In the first post relating to the New Testament letters, I laid out some principles for grasping the overall message and structure of the letter. To further illustrate this, let's conduct a brief and exemplary case study just so we get a better idea of how these principles can flesh out when reading the text. … Continue reading How to read well: NT Letters #2: A Case Study
Of the 27 books that make up the Protestant New Testament Canon, 21 are letters, at least two other books contain letters (Acts, Revelation). Some letters were written primarily to a particular congregation, others were addressed to individuals, and still others seem to address groups of churches or the church universal. Since letters vary greatly in style, length, the flow of argument and the literary devices, are there certain principles that can help us read any NT letter? The good news is: Yes!
Christians throughout the centuries have always loved the Pauline teachings on Justification. Hearing that man is justified by faith alone and not by works is a liberating, powerful and transforming truth. It truly is the very power of God. Say we were to read the NT letters starting in Romans, we would rejoice that we … Continue reading James vs. Paul
The objective of this book is to provide parents with the biblical tools they need to shepherd their children as the God-given authorities in their life. This idea of shepherding sets Tripp's book apart from popular parenting books that mainly deal with behavior modification that is based on human philosophy apart from God and the gospel.
While 2 & 3 John are small and neglected, the nicely complement John's other literature, especially his gospel and the letter we call 1. John. The books are short and can be read in well under five minutes.
Matthew's opening verses are more than just a mere genealogy. They are a carefully crafted family tree that proclaims the message of the Gospel as it unfolds in the history of redemption. His main goal seems to be to trace Jesus' ancestry back to both Abraham to David (v. 1, 17) as this frames this … Continue reading Words about verses: Matthew 1:1-17
STEP Bible stands for Scripture Tools for Every Person. Made available by Tyndale House Cambridge in the UK, this site offers a variety of Bible study tools, such as various translations, studies of the original languages, commentaries, and dictionaries.
The word "parable" comes from two Greek words that combined mean "to throw alongside." A parable is a story "thrown alongside" the lives of the listeners that seeks to bring across a certain point by means of analogy. It's designed to trigger a response in the hearers.
Thus we have a unique, four-dimensional view of Jesus. We see the Jesus who is the King of David and the fulfillment of the Old Testament hope (Matthew). We see the Jesus who is the ever working suffering servant of God (Mark).We see the Jesus who is the perfect Human and who lives like a bearer of the divine image should live (Luke). And we see the Jesus who is both eternal God and mortal man (John).
What is the gospel and how does it work? In a way, this question is most fully answered in the letter to the Romans. Of course, the gospel is the message of all the Bible, but the book of Romans is perhaps the most thorough exposition of the gospel in the New Testament. As is … Continue reading Words about Verses: Romans 1:1-7