“Have faith not fear.” “God’s got this.” “I’m just choosing to trust God and not live in fear.” These are three examples of slogans that many believers are using in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and America’s current political climate. Not all who say these slogans are Christians. But it does seem like the vast … Continue reading Trust God & Live in Fear
As a culture, we are fascinated with the unknown. Monster and horror movies are all the rage. Exorcism has become a popular genre of film, and it seems like there’s a never-ending catalogue of tv shows about people trying to catch ghosts. This fascination with the unknown is not foreign in Biblical study either. For … Continue reading Demons – What Are They? (Halloween Edition)
Within my first blog on Isaiah, I posted that individualism is often one of the major forces behind our lackluster response to injustice. After posting that blog, as well as after many conversations with others about this topic, some good questions arose. For example: “Why is individualism so bad?” “Isn’t salvation, ultimately, between an individual … Continue reading Practical Ways to Fight Individualism
The Sabbath laws were critical in ancient Israelite worship. God rested on the seventh day of Creation, and His example set a precedent for how the entire nation was to conduct its business. Remembering the Sabbath made it into the Ten Commandments. Several chapters of Torah are devoted to explaining its inner workings. When Sabbath … Continue reading Sabbath Law and COVID-19
Let us return to our look at biblical repentance. If you haven’t checked out the previous two blogs on this subject, I would highly recommend that you do so. This one is a continuation of those other two. Specifically, I would like to further explore what it might mean for us to live-out the concept … Continue reading Embodying Repentance
This blog is a continuation of my study on biblical repentance. If you haven’t read the previous post “A Brief Look at Biblical Repentance,” I encourage you to do that first. I plan to narrow our focus here on one of the Greek words for “repentance” used in the New Testament: metanoio μετανοέωas. That previous blog … Continue reading Repentance: A Key to the Kingdom?
Repentance is hard to define. It seems that everyone has their own idea on what it’s supposed to mean. In particular, if you follow any sort of celebrity news, you might be familiar with Hollywood-style apologies. Tiger Woods, after being caught in adulterous acts, made the statement that: “I have let my family down and … Continue reading A Brief Look at Biblical Repentance
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?”
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?