Category Archives: Bible

Was Paul the Best, Worst Communicator or is Something Else Going on?

There is a place in Paul’s writing that confused me for the longest time. What is the confusing statement? “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” – 1 Corinthians 2:4 When I hear “wise and persuasive” I think of Paul. I think of him first because of his pedigree, “IfContinue Reading

Is This The Most Faith-Full Moment in Jesus’ Ministry?

When you say John 4 your first thought probably goes the woman at the well. There is another story in that chapter that I find one of the most moving and faith-full moments in the Gospels. I don’t know that I need to get into the business of comparing people’s faith. That just doesn’t seemContinue Reading

Book Giveaway – Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality

Mark Powell, professor at Harding School of Theology in Memphis wrote an excellent book just over a year ago titled, “Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality.” Dr. Powell has spent a lot of time studying and teaching Christian doctrine and systematic theology and along with that the trinity. This post kicks off givingContinue Reading

The Holy Spirit’s Role in Jesus’ Miracles

Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit has enabled people to do amazing things. The Spirit empowered several of the judges to do the mighty things God called them to do (Samson and Gideon to name a few). The Holy Spirit came on Saul and enabled him to prophesy (1 Sam 10:6-10). The Holy Spirit enabled theContinue Reading

Unicorns and the King James Bible

Well the unicorn finally turned up…what made news wasn’t that it was found. This animal, the Siberian Unicorn, was already known to have existed. What made news was the date. This fossil dated to 29,000 years ago, putting it alive in the same time period as human beings. When it comes to biblical studies theContinue Reading


In Hebrew the word is אֵֶמוּנָה and in Greek it is πιστις. We are talking about faith and if you can’t read either of those two words, it doesn’t mean you don’t have faith. You don’t have to be a Hebrew or Greek scholar to have faith. You don’t have to understand all the mysteriesContinue Reading

The Fruit of the Spirit is Essential

The fruit of the Spirit is essential, not because it is a checklist unto salvation but because it is the inevitable byproduct of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. We have a funny relationship with the word “essential” often relating it to what one must do to be saved. While there are essential components toContinue Reading

Fascinating Story Order in the Gospels

Sometimes the Gospels have stories that are ordered in such a way that it just blows my mind. Because these connections span multiple stories it can be easy to miss because we often study one unit of the text at a time rather than looking at the whole or at least big chunks to seeContinue Reading

Colossians and the Balance Between Inreach and Outreach

Paul spends the first three chapters of Colossians instructing them on a number of things. When you read Colossians one of the things that jumps out is that these people are immersed in a world of competing philosophies. Paul constantly warns them that Christ is sufficient and that the philosophies of this world stand inContinue Reading

God’s Plan Often Involves Using Us to Participate in the Solution: Our Excuses and God’s Reply

I have been studying through Exodus over the last week or so and I have been struck by how God interacts with the world to bring about His sovereign will. The first thing you notice in Exodus is that God is very interested in the happenings on this world. God hears the cry of theContinue Reading


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