Exegetical Confustication

Prodigal Thought chides me and a few other complementards for missing the main point of N.T. Wright’s piece on women’s ordination, which was the fact that the resurrection was absolutely transformative when it comes to issues like Jew/Gentile, slave/free, or male and female. The issues about Mary Magdalene, Junia, and Phoebe were side issues. What …

Squeezing Harder Than That

The Church of England just recently said no to women bishops. There were howls of outrage from all the predictable quarters, for whom such a troglodyte move is just smack-the-forehead baffling. Now I can understand a vote against women bishops as a preliminary move to try to undo the ordination of women priests. And I …

Second Temple Piracy

N.T. Wright takes the famous “den of robbers” statement made by Jesus in the cleansing of the Temple as referring to revolutionaries, which the word lestes can mean. But Peter Leithart, citing Nicholas Perrin, takes it in the more straightforward sense of “thieves.” Here are a couple reasons why Leithart’s reading is much to be …

Mathison Channels Newton

Keith Mathison contributed the next article for Tabletalk, and it was a pippin. The article is basically a reprise of John Newton’s great letter to a friend “On Controversy.” Assuming the truth of your position, and your ability to win the argument, there are still other considerations. As my father puts it, there is a …