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Ben Spackman May 16, 2015
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 t...
Ben Spackman May 10, 2015
Today's lesson covers a grab-bag of parables, many about money. Before getting to them though...I've made this point before, I think, but it's worth repeating here. Note that none of these parables co...
Ben Spackman May 03, 2015
Two chapters of John today.John 9:1-3These verses (as well as other scriptural or historical examples) demonstrate that prophets and apostles tend to share the world views and/or assumptions of their ...
Ben Spackman May 03, 2015
Bits and pieces this week.John 7:1- Who are "the Jews?" John frequently says things like "the Jews" did this and "the Jews" said that, often treating "the Jews" as a monolithic group, even though John...
Ben Spackman Apr 25, 2015
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 cas...
Ben Spackman Apr 19, 2015
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 in...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Mar 28, 2015
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 end...
Ben Spackman Mar 22, 2015
Some short commentary on John 5 with pictures, today.Jesus goes to Jerusalem for a festival. The Torah had three festivals which required the presence of Jews in the temple, Passover (Pesach), the Fea...
Ben Spackman Mar 15, 2015
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.First, a parable represents a part...
Ben Spackman Mar 07, 2015
More stories today in the Gospels, including several Sabbath Controversies. In the following commentary, I assume that you've read the Matthew passages. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus offers those who are car...
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