Midweek Semantic Snobbery

My semantic sensibilities are seriously attuned to misuses of metaphors, especially when speakers mistakenly mix them. This can be a problem for me since my knowledge of current events comes mainly through ESPN’s range of programming.  I tune in at various points throughout the day to catch up on what really matters in the world.  […]

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My Ephesians Dissertation Online

The library at the University of St. Andrews notified me today that my dissertation is now online.  I reworked it for popular publication as The Drama of Ephesians, but here you can find the exegetical work that funds the (far more readable) published work.

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Confusion of Ideals at the U.S. Open?

One of the more interesting aspects of this year’s U. S. Open is that Casey Martin will be playing. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Martin, a college teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford, sued the PGA Tour in the late 1990’s for the right to ride in a cart during tournaments.  He has a […]

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U.S. Open Championship Week

The 112th U. S. Open Championship begins this Thursday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, making this one of the most exciting weeks of the year for followers of golf. The USGA prides itself on its championship and its stern test of golf.  They make Open courses difficult by narrowing fairways and growing the rough thick […]

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David Brooks on Mundane Morality

We had our car in the shop a few weeks ago to fix a defective part.  When I returned to pay for it, I was told that I could save about $600 by having the manufacturer pay for the part.  It was under warranty and I would only need to pay cost of labor.  The […]

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Election According to Scripture, Pt. 8

Summary & Conclusions This discussion of divine election aimed to demonstrate that there is no tension between this notion in Scripture and the love of God. Israel was God’s chosen people, elect for the purpose of showing God’s love to the world.  The church, made up of Jews and gentiles in Christ, is God’s chosen […]

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Election According to Scripture, Pt. 7

“Vessels of Wrath” I’ve been treating Romans 9 in an effort to support my larger argument regarding divine election.  Election in Scripture has the purpose of shaping the identity of God’s people.  They are the people who have been on God’s heart and mind from eternity past.  They are those to whom God has committed […]

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On One Year of Blogging

I kicked off this blog a year ago.  I had thought about doing this for quite some time, but finally jumped in last summer.  I must say that I’ve really enjoyed thinking out loud and reflecting along with others.  It’s been nice to re-connect with some old friends and to make some new ones. To […]

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Election According to Scripture, Pt. 6

Election and Hardening As I noted yesterday, any discussion of divine election must account for Romans 9.  In this section of Romans Paul is not necessarily dealing with the questions we might have regarding divine election.  He isn’t addressing why I have received mercy but my friend hasn’t. He’s addressing specific issues related to Israel’s […]

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