The readings from the Revised Common Lectionary for this coming Sunday, January 7, 2018 offer an intriguing correlation for a Pentecostal hearing of these texts in harmony. Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11. The Genesis text describes the hovering of the divine Spirit over the waters at creation leading into the calling of… Continue reading A Brief Pentecostal Hearing of the Lectionary: Baptism of the Lord
HERE is the audio of the sermon “Trusting in the Wings” (Psalm 61) that I preached for Trinity Chapel on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
I offer the following brief look at a facsimile of one early Greek manuscript of the New Testament which I use in my Hermeneutics course to speak to both the original manuscripts and to utilizing our translations more effectively. The following is a facsimile of Mark chapter 1 in Codex Sinaiticus (a Greek manuscript whose… Continue reading Greek Manuscripts, Mark 1 and Nomina Sacra
No thanks, Matthew Mason. I don’t want to “fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ” (Col. 1:24). I want my best life now. (Crying like a baby) Er…I guess actually I don’t. What I really want is to be conformed to Christ. To follow Him in His life here and now. To… Continue reading The Suffering Pastor
I heard a good message today from John 15:1-11: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. 2 He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. 3 You are already trimmed because of the word… Continue reading Please Don't Prune Me!
I was asked today about the seeming disparity between the genealogy of Matthew and Luke, both of whom provide a different father’s name for Joseph the (supposed) father of Jesus: Jacob (Matthew 1.16) and Heli (Luke 3.23). There are two basic proposals: 1) That both genealogies refer to Joseph, with Matthew’s account intended for Jesus… Continue reading Who Was Joseph's Father?
Sound advice on preaching/teaching the parables of Jesus. 🙂
I recently bought the blue-ray edition of Ben-Hur (1959) and we had a family movie night last night enjoying it. One thing, however, kept coming up. Cambria (8) kept commenting how badly she wanted to see Jesus’ face. If you have ever watched the film you will know that you NEVER directly see his face… Continue reading I Can Almost See Jesus
As someone who serves as an Instructor in Old Testament at one college (Providence University College and Theological Seminary) and an Assistant Professor whose primary focus is in Old Testament at another college (Trinity Bible College), this question has significant concern for me. Yet, more significantly this question is of paramount concern for me as… Continue reading Do We Really Need the Old Testament?
In a recent conversation, I noted a particular question that was posed about “blessing the food” when we gather to eat. Here are my reflections: We do not ask for the food to be blessed, per se, but we bless the Lord and we give thanks for the food. “We do not ask for the… Continue reading Asking for Blessing or Giving Thanks?