God’s Mercy, God’s Judgment (Augustine)

This morning I found a wonderful exposition about God's mercy and judgment based on Psalm 33:5. In these comments, the North African theologian Augustine (d. 430) was reflecting on the truth that God is just and merciful at the same time. (Note: Augustine was using the Septuagint/Vulgate so the wording and chapter/verse numbers are different… Continue reading God’s Mercy, God’s Judgment (Augustine)

Revelation 9 (Carson)

Revelation 9 contains some horrific imagery of the wicked and their judgment. If you haven't read it recently, take a moment to read it. And if you want, here are a few comments on this chapter from Don Carson's daily devotional book, For the Love of God, Volume One: Whatever the referents behind the horrific… Continue reading Revelation 9 (Carson)

The Boys Killed by Bears (OR: Elisha’s “Bald” Head?)

2 Kings 2:23-24 is one of those OT stories that stand out after you read it. This is the episode where some youth mock Elisha's "bald head" and are killed by two bears. This is one of the hard texts of the Bible for sure! I appreciate how the story is explained in the book,… Continue reading The Boys Killed by Bears (OR: Elisha’s “Bald” Head?)

Genocide and the OT Conquest of Canaan (Kruger)

Some critics and skeptics point to Israel's conquest of Canaan in the OT as proof God is not good, but vindictive, hateful, and murderous. However, if you look at the Israelite conquest of Canaan in the OT from a biblical perspective, this event is part of the just judgment of God. Michal Kruger argues this… Continue reading Genocide and the OT Conquest of Canaan (Kruger)

Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Christians who were part of the new church plant in Thessalonica around 50AD knew quite a bit about persecution and suffering. Not only did they receive the Word with much affliction, they also had to deal with ongoing persecution (1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 1:5, etc.). And it was serious enough that Paul, Timothy,… Continue reading Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)