Advent and the End of Exile

Matthew begins his narrative with quite the gripping tale. If it takes well-meaning, would-be readers of the Old Testament several weeks before they get mired in seemingly jumbled laws and endless genealogies, it takes their New Testament counterparts all of ten seconds. Jesus is the son of David, the son of Abraham–and we get 20+ […]

Advent Love

If there’s one thing that everyone seems to agree about, it’s that ethics are rooted in love. At a party this weekend at my parents’ house, I had a chance to talk with a man who is a self-described “seeker.” He loves to study religions, all religions. He loves Eastern and Western. He has seen […]

Not Quite the New Moses

In John 6, Jesus feeds the 5,000. In the wilderness. What could this possibly mean? The people seem to know: When the people saw that he had done a miraculous sign, they said, ‚ÄúThis is truly the prophet who is coming into the world” (John 6:14, CEB). “The prophet,” the prophet promised in Deut 18:15: […]

Two Down, or…

Karl Barth, The Man-Crush Resumes. In the final section of Doctrine of the Word of God, Barth touches on two dynamics of his work that make my heart sing, and clarifies one of the recurring challenges I’ve had (including from part one of this section). First, Barth here talks about the dogmatic method as deriving […]