“Our Father in heaven.” Not every Christian can (or does!) pray those words to God with ease. I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately from other Christians in the Church regarding how to go about relating to God as “Father” when one has an understanding of a father that is so skewed, so damaged, so beyond repair.
Approaching these texts from an oral perspective honors the oral nature of the society from which the gospels emerged. They were written at a time when fewer and fewer eyewitnesses were alive to validate the oral traditions of the gospel accounts. The gospels represent the solidification of these traditions into a written form, preserving the accounts for future generations.
Sleep has always been a bit of a mystery for me. I sometimes wake up in the morning feeling more tired and sore than before I went to sleep. I am not always certain it is that restorative. Does it really matter if I sleep four or six or eight hours? My brother in law is a classic workaholic and claims that anything more than four hours a night is actually debilitating. Sometimes, sleep can be an interruption in the schedule. But according to a recent article in Time, “The Power of Sleep,” sleep matters a lot. According to the author, Alice Park, the latest research suggests that a healthy sleep habit is a matter of life and death.
It is a tragic mistake to blame the Jewish people for the crucifixion of Jesus. True followers of Jesus are encouraged to speak out against this mistaken notion and oppose every expression of anti-Semitism.
Zondervan Academic recently introduced the New Studies in Dogmatics series, which is being positioned as an heir to G. C. Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics. The stated intent of the series is “to offer concise, focused treatments of major topics in dogmatic theology that fill the gap between introductory theology textbooks and advanced theological monographs” (p. 15). Each volume addresses a different topic, and is being written by a different author. The inaugural volume in this series, The Holy Spirit, was recently released, having been penned by Christopher R. J. Holmes, an Anglican priest and a senior lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.