Reading Scripture: Mark 1: 9-13

It was suggested by my wife that if I am not going to post the words on my blog, I could at least provide a link, so this is what I will do. Here is your link to the Bible passage I am reading today: Mark 1:9-13. Now, this is the NASB, not the NET, because the…

Jesus and the Historical Speech

I realised quite quickly with my previous blog, that my critique of Mark’s words needed the support of some knowledge that I had not yet discussed. That knowledge revolves around ancient Roman culture and the historical speech. Somewhere a bit earlier than 410BC, Roman historians began using what they called Oratio Recta, or straight talk….

Reading Scripture: Mark 1: 1-8

There is much more that I wish to say in relation to my personal theology, but I feel that if I were to say any more, the most common response would be, “but scripture says.” In light of this probability, I think it is wise to begin my own reading through of scripture so that…

The Human Bible v.2

So, what exactly does a human authorship of the Bible change about how we read it? Everything. The book of Job is the key about where to begin. First, let me tell you that Bible scholars have found that the opening and closing sections of Job are likely written at a later date than the centre…

The Human Bible v. 1

One of the things that brought me back to Christianity was the realisation that the Bible is full of contradictions, overlaps, gaps, and suppositions. If you read it for the first time without the need to believe that it is perfection incarnate, without the belief that it is inerrant, without a preconception of what it is,…

Foundation 3: The Unconditional Love of God

The final foundation of my theology is the largest and, somehow, the most controversial. God loves unconditionally. Most Christians would likely wholeheartedly agree with this relatively vague notion of unconditional love. However, as we have done with the other foundations, let us take this concept to its logical conclusions. God loves each and every person…

Foundation 2: God Outside of Time

Imagine for a moment that God existed outside of space-time. What would that mean for how he interacts with the world? With humanity? What does that mean for heaven and those in his presence? I believe this is true primarily because it is the most reasonable explanation for a few of God’s known traits, particularly…

Foundation 1: God Exists

When anyone speaks about theology, even if it is a simple, “He is risen!” they are doing so upon theological foundations and “assumptions.” I hesitate to use the word assumption because it has such negative connotations. What I mean by it here is that if you were to continue to ask the question, “why?” you…