From HebrewRoot: Answering Romans 14

As I noted in my last post, this series has been sparked in part due to Cris Putnam's posts dealing with the Sabbath on his Logos Apologia blog. My introductory post was edited pretty heavily around answering his arguments. This one is less so, mostly because the article I wrote a half-decade ago pretty much …

Can Women Minister? – 1 Timothy 2:11-16

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved …

Can Women Minister? – 1 Corinthians 14:33-38

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask …

Can Women Minister? – Introduction

Recently, Derek Gilbert brought a controversy to his PID Radio forum on Facebook that has been raised several times: What is the proper role of women in the Ekklesia? He linked to an article by Tony Jones called, “It’s Time For a Schism Regarding Women in the Church," in which Jones makes the following assertion: …

Yes, Paul does teach that followers of Christ remain under the authority of the Law of Moses

Sometimes, it takes a bit of a challenge to draw me out of my current shell. For those of you who aren't up on my personal life, I've got another Bugg in the oven (a girl this time) and between getting ready for her arrival and three out of four of my computers being down, …

Common Mistranslations – Galatians 2:15-16, Part 3

Putting the “the” in “the Law” Does it look like too many “the's” in that heading to you? It turns out that there are way too many “the's” in the translations of Paul's work too. Just to start with, there's no “the” in “works of the law” in Gal. 2:16; the actual phrase is ergun …

The Jew and the Law

One cannot separate the Christian hostility for Jewish disciples who continue to keep the practices of their people from the Christian attitude of dismissal and even suspicion of the Torah, the “old law” or “law of Moses.” To the minds of most Christians, there is an insurmountable wall between the Law and the Grace they …

Christianity Today Meets Rabbi Paul

I have to admit that I'm often frustrated by some of my Sunday-brethren.  In particular, I often get frustrated when I go back and re-read or re-hear favorite teachers and find them continuing to teach under the old "Christianity vs. Judaism" paradigm, rather than what I would call the "Judaism vs. Judaism" paradigm--that is, recognizing …

Parashah 3: Lekh L’kha

Torah:  B’resheit (Genesis) 12:1-17:27 Haftarah:  Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 40:27-41:16 B’rit Chadasha:  Romans 11:1-36 “All Israelites have a share in the World-to-Come,” declares the Mishnah (Sanhedrin 11:1), echoing Rabbi Sha’ul’s declaration that, [A]ll Israel will be saved. Even as it is written . . .  Concerning the Good News, they are enemies for your sake. But concerning …

Meet Rabbi Sha’ul: Why the Holy One Chose His Enemy

I've had this post in my back pocket for a while, and Smoodock's post today, Who Was Paul of Tarsus, Really? has finally inspired me to post it.  In particular, the following statement got my attention: Some may say, well, God can do anything, and Paul was merely a tool in God’s hands. This is …