Dear Pastor, Would you please remember that each time you preach a sermon, you’re not only expositing God’s Word to God’s people, admonishing them to align their beliefs and behavior with God’s will, but you’re also exposing them to your hermeneutical methodology that is the framework from which we understand
It’s Sunday. We’re heading to church…..again, with the hope that those who administer the Word of God will “rightly” divide it. Don’t get me wrong. This is not to say that I have a handle on what God’s Word really says and others do not. I err as much or
Another passage that comes to mind about the importance of believers being discriminate in discerning and safeguarding truth, especially as it pertains to the Gospel message (see my related post) is Philippians 3:2-3 where Paul issues the same command 3 times. The text reads: Watch out for those dogs, those
Last Sunday, a financial person of the church we have been attending stated that, after 30 years of studying God’s Word, he has found Scripture “never calls on us to give to a cause; instead we are called to give to God.” He then quoted something from 2 Cor 9.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in conversation with others (many believers, some unbelievers) who say something like, “But the Bible says…”, you fill in the blank. In fact, however, the text does not say that. Typically I’ll respond with something like “But the text says…” Most
Part 1 outlined the issue of “generational sin.” This second post addresses the problems of “generational sin” for believers and Part 3 suggests a solution. PROBLEMS WITH GENERATIONAL SIN How might “generational sin” mesh with the following texts? Exodus 34:6-7 reads: And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The
My good friend Louis over at Baker Book House notes the importance of letting Scripture speak to us rather than us speaking to Scripture. In a recent post he quotes an important insight from N. T. Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision: If you read your own question into
Are there any reasons to believe Christ appeared to Old Testament characters?
Some suggest that at least one of Abraham’s three guests in Genesis 18:1-15 was Christ. But is this the case? As for my research and reading from John Walton’s excellent commentary on Genesis, there’s sufficient reason to believe Abraham did not speak with Jesus. Read on.
On Having the Right Conclusions But the Wrong Support A few days ago I received an e-mail from a dear friend who was encouraged by a message from John 11. Her pastor took verse 44b, where Jesus said, “Unbind him, and let him go” (NASB), as a call for Christians