Israel Steinmetz

Evidence

In the last issue of the Bible Advocate I began a series of six articles exploring 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 with a question: “What motivates you?” That article discussed the power of Christ’s love that compels us, and concluded with a call for us to join God’s redemptive mission in the world.   Cosmic courtroom However, […]

Compelled

What compels you? What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you to act? These questions arise whenever I read 2 Corinthians 5. This passage so captivates me that I plan to write six articles on it in this year’s Bible Advocate. It’s compelling, not the least because it begins with Paul saying […]

What does Paul mean by “mutual submission” in Ephesians 5:21?

How does Paul’s teaching on mutual submission in Ephesians 5:21 relate to his instructions on submission within specific authority structures just afterward (v. 22 — 6:9)?   In Ephesians 5:21, Paul moves from general instructions for all believers to how these apply in specific relationships. To understand his words, we must read them in context.   […]

A Beautiful Witness

Cosmos and cosmetic — two words that don’t seem to have much in common but share a common Greek root. The Greek word has two primary meanings: order and beauty. While these ideas might seem disparate to us, in Greek they were closely related. Things in proper order, like the cosmos, were beautiful. Beautiful things […]

tree next to a stream

The Humble Leadership of Christ

For leadership to be Christian, it must follow teaching and example of Christ. Three passages stand out to me when I think about Christian leadership.

bike

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Praying, living, and going in the authority of Christ.

Bible opened to the Gospel of John

John: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 4

Bible opened to the Gospel of Luke

Luke: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 3

Bible opened to the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 2

Bible opened to the Gospel of Mark

Mark: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 1