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Genesis 5 – Wonders from the Word – The Gospel in a Genealogy?

| September 4, 2015

If there is anything more boring than the etymology of names, it has to be genealogies; right? Not so fast. In the Bible, the meaning, and even the sound, of names is theologically important. Often there are various meanings, and sometimes the Bible gives a meaning. In Genesis 5:29, Lamech names his son Noah saying, […]

2 Peter 3:3 – You Are What You Do

| June 10, 2015

You Are What You Do 2 Peter 3:3 “Scoffers will come in the last days to scoff (2 Pet.3:3).” Scoffers will scoff and mockers will mock. People are named after what they do. A carpenter does carpentry. Teachers teach. Lawyers practice law. Years ago last names were based upon occupations. My last name, “Hall,” comes […]

John 13 – Our Serving God

| March 23, 2015

The washing of feet mirrors the crucifixion in so many ways most notably Jesus is the last person who should be washing feet. He is the master, and yet He serves. Also, Jesus even washes the feet of Judas (13:18), for whom He also died. And, if Jesus did not wash their feet, they could […]

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 – Paul is Human

| July 24, 2014

News Alert! Paul was human! Excuse the hyperbole, but I wonder sometimes if we inappropriately place Paul on a pedestal far above us, a little above Peter, and just a tad below Jesus. The humanity of Peter is easy to see and empathize with; just ask anyone with the habit of inserting foot into mouth. […]

Proverbs 31 – A Proverbs 31 Man

| June 14, 2014

I am incredible! I must be incredible! After all, an incredible woman married me! Now before you think I’ve gone insane … “too late”… there is truth to the principle even if I don’t always live up to it. And I am not just speaking about me or for me. We often focus on the […]

Genesis 1-3 – God’s First Temple

| May 21, 2014

What is the first temple? Jews today speak of Solomon’s temple as the first, and Herod’s as the second, either ignoring Zerubbabel’s or else combining it with Herod’s. So Solomon’s is the first? Not quite. The tabernacle is also called a temple (1 Samuel 1:9; 3:3). So the tabernacle is the first temple? Hold on. […]

Genesis 4:9 – Wonders From the Word – Keeping is Loving

| May 9, 2014

Cain dismissively answers God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain is sarcastically saying he isn’t responsible for Abel; he isn’t Abel’s baby sitter, although many years ago he might have been as the older brother. Such an attitude cautions us on how we answer and treat one another. In Iain Provan’s Seriously Dangerous Religion, he […]

John 20:1 – While It Was Still Dark

| January 4, 2014

Fear of the dark is common among children and to a more limited number of adults. The darkness is not what is fearful but rather the possible or imagined dangers concealed by the darkness. Some suggest that the fear of the dark is a natural phase of child development, and that it rarely appears before […]

Matthew 12 – How To Establish Authority

| July 21, 2013

Matthew 12 makes a good study in how to establish authority. Three essential truths found within the text is: 1) Authority is found within Scripture; 2) Scripture must be applied for it to have any meaning; 3) Truth can be found, understood and applied. Authority is established by four means: 1) Command – You have […]

Matthew 8:18-34 – A Living Analogy of Discipleship

| March 31, 2013

Disciples follow by first by being with and learning, and finally by imitating. Following Jesus is an important aspect of the story of Jesus calming the storm (Mt 8.23-27). Matthew places stories together that help to interpret each other, one setting up the other, using a literary technique called a “catchword” to tie these themes […]