Paul Wouldn’t Let the Ephesians Forget They Were Gentiles

When Paul wrote Ephesians, he was writing to a church consisting of mostly Gentiles. Stephen E. Fowl, in his commentary on Ephesians[1], goes further, saying, “Indeed, it does not seem that the Ephesian Christians have much, if any, direct contact with Jewish Christians.” So Paul is writing in a context in which circumcision is not … Continue reading Paul Wouldn’t Let the Ephesians Forget They Were Gentiles

Living in Kairos Time

There are two different Greek words translated as "time" in the New Testament. Their meanings are somewhat different. E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien define the two terms in their book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible (IVP Books, 2012). Chronos is the way of speaking about time … Continue reading Living in Kairos Time

Counter-Cultural Kingdom Giving

In Luke 6:35, Jesus told his disciples to lend expecting nothing in return. This was radically counter-cultural in a world in which people didn’t even give gifts without expecting something in return. It's counter-cultural to us as well. However, in the Western world, at least our economy runs on rules. In the Roman Empire of the … Continue reading Counter-Cultural Kingdom Giving

David, Bathsheba, and Uriah: What Really Happened?

Understanding Honor/Shame Culture We all read the Bible with a set of cultural assumptions and values. This affects our interpretation. For those of us in the Western world,  many of the these assumptions and values are addressed by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien, in Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand … Continue reading David, Bathsheba, and Uriah: What Really Happened?