March 23, 2018

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Two

Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. In Ordinary Time, we go week by week, examining how we might live the life we share together in Christ. Ordinary Time is therefore a good season for the Church to study books of the Bible, in […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson One

Wednesdays with James Lesson One: Background and Big Picture Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. From Advent to Pentecost, the Church follows the Gospels as they depict the earthly career of Jesus the Messiah, the story of salvation. In the […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 23, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 23, 2016 Today we continue a series of Monday posts with excerpts of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about the Bible and what it does and does not promise to do for us. • • • I believe most Christians use the word “inspiration” to mean “the Bible is a magic book, where […]

Another Look: One Human Action, Profound Effects — Jesus and Adam

Note from CM: Since this subject came up in the discussion yesterday, I thought I would re-post a piece that I recommended in a comment (with edits and updates). I have also inserted additional material from another post, called “Paul, Christ, and Adam.” • • • Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, […]

Another Look: How the Bible Works in Our Lives Today

Today we take another look at a post from 2013 about how I think Scripture “works” in our lives today — we who live so far removed from the events it records and who live in a vastly different time and culture. • • • First of all, we must be willing to recognize that anyone who begins […]

Another Look: My View of Scripture (updated)

Here is another look at something I wrote back in 2011. I present again, for your consideration and discussion, a summary of my perspective on Scripture (at this point in my understanding). It has increased from ten points to eleven in five years, and has been updated in a few places. The Bible is from […]

Doing Jesus’ work in Jesus’ way

The Beatitudes Jesus taught come to us in two parts. The first four Beatitudes describe the surprising recipients of God’s favor. Blessed are the poor in spirit Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are the meek Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice These are the ones most people consider at the bottom of society’s […]

Another Look: Examine Yourself?

A man named Andrew contributed a short story on about hypochondria. In it, he wrote: Today I have lymphoma. Yesterday was bowel cancer. I curiously palpate my underarms, searching for that slippery lump, stealthily hiding from my grasp. I check again, and again. I then move up to my neck, again massaging for lumps. My temperature […]

Another Look: If there is an overriding narrative theme in scripture, this is it . . .

If I were asked to summarize the primary narrative theme of the Bible with one brief verse, I would choose a line from the Lord’s Prayer: “Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, CEB). The story of the Bible is about God establishing his Kingdom […]

Another Look: The NT “Haustafeln”

Note from CM: This post was originally written in 2011. Recently, I’ve been following a sermon series that has been going on in a church with which I’m familiar. They are dealing with some of the passages mentioned in this post in typical conservative evangelical fashion. The fact that I put it that way will […]