Category Archives: New Testament

Exploring the First Century Church: Instruction & Teaching

The last post talked about the Bible proper. This post is going to be exploring how the early church went about making instructions and teaching from what they had. As was already mentioned, completed New Testaments took some time to be compiled, copied and circulated as a whole for the churches in the ancient world.Continue Reading

Exploring the First Century Church: Bible & Canon

There could be a whole dictionary written on interesting terms in the Bible vs how they are used or understood today. I want to take a few posts to examine a few of these so that we can move our understanding of these things closer to theirs.   Bible Do a word search of theContinue Reading

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

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