Category: Quest for “A Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality

  • IS THE CHURCH’S STANCE ON HUMAN SEXUALITY A CONFESSIONAL MATTER PART 3: 1 CORINTHIANS 6

    A The study committee appointed by Synod 2016 of the Christian Reformed Church “to articulate a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality” was asked by the same synod whether in regard to what the church teaches about human sexuality (with same-sex marriage central to the discussion) the church should declare a status confessionis, ecclesiastical Latin […]

  • IS THE CHURCH’S STANCE ON HUMAN SEXUALITY A CONFESSIONAL MATTER PART 2: THE CLARITY OF SCRIPTURE

    Let’s go back to where we were (for more introduction, see the previous post: “Is the church’s stance on human sexuality a confessional matter? The status confessionis question”). The study committee on human sexuality (a committee charged by the Christian Reformed synod of 2016 “to articulate a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality”) was asked whether the […]

  • IS THE CHURCH’S STANCE ON HUMAN SEXUALITY A CONFESSIONAL MATTER? THE STATUS CONFESSIONIS MATTER

    A brief introduction In June the synod of the Christian Reformed Church, my denomination, will take up a long (175 pages) report of a study committee charged five years ago (Synod 2016) “to articulate a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality.” In an earlier series of posts, I asked whether there is such a thing—“a […]

  • WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS THE BIBLE? (4/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality” In the previous two posts (well, three, if you count the ‘Read This First’ introduction) in this series (“The Quest for ‘a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality”), I looked, first, at how a new report on human sexuality, commissioned by Synod 2016 of the […]

  • HOW THE STUDY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SEXUALITY HANDLED THE TEXTS (2/6)

    Reading Matthew 19 (The first in a series on looking for “a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality”) If you were to go looking for “a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality,” where would you turn? Finding such a theology of human sexuality was the task presented by the synod of the Christian Reformed Church […]

  • DOES THE BIBLE HAVE A PLOT? (3/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality In a previous post (“How the Study Committee on Human Sexuality Handled the Texts”), I looked at how a new report on human sexuality, commissioned by Synod 2016 of the Christian Reformed Church, handles Matthew 19, a scripture central to the study committee’s case. In […]

  • THE PRIESTHOOD OF BIBLE SCHOLARS (5/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality In the previous posts in this series (see, in order, “How the Study Committee on Human Sexuality Handled the Texts,” “Does the Bible Have a Plot?” and “What Kind of Book Is the Bible?”), I have looked at how a new report on human sexuality […]

  • THE BIBLICAL TEXTS ON HOMOSEXUALITY (6/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality I thought to write one more post in the series I’m calling “The Quest for ‘A Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality,’” looking this time directly at the seven texts that are said to address homosexuality in the Bible. The occasion for these posts is […]

  • READ THIS FIRST (1/1)

    Dear Readers, I sometimes do go on a bit. Okay, more than a bit. Some of you recently listened to me along with John Van Donk and Paul VanderKlay on Paul’s YouTube channel (here’s the link for those of you still interested: https://youtu.be/wJZjAcACsks). And we did go on, nearly two hours’ worth. Since then, I’ve […]