The Apostle John is probably one of my favorite authors of the Bible. He manages to say the most profound things in the simplest of terms. I had the privilege of teaching a group of teenagers through the book of 1 John, and the following is a handful of tips for reading 1 John: Pay attention … Continue reading A handful of tips: 1 John
Why should I believe that the Bible is even reliable? After all, it was written and hand-copied for centuries, nay, for thousands of years, so what makes you think the version I have today, is anything like what the authors actually wrote? Here are some things to consider: Manuscript evidence: There are thousands of manuscript (handwritten) … Continue reading Bible 101: #5 Is the Bible reliable?
After realizing that all the Bible is about God's kingdom, how does that affect our understanding of how the Bible is put together? This is something I think enriches our grasp of the content of the Bible immensely. Most people know about the two Testaments, but few are aware that the books in the testaments are … Continue reading Bible 101 #4: How is the Bible put together?
Reading Genesis and wondering how it all works together? Here are 5 things that helped me read and understand the first book of the Bible: Note how the book is structured: each time you read the phrase "these are the generations of" or "this is the book of the genealogies of" it's a break in … Continue reading A handful of tips: Genesis
Reflections on the Gospel and food, part 2. In the first post about John 6:55, we considered the broader meaning of Jesus' statement that he is true food and true drink. The aspect we underlined was the idea of spiritual nourishment and sustenance of which, in a way, earthly food is a mirror. But I … Continue reading Words about verses: John 6:55 #2
In the spirit of continuity, here's part three of our Bible 101 and to be even more consistent, let's start the same way we did with part 2: How would you summarize the message of the Bible if you had only one sentence? Now, if you know your way around syntax, you can easily keep … Continue reading Bible 101 #3: What is the message of the Bible?
After the intro to reading guides last week, I would like to introduce my two favorite reading guides (so far, it might change in the future). Disclaimer: I personally own both of these books, and literally do not receive anything for this brief review. Number One: Unlocking the Bible, by David Pawson. David Pawson is a … Continue reading My Library: Top Two Reading Guides
What do breakfast, lunch, and dinner have to do with the Gospel? Eating and drinking are one of the most basic human activities. God created us in such a way that we are dependent on his creation when it comes to sustaining our lives. In his sovereignty and providence, God graciously gives us our "daily … Continue reading Words about verses: John 6:55
Many people have heard of and make use of Bible reading plans. Not so many people use a reading guide. While reading plans tell you what to read, a reading guide tells you how to read it. Personally, I have benefited immensely from such bible reading guides. In fact, I dare say that they helped … Continue reading My Library: Reading Guides
The Bible is ____________________ . How would you fill the bank if you only had one sentence? Well, if you type it into your Google search bar, the first two suggestions are "the word of God" and "a lie." Quite the contrast right there, isn't it? Yes, it's okay, you can open a new tab and … Continue reading Bible 101 #2: What is the Bible?