I Peter 4-5: Suffering and transformation.

November 22, 2015. Daily Reading: I Peter 4-5. Background: I Peter 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 1. Being transformed: As Peter gave the example of Christ’s suffering for righteousness sake in the previous chapter, he builds off the symbolism of the rebirth of baptism to show how we as Christians are to be dead…

Colossians 3-4: A new life.

July 5, 2015. Daily Reading: Colossians 3-4. Background: Colossians 1-2. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 3 1. The new self: Continuing on from the discussion in the previous chapter about dying to our old selves, being buried with Christ in baptism and raising anew just as He did on the third day, Paul expounds on the…

Ephesians 4-6: Unity and roles.

June 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Ephesians 4-6. Background: Ephesians 1-3. Chapter 4 1. Unity of the body of Christ: The first section of this chapter might be considered the penultimate point of the discussion on unity, as Paul draws it all together here to make an explicit statement about unity. Before he gets to that…

The Christian Virtues, Part 1: Faith and Diligence.

October 5, 2014. Over the past few months something has been on my mind that has troubled me. We are called to live a holy life, consecrated for the Lord, yet this calling seems to be virtually impossible. We can beg and plead with God to lead us out of temptation, but then we turn…

The necessity of the cross.

September 28, 2014. “Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect…

How do I become a Christian?

July 30, 2014. Once we have established the Christian heritage and proclaimed the good news to the world, certainly there is a question that will arise among the audience of the world. It is a question that has been asked throughout the course of time, beginning on the day of Pentecost when Peter preached the…

How important is the resurrection?

July 14, 2014. As we journey further into the 21st century, it seems that more and more people of the religious world are rejecting the literal resurrection of Christ. I would expect this from non-believing skeptics, but not from Christians. I don’t think there are a large number of those who wear the name of…

Raised to a new life.

June 24, 2014. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God….