Friday, August 29, 2014

Teaching Biblical Interpretation in India - Part 2

Part 1 was published here. This is the second part of my summary of my trip to India. Go to the CIU Mission of God blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Teaching Biblical Interpretation in India - Part 1

The first part of my summary of my trip to India is now available on the CIU Mission of God blog. Hop over there and take a quick read. It will be in two parts, with part 2 appearing soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Janet Mefferd Interview Audio

Here's the audio to the Janet Mefferd Show. Had a great conversation with her about tithing today.

The Janet Mefferd Show

I will be appearing at 4pm today (EST) on the Janet Mefferd Show to discuss my book Tithing After the Cross.

I believe you can listen live through her website or later through the audio archive.

India Trip Completed

Thanks for all your prayers. The trip to India went well, despite a lingering sinus infection. I'll provide a summary of some highlights soon.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

India Update

I've made it to India safe and sound. Thanks for all your prayers. Tomorrow I will begin teaching pastors hermeneutics. Please pray that my sore throat is healed and that I can clearly explain the process of interpretation.
The head of the ministry here is sick, possibly a pinched nerve in his neck. He is bedridden with vertigo. Please pray for his healing as well.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trip to India and Update

In about nine hours I leave to India. I ask for your prayers for the time I'll spend with pastors there and for health. I'll be in India for about 9 days: August 2-10. Hermeneutics is one of the main agenda items.

In the Spring I'll return to South Korea to teach Philippians. If you remember this post after that trip, you'll understand why I'm feeling slightly nervous about traveling overseas.

In other news, I've completed the manuscript for Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions. Originally I had planned 50 chapters, but:
1) 40 is a much more biblical number; and
2) in order to stay close to the word count requirement and communicate sufficiently in each chapter, I needed to have less chapters.
Lord willing, the book should be released next August.

My next project is to begin working on a book that will be several years in works before seeing the light of day. I'm writing the volume on Galatians for the Exegetical Guide for the Greek New Testament with Broadman and Holman. A few volumes are out already (Colossian Philemon-Harris; James-Vlachos; 1 Peter-Forbes). I believe the publication date is 2019.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Urban Legends Post on B&H Academic

It's been several months since my last post. I have been working hard on my next book: Urban Legends of the New Testament (to be published with Broadman & Holman). The manuscript is due in July, so my deadline is fast approaching.

The B&H Academic Blog began posting regularly a few months back and I was asked to write about something ... so I chose my Urban Legends project. You can access the post here. Check it out and let me know what you think!

I do have some major plans for blogging in the future, but right now I'm trying to stay totally focused on the book. Your prayers are appreciated!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Ortlund and Tithing: UPDATE

Dr. Ortlund responded to some of the comments on the thread. In the end, about 39 comments were made and then the comments section was CLOSED.

Ortlund wisely decided not to debate the issue of tithing in a comment thread. But he did make a few points that were helpful:
1. He wasn't saying anything about "storehouse" tithing.
2. He wasn't doing a biblical theology of giving.
3. He wasn't discussing the motivation for giving.
4. He WAS meditating on one verse.
5. "When Jesus says something, I take it that it applies to me - directly or indirectly, but it certainly applies to me somehow. The one thing the words of Jesus cannot be is inapplicable to me. But that's just how I read the Bible. If you read it differently, that's between you and him."

I agree with all five of those points. Now, the way #5 is carried out is a big part of the question. Here's the tension. 1) Every word Jesus said that is recorded in the Gospels was stated while under the Old Covenant. 2) Every word Jesus said that is recorded in the Gospels was penned by the author of the Gospel decades after the inaugurating of the New Covenant and was written to Christians.

So, yes, everything Jesus said applies ... but it's the "directly or indirectly" (as he put it) that's the rub. The story in Matthew 8:1-4 is an example of a passage that would apply more "indirectly." I prefer to communicate this through the concept that the underlying principles apply. So while I agree that "tithing applies," I would say that the underlying principles to each Old Testament law applies to Christians, but that is FAR different from saying that Christians should "tithe" or give 10%. So while I agree with his five points, I'm guessing we would apply them differently.