I made a video response for this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPn_JThdGGY& Here's my response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-YUOIT0INA& Below are the notes I put together analyzing the discussion, if you're more of a reader. Enjoy! This is a video response to “Israel – Beloved Enemies?” By Peter Helland with his guests Matt, Gus, and Mike. Toward the end I had a bit … Continue reading Video + Notes on “Israel” Response to Peter Helland Discussion
Since the paperback version of "New Israel" is now out, I figured I'd do an impromptu video to try to summate the concept and get people interested. But yes, I do look great in that suit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOHsFqblBpY&
Amos 1-2 includes judgments on these entities: Damascus Gaza Tyre Edom Ammonites Moab Judah: "Covenant Transgressions" - Rejected law, followed false gods as did their fathers Israel: "Covenant Transgressions" - treated the poor badly; sexual immorality; corruption of contracts; multiplied altars, money exchanging hands near many altars; drink wine with fines levied "in the temple … Continue reading Amos 1-8 Commentary
I considered Catholics Pharisees for more than a decade. A common biblical paradigm for Protestants to justify rejecting Catholicism is likening the Catholics to Pharisees; those who "make their phylacteries long," or "have neglected the weightier matters." I understand the appeal of this claim. They might see the liturgy or the thoroughly complex canon legal … Continue reading Catholic Pharisees and Protestant Samaritans
One of my biggest transitions in political thought occurred simultaneous to my transition away from American Evangelicalism, which tends to be libertarian-ish in terms of free markets. My foray into Ludwig Von Mises and the Austrian economists was very beneficial as a thought experiment, but at length I found that the most overriding social force … Continue reading The Wisdom of Banning Usury
The Kindle version is out while I work on the artwork for the paperback...
Counting the Tribes The tribes are always described as twelve, though the composition of that twelve is sometimes different. Prior to the Egyptian captivity, the twelve tribes were simply the “sons of Israel” (genealogies reckoned in 1 Chronicles 2): Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali, Asher, Gad, Joseph, Benjamin. Before Israel (the man) … Continue reading The Tribes and The Apostles