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Archbishop Gomez's Inspiring Inaugural Homily

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.07.11

The new archbishop of Los Angeles delivered a stirring homily today. I just had to mention some of it here:

. . . this is not a future I could have ever imagined for myself [i.e., becoming the archbishop of the largest diocese in America, Los Angeles]. But our God is a God of surprises—un Dios de sorpresas—as well as a God of blessings and tender mercies!
As I mark the start of my ministry today in...  [Continue Reading]

Sirach as Scripture in Judaism?

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.01.11

My good friend Dr. Jeff Morrow (Seton Hall) has an excellent post up over at the excellent blog Caritas et Veritas on the formation of the canon of Scripture.

It is astonishing to me the way certain myths persist in scholarship. One example is the traditional narrative about the formation of the canon. I don’t have time to write a long post on this topic. Years ago I covered the development of the...  [Continue Reading]

Jesus as the Davidic Messiah in Matthew (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.01.11

Following up from part 1. Am I missing any major piece of the puzzle here that wouldn’t require a lot of explanation?

  1. Jesus’ Davidic Exorcistic and Healing Powers. Jesus’ exorcisms and healings seem especially tied to his role as the Davidide. The blind healed by him address him specifically as “son of David” (cf. Matt 9:27; 20:31). Likewise, accounts of his exorcisms are linked with his role as the...  [Continue Reading]

What is the Biblical Form of Church Government?

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.25.11

During my years of training to become a Calvinist pastor, the issue of church polity was quite a live one.  Calvinists themselves do not agree on what is the “biblical model” for church government.  Presbyterian, Reformed, and Congregational denominations share a Calvinist doctrinal heritage but different governing structures.  There was more or less a consensus that the New Testament was unclear...  [Continue Reading]

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