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

Paul Wouldn’t Let the Ephesians Forget They Were Gentiles

When Paul wrote Ephesians, he was writing to a church consisting of mostly Gentiles. Stephen E. Fowl, in his commentary on Ephesians[1], goes further, saying, “Indeed, it does not seem that the Ephesian Christians have much, if any, direct contact with Jewish Christians.” So Paul is writing in a context in which circumcision is not … Continue reading Paul Wouldn’t Let the Ephesians Forget They Were Gentiles