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Overthinking Christian

Our scope here is to rattle evangelical norms that threaten biblical norms (as well as pretend we are smarter and more "spiritual" than we actually are).

What About Genocide in the Bible? Is the Bible “Bloody, Brutal, & Barbaric?”

  Christianity is known for making the claim of being nonviolent. Jesus, after all, allegedly taught his followers to “turn the other cheek," and to pray for those who seek their harm and undoing. Jesus even went so far as... Continue Reading →

The Holy Spirit in the Bible

Gregg Allison and Andreas Köstenberger take us through what the entire Bible says about God’s Spirit in their The Holy Spirit by B & H Academic (in the Theology for the People of God series). This includes the Holy Spirit’s... Continue Reading →

Violence, Politics, & Grace in the Book of Judges

[Below is part 2 of David Beldman's Judges Commentary] In Part I of my review on David Beldman’s Judges commentary I went through three questions this commentary answers well: 1) (how) are the Israelite conquests relevant for today, 2) what is... Continue Reading →

Joel Osteen, The Gospel, & Human Suffering

Joel Osteen, The Gospel, & Human Suffering In December I began reading through the latest book by Joel Osteen, The Power of Favor. The pastor of one of the largest megachurches in America, Osteen is no stranger to controversy. I am... Continue Reading →

“What is Idolatry? Was Samson a Hero? What about the Conquests?” Approaching Judges

(Below is part 1 of my review on David Beldman's 2020 commentary on Judges in the Two Horizons Commentary series, a series I have long come to greatly appreciate and respect.) Judges is a rather dark and gloomy narrative about... Continue Reading →

John Stott in a Polarized Age

What is discipleship? What should our posture be toward Catholics? Toward Muslims? What about our call to be peaceful in an age of nuclear warfare? What is the relationship between "good news" and "good works?" These and other questions are... Continue Reading →

Philippians, the Gospel, & Human Suffering: An Interview with Nijay Gupta

I had the great honor of asking Nijay K. Gupta, a prolific author and highly respected New Testament scholar, some questions related to Paul, the gospel, and Philippians. Gupta is the author of Paul and the Language of Faith (2020, forward... Continue Reading →

Michael F. Bird: Paul, the Gospel & Human Suffering (interview)

Michael F. Bird was kind enough to answer some of my questions on the essence of the gospel and modern perceptions of the good news about Jesus. (See here for the first interview in this series with Darrell Bock.) Michael... Continue Reading →

Daron George on the Black Experience in America & How The Church Should Respond (an interview)

  My friend Daron George was kind enough to answer some questions regarding the black experience in America and how the church (particularly white evangelicals) should respond. Associate and Student Ministries Pastor at Orlando North (Altamonte Springs, Florida), Daron's passion... Continue Reading →

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