Perfection in the Sermon on the Mount: Attainable or Not?

This passage in Matthew 5:48, and others like it (cf. 1 Pet. 1:15-16), has always confused me:

“You shall be perfect (τέλειοι), as your heavenly father is perfect (τέλειός).”

If we understand perfection as something that’s unattainable this side of heaven, and if we see God as qualitatively and categorically different from us in holiness and perfection, then . . . → Read More: Perfection in the Sermon on the Mount: Attainable or Not?

Material Possessions and Wealth in light of Christmas

"With us, God"

For me, as the year wraps up and Christmas draws near, Jesus usually gets swallowed up in all the hoopla. There’s always some last minute talk of gifts or preparations or whatnot, and the whole point, Emmanuel–literally “with us, God”–gets swept under the rug. I always get to this point, and the end . . . → Read More: Material Possessions and Wealth in light of Christmas

Blomberg on Economic Paradise

“Ironically, the very economic paradise that so many are trying to create in our modern West apart from the Christian world-view is precisely what the Bible concludes by offering people in an unlimited and eternal context, but always on God’s terms (Rev. 21-22). Revelation, and thus Scripture in its entirety, concludes not with the pictures of . . . → Read More: Blomberg on Economic Paradise

Jesus’ Parables and God’s Intended Design

“Jesus through his parables teaches that God’s dynamic reign has broken into human history through his person and ministry in a new and decisive way and that God intends to create a new community of his people who model, at least in part in the present, what God intends for all humanity and what he will . . . → Read More: Jesus’ Parables and God’s Intended Design

The Old Testament and Material Possessions

I’ve been reading Craig Blomberg’s Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions, and I’ve been greatly challenged by it. A longer review is forthcoming, but I thought I’d post these two lists that Blomberg wrote (p. 71-81) regarding Israel and material possessions as derived from the Old Testament.

The sins of Israel with respect to . . . → Read More: The Old Testament and Material Possessions