So, What's Wrong With The Epistles?

“Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the […]

Organic Theology?

Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we […]

Your Judgment and Salvation Hinges on How You Receive The Message (Of The Gospel)

When it comes to judgement and salvation, no human will ever be able to say that they did not believe the message (Of The Gospel) because of the contradictory behavior of Christians (the messengers). Hypocrisy, mediocrity, and a paradoxically portrayed faith IN Jesus by others is not a valid excuse for rejecting the message OF […]

Fracturing Jesus, The Gospel, and The Logos

In John 1:1, the bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  There is little question that “the Word” (λόγος Logos) here in this passage is referring to Jesus.  It refers to him as preexistent, divine, and in communion with the Father.  In the […]

In the Beginning was the Text, and the Text was with God, and the Text was God…

In a recent Facebook post, David Hayward aka Naked Pastor said; “Some use the text to figure out what love means. Others use love to figure out what the text means. Totally different outcomes.” To which, I left the comment; “In the beginning was the Text, and the Text was with God, and the Text […]

9 Reasons Why The Bible Isn't Supposed To Be Easy

1.  The scriptures have been peppered with obscurities and wonderful intricacies so that we would remain in constant prayer, interpretation and discovery with its Author. 2.  God designed the scriptures to excite our diligence in reading them, meditating on them, searching through them, and comparing them with one another. The scriptures, rightfully approached keeps us […]

Fracturing The Logos of the Gospel – Part II

In PART I  of this series, I said, “It has become fashionable to sever the (λόγος Logos) into parts and discard the objectionable.” I’d like to continue on that theme, but focus primarily on the relation of the words “gospel” and “logos.” In the book “Scripture As Logos; Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash” […]

I Never Saw The Gospel In Action ~ Will Never Be A Valid Excuse.

Once the truth of the Gospel is heard, assuming it is correct and complete, it’s up to the receiver to accept or reject it.  When standing before God, one will never be able to say that they didn’t receive the truth of the message because the people who preaching it were hypocrites or because their […]

'Eastern' vs. 'Western Thought,' What a Bunch of Skubalon!

First things first.  What’s skubalon?  It’s the New Testament equivalent of the word s**t!  Let’s look at it in context: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose […]

Did Jesus Teach This Through Paul?

The Philippian Church was taught: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.“  Philippians 2:3,4 These words were penned by the Apostle Paul. The question is, did […]