10 Rules for Life

The ten commandments are rules to live by. This is as important as ever when we increasingly have teachers who are suggesting we unhitch from the Old Testament altogether, Ugh. In an effort to not deal with those hard questions from the OT, or confusing ideas, or troublesome history therein, some pastors such as Andy…

On Excusing God

I really appreciate when people are willing to put themselves on the line for God. Such as debating atheists and pundits on morality and God. Let’s put that out there first, it is an important and good thing to do and I love watching it. I don’t know if I am quick enough on my…

Teach with Authority

I was always unimpressed by professors in college and seminary who simply gave all the ways something could be interpreted, because my immediate response is, “well which one do you find intriguing?” But instead of answering, sometimes we simply got here are the five ways of understanding this text. Here are the five schools of…

The Word was God

I am sad to have to write this one, again. I recently saw this quote: “Whenever we find tension between something Jesus taught and something taught elsewhere in the Bible, the tiebreaker always goes to Jesus.” Now at first glance I would agree, of course we let Jesus interpret things that were previously cloudy, but…

Can I Blaspheme?

This is not to be confused with may I. As I am reading through Mathew and coming off of the 3rd commandment I was struck by the only two times in the Bible that God attached unforgiveness as a possibility to an action. The first as we looked at a few weeks ago was in the…

Some Hebrew (Commandment 3)

Dennis Prager shares a bit about the 3rd commandment which I think is very helpful and informative to non-native speaking Hebrew people. He focuses on this first word Nasa. Nasa means to carry, take, lift, bear. We often simply translate it to take. This still doesn’t quite help us yet to another full translation, but…

Read Your Bible

Hebrews begins by telling us that in the past God spoke to us back then many times and in many ways. In the last these days, however, as with the now, he has spoken to us in the Son. We hear the voice of Jesus speaking through the written Word of God. I say it this…

Faith vs. Faithfulness

These two are different and they pose vastly different points of theology. For one is the very notion of what it takes to enter and last in a relationship with God, and the other is a description of one who is reliable, dependable, and consistent. In some theological circles, some have adopted the idea of…

The struggle with Love

I first wrote this when 50 shades of Grey came out but never got around to publishing it, but now with 50 Shades Darker darkening the horizon further of America morality I will do so now. Love is in the air, everyone is seeking it, everyone knows that it is out there to be found….

On Bending Views

A bent is a not simply a viewpoint, but it is also a lens that colors the viewpoint. I remember in Seminary the professors wanted us to do extensive research because they were not interested so much in our voice but in whether we understood the information. This, in a backward way, did also communicate that we…