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It’s a popular notion to insist that a Scripture can only have one meaning or primary theological idea. When I studied the book of Revelation in seminary, one of the means by which we worked through the text was to consult dozens of commentaries to see how...read more
Mark 7:24-30 Jesus Heals in a Foreigner Jesus enters into a Gentile region north of Galilee in Phoenicia: Tyre and Sidon. Could it be just coincidence that after teaching that defilement comes from within the heart, not externally, that in the next pericope we find...read more
Mark 7:14-23 Jesus explains true defilement to the people This is really a continuation from the previous section on the question (from the Pharisees) of eating with defiled hands (Mk. 7:1-13). Now Jesus turns to the people and teaches them on the true meaning of...read more
Throughout the 2,000 year history of the Church, the subject of baptism has produced a wide variety of approaches. It is essentially impossible to suggest that the Church has a monolithic approach to the topic because history proves otherwise. And while baptismal...read more
So many fallacies abound (and are passed on by being repeated over and over again) regarding the Genesis account of the creation of humanity, the nature of the first humans before and after the fall, and the nature of the human soul (or spirit, or both if one thinks...read more
Our congregation celebrates an ancient Christian practice called paedobaptism or in non-technical terms infant baptism. A majority of Christians around the world practice infant baptism. Some churches teach that this practice of infant baptism saves a child by...read more
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 …and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (ESV) There is a great reunion coming that provides great reason for us to encourage one another. Twice in just a handful of verses Paul tells us...read more
“Revival.” Now, there’s a word that comes pre-loaded with all manner of mental images, assumptions, and expectations. To be “revived”, if we are going to be carefully specific, means that what was once alive, and then died, has been...read more
Once a month or every two months I try to field a good question or comment given to me from the congregation I serve. Folks in our congregation place their questions or comments in the offering plate, give me a text or give me an email. After some consideration I...read more
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