Read Luke 1:1-4 … An oft recited motto has been heard thru the years that goes like this: “Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.” It is, as a rule of thumb, a very well-crafted echo of the Protestant Reformation’s motto sola scriptura. For those that don’t read … Continue reading Certainty of the Truth
Read Revelation 3:1-6 … Let’s set the scene – a young couple sits in a cozy room with a fireplace and a twinkling Christmas tree. One can tell by their conversation they haven’t made it to the point of being “a couple,” but it’s going that way. Somehow one can almost see the twinkling lights … Continue reading Strengthen What Remains
Read Colossians 3:1-17 … There are times when one comes to a crossroads and cannot decide on a course of action. Or, those times when a respected teacher or mentor takes a position that seems wrong or out of character. What should be done? At some point one is left trying to decide what to … Continue reading What to Do?
Too often, articles or conversations considering the method an individual might use during worship becomes a discussion of (what is commonly referred to as) the “five acts” of worship. These five avenues are noted in relation to the 1st century church and what they did during the assembly and then the appropriate scriptural proof is … Continue reading Intentionality in Worship
Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 … That’s right, I grew up watching Schoolhouse Rock on Saturday mornings and among some of my favorites were: “Three is a Magic Number,” “The Preamble,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and of course “Conjunction Junction.” All were catchy little toons with an actual lesson embedded in the song – sing along … Continue reading “Conjunction Junction”
Read 2 Timothy 2:14-18 … Continuing with thoughts related to what might be a hinderance to understanding what one reads in the Scriptures … Another thought to be considered is bound into understanding of the historical-cultural context of a passage.[i] When one does not appreciate the historical and cultural background of a passage, then the … Continue reading Understand What Thou Readest? Part 2.
Introduction The exact question we will be taking under consideration is, “How are women equal to men (Gal. 3:28) while the man is the head of a woman (1 Cor. 11:3)?” Although there are opinions across the entire spectrum concerning this question, the bulk of opinions on this topic fall into either a Complementarian or … Continue reading A Consideration of Gender Roles and Equality in the Light of Galatians 3:28 and 1 Corinthians 11:3.