Text, Context, and Hermeneutics

Today I ran across this great citation in a great article by Joel Green on biblical/theological hermeneutics. It has long struck me that the force of biblical texts upon contemporary readers is not, despite frequent protests, constrained by the limits of their intelligibility, but rather by the intransigence of readers. Interestingly, in other avenues of […]

Forgetfulness of God

In our members there is a slumbering inclination towards desire which is both sudden and fierce. … It makes no difference whether it is sexual desire, or ambition, or vanity, or desire for revenge … Joy in God is in course of being extinguished in us and we seek all our joy in the creature.  […]

What’s the big deal about sex?

I am involved in the planning of a study conference on the topic of human sexuality, to be held in Edmonton in October.  You never saw anything raise the eyebrows of a bunch of Christians like the promise of a bunch of talk about sex.  We’re Christians; should we be talking about sex?  Come now, […]

“Why am I doing this?”

. . . is the question running through my head as I embark on the enterprise of writing my own blog for the first time.  Do I really think I have anything to say?  My answer is that this is a question for others to answer.  I am not sure if I have anything to […]