How I Taught Lesson 12

Last Saturday night, I was asked to pinch hit for Gospel Doctrine. Since my posts here aren't written as lesson plans, what and how I teach often differ significantly from what I write. Our lesson ended with some text criticism, close reading, and critical thinking about tradition, and by the end of the lesson, I had a coherent thread tying it all together. This write-up is both minimal and all from memory, though.We started by having everyone read John 5:1-18, the pericope about the pa … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12: John 5-6


Some short commentary on John 5 with pictures, today. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11: Matthew 13 and Parables

Matthew 13 is a series of long and short parables,  which furnishes us with a good opportunity to talk about parables in general, followed by a few specific comments. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10: Matthew 11:28-12:13; Luke 13:10-17; 7:36-50

KJV "Ears of Corn." Public domain photo.

More stories today in the Gospels, including several Sabbath Controversies. In the following commentary, I assume that you've read the Matthew passages. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9: Matthew 6-7

You recognize a tree by the kind of fruit it produces. My picture, from the Kidron Valley.

In keeping with Jesus' style of connecting seemingly-unconnected bits, I'm going to offer some short bits of disparate commentary today as we continue through the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6-7. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8: Matthew 5

Sundown over Galilee (my pic)

This begins the first of several weeks coverage of what's come to be known as The Sermon on the Mount. While well known to Christians today... few appreciate the richness of these sayings of Jesus: their radical promises and demands have often been blunted either through familiarity or as a result of a precipitate quest for immediate relevance.- Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, "Sermon on the Mount" A few things about this.First, this sermon only appears in its fulness in Matthew, … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7: Mark 2:1-12

Each lesson covers a good number of stories. Today covers Mark 1-2, among others. Mark is generally thought to be the earliest gospel, though not the earliest NT book. Paul's letters were all written before the Gospels, with Galatians probably being the earliest book written. (NB: That's the date of composition, not the date of the events described nor the date of our earliest manuscripts.) Mark's gospel also uses rougher Greek, and a gospel of action. Note how many times "straightway" and … [Read more...]

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 7 (Selections from Mark and Luke)

This week’s assigned readings are something of a potpourri of miracle stories: healings, exorcisms, nature miracles, and two resuscitations, that of the son of the widow of Nain and the daughter of Jarius. Since this is one of the first lessons to take significant material from the Second Gospel, I begin there. The first reading is from Mark 1:14-15 … [Read more...]