Tag Archives: relational polarity

Revelation 17: The Beast Consumes the Whore, where the relational polarity of the age of decay always leads

I’ve been working through the book of Revelation for quite a while now in our Adult Sunday School class. This week we talked about the vision in Revelation 17 of the whore of Babylon and her relationship with the beast. … Continue reading

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Bruce Waltke's version of Relational Polarity

Heard this in a Tim Keller sermon. It sounds like Bruce Waltke’s version of what I call “relational polarity” in this context seeing it in the revelation of Old Testament wisdom literature: the difference between just and unjust, righteous and … Continue reading

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Relational Polarity of God

A key difference between the Age of Decay and the Age to Come are their relational polarities. CS Lewis in Mere Christianity talks about how God brings us into his very own life. It’s hard to figure out what that … Continue reading

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The fool says in his heart "there is no God" and even Peter's got his doubts

Peter’s question in Luke 12:41 is interesting. What motivated him to ask it? He was clearly referring to the parable that comes right before this verse. This is a parable about the coming of the Son of Man who is … Continue reading

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Jesus is over the top. If you ask someone who Jesus was and what he taught you’ll likely get one of two answers: “Jesus tells us how to get to heaven when we die” or “Jesus, like all other great … Continue reading

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How the egalitarian position opens up complementary beauty

Even though I don’t believe in restricting women from serving in church office, I think the project of exploring the complementarian position looks promising. It seems to me that the egalitarian position has the liabilities of a contemporary cultural/political ideology … Continue reading

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Word-gardening for Kingdom Traction

In Sacramento the CRC pastors meet once a month to spend time together working on our mutual effort. Each month one of us is responsible for the topic, discussion, whatever. This is my month so this is what I prepared … Continue reading

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Laboring Not in Vain

I find one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life to communicate is the last verse of 1 Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NRSV) Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the … Continue reading

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Paul and Jesus on Slavery

I just got Kenneth Bailey’s “Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes” in the mail today. I love Kenneth Bailey. I don’t know if you’ve ever read any of his work. I’ve been preaching through Luke. Central to Luke is Jesus’ manifesto … Continue reading

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