This isn’t very structured, but I wanted to get some thoughts down on Ezra-Nehemiah while I was thinking about them.
A review of Brad Jersak’s “A More Christlike God”.
Obadiah, though it is a short book, it chock full of biblical theology that goes unnoticed. Most Christians I know barely give the book more than a passing glance or read it to say that they read an entire book of the Bible that day. This post will analyze Obadiah’s commentary on the role of Edom in redemption-history with nods toward Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Ever since January 2015 and the Disney buy-out of both Lucasfilm and Marvel, Marvel has been in charge of the Star Wars comcis brand. This post will focus on the first story arc from the Star Wars title, “Skywalker Strikes!” 2015 has been one of the most controversial years in Star Wars history, from the introduction of Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber to a new character introduced in this series…
“The Inquisitor is dead. The Ghost crew has connected with other rebel cells. And a new ally named Ahsoka Tano has emerged. Despite these successes and developments, the fight against the Empire takes a deadly turn, as the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader comes to Lothal.” (SPOILER WARNING)
Someone just asked me why I think that Luke introduces his genealogy in chapter 3, after Jesus’ baptism, rather than the beginning like Matthew does. I think the answer is simple: Jesus is being baptized into his priestly duties.
Some people are confused about the general meaning of Joel and what it’s significance is for Christians today. I think the biggest key to interpreting the book is the apostle Peter’s sermon connecting the prophecies of Joel to the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. The book prophetically interprets an invading army as a symbol for the destruction of the temple in 70 AD (cf. Matthew 24) and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost.
There’s some oddities in the Genesis account of Abraham that don’t seem to make a lot of sense if taken at face value. Abram is called and God makes a part of a covenant with him, only to reify the covenant in chapters 15 and 18. Why the tripartite covenant? Why not make it all at once? I suggest that it’s because we’re watching the maturation of Abram from priest to prophet, completing the tasks that Adam left undone in his sin.
A lot of people wonder what keeps me attracted to Star Wars after so long. After all, Star Wars (1977) is celebrating its 38th anniversary this year. How can one movie have such an incredible impact on popular culture at large? What do some of the most iconic scenes mean for me? Which scenes resonate with me the most? Over the course of this week, I will share (over a few blog posts) some of my favorite scenes starting with the Prequel Trilogy.