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Articles by Joel Okamoto

Eschatology and the Islamic State
October 28, 2014 – 1:49 pm | 2 Comments
Eschatology and the Islamic State

Reflecting on ISIL, theology, and a lecture by Timothy Furnish.

His Resurrection and Ours: Why Easter Matters
May 5, 2014 – 12:10 pm | 2 Comments
His Resurrection and Ours: Why Easter Matters

There remains no doubt that Easter is very important for Christians. But it is just as important to know why Easter matters.

Easter Sunday • Acts 10:34–43 • April 20, 2014
April 8, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
In this pericope, Peter portrays Christ’s resurrection as God’s vindication of his identity and his work. In the resurrection, God gives assurance that Jesus is Lord and the judge of the living and the …

New Calvinism and the News
February 17, 2014 – 9:31 am | 4 Comments
New Calvinism and the News

Putting the “New Calvinism,” and its interest in Luther and Lutherans, in context.

Lent 1 • Romans 10:8b–13 • February 17, 2013
February 5, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
Notes on the pericope
This pericope is a portion of Paul’s lengthy discussion of the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles in his letter to the Romans. At this point in the discussion, …

Easter 4 • Acts 4:1–12 • April 29, 2012
February 27, 2012 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
Notes on the Pericope
The lesson from the fourth chapter of Acts relates events after Peter and John had been arrested after healing a lame beggar. Their actions provoked a response. Annoyed because …

Easter 4 • John 10:1–10 • May 15, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
Notes on the pericope
This pericope consists of a paroimia (“parable” or “figure” or “illustration”) and part of Jesus’s explanation.
The parable follows an exchange recorded in chapter 9 between Jesus and the Pharisees …

Proper 8 • 1 Kings 19:9b–21 • June 27, 2010
May 7, 2010 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

By Dr. Joel P. Okamoto
Notes on the pericope
This pericope presents Elijah’s encounter with Yahweh on Mount Horeb and his call of Elisha. Recently Elijah had been on another mountain, Carmel, where he challenged the prophets …