Oswald Chambers on the Dangers of a Critical Spirit

In his Studies on the Sermon on the Mount, Oswald Chambers talked about the importance of having an “uncritical temper.” It will help us to enjoy life more. A critical spirit, on the other hand, will lead us into error. It will cause us to assume an authority that we don't really have. It's like … Continue reading Oswald Chambers on the Dangers of a Critical Spirit

A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

The Bible can be described as God's work in history, recorded by men, for your sake. That description can then be divided into three ways of approaching the Bible, which should be held together: God's work in history Recorded by men For your sake I came up with this description by comparing three Gospels as … Continue reading A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

Paul vs. the Debaters of the Age: Some Background to the Corinthian Letters

In the beginning of 1 Corinthians, Paul issued this challenge: "Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20 ESV) When we understand what was happening in Corinth in the first century, both … Continue reading Paul vs. the Debaters of the Age: Some Background to the Corinthian Letters

Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and the Backroom Deal That Fell Through

Frank Morison didn't believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He thought it was a myth. He studied the Gospels because he wanted to write a skeptic's account of the passion narrative. As he studied, he became convinced that he was dealing with eyewitness accounts of a true event. The book he ended up writing … Continue reading Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and the Backroom Deal That Fell Through

Diotrophes’ Disease: The Love of Preeminence

"Every talks about Jezebel, but nobody talks about Diotrophes." I once heard a preacher say something like that. This was at a time when it was very common to hear or read a message about the Jezebel spirit. The point the preacher was making was that Jezebel is not the only bad example in the … Continue reading Diotrophes’ Disease: The Love of Preeminence

The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries

The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries is a collection of essays in which scholars look at how different commentators have approached the Sermon, from John Chrysostom to John Stott. Here are some of my favorite parts. Chrysostom: The Philosophy of Christ Was Jesus a philosopher? Certainly many early church fathers tried to present … Continue reading The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries

How to Entrust Your Soul to a Faithful Creator While Doing Good

1 Peter 4:19 I've been thinking about why Peter used the term "faithful creator" in this verse: "Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful creator while doing good." (ESV) So why "faithful creator"? I think it might have to do with this earlier statement from 1 Peter … Continue reading How to Entrust Your Soul to a Faithful Creator While Doing Good