4 Signs You Might Be A Petty Tribalist

According to the Apostle Paul, petty tribalism keeps us from growing in our faith and achieving our full potential as followers of Jesus Christ: “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for youContinue reading “4 Signs You Might Be A Petty Tribalist”

Make Disciples FROM All Nations Or OF All Nations?

Are we to make disciples of people FROM all nations or are we to make disciples OF all nations? I suppose you could make an argument that, at least in English, both options are grammatically possible. The text reads as follows: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go thereforeContinue reading “Make Disciples FROM All Nations Or OF All Nations?”

Equal But Not The Same – Case Study In The Book of Numbers

This is a classic case of “right principle, wrong application”: They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly ofContinue reading “Equal But Not The Same – Case Study In The Book of Numbers”

God Is Not Unreasonable

God is not “permissive”, but neither is he unreasonable. Reasonable exceptions to general rules are peppered all across the pages of Holy Scripture. In Numbers 9 verses 1-3 for example, we read: And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had comeContinue reading “God Is Not Unreasonable”

A Bridegroom of Blood

If you were to make a short list of the strangest paragraphs in the Bible, Exodus 4:24–26 would almost certainly be on it. Moses has just met God at the burning bush and been given an exalted commission: go and speak to Pharaoh, and serve as God’s agent for the redemption of his people. He’s been calledContinue reading “A Bridegroom of Blood”

Will This Suffering Make Us Stronger?

This is the highwater mark in the Book of Job – and the greatest single expression of Job’s faith under enormous pressure: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,Continue reading “Will This Suffering Make Us Stronger?”

How The Book Of Job Makes Us Better Friends And Better Christians

One of the reasons that the Book of Job is in the Bible; not the primary reason, but an important reason; is to explore the question of how we should relate to friends and loved ones who are hurting. The first two chapters of the Book of Job provide the narrative detail that serves asContinue reading “How The Book Of Job Makes Us Better Friends And Better Christians”