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A Theology of Friendship

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"No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." (John 15.15)

J. I. Packer in his book Knowing God (1973) said, that "adoption is...the highest privilege the gospel offers: higher even than justification." He cautiously adds, that "this may cause raising of eyebrows, for justification is the gift of God on which since Luther evangelicals have laid in the greatest stress, and we are accustomed to say, almost without thinking, that free justification is God’s supreme blessing to us sinners."

Because of our evangelistic focus, our point of contact is our acceptance as sinners by the Holy God of the universe. So we have our Evangelical emphasis on justification, more than redemption as Packer points out. But while it is a tremendous blessing to be accepted by the Jud…

A Theology of Eating

There should be one, and if there isn’t—then we should have one. For the Bible is full of these eating episodes that there should be sense in all of them. Notice, for instance, that every time Yahweh (or the Angel of the Lord) shows up, there has to be some meal? On the way to nuking Sodom and Gomorrah, Yahweh meets up with Abraham, and what do they do? They have a merienda (Genesis 18:5). Yahweh performs His great rescue mission when His people were held captive by the Egyptians. You would think that it would be a covert operation like the rescue of the Jewish hostages in Uganda when Idi Amin Dada hijacked that Air France flight back in 1967. Nope, Yahweh has to order the Israelites to have a meal (Exodus 12: The Passover). And they have to make a run for it with a full stomach (remember it was a "no leftover" deal).

Later, when Yahweh Incarnate comes along—among his numerous titles—he is also known as “a glutton and a drunkard.” (Matthew 11:19) And everywhere…