King Jesus' Kingdom Gospel

I highly encourage the following:  1. Read Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel. 2. Check out Tim Gombis’ insightful series of posts on The Gospel of the Kingdom, pt. 1, 2, and 3. Gombis hits the nail on the head here: Over the last several months, I’ve had several conversations about how the Gospels’ language… Continue reading King Jesus' Kingdom Gospel

Inductive Bible Study in 7 Steps: “Scripture, Handle With Care,” by Amy Chase Ashley

Update (April 2017): I’ve gone back to update/clean-up the formatting in this wonderful June 2013 guest post on the basics of inductive Bible study from my friend Amy Elizabeth Chase Ashley, one of the most gifted students of Scripture with whom I’ve been privileged to study. She blogs at https://amyechase.wordpress.com/.  Jeremiah 29:11 When I accepted the… Continue reading Inductive Bible Study in 7 Steps: “Scripture, Handle With Care,” by Amy Chase Ashley

Reading and Interpreting the Bible: Deuteronomy 6:1-15

Deuteronomy 6:1-15 (NRSV) Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2 so that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all… Continue reading Reading and Interpreting the Bible: Deuteronomy 6:1-15

Romans 13: Reading An Abused Text of Scripture Rightly

Introduction This study of Romans 13 rests upon a crucial presupposition: without context, words can mean anything and everything, and therefore mean nothing. It is only through the delimiting influence of context that words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs are endowed with significance. Although this concept seems simple and justified enough, it is often forgotten within… Continue reading Romans 13: Reading An Abused Text of Scripture Rightly

The Book of Romans, Distilled and Paraphrased

The following is an attempt, written in 2012, to distill and paraphrase the main argument/message/story/logic of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.  Romans 1:1-17 If you don’t catch anything else from what I’m about to say, remember this: God is righteous. He is just. He is faithful. God has proven himself faithful to his promises… Continue reading The Book of Romans, Distilled and Paraphrased