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Did Jesus address only men in Luke 14:25-27?

September 17th, 2016

In Luke 14:25-27 Jesus said that his disciples have to hate their father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. A reader asks, “Was Jesus speaking to only men here?” Continue reading»

Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

May 24th, 2016

Churches which misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did Jesus teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue, from scripture, that he didn’t Continue reading»

God on Divorce (Malachi 2:16)

May 21st, 2016

Traditional translations of Malachi 2:16 are misleading. Here are some better translations that faithfully reflect the Hebrew grammar, and do not have God saying, “I hate divorce.” Continue reading»

A Communal Proclamation (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

June 1st, 2015

I believe that there is more to the Lord’s Supper than what is offered in many churches today. In this 8 minute video, Danny Zacharias addresses some misunderstandings and shortcomings of our abbreviated Communion and Eucharist celebrations. Continue reading»

Is John Piper using emotional blackmail?

March 28th, 2015

In this post I express my concerns about John Piper’s lack of propriety and wisdom in a quote newly posted (yet again) on The Gospel Coalition’s website. Continue reading»

What was the ‘job description’ of Jesus’ apostles?

August 29th, 2014

One subject that I keep mulling over is what it means to be a leader and have authority in the church. Did Jesus commission his first disciples to be church leaders? What was their job description? Continue reading»

Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

August 18th, 2014

Here is a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on so-called ‘biblical womanhood’. In this article Jenny Rae Armstrong writes that “the privileged frivolities of Western homemaking” have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus. Continue reading»

Communion, Community, and Solidarity with our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters

August 17th, 2014

Back in the first century, Communion was a way for the early Christians to express their solidarity as a group of Jesus-followers in an often hostile world. The Lord’s Supper is still a way we can show our solidarity with our fellow Jesus-followers who are being persecuted. Continue reading»

3 things wise disciples do to build unshakeable houses (Luke 6)

April 19th, 2014

How can we be like the wise man (i.e. person) who built a strong, unshakeable house on a secure foundation in Luke 6? Continue reading»

Male-Female Pairs and Parallelism in Luke’s Gospel

April 8th, 2014

Luke often presents the material in his gospel using male-female pairs. He paired people, parables and points in order to highlight an important principle concerning gender. Luke’s aim was to show that Jesus included women in every aspect of the gospel. Continue reading»

The Power of God’s Grace

April 5th, 2014

The concept of grace has sometimes become confused or conflated with the concept of mercy, but the two are not the same. Read more about the power of grace which God gives us through Jesus and his Spirit. Continue reading»

Jesus’ Teaching on Leadership & Community in Matthew’s Gospel

February 27th, 2014

Jesus’ teaching on leadership and community, in several passages of Matthew’s gospel, shows that Jesus promoted the social values of humility and equality. In Jesus’ kingdom the humble are exalted, the lowly are the greatest, and the last are first. Continue reading»

Galatians 3:28: Our Identity in Christ & in the Church

December 12th, 2013

For 2000 years, many devout Jewish men have thanked God every morning saying: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” Paul may well have had this prayer in mind when he wrote Galatians 3:28.

Is Galatians 3:28 only referring to our identity and status before God? Or is it also about our identity and status in the Christian community (i.e. the church)? Continue reading»

Wade Burleson on Christian Leadership in Hebrews 13

July 22nd, 2013

In this post I link to a video where Wade Burleson explains that there is no Greek word for “over” in the verses about church leaders in Hebrews chapter 13. Continue reading»

Add Women, Change Everything

July 9th, 2013

Carolyn Custis James recently posted this article about why it is so important for women to be included as equals in ministry. She writes, “The high price of the missing female perspective is incalculable.” Continue reading»

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