Author Archives: Michael R. Jones

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.

Is it the person or is it the organization?

Any church can have a pastor or pastoral staff member who fails morally. This is simply a sad reality. But when a church or religious organization has person after person in leadership positions with moral failures (some of them repeated … Continue reading

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We make idols when God has already given us images and symbols through which to know him

Men’s folly cannot restrain itself from falling headlong into superstitious rites. But even if so much danger were not threatening, when I ponder the intended use of churches, somehow or other it seems to me unworthy of their holiness for … Continue reading

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Douglas Moo on Romans 8:31-39

(I added a couple of structural edits for better online reading.) We may view this beautiful, hymn-like celebration of our security in Christ as a response to what Paul has just said (28–30, or 18–30 or even 1–30), but it … Continue reading

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Michael Phelps (x2), Plagiarism and Bruce Metzger, Amazon Drones, the Millennium Falcon and more! Weekend Links (08/12/16)

Some links to save to Pocket (or your other favorite reading app) for your weekend reading: Because it’s Olympic season: Michael Phelps vs. Himself (NYT) Comparing Phelps’ times over the course of his career Michael Phelps Tied A 2,168-Year-Old Olympic … Continue reading

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“Grace to you and peace” – F. F. Bruce on Galatians 1:3

(Italics are mine)  χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη. The normal word of salutation at the beginning of a Greek letter was χαίρειν (‘rejoice’); the normal word of salutation at the beginning of a Jewish letter was šālôm, είρήνη (‘peace’). The amplified … Continue reading

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The tongue is a “world of evil” (James 3:6)

Why is it so hard to watch what you say? Why does it even matter? (Note that I’ve made some minor edits to structure to make it easier to read online.) The tongue is “the world of evil.” In the … Continue reading

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Reinterpreting the Church’s Mission

Donald Bloesch points out that the rise of new theologies has brought about a drastic reinterpretation of the church’s mission: Whereas traditional theology envisions the church’s mission as the proclamation of the good news of redemption through the cross and … Continue reading

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