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Reading the Bible Well: “Letters” Part 3 of 13

We are currently going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. Last week I wanted us to Understand How A Good Translation is a Huge Help and this week we’ll focus on some tips for reading New Testament Letters...

Reading the Bible Well: Part 2 of 13

We are currently going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. Last week I wanted us to recognize our role as reader and this week we’ll focus on what we are reading. Our second step is finding a good...

Reading the Bible Well part 1 of 13

Over the next 13 weeks, we will be going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. The first step, while it may seem obvious, is the foundation upon which all the other steps lie: Recognize your role as a reader....

The God Who Wants to be Known

When I was born, my parents decided to call me: Michael Samuel Sterns. Sterns is my familyname, so there was not much freedom in that. However, they had the opportunity to chooseany combination of first and middle names. I could have been Michael Stephen, Richard...
God the Galactic Narcissist?

God the Galactic Narcissist?

Perhaps you have grown up with an indelible image of God pressed into your brain through teaching and preaching that seems to boil everything in the Christian life down to God getting Glory. Not that God getting glory is a bad thing. God is glorified and should be but...
Spirit Renewed Ecclesiology: The Contribution of Moltmann’s Pneumatology for the Church

Spirit Renewed Ecclesiology: The Contribution of Moltmann’s Pneumatology for the Church

Of contemporary Protestant theologians, Jürgen Moltmann stands among giants as he is considered one of the most influential and widely read systematicians of his time.[1] Though Moltmann was Professor of Theology at Tübingen from 1967 to 1994, he spent a number of his...
Mark 13 and “The End”

Mark 13 and “The End”

In my first post in this three-part series I shared my way of reading Mark 13, explaining why I have long believed that it is a call to discernment, perseverance, faithfulness and witness, and is not an invitation to look for signs of the end-times and to calculate...
Burn the Stage

Burn the Stage

The Younger quickly sketched the image on a napkin with bold, confident strokes, eagerly outlining the thought he had just blurted out to the Elder. The Elder watched him over the rims of his reading glasses, a steaming cup of coffee — “black, the way God...
Figures of Speech In The Bible

Figures of Speech In The Bible

We are currently going over steps to form a better understanding of the Bible, the central text of the Christian faith. Last week I wanted us to learn some tips for reading Laws of the Old Testament. and this week we’ll take a look at some of the figures of speech in...