Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 2 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #4)

The significance of the word “hebel” is so important that I want to spend a second installment further fleshing out why the range of this word matters so much in Ecclesiastes. If you haven’t read the previous installment I encourage you to scroll back down to find it. In translating “hebel” as “vapor”, “breath”, or … Continue reading Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 2 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #4)

Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 1 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #3)

It is impossible to discuss the book of Ecclesiastes without discussing the word “hebel” (הֶבֶל), a word that shapes the backbone of nearly every theme in the book. The word literally means “vapor” or “breath”, but in our English translations the word is often translated “vanity” or “futility” to give it some poetic flourish. Both … Continue reading Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 1 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #3)

The Word “Ecclesiastes” (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #1)

Few books of the Bible are more difficult to deal with than Ecclesiastes. Sandwiched in between the beloved Proverbs and Song of Solomon (equally beloved for different reasons), Ecclesiastes has the poetic eloquence of both of those books with little of their life-giving positivity. While it’s not quite correct to say that Ecclesiastes is completely … Continue reading The Word “Ecclesiastes” (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #1)

Confessional Culture, the Greatest Threat to Confessionalism

This past Wednesday, Aimee Byrd tweeted out a link to a new guest post on Scot McKnight’s blog. She announced that the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals had cut their ties to her in response to her new book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and that she would return to writing on her personal blog. … Continue reading Confessional Culture, the Greatest Threat to Confessionalism

In Praise of “Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” by Aimee Byrd

(Note: most of this post had been written before the events and revelations of the past couple of days. I will write a separate follow-up based on those developments later). In the sake of transparency, I need to be clear up front: my wife and I love Aimee Byrd. We have been immensely blessed by … Continue reading In Praise of “Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” by Aimee Byrd

Why Christians Should Care About Media Literacy

Breaking The Digital Spell exists to explore the effects of technology and media in our world, in the church, and in our theology. One word that often comes up in these discussions is the word "media literacy", and at Breaking The Digital Spell, we believe media literacy is very important for Christians today. But what … Continue reading Why Christians Should Care About Media Literacy

Guest Post: Why Christians Should Care About Neuroplasticity

(Note: This post originally appeared on the now-defunct Breaking the Digital Spell website by contributor Brendon Scoggin.) What does it mean to be human? It is a question that has perplexed the deepest of thinkers through the ages. Unfortunately, it is a question the church has often answered incorrectly. To be human is to be … Continue reading Guest Post: Why Christians Should Care About Neuroplasticity