A New Garden in a New City on a New Earth

January 23, 2020

The new earth has a new garden in a new city. In the next to last chapter of the Bible, John sees a “new heaven and new earth” where God’s new Jerusalem descends from heaven to earth. In other words, heaven comes down to earth. At that moment, the whole earth is filled with the […]


Hermeneutics is Always Inferential

January 21, 2020

Below I summarize the point of Searching for the Pattern: My Journey in Interpreting the Bible.h Growing up in Churches of Christ, I embraced and practiced a hermeneutic that sought an implicit blueprint for the work and worship of the church in Acts and the Epistles. Through a filter of generic/specific distinctions, coordinate associations, the […]


Communal Life

January 20, 2020

The goal of God for human life is transformation into the likeness of God and participation in the communal fellowship of the Triune God. When humanity fully participates in the circle of God’s loving fellowship, then the reign of God has fully arrived. This does not entail a loss of finitude or creatureliness. When glorified in […]


Response to Dan Owen’s Article in the Gospel Advocate

January 16, 2020

In the December 2019 issue of the Gospel Advocate, Dan Owen offered a brief response, in part, to my recent book Searching for the Pattern. I thank Dan for reading the book, and I am grateful for his article as it calls attention to an important concern about how we read the Bible. I wish […]


Divine Judgment

January 16, 2020

As we read the story of God in the Bible, we see over and over again where God purposes to set things right, does—in fact—set things right, and promises to ultimately set everything right. God will not let evil stand; God will not let evil go unchecked; and God will not let evil win. When […]


The Resurrection of Creation

January 13, 2020

Though often neglected, salvation also includes the liberation of the cosmos from its bondage to decay and destruction. The whole cosmos groans, along with humanity, for relief from the frustration to which the world has been subjected. God saves the cosmos by renewing it, by ushering in a new or renewed heaven and earth. This […]


The Resurrection of Humanity

January 9, 2020

The hope of the Christian faith is the transformation of human life from its present bondage to sin and death into a new humanity where the love of God is perfected in our souls and our bodies are equipped for living in the new heaven and new earth. Our future glorification is a transformation or […]


The Resurrection of Jesus

January 7, 2020

Death is an enemy. On occasion death can be a relative good. When the quality of life, for example, is significantly diminished and there is unbearable pain, we might think dying is better than living—but only in a relative sense. Life is better than death since God created us for life, not death. But death, […]


Life in the Spirit – Waiting in Hope

January 7, 2020

Life in the Spirit is always filled with joy, but it is also always filled with lament. It is both because we live in the in-between times. We live in the space of the “already but not yet.” We rejoice because we already know God’s salvation, and, at the same time, we groan over the […]


Life in the Spirit – Lament

January 7, 2020

Life in the Spirit is always filled with joy, but it is also always filled with lament. That sounds rather strange, doesn’t it? How can it be both? It is both because we live in-between the times. We live in the space of the “already but not yet.” We rejoice because we already know God’s […]