“I’m really looking forward to pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head. “That’s what Romans 12 says I’m going to do. (It’s in the New Testament, you know.) Even after he’s been oppressing me, if he’s hungry I’m going to feed him, and if he’s thirsty I’m going to give him a drink, because the Bible … More Pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head!
One of the things I’ve been attempting for 2015 is the Bible in one year. I made an elaborate table and everything to mark off when I’d completed books, and additional columns for reading commentaries and completing study processes on each book. Well, reading the thing in one year has nearly happened successfully (naturally I’ve … More My quirky New Testament reading plan
I think John has something to say into a couple of contemporary debates that are going on in theological circles. (As in John the Beloved, aka author of the Fourth Gospel, 1-3 John and purportedly the book of Revelation. Though he’s probably not the son of thunder according to Richard Bauckham, but that will have to wait for another … More The Atonement Theory Debate and 1 John
“Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, or His son’s name? Surely you know!” This was the tantalising, prophetic musing of a man called Agur (Proverbs 30:4). … More YHWH and Yeshua
So at the beginning of this new year, as I think ahead to how I would like to grow in understanding the Bible and applying it to life, I have a question: what system and tools do you readers find most helpful for studying the Bible? For some, a wide-margin edition for note-taking is indispensable. … More Bible Study – How Do You Do It?
I’ve just blogged about Justin Brierley’s show on Premier Radio, ‘Unbelievable‘, so forgive me for continuing to riff on the same material (ie. things other people say rather than my own thoughts), but I caught up with the latest episode via podcast, this time asking “Was Jesus just a Rabbi?” (Click to listen) This is … More The Children’s Gospel
Now the chances are that you’re not an agricultural worker who uses mostly ancient methods of tillage to work your soil, so I’ve got a bit of explaining to do. As with a fair amount of Biblical imagery, we don’t tend to be too familiar with what a ‘yoke’ is (unless it’s a misspelling of … More Ploughing fields – it’s no yoke
The Bible is full of hidden gems. I find that you uncover them by pausing to ask questions. Too often we read over a passage, maybe even spot something that seems cool, say “huh, that’s cool” and move on without really asking what it means. In 1 Corinthians 16:22, Paul writes (almost as an afterthought): … More Paul’s Palindrome (almost)
Justin Brierley, thank you. Your show may be too short to air all the things that need to be said, but I think on this occasion, I’ve heard enough to be able to process it all. Your show on Penal Substitution was very helpful. I wasn’t sure where I stood on the issue, if I’m … More Penal Substitution – if I didn’t know where I stand, I do now
“The Bible – From Myth to History” A few years ago I took a year-long course with my church for training in leadership and ministry. One of the many benefits was having the chance to learn from those who have been at it a long time, especially Roger Forster; in turn what he brought very … More A Test of Time – David Rohl