As we struggle through the day, sometimes it seems that our lives are cursed. C3PO said it best: “We seem to be made to suffer, it’s our lot in life.” If you’re wondering whether or not YOU are cursed, stay tuned. That’s the big question we take up today, on Faithbuilders.
When we compare the four gospels to one another, something becomes obvious immediately: they’re really different! However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise: Our spouse, children, and grandchildren, neighbors, and co-workers all have a different relationship with us, and this impacts their perspective about us. The same can be said about the relationship between Jesus and His earliest disciples, four of whom became the writers of the gospels in our Bible. The unique relationships with, and therefore perspectives on, this most important Life ever lived in turn impacted the stories each told. In God’s infinite wisdom, He then saw that it was important that we have the benefit of four witnesses, not just one.
In the final session of the year, Dr. Nunnally guides a discussion of the Christmas story and the elements of the story that are not based on scriptural reference. Are these “extra-biblical” additions critical for faith? Buckle in. You may discover some unexpected problems with some of the Christmas narratives that we’ve all come to accept as “gospel.” Today, on Faithbuilders.
Today we conclude our four-part discussion on military service, self-defense and peace-keeping. The specific language in Holy scripture challenges our self-inflicted confusion on what is otherwise a carefully defined … God-perspective. Today … on Faithbuilders.
What does the Bible say about military service, peace-keeping, and self-defense? Most of us have opinions on these matters, but it’s wise to examine Holy Scripture and run an index on God’s perspective. We begin the third part of our discussion on these issues today … on Faithbuilders.
What does the Bible say about military service, peace-keeping, and self-defense? This week, we continue our discussion of a seldom discussed topic. It’s always wise to examine Holy Scripture and run an index on God’s perspective–especially the obligation to defend and protect. Dr. Nunnally continues his examination of these issues today … on Faithbuilders.
What does the Bible say about military service, peace-keeping, and self-defense? Most of us have opinions on these matters, but it’s wise to examine Holy Scripture and run an index on God’s perspective. We begin a multi-part discussion on scriptural perspectives to these issues today … on Faithbuilders.
Military Service, Peace-Keeping, and
(notes to extend the discussion that
began at the Assemblies of
God Theological Seminary Veterans Chapel
Discussion, November 12, 2018)
Wave Nunnally, PhD
Professor of Early Judaism and Christian
Evangel/AGTS/Center for Holy Lands
The Hebrew Bible describes God as both YHVH-Shalom (“Yahweh is Peace,” Jgs. 6:24) and as YHVH Tseva’ot (literally, “Yahweh of Armies,” 1 Sam. 1:3, etc.). Both names accurately reflect aspects of God’s character that are complimentary, not contradictory. In the New Testament, Jesus is both “Lamb of God” (John 1:19) and Conquering King (Rev. 17:14); the author of these two texts is the same—and he is not confused or conflicted—John is expressing two aspects of the character of our Messiah. Both Testaments describe God as a truly loving parent, who is able to express both mercy and discipline, and He calls on those who would properly represent Him to exhibit the same kind of balance in their lives. We should not attempt to imitate one of these characteristics of God to the exclusion of the other in our own personal lives. Nor should we attempt to reconcile one of these aspects of God’s character at the expense of the other—to do so would misrepresent His nature and do violence to the Word of God.