Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Skinny Jeans

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

In the last post, we considered the various Millennial theories. In contemporary evangelical discussions, however, the idea of “kingdom” has been discussed in very different terms. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The Denomination Blues, by Buddy Greene

Heard this on the way to Knoxville and couldn’t resist posting.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gone to Knoxville

I will be eating at the Peddler, visiting Smokey the Bear at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and watching Alabama make some history at Neyland Stadium.

I’m taking my laptop but won’t be very active in the comments.

See you Monday.

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Introduction; Millennial Theories

KingdomConspiracy2I’m a Scot McKnight fan, and I’ve just received a copy of his latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. (I had to pay for mine.)

And it’s some kind of big deal. I mean, this one is going to be discussed by elders, in minister staff meetings, in academia — and in the blogosphere — because he steps on lots and lots of toes — but in a very good and necessary way.

To put it simply, Scot’s theme is that most of our teaching on the kingdom is messed up, and so we need to rethink it all. And in so doing, we’ll rethink how we do and think about Christianity and church and mission. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Bible Software: A Comparison, Part 2

Smartphone features

Both Logos and Accordance provide a free iPhone application that connects to your software package. Again, Accordance has the superior interface, making it easy to download translations, commentaries, and other resources to your phone. Greek word studies are easy on your phone.

Logos is also quite good, but like the PC software, suffers from trying to do too much. I often find myself lost and unable to return to my text. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Bible Software: A Comparison, Part 1

Christmas is not far away, and so I figure it’s time to offer a few recommendations regarding Bible software programs. What would possibly make for a better Christmas present?

I am very fortunate to have a copy of each of the four most prominent Bible software programs. I have Logos, BibleWorks, and Accordance because I’m a world-famous blogger — and so I received these for free in exchange for writing a review or two. I have e-Sword for free because, well, it’s free.

It’s not like blogging pays all that well, but it’s nice to get the occasional bene, even if I have to write a review or two to get them. But this review is strictly of my own initiative. I will get nothing for this. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Wrapping Up; Spiritual Leadership), Part 8

priscilla-catacombs3Wrapping Up

We are talking about veils, you know, so “wrapping up” just kinda made sense. Right?

So one interpretation of this and a few other passages is that “head” refers to the “spiritual leadership” of men in the church.

Fifty or more years ago, the Churches of Christ taught the spiritual leadership of men in all settings, including the work place. But there are now too many women at church who work in business, where they supervise men. We gave that argument up.

And so, we took a supposed universal, eternal principle regarding the relationship of men and women and retreated into the church and the family, insisting that men must be spiritual leaders at church and at home. Business is different. Too much money is at stake, and the women are too obviously competent and gifted at what they do. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (A Translation), Part 7

priscilla-catacombs3So let’s take a stab at a fresh translation in light of what we’ve considered.

(1Co 11:3-16 ESV)  3 But I want you to understand that the head of every [husband] is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.  

4 Every man[/husband] who prays or prophesies with his [literal] head covered dishonors [Christ, who is] his head,  5 but every wife who prays or prophesies with her [literal] head uncovered dishonors her [husband, who is] head, since it is the same as if her [literal] head were shaven.  6 For if a wife will not cover her [literal] head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her [literal] head, let her cover her [literal] head.   Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (God; Christ; Husband; Wife), Part 6

priscilla-catacombs3

(Eph 5:22 ESV) 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 

As Paul explains in Ephesians 5, the wife’s obligation to her husband does not mean the husband has no reciprocal obligation.

Rather, while Paul finds the role of wives in their prototype, Eve, he finds the role of husbands in their prototype Jesus as the husband of the church (and from the Old Testament, the Lord as husband of Israel). Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Husbands and Wives), Part 6

priscilla-catacombs3So, finally, we get to 1 Corinthians 11 — but hopefully with a rich, full understanding of Jesus and our relationship to him in mind.

(1Co 11:3 ESV)  3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

There’s a good case from context that “head” or kephalē means source, but Greek is devoid of any prior use of kephalē in that sense. Rather, the more common uses are as the most prominent part, the end point, the beginning, and as chief, leader, or ruler.

But metaphors are always defined by context, and we cannot ignore the context in deciding what Paul has in mind. Moreover, we cannot assume that Paul abandons his understanding of Christ or of men and women.

Notice that the ESV translates anēr as “husband” and gunē as “wife,” contrary to the NIV. This is for a couple of reasons. First, as pointed out earlier, the subject of the passage is veils, and only wives were expected to wear a veil. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments