In "uncomfortable words of comfort" Jefferson Vann explains why attempts at comforting him at a recent funeral made him feel uncomfortable. I just laid to rest the last surviving member of the family I grew up with. The casket is buried, the funeral service is over, the funeral director is paid, and I have returned from my home State. During the ordeal, I have appreciated … [Read more...]
Articles in this category reflect on the theological subjects as treated systematically in the biblical texts. Theological subjects treat the questions asked and the answers given to those questions by people throughout all ages.
In the Greek New Testament, there are three words used to speak about where dead bodies go when they die. What we find when we read descriptions of those that have died, is that the person is always identified with their body that is in the grave. Scripture describes the dead person as buried in a tomb or a grave. What is not described is that the body goes to the grave and an … [Read more...]
In "day of wrath" Jefferson Vann concludes on the basis of Romans 2:5 that God has not yet poured out his wrath on anyone. Today I just want to share a few thoughts based on Romans 2:5."But because of your obstinacy and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God's righteous condemnation is going to be revealed!" The … [Read more...]
In “Peter’s synonym for Gehenna,” Jefferson Vann explains how Peter, Paul, and the other apostles described the ultimate fate of the lost. You know that passage in the Bible where the apostle Peter confronts Simon the sorcerer and tells him “May your silver perish with you”? He didn’t actually say that. What he said was much more interesting. But first – a little … [Read more...]
In “Stephen’s murder,” Jefferson Vann shares some notes on his translation of Acts 7:55-8:2. The text serves as a case study of Luke’s use of metaphors for death and murder. It shows that the theology of Acts is thoroughly conditionalist, with no trace of traditional dualism. My independent translation project continues, and this morning I found myself in the last part of … [Read more...]