“To be human means above all to bury”, according to Robert Pogue Harrison in The Dominion of the Dead. Robert Macfarlane, in Underland, adds: “drawing on Vico’s suggestion that humanitas in Latin comes first and properly from humando, meaning ‘bury, burial’, itself from humus, meaning ‘earth’ or ‘soil’.” (Underland, p. 30)

They are almost correct.

The human life – the truly human life – does not stop at burial. In fact, it is at burial that the truly human life begins. When we die to ourselves, to our sin, and to life in the flesh, we enter into a new phase of living, a new creation. This new creation is ushered in by the Last Adam, the harbinger of life, who went into the tomb before us, bringing us into his resurrection life.

When we think about our lives, we need to stop thinking about burial as something that happens at the end of our time on earth. Instead, we look at our burial of baptism, remembering that as the moment that we truly stepped into the fullness of life. So, I suggest a change: To be human means, first, to be buried; to be human means, above all, to be raised into new life.

“1 & 2 Chronicles” (Leithart, 2019) Review

My review of Peter Leithart’s commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles in the Brazos Commentary Series.

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“The Lost World of Torah” (Walton, 2019) Review

My review of John Walton’s “Lost World of Torah”.

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Timothy Thursday: I Timothy 2:1-7

Paul has now thoroughly warned Timothy about the life of the false teachers, going so far as to specifically name two. Now, he turns his sights toward explaining proper Christian life (now that he knows what improper Christian life looks like).

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Timothy Thursday: 1 Timothy 18-20

Paul has charged Timothy to hold fast to love in contrast to the leaders who have lost themselves to vain speculation; coached him on the proper use of the Law; and has explained his own view of his ministry. Now, Paul brings this all to sharp focus with specific examples.

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Timothy Thursday: I Timothy 1:12-18

In the previous two weeks, Paul has explained the proper charge of the pastor, and the tools needed to be faithful to that charge and has explained the proper use of the Law, which the false teachers do not seem to be grasping. In the next couple of verses, Paul reflects on his own ministry and relationship with Jesus.

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