Growing up during the time that I did, if you were a church-going person, you learned the words to lots of hymns – at least “the first, second and final stanza” words. One of those hymns for me was “Blessed Assurance”.
Last week in my Biblical Interpretation class, we were finishing up a section titled, “Is Scripture the Trustworthy Word of God?” The subtitle to that section is “If it is, what do we do with it?” A part of how that second question is to be answered is to realize the transforming power of Scripture […]
The overall theme for this week and last is “community creates purpose.” These letters testify to the vital importance of the communities of faith that were scattered all over the Greco-Roman world in the first generation of gospel preaching. One of the appealing characteristics of the Biblica arrangement of the New Testaments we are reading […]
Buckle your seat belts! This week’s reading from Acts is filled with exciting and incredible stories of the impact of the Jesus story when told in all kinds of cultural contexts. The first story in Acts is where Jesus is about to ascend and the apostles are still confused about what the Jesus story is […]
This week we complete reading the Gospel of Luke. Have you noticed how many times the phase “good news” occurs in Luke’s gospel? One of the great challenges followers of Jesus have in our current cultural context is to let the world know that the Jesus story really is “good news!” It is one of […]
We begin our Adventure by reading from the Gospel of Luke. The Jesus of Luke’s story is a Jesus who came to be the Savior of the world. Even in the first part of the story Luke tells, we begin to see signs that Jesus is coming to bring good news to the whole world. Shepherds come […]
I believe that the Bible is the inerrant and inspired Word of God. From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, God’s word tells the ultimate love story. It documents His creation of the living world. It tells of the deception and sin that led to the fall of man, and it reveals […]
There is a world waiting on us to bring hope and the love of Jesus to them. Jesus calls us all to make a difference in the world, actively sharing God’s love with your family, your neighbors or even people in another city or country. Missions are the solemn duty with which Christians are charged. […]