Baptism in the New Testament: A Survey

In the Gospels the ministry of Jesus begins only once he is baptized by John. All four Gospels start their stories of Jesus with his baptism by John. And then the Baptism of Jesus seamlessly flows into the baptism of Christ-followers. Or does it? It is striking how little is actually said about the baptism […]

The Dark Side of the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is often considered to be a high point in Christian ethics. It has been thought to embody the highest possible ethical standards and has thus been given a pride of place in Christian thought. We believe that in it we see the moral vision at the heart of Jesus’ teaching, […]

I am Special and You are Not!

Paul-Emile Colin, “People Working in Field” Matt. 24:40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Matt. 24:41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. This text from Matthew speaks of what is commonly called the second coming, […]