Part 1: Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach

By Billy Doolittle

Biblical theology.jpgThe Lord exists as a faithful king over an eternal kingdom despite the sin of idolatry of the people is the bond that seals the minor prophets and Daniel together. The detailed punishments the Lord threatens and executes on the people and the foreign powers serve as the mode that pushes the people towards repentance. The Lord describes making a faithful remnant to triumph over all the surrounding nations in and around Jerusalem binds these thirteens books in content. The Lord will have just judgement on the people of Israel due to their unfaithfulness. This punishment the Lord will bear on them will bring the people to repentance and their restoration as a ruling nation which will bless all other nations. Each of the prophets give an interesting glimpse of what is to come through pictorial descriptions found therein of desolation and prosperity for the people of Israel and their foes. Continue reading “Part 1: Theology of the Book of the Twelve and Daniel, a Thematic Approach”

Ketib/Qere in Ruth 1:8

By Billy Doolittle

Ketiv Qere

Within the beginning of chapter of Ruth, there seemingly exists a textual variant written within the margin just outside of Ruth 1:8. This written phenomenon occurs anywhere from 848 to 1566 times in the Hebrew Bible varying between traditions. The scribes from antiquity and modernity supplemented the words from the margin in the place of the similar word within the lines. This became known as Ketib/Qere. Ketib is the Hebrew word for “write” or “what is written” and Qere is the Hebrew word meaning “read” or “what is read.” Scribes then, when reading the text to their congregations, would supplement the qere from the margin in the place of ketib in the line.

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The God of Creation and our Thoughtfulness, Intentionality in Life and Ministry

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For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

Everything that exists originated in eternity past as a thought in the mind of God.

Everything. The heavens, stars, bugs, molecules, iPhones, humans.

All of it.

All of the dynamics of human life once were thoughts originated in God’s mind. Relationships, marriage, work, entertainment, rest, family.

The existence of a seemingly intentional creation or a creation intelligently designed is an apologetical argument in defense of the Christian worldview once referred by G. K. Chesterton as the problem of goodness. Continue reading “The God of Creation and our Thoughtfulness, Intentionality in Life and Ministry”

Fathers, Parenting, and Remembering the Faithfulness of God

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Isaiah 37-39 tells of the Lord’s salvation for Judah, the southern kingdom in one of its darkest hours. Jerusalem, the capital city, is surrounded by Assyrian (Modern day Iraq) forces. Weakened by siege, famine, and lacking troops, the city of God seems destined to become another trophy of Assyrian might. But a defeat of Jerusalem would not only be a trophy for the king of Assyria, Sennacherib, but the Lord of Israel would be seen as a weaker deity in comparison to the gods powering the war machine of the armies of the global Assyrian empire.

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Cat-A-What? Children’s Church Meets Catechism

Cat-a-What_Last week in Kid’s Worship I promised to give the kids a word which would impress their parents and I did not disappoint.

Catechism. /ˈkadəˌkizəm/

The word “catechism” descends from the ancient Greek and Roman languages but gained a particular Christian meaning through church history to the present day. Catechism describes the ancient practice of teaching and instruction through the simple form of question and answer. Christians for generations have been distilling the essentials of the faith into this form in order to summarize the Christian faith and memorize through repetition. We have inherited some great catechisms from our ancestors in the faith, such as the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster shorter and larger Catechism.

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