Jude: Warning against apostasy.

December 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Jude. Background: Though there is some debate as to which Jude wrote the epistle of Jude, it is typically attributed to Jude, the brother of Jesus and of James (see Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3, noting that ‘Jude’ and ‘Judas’ are two English translations of the same name in Greek),…

Hebrews 11-13: The outcome of faith.

October 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Hebrews 11-13. Background: Hebrews 9-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 The hall of faith: After demonstrating Christ as the bringer of a new and better covenant, showing Him though the Hebrew scriptures, the Hebrew writer goes onto here what is often referred to as the hall of faith. Defining faith…

Genesis 44-47: Reunited.

March 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 44-47. Background: Genesis 40-43. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 44 Joseph tests his brothers: Just as in chapter 42, it is hard to speculate why Joseph chose to not tell his brothers who he was right away, but rather set up a trap for them as they went home so that…

How should we react to persecution?

October 15, 2014. There has been a recent conflict in Houston between evangelists and the city that is beginning to go viral amongst Christians who are outraged at the implications that it draws. If you have not heard about it yet, the conflict has arisen over a subpoena that was issued to about 400 pastors demanding that…

Times of trial.

June 10, 2014. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) I have some trouble with this verse. Intellectually I…