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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).

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Is the Bible “Bloody, Brutal, & Barbaric?” (Part II)

How are Christians to approach troubling passages in the Old Testament, the so-called "texts of terror?" What are we to make of the conquests done by God’s own people in the Old Covenant, and in the name of God? And... Continue Reading →

Divorce & Remarriage: What Did Jesus Mean & Teach?

Few topics suck the air out of a room like the question of divorce and remarriage. And yet questions surrounding divorce and remarriage are not going anywhere anytime soon--questions such as “Are divorce and remarriage permitted for believers?" and "Are... Continue Reading →

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 →

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