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Mark 12:38-40 Beware! This is the third consecutive pericope in Mark where the scribes are mentioned. In 12:28-36, a scribe questions Jesus. Then in 12:35-37, Jesus takes issue with scribal interpretation of a Psalm. And finally here, we are told to "Beware of the...read more
As I have continued studying issues related to women in ministry, gender, and hermeneutics (biblical interpretation), I have come to the conclusion that the Bible requires that Church does all that she can to both encourage and empower women to actively pursue...read more
Mark 12:35-37 Jesus, man of the people Jesus now turns His attention from answering His critics (religious elite and authorities) to teaching the people (the large crowd, v. 37). The scribes seem to be gone now, as Jesus talks to the crowd about them as if they are...read more
I just finished reading through the book of Genesis again -- this time, in the YouVersion online version of the New Living Translation. To read Genesis is to read an epic drama! At some points along the way as I read, I found myself in tears, and found my heart...read more
"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16) Some people don't like doctrinal statements, viewing them as a tool of oppression and exclusion. They would much rather be...read more
One of my favorite worship albums is Jeremy Riddle's "The Now and Not Yet." This "now and not yet" theology was made somewhat "famous" amongst Evangelicals by the scholarly work of George Eldon Ladd, especially in his The Presence of the Future and The Gospel of the...read more
Over the years I've been approached by a few people who wanted to either use the gifts they believed they had or be trained and equipped to minister through speaking (e.g., preaching, teaching, training, etc.). In simple terms, they wanted opportunities to speak from...read more
Preaching is the art of provoking hearts and minds toward Jesus and his kingdom. I believe it's an art because I'm convinced it's similar to painting or composing music. You can take a class on painting and learn the basic mechanics of brush strokes, but that's way...read more
Leviticus, p. 135 You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD. (Books of the Bible, NIV) The worshiper, a common farmer or herdsman, must enter into the outer court, ceremonially lays his hands on the...read more
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