Kelly from Hawaii offered the following response to my post from a few weeks back concerning what to do about homelessness. It was a thoughtful one that I wanted to share: Question: I know your article could not have gone deeper for lack of space and time, but I think it was a little over … Continue reading Q&A: Homelessness
Question: In the Bible, King Solomon is seen as a very wise man. But some translations say he was very wise while others say he had much knowledge. Is there a difference between the two? If so, what is it? Where does the concept of “understanding” come into play? Answer: The short answer to your … Continue reading Q/A: Knowledge vs. Wisdom
Question: What’s your outlook on the current events? Or better yet, the Green V outlook versus Red Pyramid? Answer: Let's start with the familiar: the Red Pyramid world. When considering things from this worldview, most everyone is in this for him/herself, like drowning people all flailing about in different ways, all grasping at different things, … Continue reading Q&A: How to consider current turmoil in the world
Professor, how does the green V model deal with horrendous historical acts done in the red pyramid model? One of my biggest challenges with Christianity as a whole is the way it was used to justify slavery and forced on people, in particular Black and Latino people. I know that these acts are not to … Continue reading Q&A: Dealing with Atrocities?
Question: Through your Daily Bread Bible verse on May 8 (John 5:24), you commented, “We have passed through an existence burdened with negative relationships (death), into real, substantive, and limitless positive relationships with God and everyone else.” Can you explain this further? Answer: In a one-dimensional world (physical only, time only) world, we are either dying … Continue reading Q&A: From negative to positive relationships?
Given God's active love in the world and in His people, how is it possible for two Lutherans to be so at odds that they don't even know how to talk to each other without at least one, if not both persons getting really upset and/or uncomfortable? The answer to this question begins with an … Continue reading Q&A: Lutherans At Odds?
I have a friend who's a big Rob Bell, Liturgists, deconstruction guy. He just raised the thought that Jesus may have been speaking about hell parabolically/rhetorically to convince his Jewish audience his message was important enough to act upon. Or something like that. How would you respond? This is an important question, especially for … Continue reading Q&A: Hell Deconstructed?
Proverbs 18:24 RSV: "There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." How could that be bad? I then looked up different Bible versions. They were so different from one another. Let's start with a better translation, "A man has many friends, but there is one who loves, … Continue reading Q&A: Friends?
What is speaking in tongues in the Bible? Are there multiple different kinds? Is it speaking in all understandable languages at once, or is it speaking unknown languages? Is it an art form? Babbling like an infant? An expression of worship? The word "tongue" has, as its primary meaning, that thing in your mouth that … Continue reading Q&A: Tongues?
How would you explain the difference between 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1? How does this question apply to the doctrine of scriptural infallibility? 2 Samuel 24:1 "Again the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, 'Go, number Israel and Judah'" 1 Chronicles 21:1 "Now Satan stood … Continue reading Q&A: Infallible?