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),…

II John: Truth and love.

December 13, 2o15. Daily Reading: II John. Background: This is John’s second epistle written to those that he loved in truth, likely disciples of whom the aged apostle had some role of oversight (see background to I John). The elder expresses his love for them and his joy in finding some of them walking in…

I Timothy 4-6: Instructions for the church.

August 28, 2015. Note: I am switching Friday and Sunday’s reading, so today’s reading will be I Timothy 4-5, and Sunday’s will be Ezekiel 43-48. Thank you for understanding. ___________________________________________________________ Daily Reading: I Timothy 4-6. Background: I Timothy 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 1. The Apostasy: Paul begins this chapter talking about the apostasy…

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…

Galatians 1-3: Rebuking the other gospel.

May 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Galatians 1-3. Background: This letter was written by Paul to the churches in Galatia with the apparent purpose of dealing with the differences between Jews and Gentiles in matters of fellowship and teachings, confronting the disputes that the Christians in Galatia were having over matters of the Mosaic Law and Gentile…

Jeremiah 7-11: No balm in Gilead.

April 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Jeremiah 7-11. Background: Jeremiah 1-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 1. False hope: In this chapter, Jeremiah beings a discourse that would last through the end of chapter 10, proclaiming the judgment and lament of God on His people for the transgressions they were committing against Him. It is not…

Inconsistency: Have we created our own religion?

December 15, 2014. On October 31, 1517, it is said that Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a Catholic church that challenged the authority and understanding of the clergy and then went on to create a rift so bad that to this day Protestants and Catholics are at odds with one another….

Lessons from a weeping prophet.

October 3, 2014. “What can I say for you, to what compare you,     O daughter of Jerusalem? What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,     O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is vast as the sea;     who can heal you? Your prophets have seen for you     false and deceptive visions; they…

Is your gospel the Gospel?

February 8, 2014. “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an…