May 12, 2018

Latest Volume of the Master's Seminary Journal

The latest volume of the Master's Seminary Journal (29:1) features articles by the late Robert Thomas is available as free PDF here.

HT: Alf Cengia

May 11, 2018

"Love" in John 21, Again

Ian Paul has a good discussion here on the use of agape and phileo in John 21. I am not sure there is a lot that is new here but it is a good summary.

May 10, 2018

Σκύβαλον in Philo

Mike Aubrey has a nice post here on the use of σκύβαλον in Philo. Like many Greek students, I was taught that Paul's use of the term in Philippians 3:8 was edgy at best and perhaps profane. This study and others help to show that this view is not necessarily the case.

May 9, 2018

What the Word of God Says About the Word of God

See Jared Wilson's post here on the Bible's testimony related to God's Word both spoken and written.

May 8, 2018

Mother's Day and Proverbs 31

Mother's Day is upon us and typically not a few sermons will involve Proverbs 31. I have found that many Christians are unaware that there is a fair amount of disagreement on how the Proverbs 31 woman should be understood. In this article, Will Thomas suggests one of them: 
"Rather than a to-do list for an already over-stressed mom, Proverb 31 should be read through the eyes of an appreciative husband and family who recognize how much they owe the one who does life’s most important job."
Thomas reading is possible but improbable. Note that the context involves admonitions to a son about what to look for in a potential wife (31:2-3). Additionally, the book of Proverbs as a whole is prescriptive rather than descriptive. More often than not, it informs the reader how to live a wise life and even the descriptive passages imply that one should live accordingly. Finally, one should not miss the fact that the wife/mother of Proverbs 31 is extraordinary and therefore not ordinary (31:10ff).

May 7, 2018

Seminary-Related Links

David Murray has posted a nice list of seminary-related links here. Some of the links have already appeared in this blog but this is still a handy compilation.