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 the 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…

Read Your Bible

Hebrews begins with 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…

The Lasting Seed

I have seen and probably you have seen the people who have drifted away. This breaks my heart and pains me to write that I know people personally who this can be said of. There was a time they walked with the Lord and now they do not. I hear that the percentages are about %50;…

Sufficiently Curious

Psalm 19 says that creation speaks and that should teach us something. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all…

Excruciating Observations

Paul determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2) I used this as an example of how Paul viewed his own leadership qualifications and I want to look at it. What does that mean? What does it look like? I think I want that, to have everything shaped and changed…

Iniquitous Experiences

If we are in the inception of judgment here in America, well, why is that? The Bible affirms that the Father shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers. I have always read that and still kinda wondered then why often in the Old Testament…

Songs that Teach

With my new job as a worship leader and after thinking about my last blog I thought that perhaps I would expound on the whole good writing and bad writing thing. We had a discussion about the lyrics and quite frankly this is great practice to do from time to time. I had another experience similar…