Reading the Bible Versus Reading Edited Biblical Stories: What’s Better?

Over at the BibleMesh blog, Thesis, John Starke has a thought-provoking piece up entitled “Danville, Illinois and the Eschatology of a Five Year Old” about family devotions and the use of Christian books versus the Bible.  Starke raises the question of whether our family devotions should include more Bible and less (helpful and well-intentioned) condensed and edited [Read More...]

G. K. Beale: God’s Sovereignty in Creation Leads to His Sovereignty in Judgment and Redemption

I recently read this little nugget in the dissertation of Wheaton New Testament scholar G. K. Beale, a work entitled The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and in the Revelation of St. John (University Press, 1984).  Commenting on how the creation motif fits into the general flow of Revelation 4-5, Beale drops this [Read More...]

The Strange and Otherworldly Rite of Communion: Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 11 and John 6

From 1 Corinthians 11:23-26– For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same [Read More...]

Ephesians 1: The Heart for the Saints

From Ephesians 1:15-22, the heart we need to have for fellow believers: For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the [Read More...]

Devotional Thought: Jesus Came as a Twig

From Isaiah 11:1 comes this stirring promise: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. This is a well-known passage, but the description of the Messiah in 1a struck me freshly.  Isaiah saw that the Messiah would not come out of a massive [Read More...]

The Strong Shall Become Tinder

Too often we study Scripture only to wring the truth out of it.  We need to learn truth and live off of it, but we also need to appreciate the beauty and poetry of the sacred text. I find the conclusion to the first chapter of Isaiah evocative.  This is 1:27-31; see especially verse 31 [Read More...]

What Is Wisdom? Solomon: “Listening!”

From Proverbs 1, an elegant and important passage by Solomon: 20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will [Read More...]


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