Category New Testament

Eat The Blood

In Leviticus 17:10-12 we read of the prohibition against eating blood. God is said to set His face against the person who does this, in fact the person who eats blood will be cut out of the covenant altogether. The reason for this prohibition is that the life of the flesh is in the blood. […]

A Case For Mark 16:9-20

In most academic discussions the long-ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20), as it is called, is rarely seen as a legitimate ending to the Gospel of Mark. I remember in seminary that this portion of Scripture was taken skeptically and many thought it should not be in the Bible. I was once skeptical as well. Having […]

Can Christians Lie?

Now, that title might seem a little cute. Of course, Christians are capable of lying, that is, they have the ability to lie. However, this is what I am getting at: is lying permitted by Christian ethics? Let me back up a couple steps. The other day I pressed the “scan” button on my car […]

Go Ahead, Make The Commitment

A new year means another attempt at choosing a Bible reading plan and sticking to it. There are good electronic ways to do this, like on your smart phone with the YouVersion Bible app. However, some of us like to be able to print the plan and mark off the days, because there is something […]

Why God Made A Man And A Woman

I have embarked in teaching a class on God and Human Sexuality. This Lord’s Day will be the second session and I am teaching on why God created man and woman. Here is a little excerpt from my notes on one reason why God made a man and a woman. The church is the Bride […]

Pentecost Snippets Part 5

Pentecost is the day that the Bible has been leaning toward since Genesis. Pentecost is a culmination of God’s promises. When Adam and Eve rebelled, they were removed from God’s presence and they could not go back to Him as the path was guarded by a flaming sword. God promised that it would not always […]

Pentecost Snippets Part 4

This is the fourth installment in a little series, and instead of clicking the back button you can find the other posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. In this little bit I would like to connect a link between what is happening at Pentecost to what occurred in a very similar way, although […]

Pentecost Snippets Part 2

If you have not read through Acts 2 yet, I recommend that you do, I think it will be helpful as we carry on with this little bit here. For this little installment, we are focusing on Acts 2:1-4. Here, in these verses, the Holy Spirit is poured down from heaven upon the Apostles as […]

Pentecost Snippets Part 1

We just celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the day we recognize the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church. This account is given for us in Acts 2, and over the next few posts I would like to have a few snippets of biblical theology lacing the Scriptures together. This will be easier to read this […]

Samuel, Solomon, Jesus, Paul

I am a fan of connecting the Bible with the Bible. It gets me all sorts of excited when the threads of Scripture are woven to show a glorious picture that spans millenia. Before we get to that connection today, I ought to remind us all that the whole Bible is a tapestry of Christ; […]