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Why Zarephath?(Geography-Theology Part Deux!)

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Ah, geography-theology, you’ve got to love it! In our last post, we discussed the pericope of Jesus taking his disciples up to Caesarea-Philippi and broaching the subject of his Messianic identity and mission. We discussed how Jesus perhaps did this to remove them from the tensions of Israel and find a safe haven to discuss such a weighty, and, controversial issue.

At the end of that pericope (i.e. Mt. 16.13-20) Jesus tells them not to discuss the matter with anyone. As the Gospel writers point out from time to time, his time had not yet come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Bible study, Christ, Christian, Christianity


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The Beginning of the Gospel . . . (Mark 1. 1-3)


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A couple of years ago, I blogged on the opening chapters of the Gospel according to Mark. I had intended to continue through the gospel, but got sidetracked along the way. Now, I feel prompted to return to Mark. However, since it has been nearly two years, I wanted to start back at the beginning. So, I will edit the former posts and repost them. When I get to the new material, I will pick up there and continue on.
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Bible study, Christianity, Mark, Thoughts on Scripture


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To Judge or Not to Judge, That is the Question! (Part I)

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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Mt. 7.1-5, ESV)

Our pastor preached from this text yesterday morning. He has been doing a series on the Sermon on the Mount for the past several months. This is a passage that needs to be preached; and, even more, needs to be heard.

(I wanted to delve into this pericope a bit through a few posts. Today, I will discuss some general things about this pericope and Scripture in general. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will deal a little more with the opening part of this passage and then in the next post (or two) deal with the closing portion and some conclusions.) Read the rest of this entry »


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The Enigmatic Book of Hebrews! Inquisitive Firsts . . .


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I have mentioned before that I teach an adult men’s bible study class on Tuesday evenings at a local church. We went through the book of Jude and then James. We are now starting the book of Hebrews. Being an OT guy and a theology nerd (I guess you could say!) I love the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a wonderful book for many reasons.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Grace in the Everyday, Hebrews


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Often is the new Questions


Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase:

“_____ is the new _____.”

Well, my two words for this post are: often and questions. So my phrase is: Often is the new Questions. I’m not sure I can make much sense out of this! I can make sense of the two words used in conjunction, in a proper context however. When it comes to writing, as with life, context is the key. So many misunderstandings and misapplications are made simply because people do not know the context.  Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Daily Prompt


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