How do you resolve conflict? How does your church resolve conflict? Often those in the crosshairs or with their finger on the trigger just do a 180, pick up, and go elsewhere. It’s far easier to walk away or leave a church than face the emotionally-charged task of resolution. And, given most churches of the evangelical stripe tend to look and feel the same with similar styles of worship and[ continue reading ]

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must[ continue reading ]

Once in church we had been attending a financial person of the church 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. Hum…. The context of 2 Corinthians, starting in chapter 8 running through chapter 9, indicates the giving Paul had[ continue reading ]

Peter Head, Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and a veritable powerhouse in New Testament studies, has written a helpful post on the newly released and massive volume The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, D.A. Carson (ed.). He highlights some shortcomings that, in my estimation, are not to be overlooked. True, Head admits he will benefit from the book, but the concerns he raises warrant attention, which are: “The[ continue reading ]

When I first read D. A. Carson’s now classic Exegetical Fallacies, it changed my understanding not only of the Greek language, but more importantly my theology. At the time, so much of my theology was rooted in wrong thinking about key words and ideas based upon, what I thought, were sound principles of translation from Greek. Carson’s book set my learning on a whole new trajectory that continues to prove far richer[ continue reading ]