Today in church a verse was mentioned in connection with my church’s name “New Life”. The passage, Acts 5.20, was read in NIV1984 (and posted on the screen) and I turned to it in my Greek NT. To my surprise the passage on the screen did not match the text of the Greek. So here… Continue reading Something Weird in the NIV Tradition
Today is Pentecost Sunday and I was asked to cover the adult Sunday School class since our normal teacher was gone. I, of course, knew what the content would cover and did not really prepare as I usually do. Instead, we discussed the passages from the lesson (Acts 8, 10-11, 19) and what it means… Continue reading The Spirit in the World
The New Covenant: The Life of Christ (Matthew-John) The One Who Comes – The path of the LORD was prepared by the coming of John the Baptizer. Jesus of Nazareth was born to fulfill the word of the LORD and as such was actually the Word himself. When John baptized Jesus the Holy Spirit descended… Continue reading Teaching the NT in Two Weeks (for 7th Graders)
I recently read something by Lesslie Newbigin (that great missionary statesman of the twentieth century) that struck a chord with me. He wrote the following concerning the Jerusalem congregation’s recognition of the validity of the Gentile mission that Peter had just returned from (Acts 10-11): “They were silenced because they had to recognize something new.… Continue reading Forever Listening to the Spirit
33:1-6 – The choosing of a watchman. Who is the one who will bring “a sword”? What are the duties of a watchman? What are the consequences for the watchman and the people if the watchman gives warning? What are the consequences if he fails to give warning? What does it mean to be “taken… Continue reading Ezekiel 33-34 – The Beginning of the Gospel According to Ezekiel
26:1-6 – The date given (while presenting textual difficulties) suggests Feb. 3, 585 BC (Block NICOT II:35). This would place this prophecy at about the very time that Nebuchadnezzar began his thirteen year siege of Tyre and just one month after the notice of Jerusalem’s fall would have reached the Babylonian exiles. What is the… Continue reading Ezekiel 26-28 – A Prophecy Against Tyre
2:1 – Why should Ezekiel have to stand in order to listen to the LORD? It would seem to be because his calling is to action. Why is he called “son of man” (ben ‘adam)? It is to emphasize his humanity in the presence of the glory of the LORD. Also, it must be noted… Continue reading Ezekiel 2-3 – The Calling of the Son of Man
22:1 – Josiah – son of Amon. He reigned for 31 years (640-609BC) over Judah doing what was right in the sight of the LORD as David had done – he was the ideal king (Deut.17:20) and fulfilled the prophecy given by the unnamed prophet of Judah (1 Ki.13:2). He became king while only 8… Continue reading 2 Kings 22-23:30 – Josiah – Is There Still Hope?