Category Archives: New Testament

New Series – Exploring the First Century Church

I am going to kick off a new series this week on “Exploring the First Century Church.” I am going to spend some time digging into what the early church was like, how they worshipped, what they taught, etc as demonstrated by what we have in the New Testament and Greco-Roman sources. In our RestorationContinue Reading

Progressivism and Conservatism Part 2: Travelers on the Road to Emmaus

Travelers on the Road to Emmaus… Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyesContinue Reading

My Favorite Verse

If left to pick from all the verses of the Bible and I had to boil it all down to one verse I would pick Revelation 21:5, “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” That verseContinue Reading

Mind Blown – the Interconnected Narratives of the Gospel of John

As I am studying through and teaching the Gospel of John I am in awe of just how interconnected this book is. I don’t even know where to start but I will take a stab at it. Jesus comes on the scene as the lamb of God who comes to take away the sins ofContinue Reading

What Is Your Favorite Commentary?

If you had to pick one commentary, which is your favorite? I know that is hard to pick so if you want to do favorite Old Testament and favorite New Testament that works! Here are mine: OT: Robert Alter’s “The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary” NT/Overall: Ben Witherington’s 1 & 2 Corinthians CommentaryContinue Reading

Reading the Bible Contextually: Be Familiar With the Metanarratives

Metanarrative is the concept that in life we have larger stories that we see our lives fitting into. On a personal level it may be that things that were said to you as a child still impact you today…the words your father said or didn’t say still impact the value you see in yourself. OnContinue Reading

Reading the Bible Contextually: Pay Attention to the Whole Point

When we read Paul’s letters they are meticulously crafted and full of rhetoric (the art of making a persuasive argument). There have been entire commentaries devoted to unpacking the rhetoric of the New Testament documents and rightfully so…it is how they made their case in those days. The obstacle we face today is that theContinue Reading

You Cannot Be a True Disciple and Be Unloving

Some who claim so stridently to be true disciples based on their obedience to every jot and tittle and even tittes that aren’t there have missed this…I don’t even have any other commentary on this point, just these words from Jesus, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,Continue Reading

Reading the Bible Contextually – The Double Healing of Mark 8

I love reading scripture. I also love reading about how to read scripture better. As you read about the Bible and commentaries on Bible passages you become aware of more of the things that are going on in the text that never jumped out at you before. It pays to learn some of the techniquesContinue Reading

Reading the Bible Contextually: An Experience I Will Never Forget

When you zoom out from single verses and begin to read the Bible in more meaningful wholes there are several things that will begin to notice that you may never have noticed before. This can be true from reading a whole chapter to reading hundreds of pages. The benefits of reading larger pieces of scriptureContinue Reading

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