Names in the Book of Names

The Western world refers to the second book of the Bible as Exodus, since the book includes the story of Israel’s exodus or exit from the land of Egypt. But Hebrew tradition has always known the book according to its opening sentence: “Elle Shimote” or “These are the names” or, perhaps more practically, “the Book of Names.” Continue reading Names in the Book of Names

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Spirit-Filled Gifts

Spiritual gifts are usually understood to be a list of abilities that the Spirit distributes to new converts upon conversion. These include the gifts of faith, service, teaching, speaking in tongues, miraculous healing, and things like these. One person might receive the gift of prophecy when becoming a Christian, and another the gift of healing, another teaching, and so on. Discussions regarding spiritual gifts usually involve discerning which gift or gifts the Holy Spirit has given you from among Paul’s list in 1 Corinthians 12. Continue reading Spirit-Filled Gifts

Isa Al Masih in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil

This is a respectful invitation to my Muslim friends to consider following the Isa Al Masi who is revealed in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil.

I love my Muslim friends. They are hospitable and generous and kind. They are peaceful people who seek to live peacefully with others.

It is often much easier to talk with my Muslim friends about spiritual things than my American non-Muslim friends. The Muslims I know are not ashamed that they love and seek Allah. I can have a conversation with my Muslim friend and know that we are both together seeking the Kingdom of Allah. Continue reading Isa Al Masih in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil

The Doctrine of Hell and the Love of God

Everyone who believes in Jesus will go to heaven (perhaps on a cloud with a harp), and God will send everyone else to a fiery chamber below the earth to be tortured for all eternity.

This is the narrative that much of the Christian world has legitimately believed for centuries. It is most likely the way you have had heaven, hell, and salvation explained if you grew up going to Sunday School or youth group. Continue reading The Doctrine of Hell and the Love of God

Chapter 10: Starting With Jesus (and completing the book)

Typology demands that we take more seriously the call to apply Scripture to our lives, and therefore it must be tightly wrapped around biblical truth about Jesus. Jesus is the template that must be followed as we discover types and images of Jesus in our world. If we misunderstand and fail to pay attention to the Great Template and Prototype, then all our efforts will be misguided and prone to great error.

This is true whether or not we are doing typology. If we misunderstand Jesus we will make all sorts of erroneous and damaging assumptions about life and people and relationships. If we understand Jesus, then we will have a healthy, just, and righteous worldview that will lead us to cherish people and live in thankfulness.

We must begin with Jesus. When we spend time with Jesus and hear from his Word and his Spirit, we will naturally begin to do typology; we will naturally begin to see him in our lives, our relationships, and the things we deal with every day Continue reading Chapter 10: Starting With Jesus (and completing the book)

Chapter 9: Human Flourishing

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Typology is important because it brings Jesus into every aspect of our life. It allows us to intellectually discern and holistically cultivate what is already intuitive for anyone who loves Christ, namely, that Jesus has everything to do with all of our life. My goal with this book is to show how typology, rather than being an academics only conversation, is a tool that will change everything for anyone who would consider it. Continue reading Chapter 9: Human Flourishing