Oct 20, 2012

Remembering the Minor Prophets

William Varner has posted the following rhyme as an aid to remembering the Minor Prophets and their basic messages. I have posted the first three prophets. Go here for the rest.

Hosea pictures faithful love,
to man below from God above.

In Joel locusts strip the land,
and then comes judgment from God’s hand.

The plumbline shows in Amos’ book
the grim results when God’s forsook.


The Book of Job and God's Justice

"In truth, we will never be in the position to evaluate God's justice. In order to appraise the justice of a decision, we must have all the facts, for justice can be derailed if we do not have all the information. Because we never have all the information about our lives, we cannot judge God when he brings experiences to us or makes claims or demands. we cannot reach an affirmation about God's justice through our own limited insight or experiences. We affirm his justice by faith directed toward his wisdom. As we will see, God's speech at the end does not offer a defense of his justice, but of his wisdom and power."

John H. Walton, Job, NIVAC, ed. Terry Muck (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 22-23.

Oct 18, 2012

Luke's Feast Day

I had no idea that St. Luke had a feast day in some church calendars. In any case, today is the day. Celebrate by reading from Luke, Acts, or maybe even Hebrews.

Oct 17, 2012

Chuck Swindoll Has an App

Chuck Swindoll and Insight for Living now have a free app that allows you to listen, watch, and read material from Chuck. You can access the app here.

Oct 15, 2012

Keener on the "Ends of the Earth"

After an extensive discussion of how the ancients understood the "ends of the earth" (pp. 704-8), Keener notes the following concerning Acts 1:8.

"Therefore it seems likely that Luke's "ends of the earth," while prefigured at various stages (including his own conclusion), looks beyond the close of his work to the continuing mission. The "open end" of Acts invites Luke's audience to participate in this universal mission. Ultimately, context determines meaning; the ends of the earth meant different things in different contexts, but the LXX uses the phrase to emphasize universality. Thus there is a real sense, no outline after Samaria; the mission "reaches beyond the end of Acts."

Craig S. Keener, Acts an Exegetical Commentary: Volume1: Introduction and 1:1–2:47 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 708.

Oct 14, 2012

Christian Cities In America

The Huffington Post has a article on the "Most And Least Christian Cities In America" here.