What Benefit Do You Receive from Your Giving? (Philippians 4:17) — Mondays with Mounce 337
(You can watch this blog post on YouTube.) One of the fundamental lessons everyone who does word studies needs to understand is that words have a range of meaning. When students memorize Greek vocabulary, we have to give them the basic meaning (or meanings) of the word, but it is a mistake to think that the most common use of a word is somehow its “literal” meaning.
σάρχ does not mean “flesh”; it means many things. One of its “glosses” may be “flesh,” but the word means so much more than just “flesh.”
So whether you are in a church learning Greek for your Bible study, or a first year Greek student, at some point you will need to make the transition from glosses to a full definition of a word and understand how to use context to…
My Good Pleasure? – Mondays with Mounce 273
Paul tells the Philippians that “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work on behalf of his good pleasure (ὑπὲρ τῆς εὐδοκίας)” (v 13).
My wife Robin came home the other day dumbfounded, having heard the lyrics of a song that says God is working for “your good pleasure.”
True, there is no explicit pronoun present, neither αὐτοῦ or σου, so where does the “his” come from? The τῆς. ὁ is way more than the definite article, and one of its other functions is to perform the work of a possessive.
But what kind of narcissistic theology would think that God works for our pleasure? My goodness, someone needs to take a class in theology or worship, or just read the Bible.
God works for his good pleasure – as every translation says…
[Common Places] New Voices for Theology: Stephen T. Pardue’s “The Mind of Christ”
May the mind of Christ my Savior Live in me from day to day, By his love and pow’r controlling All I do and say.
So many of us have sung—but can this be a realistic and appropriate prayer for the Christian “theologian,” broadly defined?
Two potential problems confront us. (1) Is this prayer consistent with the biblical and contemporary emphases upon virtue? Virtues are habitual dispositions expressed in characteristic patterns of godly action: But does the prayer emphasize unilateral divine action so strongly that human virtue is precluded or uninteresting? (2) Does this prayer particularize the Christian intellectual life too exclusively in terms of participation in Jesus Christ? Intellectual virtues treat epistemology in moral terms: But does praying for such virtues—assuming it is appropriate to do so—emphasize spiritual dimensions of Christian intellectual life so strongly that civic and academic…
Epexegetical καί and the Power of God in Pain (Phil 3:10) — Mondays with Mounce 238
I know. καί and pain in the same title. Strange bedfellows.
I still remember a few years back when my family was going through a time of deep pain and sadness. A good friend asked me, “Bill, why are you hanging on to the edge of the pool? Just let go and sink.” A strange idea in the midst of pain, but it has stuck with me, and it was some of the best advice I have ever received. Here’s the exegesis behind it.
Paul is telling the Philippians that no matter what he had been able to (humanly) achieve, he gladly lost all of it for the sake of knowing Christ.
Fee does a wonderful job in his commentary, discussing the fuller meaning of this word for “to know,”…
Philippians with Lynn Cohick 5 — The Most Challenging Idea in Philippians is a “Tall Order!”
That’s how professor Lynn Cohick describes Paul’s most challenging idea in her new Philippians commentary (Story of God Bible Commentary series) Now which idea might be that “tall order”? Paul’s admonition to “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel”? (Phil 1:27) What about “Do everything without grumbling or arguing”? (Phil 2:14) Perhaps his challenge to be “content whatever the circumstances”? (Phil 4:11) What do you think is the most challenging idea in Philippians? For Cohick, it’s the issue of unity.
Philippians with Lynn Cohick 4 — The Most Encouraging Ideas in Philippians: Support & Joy
What is the most encouraging idea you find in Philippians? Perhaps it’s that God will continue his good work in his people until Christ’s return. Maybe it’s that even someone like Paul hadn’t already arrived at the goal of Christ-likeness. (That’s my pick!) For Lynn Cohick, author of the Philippians commentary in the ground-breaking Story of God Bible Commentary series, she finds two ideas compelling.
Philippians with Lynn Cohick 3 — Misconceptions About “To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain”
Maybe you’ve experienced or witnessed this scenario: Someone dies. In response someone says, “No need to mourn, after all they’re in a better place!” Because after all, Paul himself said “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21) Not so fast, says Lynn Cohick, author of the Philippians commentary in the ground-breaking Story of God Bible Commentary series. Over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring key questions and themes surrounding Paul’s Philippians letter with Cohick as our guide. And today she explains some misconceptions surrounding the meaning of this well-known verse.
Wednesday Giveaway — Lynn H. Cohick’s New “Philippians” Commentary (SGBC Series)
UPDATED 10/25/13: Congratulations to Kathy, Ron Boyer, Timothy G Harris, Wayne Moore, and Rhonaldo Ghenova for winning this weeks giveaway. Thanks to everyone else for participating and sharing your favorite section from this important letter!
If you've been following Koinonia the past few weeks you know that Zondervan Academics has launched a new exciting commentary series, The Story of God Bible Commentary, beginning with two inaugural titles: The Sermon on the Mount by Scot McKnight and Philippians by Lynn H. Cohick.