Prayers from Sheol

by: 
Thomas Middlebrook, PhD

The ability of scientists to offer narrow and specific definitions is one of the great powers of medical professionals as they make their diagnoses and prescriptions. But, using the quote above, Abigail Maguire is concerned to offer lawmakers a more holistic definition of death that is connected to our understanding of human nature. I concur that the reductionism of “biological death” is based on an incomplete picture of who humans are—much like its opposite state “biological life.” According to the Christian tradition, humans have souls (Gen 2:7), the divine image (1:27), and a personal destiny which transcends their death (Rev 20:11–21:27). Therefore, the biblical perspective on life and death may differ in important ways. We might even ask: Will there still be a hard line dividing the two?

Biblical Exhortation in a Time of Crisis | Part 3

by: 
Bryan Just, MA

Previously, we saw that the author of Hebrews exhorted those who were going through a time of crisis to draw near to God and to hold close to the faith they have confessed. In his final exhortation, he encourages his readers to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb 10:24–25). How does this apply to our own time of crisis?

Biblical Exhortation in a Time of Crisis | Part 2

by: 
Bryan Just, MA

In my previous piece, I discussed the first of three exhortations given in Hebrews 10:19–25 to Christians in a time of spiritual crisis. The first exhortation is to draw near to God with a pure heart. Now I will discuss the second exhortation: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (ESV; v. 23).

This immediately raises an important question: what is the confession of our hope? This is a commonly addressed question throughout the New Testament, although different passages focus on different aspects of it. Romans 8:22–24 says:

Biblical Exhortation in a Time of Crisis | Part 1

by: 
Bryan Just, MA

The book of Hebrews has long been a source of debate among Christians. It is unknown who the book was written for, or even who wrote it. Even a cursory reading, however, hints at its purpose. The author is clearly worried about some kind of crisis of faith among his recipients and urges them through a variety of arguments to hold fast to the faith they had received.

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