• Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?

    Jan 28, 15 • Complaint, JeremiahNo Comments
    Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?

    Jeremiah’s third confession is a monologue, mainly (or all, depending where we think it starts) addressed to God. Complaint is the dominant tone, and Jeremiah asks for vengeance on his opponents. So this text raises interesting questions about the nature of Scripture, and how God might read (some parts of) the Bible… ...

  • Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Jan 23, 15 • 1 Kings, HumourNo Comments
    Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Idols, “gods” that people make! The very idea of making a god is one of those notions that almost have to reduce you to tears (whether of laughter or sadness and desperation depends on the circumstances), and the Bible has plenty of fun at the expense (in both senses) of idols. In this episode, therefore, [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s second confession: Jer 15:10-21: complex relationships

    Jeremiah’s second confession: Jer 15:10-21: complex relationships

    Continuing a series on The Confessions of Jeremiah, we’ll explore the second of these rich and complex texts Jer 15:10-21. Although I only have 5 minutes I hope I’ll give you material to spark several times that of study of the biblical text for it is out of such personal wrestling (sometimes like Jeremiah’s struggles [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh

    Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh

    In the previous two podcasts in this series I’ve introduced “the Confessions of Jeremiah” and the first confession (11:18-12:6). Here we’ll look at this text from the point of view of how it portrays the characters of Jeremiah (in the book the speaker of the passage) and his God (whom he often addresses and on [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One

    Dec 8, 14 • Complaint, JeremiahNo Comments
    Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One

    Before thinking about this “confession” we’ll first look at lament psalms briefly. Lament psalms often contain: – an address (maybe simply “O God” or “O Lord”) – a/some complaint(s) – a request for help addressed to God – the affirmation of trust in God, as thanks for past action or simply as praise and conviction [&hellip...

  • The Confessions of Jeremiah

    Dec 4, 14 • Jeremiah, NarrativeNo Comments
    The Confessions of Jeremiah

    A series of passages in Jeremiah stand out because of their contents which presents itself as powerful debates about Jeremiah, his call, his enemies and his God. In some of them Jeremiah seems to be speaking alone, in otgher God responds. These “Confessions of Jeremiah are: Jer 11:18-20; 12:1-6; 15:10-21, 17:14-18; 18:18-23; 20:7-13 (the exact [&hellip...

  • The doctrine of “headship”

    Nov 11, 14 • Ephesians, Gender, Isaiah, Jesus1 Comment
    The doctrine of “headship”

    There is a lot of discussion (at least there is in the online circles I move in) about claims to a doctrine of “headship” that is biblical and that means husbands should take a leadership role with respect to their their wives. Or possibly that men should over women more generally. In a recent discussion [&hellip...

  • Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2

    Nov 7, 14 • Reading, Ruth, TheologyNo Comments
    Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2

    Go’el is another thoroughly cultural word, that is highly theological. Again it is prominent in Ruth. This time there is one English word that is often a decent translation, redeemer, the problem is redeem carries a different weight of overtones from ga’al. There is a good short post about ga’al here with reference to Jesus [&hellip...

  • 1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols?

    1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols?

    While Paul’s test case, whether Christians may eat meat that has been offered to idols is of little importance to most Christians today. When was the last time someone offered you such meat? His principle is still helpful and useful. This podcast illustrates how to spot the principle in this passage and begins to suggest [&hellip...

  • The Promises to the Patriarchs Conditional or Unconditional?

    Oct 15, 14 • Genesis, Reading3 Comments
    The Promises to the Patriarchs Conditional or Unconditional?

    Whether the promises God made to the patriarchs in Genesis are conditional or unconditional is not merely a curiosity of ancient history, it has powerful and dangerous implications today. This podcast tries to examine what the Bible intends to say on this subject...