Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Matthew 1:18-24 – Joseph: The Other Father of Jesus

| December 5, 2017

One of my favorite parts of the story of Jesus’s birth is very personal. It is about a parent who adopted a child who was not biologically theirs. May the world know more “Joseph’s” – the other father of Jesus.

1 Peter 1:14,18 – An Ignorant and Empty Life

| September 13, 2017

An Ignorant and Empty Life: “Do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance…for you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life” (1 Peter 1:14,18). Peter’s writings are not considered as scholarly as Paul’s, much like Jeremiah is not as compared to Isaiah. Maybe that says something about me […]

Hear Feel Do – Acts 2:37-38

| September 13, 2017

I saw a t-shirt with the slogan “Hear Feel Do – John 4:23-34”. Not sure that is the best verse for that slogan. Acts 2:37-38 fits perfectly though: “And when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts and asked, what must we do? Peter said, ‘Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in […]

Ephesians – That’s Me

| June 24, 2017

Saturday’s Special – My daily goal is to not let my work get the way of reading my Bible. As a preacher, you might think this is strange. Don’t I read the Bible in preparing to write sermons, classes, and articles, and such? Yes. But. Sigh. I have discovered, rather too late in life, that […]

Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48 – The Woman Who Interrupted

| June 23, 2017

There is a woman who interrupts another story. This “interruption” is real in the sense of historically accurate; but it is also symbolic (at least to me). Sometimes interruptions are annoying, and other times life-changing. Jesus is approached by a leader in the synagogue; an important man. She is not important, at least as viewed […]

Titus 2:4 – Loving Your Husband

| May 27, 2017

Strumming my fingers incoherently while driving, and all of a sudden my brain makes an unconscious connection and I start to sing “Green acres is the place to be. Farm living is the life for me.” “For me” is the husband. Think about those last two words – “for me”. When you watch the opening […]

John 1:1-2 – Chiasm

| May 20, 2017

John 1:1-2 – Notice two things: 1) The order of the words in Greek is different than in English which lends itself to an interesting chiasm. 2) While we normally quote just 1:1 as a complete thought, the chiastic order suggests v.2 should be included. A – In (the) beginning was the Word B – […]

Mark 1:15 – Repent then Believe?

| April 24, 2017

One of the arguments made against baptism being the “when” one receives God’s grace is that the “order” of Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, and Baptism is not set in scripture. For example, Mark 1:15 is cited where repent is listed before believe: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent […]

Matthew 22:39 – How To Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

| February 14, 2017

Everyone knows the Second Great Command as listed by Jesus and lifted from Leviticus; but do we know how to love others as ourselves? Pragmatically, a Jewish Rabbi focused on “as yourselves”: “Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see […]

Acts 17:1 – An Eugenics Program

| February 13, 2017

Each church needs a eugenics program. Properly defined, eugenics is, “the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.” […]