The “Salt of the Earth” Is Probably Not Who You Think It Is

In Matthew 5, Jesus gives his Sermon on the Mount. He starts out with the well-known beatitudes: Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those…

Numbers 30, the Vows of Women, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

I recently noticed something in the Old Testament that is quite striking when you think about it. It seems to be something that looks “sexist,” and certainly out of date. However, it has an application that is EXTREMELY significant to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, I think it is worth being explored. A Sticky…

The Resurrection of Lazarus Explained

This post is the fifth and final of a series that explains the seven signs in the gospel of John. Important in this series is the difference between a sign and a miracle. See this previous post to understand that difference. To summarize, a “sign” is something that has the elements of an analogy or…

New Product: The Complete Explanation of Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus

Everyone who reads the Bible knows that Jesus has a genealogy in the gospel of Matthew. Everyone knows that this genealogy differs from Jesus’s genealogy in Luke. But does anyone know why? I do, and I can explain. Everyone who reads the Bible also knows that “Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel” is in the genealogy…

The Wedding at Cana Explained

While Jesus does many “miracles” in the gospels, the gospel of John is different. Jesus doesn’t do “miracles.” Instead, he does seven SIGNS. You can see many articles like the one at this link that describe what the seven signs are. But here’s the list that is commonly given: Changing water into wine at the…

The Complete Chronology of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Fully Explained

In the last post, we ended with a conundrum after correcting a problem in the ESV Study Bible. There is a very clear solution to the chronology of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. The solution is that Ezra and Nehemiah had interactions with King Xerxes (485 B.C. – 465 B.C.), and Esther had interactions with King…

What the Bible Says About “Sexuality”

This post might seem to be covering old ground because the culture wars on sexuality are long over, and it looks like we lost. But this post is NOT about a culture war issue, about what laws should be passed, or what types of marriages should be recognized in America, etc. etc. That’s a conversation…

The Word “Begotten,” Inheritance, and the Genealogy of Matthew’s Gospel

This post is about the specific word “begotten” in scripture. My point is that it is a bad to eliminate the word “begotten” from Bibles and from our theological understanding. Unfortunately, we have almost forgotten what the word means at all. Contrary to popular belief, the word “begotten” does not mean “fathered” and it does not mean “born.” Instead, it is a word with no modern equivalent, but it is still a very important word with serious effects on theology and our understanding of God and the Bible.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

In the gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, Jesus delivers the parable of the Good Samaritan. This is one of the most famous parables, and therefore, you might think it is one of the most well known. However, I would like to show it to you in a way you’ve probably never seen it before.

Here, I’ll explain how the Parable of the Good Samaritan is an analogy of the history of the world and Jesus’s work of salvation, stretching from the fall of Adam and Eve to the Return of Christ.

I’m completely serious, and it’s quite clear when you look at it.

“Spiritual Forces In The Heavenly Places” and Current Events

Not long ago, Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, and “Live not by lies,” wrote on his American Conservative blog, that there seems to be “something demonic in the air.” He was referring to QAnon, which seems to have burst onto the scene to rival the “Wokeness” that he usually writes and worries about…

So, Would Jesus Wear a Mask?

This post is the third in a series. The previous post addressed how to confront rules that are designed to improve your life, but have the effect of making you want to jump off a bridge. It answers the question “Would Jesus Wear a Mask?” Christ and Caesar and the Church Not long ago, Pastor…

Christians: Beware of “Black Lives Matter (TM)”

Not long ago, I wrote about the dangers of Postmodernism to both our culture and our faith. Now, I’m going to get very specific and jump right in: Christians, Beware of Black Lives Matter (TM). The Obvious Caveats I put that (TM) in there to remove any ambiguity. Do black lives matter? Of course. Is…