Justice, Grace, and Humility: How Faith in Jesus is the Best Response to a Culture of Sexual Misconduct

A mature response to this long concealed culture of sexual predation involves three points that faith in Jesus makes possible: a demand for justice, an urge for grace, and an acknowledgment that the problem is not just “out there” but in our own hearts.

The Structure and Message of Psalm 2

Psalm 2 is a celebration of the unquestionable supremacy of God and his Messiah over all the rebellious forces of humanity. Not only is this the message of the Psalm’s content, it is even embedded in the Psalm’s concentric structure.

Review: Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories

Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories is a lexical aid for students and teachers of Biblical Hebrew. This book is highly versatile with many uses not only for beginning students but also for intermediate and advanced students as well as for teachers.

Shaken in a Sieve – Amos 9:8-10

Amos reaffirms that the judgment that is coming will be a targeted one rather than an indiscriminate one. God will shake the world as if in a sieve. A righteous remnant will be preserved. The wicked, however, in particular those who are convinced that nothing bad will happen to them, will perish.

The Sinful Kingdom – Amos 9:5-8

God alone is sovereign. This means (1) that there is no point in trying to appeal to other deities, and (2) that God is the God of the whole world. This means that when God’s covenant people become no different in their conduct from the nations of the world, they cease to be in any substantial way unique and are nothing more than just another “sinful kingdom.”

The Inescapable Judgment – Amos 9:1-4

Amos 9:1-4 recapitulates many themes from earlier in the book of Amos for climactic effect and even intensifies these themes. Amos says that a fate worse than death is coming for the Israelites, and this fate is absolutely inescapable.

The Indistinguishability of Theology and Ethics – Amos 8:14

For Amos, religious fidelity and social immorality are not really two different realms of sinfulness. They are inextricably linked to one another, and this is one of the really important ways that the book of Amos confronts us in modern Western Civilization. Theology implies ethics, and ethics depends upon theology.

A Famine of the Words of the LORD – Amos 8:11-13

You might think food and water are what sustain your life, but in fact it is the Word of the LORD that created those things and provides them to you, just as the Word of the LORD created and sustains us. The worst kind of famine, then, is where God is no longer speaking into your life, or where we find ourselves no longer sensitive to his voice.