Foolish wisdom.

February 8, 2016. Well, I have completed my journey through the bible which I set out to do last year where I took a daily reading plan and wrote about each chapter in that plan as my daily blog. I didn’t quite finish in a year, but I did finish before the end of January,…

Revelation 6-11: Cycles of wrath and destruction.

January 26, 2016. Reading: Revelation 6-12. Background: Revelation 1-5. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 6 The seven seals: After we are called into heaven to see the awesome worship and praise of the Lamb who is worthy to open the seven seals, here we follow the opening of the seals. Before we go too much further,…

Acts 27-28: The unfinished story.

January 24, 2016. Reading: Acts 27-28. Background: Acts 23-26. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 27 Shipwrecked on the way to Rome: After a long period of prison and trials, the time finally came for Paul to go to Rome just as the Lord had told him. His journey to Rome, however, had probably not gone the…

Acts 23-26: Paul’s trials and testimony.

January 20, 2015. Reading: Acts 23-26. Background: Acts 21-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Paul’s defense and the people’s reaction: As Paul stands before the counsel, he goes to make his defense. However, he is almost immediately cut short when he tells his fellow Jews that he had lived in good conscience to that day….

Acts 21-22: Paul in Jerusalem.

December 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Acts 21-22. Background: Acts 19-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 Paul in Jerusalem: As Paul set fourth to Jerusalem, he and his company made several stops along the way. Notice the bond of the brethren here as they stop and find disciples in various cities, prolonging their stay a bit…

John 7-8: Words of the I AM.

September 19, 2015. Daily Reading: John 7-8. Background: John 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Jesus at the feast of booths: After Jesus gives some pretty hard teachings in the last chapter, we pick up here as He avoids going to Judea because He perceived that they were seeking to kill Him. The feast of…

John 5-6: The testimony of Jesus.

September 13, 2015. Daily Reading: John 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Healing on the Sabbath: Now that Jesus has stated His ministry, John gives us an account of His healing a lame man on the Sabbath, something that was notorious for getting Him in troubles with the Jews. Here we find Jesus traveling…

John 1-2: Come and see.

August 29, 2015. Daily Reading: John 1-2. Background: The gospel of John is quite different from the other three synoptic (meaning synopsis, or summery) gospels, containing different stories, miracles and theological emphasis. The differences in this gospel reflect a different purpose in writing, likely written after a good amount of theological reflection of the author,…

Political fallout.

November 7, 2014. In the midst of these midterm elections, I can’t help but notice the heightened amount of political statements being may either in favor or opposition of the results. I must say that I don’t particularly like this part of the year (or every two years, I guess) due to the increase in…

Eye witness testimony.

July 28, 2014. Have you ever wondered why Christianity spread so rapidly during the first century amidst trials and persecution? Have you ever wondered why people still believe what was said around 2000 years ago? I suppose you could attribute many things to this reaction, but I think one stands out that I didn’t realize…

Teaching the taught.

February 28, 2014. Today I am interviewing for a position in the Quantitative and Chemical Biology program for a Ph. D. at Vanderbilt. So far I believe it is going pretty well. What I have noticed, dawning on me at lunch, is how different of an environment it is from the student center. Don’t get…