Symbolic Language in Apocalyptic Texts – OT/NT (Dodd)

Although I don't agree with every angle and aspect of this book, I am enjoying it: According to the Scriptures by C. H. Dodd (published in 1952). In this book Dodd argues that the NT authors used the OT to prove the truths about Jesus and his kingdom. There's more to the discussion, to be… Continue reading Symbolic Language in Apocalyptic Texts – OT/NT (Dodd)

Worshiping the Inventions of Our Own Hearts? (Bullinger)

God is knowable. He has made himself known in and through creation but most specifically and clearly God has made himself known in his Word. Many people, however, think about God in their own terms as they wish. It's not only wrong to think our own independent thoughts about God, it is a dark and… Continue reading Worshiping the Inventions of Our Own Hearts? (Bullinger)

Redemption and Revelation (Vos/Horton)

 As we grow in the Christian faith we learn more about God's word (and vice-versa).  Sometimes we take huge steps in understanding Scripture and sometimes we take smaller steps. Either way, we're growing in grace and knowledge.  For me, one major area of growth in understanding Scripture was when I began to learn about the… Continue reading Redemption and Revelation (Vos/Horton)

God’s Speaking About Himself (Luther)

 John Calvin famously said that God "lisps" when he speaks to us (Institutes, I.xii.1).  That is, our infinite God accommodates himself to us in a way that we finite humans can understand.  For example, although God is invisible and does not have a body, in his Word he often mentions his eyes, hands, and ears.  Martin… Continue reading God’s Speaking About Himself (Luther)

Interpreting Revelation (Johnson)

Revelation is a great part of Scripture that in no uncertain terms tell us the reality of Christ's ultimate victory, but it's not always easy to interpret and understand the last book of the Bible. Some parts aren't too tough; others are seriously difficult. One resource that has helped me study Revelation is Dennis Johnson's… Continue reading Interpreting Revelation (Johnson)