We’ve been looking at how the gospel is like my wife’s purse: a bag filled with treasure. Some of those treasures seem pretty “ordinary.” Others are treasures that we’ve forgotten all about. But what if the gospel contains treasures that we never even knew were there?
The really great thing about my wife’s purse are the things even she doesn’t know about. I still haven’t quite figured out how that happens. But then, I don’t spend most of my day surrounded by small children.
I tested this the other day by digging down into the nether regions of her purse. (I did this with her permission, of course. I’m not stupid.) Along with the ordinary items, I found a single mitten (even though it was April), several plastic doodads of unknown origin and function, a small stuffed elephant, some Halloween candy (in April?), and a love note that one of our daughters had slipped in there months before. She had no idea how any of it had gotten there.
What if the Gospel contains treasures we don’t even know about yet?
Victor P. Hamilton, Exodus. An Exegetical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
Victor Hamilton is well known for his 2-part commentary on Genesis in the New International Commentary of the Old Testament series, his Handbook on the Pentateuch, and his Handbook on the Historical Books. He taught for 35 years at Ashbury University, and now in his retirement has been appointed as “Scholar in residence” at the aforementioned school. He has taken advantage of his retirement to devote himself full-time to research and writing, and this commentary is the first fruit of that labor.
We’ve been exploring the idea that the gospel is like my wife’s purse: a bag filled with treasure. Some of those treasures seem pretty “ordinary.” And that’s too bad. But what about those treasures that you’ve simply forgotten about? The ones you stuck in the bag a long time ago and have not taken out since?
When I was a kid, “cleaning” my room involved cramming as much stuff as possible into my closet and praying that my dad wouldn’t notice when he came to inspect. Sometimes that even worked. Usually it didn’t. That means I often had to spend an afternoon pulling everything out of my closet and putting stuff where it belonged.
I remember one afternoon in particular. Toward the back of the closet, I found an old lunchbox. Thoughts of rotten PB&J sandwiches and prepubescent flies swarmed through my head. Until I opened it. Nestled inside like a pirate’s lost treasure, I found the twenty dollars I’d hidden several months earlier, a considerable sum for a small child. This was my secret stash. (I’m not entirely clear on why all kids need to have a secret stash. But it seems pretty universal.) And I’d forgotten all about it.
In just a few days, we will mark the anniversary of the death of Thomas Aquinas (March 7, 1274), one of the great theologians of the medieval church, indeed of any era. To commemorate his passing, here’s a prayer from him:
O Lord my God, help me to be
obedient without reserve,
poor without servility,
chaste without compromise,
humble without pretense,
joyful without depravity,
serious without affectation,
active without frivolty,
submissive without bitterness,
truthful without duplicity,
fruitful in good works without presumption,
quick to revive my neighbor without haughtiness,
and quick to edify others by word and example without simulation.
Our last forced choice looked at the debate surrounding women in ministry. And, since the discussion and voting was pretty intense, I left that poll open for several weeks. Complementarianism got off to a very quick start and had over 60% of the votes for the first couple of weeks. But egalitarianism came on strong toward the end. Hundreds of votes later, and egalitarianism walks away with 54% of the total vote. Thanks for an interesting few weeks.
Our last few forced choices have been pretty serious, so it’s time for something on a bit on the lighter side. What’s your favorite sci fi TV show? Now I realize that I’m asking for trouble with this one. There are too many good shows to choose from, and I’m not going to list them all. So I’ve taken the liberty of narrowing it down to 5 shows that I think are worthy of consideration. It’s my poll so I get to do that. I don’t want to hear anyone complaining about how the original Star Trek is better than The Next Generation (wrong) or how I really should have included Torchwood, Dollhouse, or some other show. I can’t list them all. These are your choices.
Time to get your inner geek on. What’s your favorite sci fi TV show?
Despite the sadness of having to put Flotsam & Jetsam on hiatus for a while, February was still a fun month. Unless, of course, you’re pursuing a PhD. Then I suppose some of my posts weren’t very much fun. Sorry about that.
Anyway, here are the top posts from the last month.
I have to admit that when I get into the third and fourth hours of a long class, I wonder if this is what my students are doing.
HT Trevin Wax