Why is Jesus condemned to death by the Sanhedrin in Mark 14? The exchange goes like this: Then the high priest stood up in the middle of the gathering and examined Jesus. “Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you?” But Jesus was silent and didn’t answer. Again, the […]

Then & There, Here & Now

A friend recently gave me the heads up on an article in the Harvard Theological Review by Paul E. Capetz entitled, “Theology and the Historical-Critical Study of the Bible” (HTR 104 (2011): 459-88). It is a lengthy engagement with three advocates of Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Brevard Childs, Christopher Seitz, and Dale Martin. Capetz writes […]

You Have to Read the Bible

Yesterday we started a review of Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible, today we return to Barth’s exposition of reading and applying the Bible in the church. Whereas Smith’s contention is that certain evangelical ways of thinking about the Bible make such a Bible, literally, impossible, Barth maintains that God himself has made communication with people […]

What is Sin?

“What is sin?” When this question was put to our church last Sunday night, I was bemused to discover that my mouth went into auto-pilot with the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “Sin is any want of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God.” In the brief compass of the conversation I had with the […]