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Theological Underpinnings of Bible Translation, Part 2

The work which Christians put their minds and hands to is motivated by their beliefs. And their beliefs are expressed in their theology. Why else do we, of all people, seek to work for good on behalf of others except that our theological convictions…
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Theological Underpinnings of Bible Translation, Part 1

One of the assumptions we Christians tend to make is that it is an essential good to make the Bible accessible to people. This conviction goes back to very beginnings of the Christian Church. From the earliest centuries after Jesus’ life on…

Bible Translations and Identity, Part 2

I began this essay (https://theologicalresonance.com/bible-translations-and-identity-part-1/) with the intention of mainly surveying the historical phenomena of how Christian people’s sense of identity has been closely associated with the…

Bible Translations and Identity, Part 1

Language is acknowledged generally as of primary importance for people’s sense of identity as individuals and as groups. Academics have labored to demonstrate this truth and its significance. The average person can deduce this from thoughtful…

Humility and Interpretation

According to writers of Scripture, most notably the writers of Psalms and Proverbs, God delights in human beings who are humble. This attitude of humility expresses a decision to listen to God and search for truth by faith. And the promises…

Identity and Biblical Interpretation, Part 2

My wife and I lived in Oregon, west of Portland, for several years. This was an adventure in many ways for us but one thing I noticed while there was that the rules of the road were different from Arizona. Here is what I mean: While driving…

Identity and Biblical Interpretation, Part 1

Many years ago, when I was an Undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, I and a friend had a most remarkable conversation with a man. We met him while walking across the University of Arizona campus after attending church on a Sunday;…
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Truth and Scripture in Time

When I sit down daily to read some portion of Scripture I am assuming what many people would consider an extraordinary notion. Namely, that there is a God and that God has chosen to communicate through human authors in writing. This was the…
Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

For at least the last 10 years, the church has spent a lot of time and felt considerable angst trying to figure out the Millennial generation. We've changed fashion, styles, services, and outreaches while wrestling with how to reach and engage…
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Perfection in Love

Many people in our day have made comparisons between Christianity and other historic religions. Frequently these comparisons are made in order to assert the similarities between them. Sometimes people foolishly declare that “all religions…

Carnal Life, Part 2

I am convinced that what I described in part one of this essay is the primary internal route by which the devil leads people into heretical teaching and confirms a multitude of different manifestations of perversity. That is to say, the carnal…

Carnal Life, Part 1

One of the great gifts that the Apostle Paul gave to the universal Church, through his writings, was to explain the difference between true spirituality and carnal life. This area of his teaching has often been misinterpreted (in multiple ways)…
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Learning to Discern

One of my mentors when I was an Undergraduate student once made a comment I have never forgotten. He stated that great books had become his “good friends”. He went on to explain that his consistent reading of Christian authors had been quite…

Who Are You Adam

To Adam you gave a beautiful garden; What an extraordinary gift this was; A central place on earth to live but more! For he needed to discover his identity In this world you masterfully formed.   What did he find exploring…
Receiving Correction

Receiving and Giving Correction

The most prominent feature of the current culture in North America is the distrust of authority and spirit of independence upon established authorities. This is particularly true when it comes to religious institutions and traditional sources…
Holiness and Spiritual Power

Holiness and Spiritual Power

People skeptical of religion frequently cite instances of contradictions between what religious believers say they believe and what they actually do. I think this is a justified rational to question the legitimacy of a person’s religious claims.…
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They Are Not Our Sins Anymore

Over a period of many years I have frequently heard professing Christians state about “my sins” and their struggle with habitually doing things they know are wrong. Usually this admission comes at a point of desperation or compulsion to…

Descending Beyond Transcendental Religion

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being friends with people from Africa and the Middle East. In some cases they have been self-identifying Christians while others Muslims. In both cases I have seen embodied the embrace of life in the…