commentary has had a marked…

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Free Audiobook for September 2014: How Should We Then Live? By Francis Schaeffer

The Domain for Truth

How Shall We then Live SchaefferThose of you who have followed us on Veritas Domain knows that Francis Schaeffer is someone that comes up from time to time in our posts.  Francis Schaeffer was a great Christian apologist and evangelist that was a student of Cornelius Van Til who developed his apologetics in his own direction.

For the month of September 2014 Christian Audio has made available for free the audio book of Schaeffer’s Classic, How Shall We Then Live?

I enjoyed reading this book about ten years ago and also the documentary series that Schaeffer produced with his son.

You can get the audio book if you click HERE.

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Samuel at Gilgal

Flames of HellAnd do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 ESV)

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 ESV)

Charles Spurgeon said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” The modern church doesn’t talk about Hell as much as it should. Perhaps this is why so many Christians today are not as passionate to share their faith with others. Are we really as concerned as we should be over our neighbors, family, and friends’ eternal future? Do we live as if we believe there is no Hell…

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Can We Believe the Gospel Without a Historical Adam?


I am about to embark on reading the book Four Views of the The Historical Adam. There has been much discussion as to whether it matters if Christians believe there was a real Adam that is mentioned in the several places in the Bible. Naturally, there is plenty of agreement as well as disagreement on this topic. Let me just mention a few things:

It is rather difficult to postulate that we can have just hold to the Gospel and reject a real, historical Adam. The first question to ask is what is the Gospel? If Christians can’t agree on what sin is and where it comes from, we will have hard time agreeing on the Gospel. There is no doubt that two central elements of the Gospel are that the Messiah was crucified according to the plan of God (Acts 2:23) and that He was raised from the dead and…

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