The trend continues. The entire story of this section revolves around a prophecy about the Messiah: that he would be called out of Egypt. It all begins with an angel in a dream. Joseph, at this point, must be feeling a bit violated. I mean, can’t a guy sleep in peace without all these visitors? […]Read More Reading the Gospel: Matthew 2: 13-18
This is the story of the wise men. Or astronomers and astrologers. Just as with the previous two sections, Matthew 2:1-12 revolves around a particular prophecy that Matthew is claiming Jesus fulfilled. In this case, it’s a prophecy interpreted from Micah 5:2.Read More Reading the Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Welcome to the first encounter most people have with Jesus’ birth narrative: Matthew 1: 18-25. While Joseph and Mary were betrothed, she got pregnant. Betrothal was a pretty serious deal back then. So serious, in fact, that in order to cancel the betrothal, one had to have divorce documents signed, and if it so happened that […]Read More Reading the Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-25
It’s been a while since I finished my overview of the book of Mark. I found it a rewarding experience, not the least because it helped confirm my understanding of Christ, and presented me with new challenges about what Jesus actually says. I’ve been feeling the desire lately to continue my journey to read the […]Read More Reading the Gospel: Matthew 1: 1-17
Tradition is not equivalent to the Will of God. Tradition is not one of the Ten Commandments. Tradition is not listed by Christ as the essence of the Law. Tradition is a set of principles agreed upon at a contextually appropriate time which is believed to make it easier for humans to follow the Will […]Read More What is God’s Will?
In my years working with sin, I have come across the notion many times that it is imperative that God not be directly responsible for, or the author of, sin. This is typically accompanied by logical conclusions based on the ‘goodness’ of God, that if God is the embodiment of good, it is impossible for […]Read More God is the Author of Sin
In the last three blogs, I have laid out my evidence that sins are more than mere spirituality, and they are more than mere action. They are emotional, relational, psychological, physical, and spiritual. They are free and willful decisions, not accidents. A sin is a choice to go against God’s will for your life. It […]Read More What is Sin? Conclusion