There is no more appropriate book for the season of Advent than Revelation. But why? Advent is preparation for Christmas, right? It’s the season of the church year where we prepare ourselves to remember the coming of the Christ-child, the coming of God into human flesh to bear our sins and be our savior. Revelation … Continue reading Advent and the Book of Revelation
(if you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Normally when I write, I prefer to use the term “the scriptures” rather than “the Bible.” Both are appropriate, but they emphasize different things. “Bible” comes from the Greek word that means “book.” “The scriptures” just means writings. To be sure, God’s written … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 2: Book or Library?
In this series I will be exploring how to read and understand the bible by first looking at some of the ways that we do it poorly. Bad teaching is usually very subtle rather than obvious, so it’s helpful to identify clearly bad ways of doing things, so that you can better identify it when … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 1: What’s it for?
This summer I've been reading through a lot of the Old Testament, and of course a considerable amount of the OT is historical narrative (mixed with the ever-riveting genealogies, legal material, and censuses). In fact, in the printed edition of the Bible I’ve been reading out of, 416 pages of the total 1042 pages are OT history … Continue reading Do We Even Need All This OT History?