Why Study The Bible? Part 1

Editor's Note: This series is designed to provide answers as to why we should pursue serious study of the Bible and to dispel the false notion that serious study cannot lead to personal, spiritual transformation. Each fall it is my happy privilege to teach Biblical interpretation at our church. And each fall the point that … Continue reading Why Study The Bible? Part 1

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New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Conclusion

Editor's Note: This series is for those who want to better understand the New Testament's historical-cultural background. You can find previous posts in this series here. It's rather embarrassing to admit that I'm just now finishing this series after beginning it in November. And I'm not just now finishing it because of the wealth of material … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Conclusion

Questions You Need To Ask Before Teaching The Bible

Let’s be honest: teaching the Bible is scary. If it’s not to you, it should be. Whether you are a small group leader, Sunday school teacher, professor, pastor, or anything else where the Word of God has been entrusted to you to magnify and exposit, you should tremble. The Holy Word of God, His grand love … Continue reading Questions You Need To Ask Before Teaching The Bible

New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Pt. 3

Editor's Note: This series is for those who want to better understand the New Testament's historical-cultural background, but aren't sure where to start. Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here, respectively. As we venture in to week 3 of New Testament backgrounds, I want us to get a feel for what Rome's expansion policies were … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Pt. 3

New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Pt. 2

Editor's Note: This series is for those who want to better understand the New Testament's historical-cultural background, but aren't sure where to start. Part 1 of this series can be found here. Last week I introduced this series by giving you a broad timeline of the New Testament's historical context (356 B.C.-A.D. 313) and the three … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For Beginners: Pt. 2

New Testament Backgrounds For The Beginner: Intro

Editor's Note: This series is designed for those who would like to learn more about the historical and cultural background in which the New Testament was written, but aren't sure where to start. We know that the Bible was written in real time and space and that it records events that happened in real time … Continue reading New Testament Backgrounds For The Beginner: Intro

By Faith

Hebrews is one of my favorite books of the bible.  It manages to link the Old and New Testament with such clarity.  It is full of empowering declarative statements.  My heart turns to a worshipful attitude and reveals new mysteries every time I read it.  I just finished reading Hebrews 11.  It  takes us through many … Continue reading By Faith

Does The Bible Really Say That God Hates?

Yes. Yes it does. Among the things that the Bible tells us that God hates are idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:31), sexual immorality (Leviticus 20:1-23), child sacrifice (Deuteronomy 12:31, 2 Kings 3:27), and those individuals that do evil deeds and acts (Psalm 5:4-6). Proverbs 6:16-19 lists seven different things that the LORD hates. They include pride, lying, … Continue reading Does The Bible Really Say That God Hates?

Don’t Ask Questions The Text Isn’t Answering

When we come to the Bible, we usually come with our own set of questions. What does God's Word say about this or that? For instance, we might ask what the Bible teaches about marriage or parenting. And, generally speaking, the Bible does indeed have a lot to say on these kinds of topics. But … Continue reading Don’t Ask Questions The Text Isn’t Answering

To Do Or Not To Do: The Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Dilemma.

I was young and God was blowing up my world. I’d tasted the poison of the world and had found fulfillment in Christ. An unquenchable desire to be in God’s Word was in my heart. I would find myself reading the Bible yearning for God to use it to change me. I’m thankful that He … Continue reading To Do Or Not To Do: The Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Dilemma.