We hear Christians shout it - our post it, or mutter it: 'We're at WAR, man! Everyone to the barricade! Utterly destroy [this year's enemy]! Use sarcasm, invective, innuendo, false rumors, expletives, fake news, whatever it takes to wipe them out!' "In the name of God, I must annihilate thee! But don't worry, they tell... Continue Reading →
300th BLOG POST! Love: a simple command, not an easy one
I have been blogging on this site since 2010 and just realized that this is my 300th post (on my other site, http://razondelaesperanza.com, I'm up to 212). So in order to celebrate with a really important theme, here are some thoughts from my Romans commentary. Enjoy! And sign up to be notified when new articles... Continue Reading →
Beware “The Pure Word” New Testament!
There are way too many English Bible translations and way too many people claiming - as in this case - to have the very best guide to its interpretation. These are the stars that I sail by when I evaluate a Bible version or guide. Fortunately, one new publication, The Pure Word – New Testament... Continue Reading →
Bible word studies!!
It is a common idea that doing Bible word studies is the method for digging deep into the Bible. A common enough idea, but a myth. One propagated by some popular "expository" preachers, in fact, who take a somewhat useful tool and use it on all the wrong jobs. To illustrate: if you were to do... Continue Reading →
Two of my essays included in a new collection!
They have just published a pair if my essays in Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture. It's now available on Amazon. You might recognize the title as a response to John MacArthur's book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship. The contributors of these 35 essays are not the sort... Continue Reading →
The Holy Spirit is not limited by our brain chemistry
This morning I attended a service in Costa Rica. It’s not our church, but one I sometimes visit. The congregation is English-speaking, Afro-Caribbean. They have a strong island accent. I was one of a few white people in the congregation.As usual, they greeted me warmly.Our home church is Latin American and Spanish-speaking. We go to... Continue Reading →
The Forgotten Sign of the End Times: icy relations among God’s people
The signs of the End Times, you say? Sure, I can list a few! Earthquakes, wars, famines, pestilence! Persecution, false Messiahs, false prophets! Indeed, and they are right there in the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24-25). What’s more, beyond the actual teaching of the New Testament, there exists an entire industry of people working double shifts,... Continue Reading →
JETS review of my Thessalonians commentary
JETS review of Shogren ZECNT
“But the Greek REALLY says…” Why Greek and Hebrew are not needed in the pulpit, Part 3
In Part 1 and Part 2 I offered one individual's philosophy of Expository Preaching without Ancient Words: I use the biblical languages, virtually daily.  I cannot remember the last time I did not study the Hebrew or Greek when I was preparing a sermon. I cannot remember the last time I did use a... Continue Reading →
“But the Greek REALLY says…”: Why Hebrew and Greek are not needed in the pulpit, Part 2
In Part 1, I argued in favor of a sharply minimalist use of ancient Hebrew and Greek words during a sermon, especially if there is no compelling purpose or, worse, if the goal is to impress the crowd: it is a pitiable housepainter who departs the job with his scaffolding still up, hoping you’ll notice... Continue Reading →