The Bible

The Husband of One Wife

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Husband of One Wife.  KEY PASSAGES Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher…Let deacons be married only once, and let them manage their children and their households well… (1 Tim 3:2, 12)  [An elder must be] […]

The Call for Unity in Romans 5

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:21 so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Here Paul brings the contrast between Adam and Jesus to its climax.[1] The purpose of grace, […]

The Mosaic Law in Romans 5

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:19 For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Verse 19’s reiteration of verse 18 emphasizes the importance of the earlier verse. A few distinctions, however, […]

Atonement Without Anselm

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:18 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. Beginning in verse 18, Paul concludes what he began in verse 12. (“Therefore, just as sin came into […]

A Brief Look at Romans 5:18–21

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:18–21 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience […]

Foreword to the Applying the Bible Series

What follows is the foreword to my Applying the Bible series of books.  Interpreting the Bible can be a complex and difficult task. Thousands of years separate us from the original audience, and so the worldview, presuppositions, cultural mores, common knowledge, and even the language the author and his original audience shared are foreign to us. […]

Applying the Bible (New Book Series)

I have recently begun releasing books in a new series of short works addressing various passages of Scripture and topics of interest in theology and biblical interpretation. My goal for this Applying the Bible series is that these short books serve as quick reference guides on the subject matters that they discuss. The book lengths […]