Genesis 14: Melchizedek.

October 23, 2014. For my final class that I am teaching in Genesis this quarter, we are going to discuss a character that only gets three verses in the book of Genesis, but becomes very important in Christology, especially when discussing the priestly role of Christ. The story of Abram and Melchizedek is perhaps one…

Paul’s thorn.

August 7, 2016. “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” (II Corinthians 12:7) Paul’s thorn in the flesh was mentioned, somewhat in passing, in a lesson…

Revelation 1-5: The revelation of Jesus Christ.

January 11, 2016. Reading: Revelation 1-5. Background: The book of Revelation holds a very unique position amongst Christian thought and theology. The book is a letter containing the revelation that the apostle John was given to send to the seven churches in Asia minor, probably near the end of the first century (though some argue that…

Hebrews 1-8: Jesus, the High Priest of a better covenant.

October 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Hebrews 1-8. Background: The book of Hebrews has often been praised as one of the most beautiful and theological books of the New Testament. The author of the book is unknown, and there have been many suggestions as to who wrote the book, ranging from Barnabas, Luke, or Apollos to even…

Psalm 87-89: Addressing God.

August 19, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 87-89. Background: Psalm 84-86. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 87 The city of God: A song of the sons of Korah, this psalm highlights the holy city of God (Jerusalem, whether physical or spiritual), often referred to as Zion, of which glorious are spoken of her. The first three verse of…

Freedom… to become slaves.

July 4, 2015. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Independence day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It is a great time to be with family, without the stress that usually comes with the holiday season, eat together and celebrate the…

Colossians 1-2: The preeminent Christ.

June 28, 2015. Daily Reading: Colossians 1-2. Background: Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae is unique in the sense that this was not a church that had been originally founded on one of his missionary journeys, nor was it one to which he had personally visited (see 1:7, 2:1). It could have been founded…

Ephesians 1-3: Jews and Gentiles.

May 31, 2015. Daily Reading: Ephesians 1-3. Background: The book of Ephesians is a letter written by Paul to a church that was probably founded by his first journey there recorded in Acts 18, where he has a short visit; the work seems to be carried on by Priscilla and Aquila. At the time of his letter,…

Luke 1-2: The birth of John the Baptizer and Jesus.

May 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 1-2. Background: Luke is the third gospel in the cannon and is written by a disciple of Christ who sets out to tell the story of Jesus in a ordered, historical fashion. Luke is known as a physician (see Colossians 4:14) and is the author of two books of…

II Corinthians 4-6: The glory of the gospel.

April 19, 2015. Daily Reading: II Corinthians 4-6. Background: II Corinthians 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 1. The light of the gospel: In the beginning, when all of the universe as we know it was nothing and there was no light, there was God, and God said “Let their be light,”- and light shined out…

Mark 9-10: Teachings of Jesus.

April 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 9-10. Background: Mark 7-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. Times to come: Upon two occasions in the chapter, Jesus speaks of certain things that are to come. The first is about the kingdom of God, which would come with power before that generation died, which was fulfilled in Acts…

Mark 7-8: Missing the big picture.

April 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 7-8. Background: Mark 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 1. Traditions of men: Jesus has had many run ins with the Pharisees, and this instance is not all that dissimilar to the other disputes they have had with Him. In this case, they attack His disciples for not washing their…