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…

A contextual Sigh-nn

After travelling across the country (thank God we have arrived!) and seeing sign after sign directing me where to turn, where to merge, where to exit, and even what speed to drive, I was reminded of this little episode that played out in my life last year. Signs are supposed to instruct, to help, to…

Apocalypse Please?

No this not about Muse’s great song but about a never ceasing stab at predicting the apocalypse. I had to comment on this trend of some “christian” groups who keep trying to predict the end of the world. I remember seeing the book 88 Reasons The World Will End In 1988, in 1991. Even I…

A Dying Breed

The previous commentary on Jude was all about false teachers already in operation in the first church. But false teachers were not only around in the first century. The apostle Paul vehemently charges young Timothy to a proclaim and respect the Word of God in 2 Timothy 1. I charge you in the presence of God…

Wrestling with 1 Corinthians 5

Where is the grace Paul?! 1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you….

Jude 17-25 a Commentary

Finishing up on Jude. 17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your…

Jude 9-13 a Commentary

Continuing the series in Jude. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like…

Jude 5-8 a Commentary

Looking at part two of this short book of Jude which is uncannily appropriate for our culture today. Jude has as much to say to us as he did in the first century. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt,…

In suspect of Institutions

I have said many times that I don’t really care what politics and the world are doing. They are never going to agree with Christianity or live up to its worldview, nor should we expect them to. That is what the gospel is for. I do care when people speak as if Christians and grossly…

A Lack of Clarity (all those versions part two)

The reason I wrote the first blog about this subject was because of a tendency I have seen to write off the Bible because “You know the Bible has changed and been re-written over the years by many different people right? You do realize this right?” In other words you are foolish to put too…

All those versions

So I met a guy the other day while working.  After he heard  I went to bible college got a degree in theology and had a master’s from seminary he informed me that while he wasn’t spiritual he did take some philosophy from different religions such as Buddhism and from Christianity and even some from…