Monday, December 17, 2012

New Covenant Theology

I just finished a book by Steve Lehrer called New Covenant Theology.  I was impressed.  I found it to be very Biblical and agreeable.  I thought I subscribed to Covenant Theology, so I was surprised to read his perspective of Covenant Theology, especially concerning Israel being the believing people of God before Christ. 

I am a bit uncomfortable with his treatment of the law for a new covenant believer.  He suggests that our law, or the Law of Christ, is simply the sum of all the commands from Jesus or the Apostles recorded in the New Testament.  I don't know how or what exactly to refute about this, but it just seems a bit narrow, or cold.  I see the apostles reading and using the Mosaic Law for the church, and I want to know how to read Moses the way they do.  When Paul quotes God's law concerning muzzling the ox while threshing, he seems to understand that there is more to the law than meets the eye.  I'm pretty sure we can learn God's will for the Christian by reading Moses' writings, though we must learn to see beyond the veil.  Steve Lehrer often says that we must read the Old Testament through the lens of the New - I agree. 

All in all, I was very comfortable with his words.  He directly answered many of my longstanding questions concerning the law, Israel, and the Christian - and with much grace and brotherliness.  I found it addressed the crucial points of the debate with relative brevity, without getting bogged down with the rhetoric of many theological books.  That means it was good for me, who has a hard time finishing books. 


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

hello again!

 we recently undertook a little project at home. a couple of our children decided to help us get started by ripping some wallpaper off the wall instead of taking naps. we found tiny shreds of wallpaper in and under our bed. but the carpet that's older than both mark and i was also good incentive for digging in to some bedroom remodeling fun. we let the kids help out with the unloading of the room, destructo work, and painting. i just love getting to share this stuff with our children!

so here's geldan (soon to be 2) wearing his safety glasses and dust mask hat. we have a cute video of this, but i don't know how to add it here. maybe mark can help me out sometime.

owen, nikao and geldan sure enjoyed making a mess of our room.  some of the kiddos were jammied already, but you know it was just too good of an opportunity to let them help out with the fun to pass it up because of pjs and bedtime. somehow we didn't capture any other pictures of our project, but everybody got to take turns painting. hogan even helped me with the trim! (actually, our room is back in order now - as of a couple of days - and i don't think we've even taken any after pictures yet.)

 so maybe i'll be a little more on the ball and post some more shots of our finished project. and hopefully it won't be a year before we post again.

happy days to you all!
kim, for the bunch of us milligans :)