Thoughts on a broad range of questions related to the Bible and Theology.
Recently I read through Psalm 119 in my daily Bible reading. This is a really amazing chapter in the Bible. It is the longest chapter in the Bible, and nearly every verse says something about God’s word. If you want to learn something about the nature and purpose of the… Continue reading
Marc Cortez, who teaches theology at Western Seminary in Portland, has written a series thought provoking of articles on What’s Wrong with our Gospel. We often divorce the Gospel from its context in the biblical story of redemption and focus almost exclusively on our individual experience with God. Just… Continue reading
Most churches have Bible studies in small group settings, but they are not all run in the same way. Sometimes the Bible study resembles a Sunday School class, with a long lecture from the study leader and only limited interaction. At the other extreme, some studies are conducted without a… Continue reading
One of the advantages of reading through the Bible on a regular basis is that you will encounter passages that you might not otherwise read. In my reading today it was the juxtaposition of the OT and NT readings that raised some interesting questions.
The OT reading for today included… Continue reading
In today’s reading in my church Bible reading program there is a curious phrase: “Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan was priest and king’s friend” (1 Ki 4:5, ESV). There is nothing unusual about the king having friends, but this statement… Continue reading
What does righteous behavior look like? Ezekiel 18:5-18 emphasizes individual responsibility, and states that God will not reward a wicked son because he has a righteous father or punish the righteous son of a wicked father. In this discussion, the passage lists righteous/wicked behavior in three lists that are very similar. Here is the first one: Continue reading
Sometimes it is helpful to look to past generations for an example of godly devotion. One such example is John William Fletcher (1729-1785), whom John Wesley admired and desired to imitate. Seven months after his conversion, Fletcher penned a covenant with God which is a classic statement of Christian devotion. The covenant in its entirety is quoted by Fred Sanders in Scriptorium Daily.