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It's happened to every reader of the Bible, especially to those who read the Old Testament. You're reading the text and all the sudden you come to a long list of names, and names, and names, and names. You're reading a genealogy. The difficulty with genealogies is that we are tempted to skip over them because they're boring. But what if, in fact, they play a vital part of the message of the book and the Bible as a whole?

Words about verses: Matthew 23:37-39

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to youdesolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” After lamenting the religiosity of the establishment and the impending judgment of God over the sin of his people, Jesus laments over the people of the city. One is reminded of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. What is striking is the metaphor Jesus uses to talk about what he offered Israel: the … Continue reading Words about verses: Matthew 23:37-39

How to read well: New Testament Letters #1

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!