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Reflections on Helaman 16

Posted by joespencer on August 16, 2013

Well, we’ve come to the last of this series—reflections on the last of the chapters of Helaman. This last post may prove a bit shorter, simply because there’s less here that’s jumped out at me as I’ve worked through the text. To work, nonetheless! Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 15

Posted by joespencer on August 9, 2013

We come, now, to the last of the three chapters making up Samuel’s delivered speech. This one is a good deal shorter than the last two, making at least my exegetical notes a good deal shorter than has been my wont. (I’ve still found plenty to say at the level of the theological.) I’ll get right to work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 14

Posted by joespencer on August 2, 2013

Turning now to the next chapter of Samuel’s sermon (see my first post here), we begin to look at the series of “signs” Samuel provides for the Nephites as they near the events of Christ’s birth and death. The focus here shifts away from Nephite sinfulness. And the content of this chapter is, consequently, more intensely theological. We’ll have to see, of course, how it unfolds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 13

Posted by joespencer on July 26, 2013

Well, we’ve covered what was originally chapters III and IV of Helaman (chapters 7-10 and chapters 11-12 of today’s Book of Helaman). We turn now to the last of the original chapters (V), which consists in the story of Samuel the Lamanite. It’s made up, of course, of four full chapters of today’s text, so this will take four weeks to work through. It should, though, be quite worth the effort. Samuel is profoundly underappreciated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 12

Posted by joespencer on July 16, 2013

Now a companion piece to my last, wrapping up discussion on what was originally the fourth chapter of the Book of Helaman. This chapter—Helaman 12—is much more interesting theologically than the last. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 11

Posted by joespencer on July 12, 2013

Helaman 7-10 out of the way, we turn now to Helaman 11-12, which together made up a single (and relatively short) chapter in the original text. I’ll take up Helaman 11 this week and Helaman 12 next. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life of Holiness, Romans 8:12-25 (pp.394-420)

Posted by joespencer on July 1, 2013

This will be my last post to contribute to the project, so I’ll take a moment to say my thanks to Robert for organizing it. It’s been most worthwhile, and I’ve learned a great deal. I hope we can have more similarly successful reading groups here at Feast. It’s something we’ve tried several times without success. But this has been encouraging and insightful.

Okay, on to what Jim has to say about Romans 8:12-25. To put all my cards on the table, I’ve been looking forward to this part of the book for a long time. I’m in the thick of writing (when I’ve got time!) a book on hope, the first half or so of which is dedicated to a study of what Paul says about hope in Romans 1, 4, 5, and 8. I’ve benefited from Jim’s readings of Romans 1 and 5 (as well, though less obviously so, from his summary of Romans 4). I hoped to glean more still about hope in his reading of Romans 8. I could say that I’ve been disappointed, but it’d be unfair. Jim’s beginning from different presuppositions and different concerns that I was. That he says as little as he does about hope here is probably to be expected, given his focus on what it means to live the life of holiness.

So let me set my own obsessions aside and say a few things about what Jim does say on this part of Romans 8. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 10

Posted by joespencer on June 27, 2013

Here we go again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflections on Helaman 9

Posted by joespencer on June 20, 2013

After a couple of too-busy weeks, I’m getting back to these posts. Turning now to Helaman 9, I’ll follow the same pattern I’ve used before. I’ll begin with a few preliminaries, follow with a set of exegetical notes, and conclude with theological points that deserve further attention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life of Holiness, Romans 7:13-25 (pages 359-375)

Posted by joespencer on June 17, 2013

I’ll confess I was a little surprised at how much more exegetical than theological this week’s reading turned out to be—perhaps particularly because I’ve recently read Jim’s remarkable essay “Breathing,” which deals with Romans 7-8 (but especially 8) in a profoundly philosophical way. (It can be found in Faith, Philosophy, Scripture, for those interested in taking a look.) There’s much to learn from Jim’s more exegetical notes, of course, so let me see what I can develop from his discussion. Read the rest of this entry »

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