Category Archives: New Testament

How We Go About Disagreeing With Each Other Matters…Really.

It is amazing to me how people will blast other Christians for things with so much anger, bitterness and venom…all clearly sinful attitudes and actions on display. We know what the Bible teaches on this, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.” – 1 TimContinue Reading

Luke vs. Josephus: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?

Maybe someone can shed some light on this for me. I have been studying the birth of Jesus and have been looking into Luke’s account, particularly how Luke set the birth of Jesus into the historical circumstances of the day. Particularly, Herod was King of Judea (Luke 1:5) Caesar Augustas was Emperor (Luke 2:1) QuiriniusContinue Reading

The First Eight Greek Words in the Gospel of Matthew

I am fascinated by the opening line of the Gospel of Matthew, Βίβλος γενέσεως Ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ υἱοῦ Δαυὶδ υἱοῦ Ἀβραάμ. Biblos geneseos Jesus Christ son [of] David son [of] Abraham Matthew starts kicks off the New Testament with an echo of Genesis 1…that this is the Genesis of the story of Jesus who is ofContinue Reading

Thanksgiving and What Ancient Letters Teach Us About Being Thankful

It is no secret that ancient letters had a particular format much like we think of the format of personal letters today. I am not going to get into all of it right now but you can read more about that here if you are interested – Ephesians: Purpose, Background and Structure. One of theContinue Reading

4 Words that Connect Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 1 and Ephesians

Dueteronomy 6:4-9 is one of the most popular passages in the entire Old Testament. Those verses serve as instruction about intentionally passing on faith to the next generation before the Hebrews enter the promised land. There are four words in Deuteronomy 6 that are later echoed in Psalm 1 and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians…IContinue Reading

Walking in the Light, the Grace of God and Liberation from the Rat Race of Earning It

I got up early this morning to go on a long run. About 5 miles in I was crossing the street in the dark and tripped over the sidewalk sliding on my hands and knees. Turns out there wasn’t a curb cut there to transition from the street back onto the sidewalk but I couldn’tContinue Reading

Yertle the Turtle, Greco-Roman Meals and Jesus

The great poet and part-time theologian Doctor Seuss told the story about societal pecking orders, abuse of authority and how complex systems of hegemony and hierarchy can come crashing down by the simple acts of the little guy at the bottom of the pile. The story is Yertle the turtle. The antagonist is King YertleContinue Reading

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

Logos Review: The Book of Revelation (NIGTC) By G.K. Beale

Beale’s Revelation Commentary in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series is excellent. It is listed as one of the top commentaries on Revelation by Scot McKnight and, although as McKnight notes slightly dated (1999), it is extremely thorough. Beale goes to great lengths to give you the major interpretations of the most important aspectsContinue Reading

The Problem with Source Criticism

is that it comes from a generation immersed in sources. Source criticism is a theory that studies at documents like the New Testament and trying to determine where those who wrote it or even Jesus himself got his initial information from. It assumes there aren’t really many new ideas in the history of humanity butContinue Reading

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