New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18: Luke 15

Today we're covering less territory. In fact, we can focus entirely on one chapter. What’s the setting? A stereotypical collection of tax collectors and sinners on one side, scribes and pharisees on the other.  The second group criticizes Jesus for associating with the first group. Jesus responds to them with three parables. … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17 (Updated)

All about the Benjamin?

Today's lesson covers a grab-bag of parables, many about money. Before getting to them though... … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: John 9-10 (Updated)

The uncovered pool of Siloam, looking west.

Two chapters of John today. … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: John 7-8

Bits and pieces this week. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14: Matthew 18:1-35; Luke 10:25-37

Two parables today, that of the unjust servant, and that of the good samaritan.First, though, a practical note based on Matt 18:8. "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire." … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13: Matthew 14:21-17:9

Banias, from

Today is a bit harried. We've been on the road, my wife successfully defended her PhD, and we're on the road again. Consequently, I my original commentary is minimal.Today's reading covers several interesting stories, including the "key" discussion at Caesarea Philippi and the Transfiguration. … [Read more...]

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...]