Such obedience, as mandated in Romans 13, is complicated when the rule of law established by the authorities is one that denies the humanity of a particular group of people--the disinherited--or that requires them to break one of God's commands, i.e. Shiphrah and Puah. In choosing which law to disobey, to lie to the officials or to kill the babies, surely they must have determined that it was better to obey God than the evil command.
Acts 26:14b, NLT - "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will." In Acts 26, Paul faces King Herod Agrippa II, Festus (the procurator of Judea), and a host of Roman and Jewish nobility for a trial before he finally defends himself before Caesar's court. Paul … Continue reading Acts 26:14 – “My Way’s Cloudy”
In the prophetic books of the Old Testament, we see many examples of what are termed "call narratives." A call narrative is when God chooses a person to be His mouthpiece, basically, and speak His words and warnings to His people. Not all of the prophets in the Bible have these narratives; however, Samuel, Jeremiah, … Continue reading The “Calling” versus the “Dream Job”
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 This blog post is, like many of my theological insights, completely spontaneous. I was re-reading Jeremiah 29, the passage that my pastor preached on this past Sunday, and I got an additional insight. Unlike most exegeses of Jeremiah 29, this one does not include Jeremiah 29:11, in which the Lord tells … Continue reading Jeremiah 29: Dealing with the Stigma of Exile
Monday, July 29, 2019 Today, out of a desire to find a quiet and peaceful space to read, pray, and reflect, I decided to go to the International House of Prayer (IHOP). IHOP is a church model that started in the 1990s, based off of the temple worship in the Old Testament. Their … Continue reading A “60-minute” reflection (1 Corinthians 7:32-35) and my experience at IHOP, the International House of Prayer, NOT Pancakes
(Wednesday, July 17, 2019) I had the opportunity to discuss theology on Tumblr after receiving the above anonymous question: "How do you envision God?" I ended up answering the question at least a month after it was asked; I was going through a lot and didn't have the energy to devote to answering a theological … Continue reading How do you envision God?