In my last post, I said that if you want to make your 2016 Bible reading worthwhile, then you need know how to read. You need to read successively, thoughtfully, and prayerfully. Today, I want us to consider what to read. I'll suggest a plan for beginners and then several plans for non-beginners. A Beginner Reading Plan. If … Continue reading Reading the Bible in 2016: Knowing What to Read
I have been immersed in the study of the Greek language for the past year and, by God's grace, I will continue to be immersed in it over the years. In light of that, here's a few short non-technical thoughts about what I have learned outside of parsing words, verbal roots, and examining sentence structure. Greek, just … Continue reading Thoughts on Greek from Not-So-Greek-Scholar
John Calvin Let all those acute censors, whose highest pleasure it is to banish a reverential regard of Scripture from their own and other men's hearts, come forward; let them read the Gospel of John, and, willing or unwilling, they will find a thousand sentences which will at least arouse them from their sloth; nay, … Continue reading Why is the New Testament Reliable?
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8b) If we are going to meditate on Advent throughout the month of December, we must know the reason we celebrate this season. It's not about giving gifts or receiving gifts. As good as it may seem (and … Continue reading The Purpose of Advent
Ask the average Christian how they were saved and most will include, at some point in their story, that "I asked Jesus into my heart." I've said it before, too. I think it's okay to say with the right theological framework; however it is a very loaded phrase. I am currently reading Graeme Goldsworthy's Gospel-Centered … Continue reading Jesus-in-my-heart-ism
It would, perhaps, be a seemingly great advantage had God simply inspired one, long, comprehensive and exhaustive account of Jesus life from birth to resurrection with every detail recorded. However, that is not what seemed best to God. Unlike parts of a modern day biography, the gospel accounts of Jesus do not exist primarily tell us … Continue reading What’s the Point of the Gospels?
This comes from a segment of a paper I wrote for a New Testament class in seminary. Perhaps Matthew includes the story of Herod because it paves the way for how Jews will respond to Jesus throughout his Gospel. The reason seems more significant, however. In this lesson, we will discern why Matthew included Herod … Continue reading Why Is the Story of Herod’s Slaughter in the Bible?
When Pastor Siud prayers after receiving the package of Bibles, I teared up and got goosebumps. Perhaps the most moving part was when he prayed, "You looked at all the different languages and chose which ones will be put into your word. You thought that we should see your word in our language." That is … Continue reading Receiving the New Testament in Their Own Language
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) How could someone, Paul argues, who has died with Christ through the public display of baptism (the external display of an internal reality; the symbolic representation of our death and resurrection with Christ) … Continue reading Christian and Unbaptized? Unthinkable.
Part 1 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. When was the last time you read 1 Kings or Deuteronomy and thought of Jesus? (Maybe I should just ask when you last read 1 Kings or Deuteronomy?) The sad truth is, most Christians read the Bible and have no framework for how to … Continue reading Every Text a Road to Christ