The quest for recognition and validation are a part of all human societies and it often results in envy, competition and strife. In this article, Jackson Wu briefly discusses how “Early Christians adapted honor codes from the ancient Greco-Roman world in ways that are insightful for the contemporary church.”
One of my great interests is the biblical metanarrative, that is how the biblical canon tells one overarching story. The reason I am so interested in it is because it is what unites and explains the biblical texts. Ever since I learnt about it a couple of years ago it has absolutely revolutionised the way I read the Bible and understand Christianity. One of the challenges of the metanarrative is determining what stories fundamentally constitute it. In the article Relating all the Stories within the Grand Biblical Story, Jackson Wu does a wonderful job at doing this at the right resolution. His schema is not overly detailed yet it is not overly broad such that we miss significant details. He writes that in summary he is showing “how to present the entire biblical narrative in a way that reflects its inherent structure or plot, which enables us to discern how the Bible prioritizes its various sub-stories.” Continue reading “The Stories that make up the Story”
“Christ’s biggest issue is not found on the platforms of modern political parties. Instead, Jesus calls the entire world to give allegiance to him above country, company, or any other community.” Continue reading “Jesus Politics”
The traditional reading of Galatians 3:13 is that it seems to say because of Jesus’ crucifixion, he was cursed by God as the means of atonement. In an article, Jackson Wu briefly reviews a paper by biblical scholar Daniel Streett where he challenges this interpretation and rather argues (quite persuasively in my opinion) that it was Jesus’ executioners, not God, who “cursed” him. Continue reading “Rethinking the Curse on Jesus”
We are more accustomed to thinking of syncretism as an errant imposition on the biblical text from culture. The point often overlooked is that even church and denominational subcultures are shaped by various dynamics in their surrounding culture(s). Who possibly knows the all the ways Christian organizations reflect the values and priorities of the numerous cultures in which we belong?
Furthermore, the inertia of tradition moves us along. We filter out certain texts and theological conclusions; or perhaps, we will overemphasize ideas beyond what is found in Scripture. In effect, our traditions and “Christian” subcultures create biases and impose significance or meaning into a passage.