This is my sermon manuscript for the March men’s breakfast at Word of Life Baptist Church. I have edited it a bit to better fit this online format. For example, before giving this sermon, I gave a twelve question “pop-quiz” that had a few basic Bible and theology-type questions within it: How many books are … Continue reading Loving the Lord with our Minds
There are certain phrases in the Christian vocabulary that, while normal to believers, are head-scratchers for unbelievers. For example: “traveling mercies.” Camp or spiritual “high.” Doing “life together.” Inviting Jesus “into your heart.” Those of us who are familiar with western Christian culture have likely assimilated these phrases into our religious word-stock and don’t even … Continue reading What’s a “Hedge of Protection?”
As I prepare to teach Mark 5:1-20 at my church’s youth group this upcoming Wednesday, I am again struck by how odd this episode of scripture is. Why is the demoniac living in a graveyard? How is he able to break out of chains? Why does it seem as if Jesus grants these demon’s request? … Continue reading Mark 5:1-20 and the Pigs of Gerasa
For an explanation of what this post is, see “The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of 1 Peter pt. 1.” Concluding Words (youth group lesson transcript taught on 11.6.19) This is our final lesson on the “what” and “how” of 1 Peter. We have been studying this book for a while now, both so that we can … Continue reading The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of 1 Peter pt. 5
For an explanation of what this post is, see “The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of 1 Peter pt. 1.” A Few Words on Suffering (youth group lesson transcript taught on 10.23.19) I would like to continue our series on the ‘What’ and the ‘How’ of 1 Peter. That is, we have been talking about both the … Continue reading The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of 1 Peter pt. 4
This is a follow up post to “are people removing scripture from our Bibles?” If you have not read that blog yet, I’d advise you to do so before this one. Because, within that, we were only able to discuss well-known scripture passages that have been removed because of their lack of manuscript evidence. But … Continue reading Are people adding scripture to the Bible?
While it is not typically asked in such an “on the nose” way, this question has come up frequently. Are the translation committees that are tasked with creating new versions of the English Bible purposefully removing sections of scripture? If you spend any time on Facebook, you might have seen memes that claim such a … Continue reading Are people removing scripture from the Bible?