12.14.2011

Armour of God 3: The Soldier's Armour

Okay. So.  How does this all affect our reading of Ephesians 6?  Particularly in regards to the items found in Isaiah 11:5 and 59:17 (belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness and helmet of salvation).

A lot of commentators analyze the actual armour, like the belt, shield or sword Paul is referring to, this, in my opinion, is a colossal waste of space and misses the entire purpose.  What I want to do is talk about what Paul means by truth, righteousness and salvation.  And these ideas do not come out of the Reformation (i.e. imputed righteousness) or the Greek/modern definition of truth, these ideas are found in Isaiah, and that is where we should look.

12.13.2011

Armour of God 2: Resurrecting God as a Soldier

The the previous blog post I said that Isaiah is using Divine warrior language that comes from deep within Israel's history.  In this blog I intend to give a very (very!) brief survey of the use of this language within the scope of the Old Testament, which will bring up points that will be important in later posts.  But, in order to take a step forward we must first take a step or two back.  Staying only in Isaiah will obviously not be helpful for our case because Isaiah is only a small part of a much larger tradition.  We need to step back to take a look at the wider view, lest something is missed.

12.12.2011

Armour of God 1: Death of a Roman Soldier


Did you know that in Ephesians 6 Paul is citing portions of Isaiah when he talks about the "armour of God"?  It's true.  Now think about that for a second, what does that say about how that verse is to be interpreted?  If Paul is using Old Testament passages he is doing it for a purpose and we should take that seriously.  For Paul, Isaiah had something very important to say about living the Christian life, and we should listen too.

10.31.2011

Theological Reflection on Breaking Bad

In late September I was asked to do something of a theological "review" of a tv show for my home church's new 'magazine'.  I happily obliged since I love good tv and because Breaking Bad was in full swing and there was an element of the show that really struck me as profound and I was eager to write about it.

And, since I'm such a giving person, I thought I would share.