• What's on God's Sin List for Today?, published by Wipf and Stock, 2011

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Thank you for visiting BiblicalEthic.org!

Yes, dear reader, there is a consistent Biblical ethic, despite all the claims you may have heard to the contrary.  This site is here to introduce you to my concise explanation of which Biblical commands are intended to be timeless and universal, contained in the book What's on God's Sin List for Today?  It is also here to help you link to other related pieces I have written on Biblical ethics (again, see Links). 

Why would a guy like me who is so thrilled to be saved by the grace of God, ever end up writing so much on Biblical ethics?  God only knows!

Tom Hobson, Ph. D., Assistant Pastor, Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, Chesterfield, MO

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  • If you are searching for Bonhomme Church:

    If you have inquiries about the ministries or services we provide at Bonhomme Church, here is the link you are looking for: http://www.bonpres.org.

  • From the cover of the book:

    Christians get confused about exactly what to do with the commands in the Bible. Do we need to give up pork and shellfish? Is it a sin to eat roadkill, or to eat blood sausage? Is it a sin to wear mixed fabric? Is cross-dressing a crime? What about tattoos? What do we do with that command not to boil a kid in its mother’s milk? And if none of these commands is for Christians today, then which Bible commands are for today?

    This book is designed to help you find solid answers to the question, “Which parts of the Bible’s teaching are timeless and universal, and which parts are only for the people to whom the Bible was first written?” We will examine the laws in the Old Testament, the New Testament sin lists, and how they speak to issues such as sex, alcohol and drugs, obscene language, and gambling as they existed in the first-century world, as we seek to discover what’s on God’s sin list for us today.

    This book is available directly from the publisher, Wipf and Stock (https://wipfandstock.com/store/Whats_On_Gods_Sin_List_for_Today).  It is also available both in hard copy and on Kindle from Amazon, as well as from Barnes and Noble, Lifeway, and Christian Discount Book (see Links).  

    A summary of the book has been published in Theology Matters under the title "A Consistent Biblical Ethic" (http://www.theologymatters.com/TM111102.pdf).  A TV interview with the author about the book has been posted at Fox Channel 2 in St Louis (http://fox2now.com/2012/05/13/new-book-asks-whats-on-gods-sin-list/).

    ''It is impressive to observe how such a detailed discussion on sin lists in the entire Bible is presented in such a concise piece . . . I recommend this easy-to-read and rich-content piece to the average Christian reader, students of biblical ethics and reading groups at church sessions.'' 
    --Daniel Darko, PhD, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts

    ''Tom Hobson's What's on God's Sin List for Today . . . is a biblically sound and insightful approach that is convincing, convicting, and redemptive.''
    --James Slone, Senior Pastor, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL

    ''Dr. Hobson's book gives readers fresh insights into the relevance of Old Testament laws for our lives today. For those interested in Christian ethics, it will prove to be a valuable conversation partner.''
    --Timothy Saleska, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

    "Your book was the best book I had for ethics class.  All the other books really s__ked." -- Bailie, College Student

  • New Patheos Blog launched!

    My new Patheos blog called "Biblical Words and World" is now operational.  You can access it at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tomhobson/.  Like the blog I started here, my new blog will feature brief Biblical word studies and cultural windows into the Biblical world.  (Everything we have posted this year will remain here thru and including "Fun in the Septuagint".)

  • What Did Jesus Really Say About Homosexuality?

    Some claim that Jesus never said one word about homosexual behavior.  But not only did Jesus clearly teach the sexual ethic taught by the Torah, "The two [man and woman] shall become one flesh [a lifelong unbreakable union]," but Jesus also uses a word on his sin list in Mark 7:22 that appears to be his synonym for homosexual behavior and other sexual offenses beyond fornication and adultery.  You can read the evidence in my article "Aselgeia in Mark 7:22," published in Filologia Neotestamentaria (http://www.bsw.org/Filologia-Neotestamentaria/Vol-21-2008/-7936-963-941-955-947-949-953-945-In-Mark-7-22/523/).

     

  • SEXUAL MORALITY RESOURCES
  • The Immigrant in the Hebrew Bible

    My 2010 analysis of the complete Biblical teaching on the ger (immigrant/alien/sojourner) may be found by clicking the following link: http://www.layman.org/news507f/.  This article seeks to correct the often erroneous appeals to the Bible that are made in contemporary debate on the subject.

  • Historicity: Does It Matter?

    Some ask if it really matters whether events in the Bible really happened.  Couldn't they simply be inspired fiction, and still express profound truth?  Outside the Bible, that can often be true.  But Biblical teachings lose much of their authority if we suppose that they were fiction.  Read more in my 3-part series in the Presbyterian Outlook:

  • Outlook Blogs

    The Presbyterian Outlook has also published a number of blogs of mine on Biblical law and related topics (see Links).  Titles include:

    • "Same-Gender Marriage in Ancient Rome"
    • "Exploding a Progressive Myth" (the false claim that nobody knew about loving, mutual same-sex desire in Biblical times)
    • "The Eunuch"
    • "Some New-Old Spin on Biblical Law" (some valuable insights from Rushdoony and theonomy)
    • "The Rights of the Poor"
    • "Compassion at Gunpoint"
    • "Economic Equality"
    • "High-Tech Deceitful Measures"
    • "Whom Would Jesus Bankrupt?"
    • "Capitalism"
    • "Health Care"
    • "Oppression"
    • "Favoritism"
    • "Patriotism?"
  • The Pastor Who Convinced Lincoln

    The Outlook also features my research on the huge (extremely rare!) book written by Lincoln's Springfield, IL pastor to defend the truth of the Bible: http://www.pres-outlook.com/opinion3/guest-commentary3/906-the-pastor-who-convinced-lincoln.html.

  • CANON: A MOVING TARGET?

    This article of mine in Theology Matters (http://www.theologymatters.com/editoruploads/files/TM_140108_JanFeb.pdf - scroll down on page) describes how the Bible's two canons were formed, not by top-down commands of an emperor or council, but by churchwide grassroots recognition of which books were inspired by God, which was then ratified by authorities later on.

  • Punitive Expulsion

    One way we can tell which OT commands are meant to be timeless and universal is by the penalties attached to them.  Commands with a death penalty are obviously the most serious.  But what is this penalty "cut off from (one's) people"?  This question became the topic for my Ph.D. dissertation.  Two chapters of that dissertation have been published:

  • Kosher in the Greek?

    This article of mine in ZAR 19 (2014): 307-312 (http://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-rU5DL39o8ENFlhWm9qN3VWTzg/view?usp=sharing) explores the meaning of the Septuagint's translation of two items on the kosher food lists in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 as the "giraffe" (a kosher mammal) and the "snake-fighter" (a kosher insect). 

  • Biblical Law Resources

    Complete printed lectures of mine on "Biblical Law" and on "The Bible, Economics, and Politics" are available thru the Info Center.

  • What Wesley Practiced and Preached About Money

    Here are two short articles on John Wesley's incredible simple lifestyle, which enabled him to give away up to 95% of his income at one point.  Just go to http://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-rU5DL39o8EMjJXajVoSmxPMDg/view?usp=sharing

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