Read Matthew 13:10-13 One often finds Jesus speaking to the people, teaching them in their homes, while walking on the roads, sitting in the countryside, or while sitting in a boat. Once, from a boat, Jesus was teaching, and He told the crowd a parable – it was the parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:1-8). … Continue reading A Perplexing Parable
Read John 4:21-24 … What constitutes acceptable worship is a perennial question to which many seek the answer – from those that consider themselves Christian to any other world religion. The reason is that one, as the worshipper, desires to please God. It’s a basic drive among those that seek to worship the Divine because … Continue reading Do Christians Proskyneō?
Read Joshua 9:3-15 … An interesting question was raised on a preaching forum recently that has to do with the possible relationship between an OT example of an action and how that example might relate to the current discussion that exists around the marriage, divorce, and remarriage debate (MDR). The question comes partly from the … Continue reading A Question of Comparison
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.
Read Hebrews 5:11-14 … Oops! The universal code for “Well, I didn’t mean to do that!” How many of us haven’t had to say an “oops” every now and then, or maybe even something that might be described as more … colorful? We make mistakes. We drop the ball. We stand with a ripped grocery … Continue reading Understand What Thou Readest?
Read Psalm 80:8-19; John 15:1-6 … There are some figures of speech that most would be able to understand simply because of their long-term use in (at least) the English language. “I wouldn’t go out today, it’s raining cats and dogs.” “She will always be the apple of my eye.” “Have you seen what that … Continue reading Figures of Speech
Read Mark 12:18-27 … So … Little Johnny comes home from school one day and announces to his mother, “Today I learned what’s in every book in every library in the world!” To which his mother replied, “That’s amazing sweetie! Tell me, what’s in every book in every library in the world?” Little Johnny, beaming, … Continue reading Words Matter
Read Hebrews 10:1-10 … Different disciplines have different words for the same concept. In mathematics the thought might be expressed using the term trajectory. In the field of music, the idea is motif. In literature the term theme. In each case, and surely in other disciplines too, what is being described is an identifiable recurring … Continue reading Themes in the Scriptures
Read John 5:38-40 … As with real estate the important consideration is location, location, location; when reading the Scriptures, the important consideration is context, context, context. It has been a proverbial saying of many when thinking about what the Scriptures are trying to get across that a verse without context is a pretext to a … Continue reading Context, Context, Context
Read Matthew 7:24-27 & John 20:24-29 … Previously we discussed the three primary periods of time into which the Scriptures are broken: Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian. Into what era one is born determines to which section of God’s word one appeals for authority. Briefly during that discussion, it was also noted that there are different … Continue reading Wisdom and Narrative