Examining the puzzling and problematic trend of painting slavery in the Bible as rosier than it actually was. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we look at the Scriptural and historical evidence.
Category: Precision of Language
Is Complementarian a Real Word?
A question to prompt reflection of the word “complementarian.”
Who is the Gospel For, Anyway?
A situation faced by a pastor with his teenage daughter forces the question, who is the gospel for, anyway?
Precision of Language – Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Forgiveness and reconciliation are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing, especially in the context of a body of believers.
The Neglected VIP at Cana
This post aims to do a variety of things. First, to show the tension between precision in translations on the one hand and holding those same translations loosely on the other hand. Second, to reflect on the relationship between Jesus and his mother, Mary (the neglected VIP in this story). Third, to demonstrate when a regular habit of scripture reading led to fresh insights, even in an I-already-know-the-story moment.
Precision of Language – Definitions Matter
Why definitions of terms should matter to preachers/teachers, students/congregations, and elder boards, and the importance of spelling them out.