A Collection of Essays on Politics, the Bible and Culture
Davila James D. Dunn Philip F. Esler Daniel M. Gurtner Trevor Hart Larry W.
Hurtado Bruce W. Longenecker Grant Macaskill Sean M. Pennington N. Daniel M. Jonathan T.
Christianity and politics
Kevin J. Vanhoozer is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Over the course of his multivolume Church Dogmatics , Karl Barth not only cites thousands of Scripture texts but also offers extensive exegetical discussion of numerous passages. Reading the Gospels with Karl Barth explores answers to such questions and offers fresh stimulus for further study and discussion. McCormack Daniel L. Daniel L. Modern reformed theology in America has shown astonishing variety in its expression. This book provides penetrating analysis of these five traditions and the two leading theologians of each.
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Roberts James D. Bratt Henry Zwaanstra C. Whitlock, Jr. David F. Wells is distinguished senior research professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and an ordained Congregationalist minister. Shaming the Devil offers a series of reflections that explore how hard it is to tell the truth about the world of culture—and how central that task is to the Christian life. In the first part of the book, Jacobs contemplates the work of people whom he takes to be exemplary truth seekers: Rebecca West, W.
In showing how Christian identity has evolved over time, Sources of the Christian Self offers deep insight into our own Christian selves today. Houston Steve L. Porter Iain Provan Bruce K. Waltke Jens Zimmermann. Many white evangelical Christians, then, are deeply fearful of what a Trump loss would mean for America, American culture, and American Christianity. If a Democrat is elected president, they believe, it might all come crashing down around us.
The only time we faced an existential struggle like this was in the Civil War and in the Revolution when the nation began … We are on the verge of losing it as we could have lost it in the Civil War. Many evangelical Christians are also filled with grievances and resentments because they feel they have been mocked, scorned, and dishonored by the elite culture over the years.
Some of those feelings are understandable and warranted. For them, Trump is a man who will not only push their agenda on issues such as the courts and abortion; he will be ruthless against those they view as threats to all they know and love. Jerry Falwell Jr. Nonchalantly jettisoning the ethic of Jesus in favor of a political leader who embraces the ethic of Thrasymachus and Nietzsche—might makes right, the strong should rule over the weak, justice has no intrinsic worth, moral values are socially constructed and subjective—is troubling enough.
But there is also the undeniable hypocrisy of people who once made moral character, and especially sexual fidelity, central to their political calculus and who are now embracing a man of boundless corruptions. While on the Pacific Coast last week, I had lunch with Karel Coppock, whom I have known for many years and who has played an important role in my Christian pilgrimage.
In speaking about the widespread, reflexive evangelical support for the president, Coppock—who is theologically orthodox and generally sympathetic to conservatism—lamented the effect this moral freak show is having, especially on the younger generation. Coppock mentioned to me the powerful example of St.
One day Elisha asked his servant what could be done for her and the servant said, she has no son. So Elisha called her and said, this time next year she would have a son. She does, the boy grows, and then one day he dies. She placed the child's body on Elisha's bed and went to find him. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, 'Leave her alone!
She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why. Biblical scholar Burke Long says the "great woman" of Shunnem who appears in the Book of Kings acknowledges and respects the prophet Elisha's position yet is also a "determined mover and shaper of events.
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The Shunammite's story takes place among the rural poor, and against this "backdrop of extreme poverty, the Shunammite is wealthy, giving her more boldness than poor women or sometimes even poor men. He gave it to Shaphan , the king's scribe, who read it, then gave it to King Josiah. The king tore his robes in distress and said "Go and inquire of the Lord for me The text does not comment on the fact this prophet was a woman, but says only that they took her answer back to the king verse 20 thereby demonstrating there was nothing unusual in a female prophet.
Abigail was the wife of Nabal , who refused to assist the future king David after having accepted his help. Abigail, realizing David's anger will be dangerous to the entire household, acts immediately. She intercepts David bearing gifts and, with what Frymer-Kensky describes as Abigail's "brilliant rhetoric", convinces David not to kill anyone. When Nabal later dies, David weds her. Frymer-Kensky says "Once again an intelligent determined woman is influential far beyond the confines of patriarchy" showing biblical women had what anthropology terms informal power.
Ruth is the title character of the Book of Ruth.
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In the narrative, she is not an Israelite but rather is from Moab ; she marries an Israelite. Both her husband and her father-in-law die, and she helps her mother-in-law, Naomi , find protection. The two of them travel to Bethlehem together, where Ruth wins the love of Boaz through her kindness. She is one of five women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew , alongside Tamar , Rahab , the "wife of Uriah " Bathsheba , and Mary.
In the narrative, Ahasuerus seeks a new wife after his queen, Vashti , refuses to obey him, and Esther is chosen for her beauty. The king's chief advisor, Haman , is offended by Esther's cousin and guardian, Mordecai , and gets permission from the king to have all the Jews in the kingdom killed.
Esther foils the plan, and wins permission from the king for the Jews to kill their enemies, and they do so. Her story is the traditional basis for the Jewish holiday Purim , which is celebrated on the date given in the story for when Haman's order was to go into effect, which is the same day that Jews kill their enemies after the plan is reversed. The New Testament is the second part of the Christian Bible. It tells about the teachings and person of Jesus , as well as events in first-century Christianity.
It consists of four narratives called gospels about the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus. It includes a record of the Apostolic ministries in the early church, called the Acts of the Apostles ; twenty-one letters called "epistles" written by various authors to specific groups with specific needs concerning Christian doctrine, counsel, instruction, and conflict resolution; and one Apocalyptic book, the Book of Revelation , which is a book of prophecy, containing some instructions to seven local congregations of Asia Minor, but mostly containing prophetical symbology about the end times.
The New Testament names many women among the followers of Jesus and in positions of leadership in the early church. In fact there are more women named as leaders in the New Testament than men. Phoebe is a 'deacon' and a 'benefactor' Romans Euodia and Syntyche are among 'the overseers and deacons' at Philippi Philippians ; cf, The only role lacking specific female names is that of 'elder'--but there male names are lacking as well.
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Jesus often spoke directly to women in public. The disciples were astonished to see Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar John He spoke freely with the woman taken in adultery John —11 , with the widow of Nain Luke —13 , the woman with the bleeding disorder Luke ; cf.
Similarly, Jesus addressed a woman bent over for eighteen years Luke and a group of women on the route to the cross Luke Jesus spoke in a thoughtful, caring manner. Theologian Donald G.