Category Archives: New Testament

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

Great Material, Great Deal At Logos – Study, Apply, Share Resources

When I find good deals and good material, I try to pass it along. When I find something that is both…it is even better. This time, it’s Logos “Study, Apply, Share” material. It is written on various books of the New Testament with the preacher/teacher in mind. So far they have done Mark, Luke, Philippians,Continue Reading

Bible Class Material on 2 Corinthians

Here is a Bible class I taught on 2 Corinthians several years ago. I am adding it to the Bible class archive/small group lessons here on the blog and wanted to give it a mention. 2 Corinthians Like this:Like Loading…

Parables of Jesus – 12 weeks of free lessons on the Parables

I just wrapped up a lesson series on the parables. As always, I like to post them here for whoever might want them or need them for personal or public study. Thanks to all of you who have downloaded and used lessons in the past. I love to see that these get used! This bringsContinue Reading

Moralizing Scripture…the Rush to Application and Misappropriating the Text

When you teach the Bible there should be a desire to find the application to our everyday lives. The quickest path to finding application is to moralize scripture. Moralizing scripture is finding good moral lessons in the verses we are readying and using the scriptures to teach people who to behave better. That is notContinue Reading

Seeing What Was There the Whole Time

Companies typically spend a great deal of time and money trying to create a logo that works. Often these logos involve disguised images that might not be obvious upon first glance but if you look hard enough it becomes obvious that a lot more time and effort went into these logs than we might firstContinue Reading

Church and The “Jacob Syndrome”

We live in a world of choices. When you have enough choices you learn to choose the things that have the most to offer you. Consumerism boils down to you thinking you are what is most important, whether or not that is actually the case is up for debate. We are trained to make decisionsContinue Reading

Church is the Clay Community

When I was growing up I really believed that the church had everything perfect. We had perfect doctrine. We had perfect practice. We had it right and the only other people who also had it right were some unnamed group of people on some remote island who happened upon a Bible, formed a church andContinue Reading

Grace Doesn’t Mean We Give Up On Truth

One of the most famous verses in the Gospel of John says this about Jesus, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). John tells us that in beholding Jesus you can’tContinue Reading

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