There are times when one Christian needs to address the bad habit, sin, or fault of another Christian. Obviously there's a wrong way to do it (many of us know this from experience!). So how do we give constructive criticism in a good, Christian way? I appreciate David Murray's advice on this. He wrote the… Continue reading On Constructive Criticism (D. Murray)
In the story of David's rise in Israel there seems to be a discrepancy in 1 Samuel 16-17. In chapter 16 the narrative tells us about one of king Saul's servants recommending David (Jesse's son) to play music for the purpose of combating Saul's evil/bad spirit/mood. However, after David defeats the Philistine Goliath, Saul asks… Continue reading Saul, David, and Errors in 1 Samuel 16-17?
In the past 100 or 150 years, some scholars have argued that the pastoral epistles (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus) were probably not written by the apostle Paul. There are various theories out there; it's hard to summarize all the scholarship and positions in just a few sentences. Basically, some argue that Paul couldn't have… Continue reading Did Paul Write the Pastoral Epistles? (Schnabel)
V. Philips Long wrote a helpful article for the NIDOTTE called "Old Testament History: A Hermeneutical Perspective." It's a very level-headed discussion about interpreting the history recorded in the OT. One section of the article gives three requirements for the interpreter of OT history. Here's a summary of those three requirements: Literary competence. It may seem… Continue reading Historical Interpretation of the OT: Three Requirements (Long)
One thing I've noticed over the years is the fact that some Calvinists are also very critical of others. I know that some people in general are critical by nature, but to me it seems worse when someone who holds to the doctrines of grace is always super critical about others. Maybe you've seen it:… Continue reading Critical Calvinists and Pride (Hughes, Bridges)