Titus 1-3: Healthy doctrine.

September 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Titus 1-3. Background: Paul’s epistle to Titus is included in the three pastoral letters, letters that Paul wrote to leaders of churches, and is believed to be written around 64 AD. Though we don’t know much about how Paul first met Titus, we do know that he went with Paul…

Luke 11-12: Teachings of Christ.

June 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 11-12. Background: Luke 9-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 1. Prayer: The opening of this chapter deals with Jesus’ teaching on prayer, as His disciples came and asked Him directly to teach them how to pray, just as John taught His disciples. Here Luke records the Lord’s prayer (see…

Romans 15-16: Summery and closing remarks.

February 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Romans 15-16. Background: Romans 12-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 1. Former instruction and how we should treat others: Continuing on the theme from the last chapter, Paul makes some clear statements that are very hard to put into practice for they seem to go against human nature. We are often selfish…

We might have missed the point.

November 1, 2014. It’s time for a paradigm shift. Few characters are more disliked by Christians today in the New Testament than the Pharisees. This stems, of course, from a generally negative depiction of this sect in the pages of scripture. The Pharisees were notorious for being the “holier-than-thou” Jews, binding heavy burdens on the people though…

The devastation of pride.

May 20, 2014. This trip already seems like it is flying by. I’m trying to savor the moments, but as is with all good times, they seem to be quickly fleeting. I cannot say enough about the people here in the church. We have been more than taken care of daily. They know how to…

Approaching the word of God.

March 3, 2014. How do you read the word of God? Is it taken at face value? Do you not read it and just let others tell you what it says? Do you read a verse that seems to say something clearly, and then let a “scholar” dissuade you from believing it? What is your…

A perspective on truth.

February 19, 2014. Today’s post might lean more towards logic and philosophy than you have been accustomed to when it comes to the subject of religion. Don’t be frightened, I’m not going to get too metaphysical or anything. However, I do believe that there is a certain amount of logic and reasoning that can be…

Searching for truth.

January 24, 2014. There are two things you never talk about with someone who may have a differing viewpoint than you if you want to get along: religion and politics; when you break it down, really it is just religion, as political stances are usually rooted in some form of religion, whether or not you…