“Genie in a Lamp?” Part 2

In Part One I introduced a caricature of God that makes him look like a Genii in a lamp instead of the God depicted in Scripture. No one passage paints the entire picture. Any passage or series of passages must be understood in light of the whole. Any idea we form about the prayer-answering God must also…

Genie in a Lamp?

I have a friend who suffered a number of consequential injustices. These injustices have driven her to reading her Bible. In reading her Bible, she ran across a number of passages that provided her with hope that God would “right” all the wrongs she has suffered. Here are some of the passages: Ask, and it…

Rome and Jerusalem

Tertullian asked the oft repeated question, “What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?” I might ask, “What hath Rome to do with Jerusalem?” Martin goodman wrote an entire book on the subject titled Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations— (to be read). Intercollegiate Studies Institute (www.isibooks.org) publishes, among other academic titles, a series of…

Irrelevant?

I recall reading a story in Augustine’s Confessions that I wanted to use in a sermon. I decided to read the book from the beginning. Rehearsing the early years of his life, Augustine tells the reader of some of the challenges he faced in schooling. I, poor wretch, could not see the use of the things I was…

Jesus vs. Caesar

A fascinating point that has been brought to my attention over the past 10 years is the unspoken, but implied, conflict between the Caesars of Rome and the Lord Jesus Christ. In the ancient world, many of the Caesars declared themselves to be gods or others declared them to be gods and the Caesars simply…