Mosaic Authorship of Deuteronomy 34: Plausible or Preposterous?

Did Moses write the last chapter of Deuteronomy? In the vein of redaction criticism, it is commonly claimed that Mosaic authorship of Deuteronomy 34 is impossible or implausible, because it records Moses’ death. The difficulty, most claim, is that someone (i.e., Moses) would record the details of his death before he actually died. It’s crypticContinue reading “Mosaic Authorship of Deuteronomy 34: Plausible or Preposterous?”

A Lesson on Leadership from LeBron

As a caveat, I am not a fan of LeBron James, nor the Miami Heat, and am still upset that they took the NBA championship last night in a blow-out against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But there was a point while I was watching the game where I saw a glimpse of LeBron’s inner worldContinue reading “A Lesson on Leadership from LeBron”

The Meaning of “God’s Temple” in 1 Cor 3:16-17

This passage has been used in various ways to promote things like good health and sexual purity, and to teach against things like suicide and smoking. It says: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’sContinue reading “The Meaning of “God’s Temple” in 1 Cor 3:16-17″

Legalism: The Word Nobody Likes

No one wants to be called “legalistic.” It’s probably worse than being called an idiot or even an expletive. So what is it? There are various definitions, but I see two aspects of it. One is relative to justification; the other, sanctification. This first aspect of legalism, related to justification, is the belief that salvation is earned byContinue reading “Legalism: The Word Nobody Likes”

Underground at my Undergrad (Part 2): Some Important Clarifications

After publishing my previous post, I had some insightful discussions, including one with a good friend of mine who is particularly keen on the issues I addressed. These discussions resulted in my desire to clarify some statements I made and terms I used, which may not have accurately conveyed what I had originally intended. IContinue reading “Underground at my Undergrad (Part 2): Some Important Clarifications”

Underground at my Undergrad (Part 1): The LGBTQ club at Biola and a Word on Approaches

Last week, a bunch of flyers were seen on campus at my alma mater, Biola University, advertising an underground LGBTQ group (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer; for those unaware), whose purpose is to “share our life struggles, as well as our love and support for one another” (see the full self-description here). For those of you who don’tContinue reading “Underground at my Undergrad (Part 1): The LGBTQ club at Biola and a Word on Approaches”

Bible Reading Plans: Fruitful or Failure?

I recently finished reading through the entire Gospels for the third time since November-ish (among other parts of the Bible; Proverbs a number of times, Psalms through once, through the Pentateuch a second time, etc.), and it has a lot to do with a Bible-reading plan I’ve been on since then. I use Grant Horner’sContinue reading “Bible Reading Plans: Fruitful or Failure?”

Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 2): Supreme Implications

In my last post, I summarized Edwards’ distinctions of various types of ends: chief end, ultimate end, subordinate end, and inferior end. Chief end and inferior end correspond oppositely to each other, while ultimate end and subordinate end correspond oppositely as well. In short, an ultimate end is one that is enjoyed for its own pleasureContinue reading “Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 2): Supreme Implications”

Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 1): A Review of Jonathan Edwards’ Distinctions

Last weekend, a friend of mine, Tom Musetti, reminded me of an article by Jonathan Edwards, where he talks about the end for which God created the world (this, in fact, is the title of his article). He begins by identifying and distinguishing some key terms: chief end and ultimate end (along with subordinate end, inferiorContinue reading “Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 1): A Review of Jonathan Edwards’ Distinctions”