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Seven Reasons To Give Old Testament Ethics the Benefit of the Doubt

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Why do Christians give Old Testament ethics the benefit of the doubt?

That question came up before Christmas, as a result of discussions here on slavery in the Old Testament. There is no denying that the slavery codes in the Pentateuch seem wrong, even barbaric, to 21st century readers (most readers, that is: slavery is still a thriving enterprise of death in our world today).

As I will repeat in point 4, “the benefit of the doubt” is hardly required for most OT ethical matters. …


Jesus Christ Came To Turn Theocracy Upside-Right

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Right at the heart of the Christmas story, in Luke 1:26-33. ESV, we read of the coming True Theocracy: the kingship of Jesus Christ.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled …

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Reposting: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Merry Christmas! This is the first of three previously published posts I’m reposting in celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ–his first coming, that is.

This was originally posted on February 21, 2012, as part of a teaching series, not as a Christmastime article. I was surprised when I opened and read it just now: the biographical information it starts with is almost exactly true again today. The only difference is that this was a re-do of that surgery, and this time it’s been …

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Jesus’ Final Words: John 21

Monday, April 1st, 2013

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Jesus’ First and Last Words

John is the gospel of glory. It speaks of the glory of the Father (John 7:18, 9:24, 11:4, 11:40, 12:28, 12:43, 13:32: 17:1). It tells the glory of the Son (John 1:14, 2:11, 5:41, 8:54, 12:41, 13:32, 17:1, 17:5, 17:22, 17:24). It tells of the glory imparted to believers in God through Christ (John 5:44, 12:43, 17:22).

The word glory is nearly archaic. …

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Why Did Jesus Die On the Cross?

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Why did Jesus die on the cross? Here, and here again, are what I wrote last year.


Jesus’ Final Words: Mark 16

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Jesus’ First and Last Words

We don’t know for sure what Jesus’ final words were in the Gospel of Mark. The closing verses of the book, Mark 16:9-20, are in doubt as to their authenticity. The Bible Knowledge Commentary tells us,

The external evidence includes the following: (1) The two earliest (fourth century) uncial manuscripts (Sinaiticus and Vaticanus) omit the verses though their respective scribes left some blank …


Jesus’ Final Words: Matthew 28

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Jesus’ First and Last Words

The Great Commission

And Jesus came and said to [his disciples], “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am …


Jesus’ Amazing No-Explanation Lesson

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Jesus' message in John 6:26-70 broke all the rules:

His major points were difficult and confusing He didn't explain them His closing questions left matters even more unexplained

He didn't preach that way every time, but early in his ministry as John records it, this was typical of Jesus' approach.

When might that be appropriate in your teaching ministry?

It might have something to do with letting our listeners work hard to acquire understanding, so that it goes deeper into …

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Jesus’ First Words: John

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Jesus’ First and Last Words

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

“What are you seeking?…. …

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