Yesterday I wrote a post titled “Parallel genealogies: Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-28″. For those studying the genealogies maybe this video from Michael Licona will spark your interest. Let me know your thoughts:
Yesterday I shared some thoughts on hermeneutics, the language of faith when discussing doctrines like the virgin birth, and the historical-critical approach to studying Jesus in “Three hermeneutical paradigms to use when studying the doctrine of the virgin birth.” Later in the day someone posted a video that Greg Boyd put on YouTube on Sunday where he attempts to answer the question, “How can something as important as faith in Christ depend on the accuracy of information about the historical Jesus, when our evaluation of the veracity of historical information can never rise above the level of the more or less probable?” Since it is relevant to yesterday’s post I thought I’d share it here. Let me know your thoughts!
In this video Patton makes a few points: (1) Hell is not a doctrine that is easy to understand or affirm. (2) We don’t have a vote in truth; therefore, if hell is real this doesn’t change whether or not we like it. (3) Hell seems to be a place that is eternal, so this doesn’t leave much room for the idea that it is a place of purification (like a purgatory) or merely temporal.
This is not much different that much of what I wrote yesterday (see here), except that he is less agnostic about his interpretation of texts that describe hell whereas I am willing to say there is a lot that I simply cannot know about hell and the “eternality” of God’s punishment. What are your thoughts on Patton’s take?
Richard Bauckham recently lectured on the Gospels as history at SBTS. The audio and video have been graciously provided for the rest of us:
“The Gospels as Historical Biography”
“The Gospels as History from Below, Part I”
“The Gospels as History from Below, Part II”
“The Gospels as Micro-History and Perspectival History”
Stan Hauerwas gave a few lectures on mental illness at Fuller Theological Seminary. For more from FTS on Vimeo go here.
Eugene Peterson addresses how we are “storied” beings. We have stories, and once we see our stories connected to God’s story, the sermon is doing what it is intended to do.