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The Story of Revelation

“All Scripture is breathed out by God…” (2 Timothy 3:16) writes the Apostle Paul. Peter tells us that in the writing of the Bible, “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” (2 Peter 1:21). Whatever we may say about the Bible, it is clear that the Apostles and the majority of those who claim to be their theological heirs and followers are a “people of the Book.” This “Book” has been suppressed, ridiculed, misused and dismissed throughout history, and yet through it all God’s people have remained devoted to believing and proclaiming its message.

What Happened to Those Verses? Part One

Since I’ve been preaching through the Gospel of Mark for about nine months total (with a few weeks off here and there) I thought I’d share with you one of the most daunting aspects of preaching through this particular book. If you pay attention to the last chapter of Mark in your English Bible, most of you will notice that verses 9-20 are marked in some way (probably with brackets) and a note is added telling you that the earliest manuscripts do not contain these verses.

‘Love’, the Bible, and Gay Marriage

Sometimes being a dad is really hard. It’s rewarding, but tough. It’s tough because you realize early on that real love means you sometimes have to do things that you know won’t seem loving to your kids at the time. But, of course, if kids were able to define what fatherly love looks like then I suppose there’d be no groundings, no spankings, and no lectures; just ice cream, cake and sodas, and affirming nods and pats on the back. Fortunately, kids don’t get to define ‘love,’ and so we dads (and moms) get to try our best not to raise malnourished, bratty, self-centered human beings.

Why this Book?

We carry our Bibles around with such ease, that we rarely stop to think about how amazing it is to have God's Word bound in a single volume, small enough to tuck under an arm, put in a purse, or even (if you can read the tiny print!) stick it in a back pocket. What we call a book, or codex, didn't exist when the prophets were writing and weren't well-known in the days of the apostles. But Christians adopted the codex very early as a way of holding together the diverse writings they considered to be Scripture.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: The Bible and the Newspaper

Why do we have to think about how to read the Bible? Shouldn’t it be obvious? After all, if a person knows how to read a newspaper or a novel, shouldn’t he be able to read the Bible? In a sense, the answer to that question is ‘yes.’ The Bible is, after all, a book; therefore, in many ways it needs to be read like any other written document. Unfortunately, we don’t always apply some of the common sense, usually unspoken rules of reading to the Bible.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: Looking Behind the Text

Several years ago a series of videos came out featuring a young, stylish preacher discussing well-known Bible stories in a way that captured the imagination of its target audience. The preacher made frequent appeals to little known details of the culture and history that lay behind the biblical teaching, and by doing so was able to show that many well-known and cherished biblical passages did not at all mean what everyone had assumed they meant.

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