How golden is that rule after all?

In a recent post I mentioned Jesus’ formulation of the Golden Rule. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that even this principle has come under attack. For one thing, it’s common to hear someone point out that the reciprocity principle behind the Golden Rule did not begin with Jesus as though this in some way impugns Jesus’ wisdom […]

Friday, August 21st, 2015

How fallen are our wills?

Is God’s morality so foreign to us that it can be expected to get mistaken for immorality by even devout followers of Jesus? In my last post I began discussing this thorny question by ruling out the claim that the tension between the Old and New Testament conceptions of God’s nature is only apparent; while it is certainly […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Does God play by the same rules?

Are you one of those who finds it difficult to reconcile many of the acts attributed to God within the Hebrew scriptures with the dominant picture of God painted by the life and teachings of Jesus? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked about this problem extensively in the past, but I return to it again because, […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Reacting to the violence of the angry mob

  To you, the one whose first reflex is to assume justification and seek reasons for abusive behavior in the powerful but refuses to extend this courtesy to the powerless ones reacting against it, To the one who sees a people group acting in violence and unquestioningly blames their race or religion instead of seeking […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

No stones to throw: rescuing the sinful oppressed

Jesus treated disenfranchised sinners as victims of the righteous rulers. Leaders have to be held accountable for their failure to administer the balm of true righteousness to the sufferers in their charge.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Putting the “fist” back in “pacifist”

As he is wont to do, Mark Driscoll recently set the blogosphere aflame by his characteristically crass rejection of the idea that Jesus was a pansy (the manly man term for pacifist).  This post is a part of a synchroblog devoted to the topic. I wasn’t going to get involved, but then I read Arni’s contribution over at I Think […]

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Jesus the Tanakh-thumper?

Would Jesus agree that the Bible should be our “infallible rule of faith and practice”?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012