Category Archives: New Testament

Peter Took Him By the Right Hand and He Helped Him Up

3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, heContinue Reading

Logos’ Baker Academic Biblical Greek Collection (6 vols) – A Great Resource for Learning or Refreshing Your Greek

Over the last few weeks I have been working through Logos‘ Baker Academic Biblical Greek Collection and it has been tremendously helpful in refreshing my Greek. This bundle is designed to give you a variety of beginner and intermediate level Greek resources to help you either learn Koine Greek or brush up on it ifContinue Reading

The Power of Experience

The Gospels spend a tremendous amount of time on the Passion and Resurrection narratives. As N.T. Wright wrote in Surprised by Hope, “Take away the stories of Jesus’s birth, and you lose only two chapters of Matthew and two of Luke. Take away the resurrection, and you lose the entire New Testament and most ofContinue Reading

Finally Read Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

I finally got around to reading Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright on the trip to Bakersfield this weekend. The book could have been called “Surprised by What the Bible Actually Says About Heaven and Resurrection and What That Has to do with the MissionContinue Reading

The Apostle Paul’s 9 Rules For Healthy Online Conversation

When you read Titus 3:1-11 it is almost like Paul knew Facebook was coming and that Christians would use it as a platform to thrash each other. Obviously he had no idea about that but the Christian internet community would be a lot more Christ-like if we put everything we type through the filter ofContinue Reading

Restoration Movement – God is Interested in More than Proper Worship and Doctrine

The Bible starts off by telling us that God made everything and everything was “good”. Only 1400 words into the three-quarters of a million word story and the whole thing falls apart. Adam and Eve broke the sole command they had, followed by one of their kids killing their other kid, followed by ever increasingContinue Reading

The Power of Context – Connecting Stories In Luke 18-19

After that last post about studying contextually, I wanted to give an example of how connecting points bring stories together and are actually used to illustrate the points being made even when the stories are not at first obviously connected. Luke 18 starts with a parable of a widow who is so persistent in her pleadingContinue Reading

What Did Jesus Mean When He Talked About Causing “Little ones to Stumble”?

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. ” – LukeContinue Reading

Free Small Group Lessons: The One Another Passages

I have just uploaded a new small group series on “The One Another Passages“. It is 14 lessons, 29 pages and has been working really well in our small groups over the last month. Feel free to download it now or find it at a later date on the Free Curriculum page on this site.Continue Reading

Review of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) on Logos

I have owned a hard copy of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) for the last 8 years and it has been an invaluable resource on my shelf. There just isn’t any other lexicon out there with this amount of detail and accuracy. It has been my “go to” resource for Greek studies.Continue Reading