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Peter and the Leper

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Hollywood has produced some really weird films, especially horror flicks. I have to wonder if the idea for those walking dead films doesn’t come from the Bible. In Numbers 12:12 Aaron is speaking with Moses just after both he and their sister, Marion, had spoken out against him. She was struck leprous, and Aaron begged Moses not to let her be as one dead, whose flesh appeared to rot on one’s body during the otherwise normal course of life. One who was leprous was unclean (Leviticus 13:3). The condition spreads over one’s body (Leviticus 13:7-8), and, because contact with others is often contagious, quarantine was necessary (Leviticus 13:46). In the days of ancient Israel, it was incurable (cf. 2Kings 5:7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Fishers of Men

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Up until Jesus entered Peter’s boat, Luke shows us how men failed Jesus. They seemed to want to control him and use him for their own ends, like one would a powerful resource. In Nazareth he was met with unbelief, and when Jesus tried to show them the consequences of their unbelief (Luke 4:23-27), they sought to kill him (Luke 4:28-29). The Lord is not a lifeless commodity or spiritless resource we need to control. Just as we enjoy our freedom, so God enjoys his. He doesn’t force us to choose his way, so we shouldn’t seek to compel God to do our will (viz. “naming it and claiming it”). Our simple trust is all he requires. God must be free to give us a negative reply, if our relationship with him is to go anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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I Am a Sinful Man Oh Lord!

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Often those people who wish to tell us that there is more than one way to God are actually irreligious people. They neither attend any religious service regularly (Christian or otherwise) or show any concern for God and his ways, other than to parrot the claim that more than one road leads to God. It is astonishing that they are taken so seriously. In any other way of life they would be brushed off as ignorant people who have no idea about what they claim. Would a doctor take a stone mason’s remedy for cancer seriously? Would an astronomer take into consideration what a man told him about the moon, simply because the man owned a pair of field glasses? Would the star quarterback on the losing team in the Super Bowl believe what the Monday-morning-quarterbacks claimed went wrong in the game, just before they got into their vans to deliver their company’s goods to the local stores? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Calling the First Disciples

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It is actually John who shows how five men first came into contact with Jesus following his baptism. Andrew and an unnamed disciple left John the Baptist to be with Jesus on the way back to Galilee from the Jordan (John 1:37-39). When they arrived in Galilee, Andrew went to fetch his brother, Peter (John 1:40), and the following day Jesus found Philip, who then told Nathaniel who also

came to see Jesus (John 1:43, 45). These are the first five men who came to listen to what Jesus had to say, and it is implied in the Synoptics that some of Jesus’ disciples were with him in Capernaum and probably Nazareth, as well (cf. Luke 4:38 and Mark 1:13).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Anonymous Disciple!

Jesus and the Two on the Way to EmmausNear the end of his Gospel narrative Luke tells us of an event whereby the resurrected Lord appeared to perhaps the first two male disciples (Luke 24:13-33). While it is possible that the Lord appeared first to Peter (Simon, cf. Luke 24:34), certainly Jesus’ appearance to the two in route to Emmaus came soon after he appeared to the women. One of the two was Cleopas (Luke 24:18), but the other remains anonymous. Therefore, the story of this appearance of Jesus comes from one of these two men. If we owe it to Clopas, it is odd that he doesn’t name the other disciple. If we owe this record to the unidentified disciple, it is odd that Luke doesn’t name his source. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Paul’s Theological Arguments

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Up until this point in his epistle, Paul was trying to reestablish his credibility with the Galatians which had been damaged by the agitators from Jerusalem. They claimed Paul owed his knowledge of the Gospel to the Apostles and had no authority to preach anything except what they were teaching at Jerusalem. Nevertheless, Paul began by logically showing the Galatians that he couldn’t owe anything to the Apostles, since he had been evangelizing areas around Damascus for three years before he had even met Peter. Furthermore, he spent so little time in Jerusalem during his first visit there that he couldn’t have obtained much from them in the way of training for evangelism. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2016 in Galatians

 

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Paul’s Third Argument with Peter

Crucified with Christ

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One of the biggest problems of the first century Church was, and it still is today, understanding how we become righteous before God. How is a just God able to justify sinners? In our world those who break the law must be punished in accordance with that law. Some are punished with their lives, while others receive community service for minor infractions, but most receive a jail sentence for greater crimes against society. Often, after they have paid their debt to society, former criminals are not trusted by those among us who have never committed a crime. Yet, we are told that all men, no matter how grave the sin or crime, can be forgiven and justified by God. What would such a thing look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Galatians

 

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