Exegetical Comments on Revelation 1:12-16

Exegetical Comments on Revelation 1:12-16             The context of the passage it is in the beginning introduction of John's apocalyptic message. He will deliver specific messages to seven churches after this passage; the purpose of vss.12-20 is to introduce the message. Specifically, 12-16 introduces the figure of Jesus using apocalyptic language. John has introduced himself …

Evangelism Part 7 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #3: The Healed Blind Man

Evangelism Part 7 Three Unexpected Evangelists #3: The Healed Blind Man Continuing our discussion on evangelism, I turn now to the third unexpected evangelist in the gospels. Like the woman at the well in John 4 and the formerly demonized man in Mark 5, the man born blind in John 9 has a fantastic encounter …

Women’s Teaching Roles in the Church

Introduction             Recently, there has been significant discussion on the women’s teaching role in church operation. Beth Moore’s leaving the Southern Baptist Convention signified a final break with their restrictions about women teaching. John McArther’s address on Beth Moore was telling: “It is a state of disobedience on a massive level.”[1] On the other side, …

Evangelism Part 6 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #2 The Demoniac of Mark 5

Evangelism Part 6 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #2 The Demoniac of Mark 5 Continuing with our discussion on evangelism, I am looking at three unexpected evangelists in the Gospels. Last month we looked at the women at the well in John 4. This month we will look at a man whom none would ever think …

A Reflection on Hebrews 7:11-22

Hebrews 7:11-22             The passage at hand falls in the middle of the sermon to the Hebrews. Chapter seven starts with the author discussing the priesthood of Melchizedek referencing Genesis 14:17-20 when Abraham encountered the priest/king of Salem (Jerusalem). The author of Hebrews points out that Melchizedek had no lineage (instead of the Levitical line …

Evangelism Part 5 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #1: The Woman at the Well John 4

Evangelism Part 5 – Three Unexpected Evangelists #1: The Woman at the Well John 4 Continuing my look at Evangelism this year, I will spend the next three devotionals dedicated to some unexpected people who encountered Jesus and then went and told others about their experience of the good news – the gospel. The first …

My Ecclesiology

Introduction             My class in ecclesiology comes at a fortuitous time. Currently, my wife and I are looking at planting a church in our area. Although I have been a part of several churches and have a good deal of experience in multiple roles, this would be the first time we would be starting from …

Reddit Questions #2: Homosexuality, Mary reproducing, COVID, Ravi Zacharias, and hermeneutics

Reddit Questions #2: Homosexuality, Mary reproducing, COVID, Ravi Zacharias, and hermeneutics Would Mary giving birth to jesus count as reproduction? No. Reproduction happens when sperm from a man meets the egg of a woman. It is then that the new person is formed. Jesus appeared in Mary's womb as that fertilized egg. It was not …