Tag: The Bible

Cultivation

Sometimes when I go through my weekly ritual of mowing my lawn, I wonder, “How many times have I walked over this exact spot?” I step on virtually every square inch of my lawn every single week. I push the mower over every blade of grass, cutting them to...
Christians often disagree. That’s why we have so many denominations. That’s why we have so many Christian books about every subject imaginable. That’s why we have so many commentary series. That’s why we have so many blogs. Disagreement amongst Christians is common. But it’s unsettling. Doesn’t it bother you that...
Is it ever okay for Christians to use vulgar language? This question is particularly pertinent to me, since my book Charis takes liberties that might offend some people. While the response to my book so far has been good, I’ve received not a few reactions that go something like… “I don’t...
The prophetic books of the Old Testament can be tricky. But these are important books, so it’s important that we understand how to read them well. Old Testament prophecy is not what we tend to think it is. Duvall & Hays summarize some surprising facts about the Old Testament prophetic...
With this series of blog posts, I want to help you better understand the way in which the Bible was written so that you can get more out of your Bible reading. Specifically, I will be exploring the different literary genres in which the Bible was written. Perhaps that sounds...
Last night, the Bible study group my wife and I are privileged to be a part of took a sinister turn. We were discussing the benefits of reading the Bible, and we examined a familiar passage: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,...
“Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But...
I love the Minor Prophets. And I hate the designation ‘minor.’ There is nothing minor about these 12 fairly short books that park at the end of the Old Testament. They were given that unfortunate moniker because they are shorter than the ‘major’ prophets. But these short books pack...
The western church, as you know, wades around in a thick sludge of individualism. We admit it. We bemoan it. But sometimes we don’t realize just how deep our individualism runs. As I peel back the many unforeseen layers of my presuppositions, I often see individualistic tendencies governing my...
Christians sometimes aren’t the best at handling disagreement. Conservative Christians are often the worst. Have you ever been in a situation where two people disagree over some (non-essential) theological issue, and very quickly the blood starts to boil, faces turn red, and it’s not long before one’s character is...
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