Category Archives: Apostle Paul

Parallels Between Jonah and Paul

Both were heading to Spain Jonah 1:3 – heading to Tarshish (in Spain) Rom 15:24, 28 – Paul wants to go to Spain Both sailed on the Mediterranean Jonah 1:3 – boarded a ship on the Mediterranean to get away from the Lord’s calling Acts 27:1 – It is decided Paul would sail for Italy…theyContinue Reading

In Jesus’ Name – More Than Words

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They wouldContinue Reading

Paul Answers the Five Most Basic Worldview Questions in Athens (Acts 17)

If you are unfamiliar with what worldview is…it is the underlying assumptions that we have formed that drive what we believe about the world. Some have called worldview the glasses we see the world through. Another way to look at it is our meta-narrative…the story that runs under all the other stories that we tellContinue Reading

It’s All About God – Ephesians 1:1-14

Before we can get into the beautiful and powerful description of who God is and what God is doing in us through Christ that we find in Ephesians 1, we first have to tackle the headings. NIV headings: This is where the NIV committee that assigns headings has themselves all tied up. The heading forContinue Reading

Ephesians: Purpose, Background and Structure

A few weeks ago, I started a Wednesday night series on the book of Ephesians. I chose to teach Ephesians because I think Christians today need some help with two things: reclaiming and re-imagining our identity in Christ and how that identity calls us to live. It turns out that is exactly how Paul structuredContinue Reading

The Centrality of the “One Another” Passages for Christian Unity

The Greek word alaelon, usually translated “one another”, “each other” or “mutually” occurs 100 times in the Greek New Testament. There are only 5 books in the NT that do not have this phrase (1 & 2 Tim, Philemon, 3 John, and Jude). There are two ways this word is used in the NT. 1)Continue Reading

The Earliest Gentile Missionaries (Pre-Peter/Cornelius)

Peter is often given credit as the first to reach out to the Gentiles but that is not the case. You might find this interesting: Jesus’ outreach to Gentiles The Syrophoenician woman in Tyre (Mark 7:24-30) The deaf and mute man in Sidon (Mark 7:31-37) Feeding the 4000 (Mark 8:1-13) The formerly-demon-possessed man (Mark 5:1-20) AfterContinue Reading

A Note to Frustrated Ministers

More and more I am noticing that there is a slew of ministers who want to take up the role of prophet…that is, speak words of rebuke and correction to those they minister to. Too often today through social media and on blogs we get a front row seat to ministers complaining about things, complainingContinue Reading

The Apostle Paul’s 9 Rules For Healthy Online Conversation

When you read Titus 3:1-11 it is almost like Paul knew Facebook was coming and that Christians would use it as a platform to thrash each other. Obviously he had no idea about that but the Christian internet community would be a lot more Christ-like if we put everything we type through the filter ofContinue Reading

Free Small Group Lessons: The One Another Passages

I have just uploaded a new small group series on “The One Another Passages“. It is 14 lessons, 29 pages and has been working really well in our small groups over the last month. Feel free to download it now or find it at a later date on the Free Curriculum page on this site.Continue Reading


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