Unchanging Word

Recently, I was shocked when reading an online New International Version of the Bible because it didn’t align with the book copy I held in my hand. Very significant changes have been made to the NIV. So much so that I will probably be switching the English Standard Version (ESV). Read more

Hercule Poirot tackles Romans 7:9

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While reading the book of Romans I came across a verse that didn’t seem to make sense. Romans 7:9 says, “Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.” So, I enlisted the help of the famous Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Monsieur Hercule Poirot, to help me sleuth this verse. I asked Monsieur Hercule Poirot, “What’re your first thoughts about this verse?” “This verse, it presents a concept most difficult, mon ami.”, he replied, “As, no doubt you know, Hercule Poirot’s methods are his own. Order and method, and ‘the little gray … Read more

Is that in red letters?

It is stunning to me when I talk to people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior but they dismiss the cost of sin, they do not recognize the Church’s authority, and they look at the Bible as a smorgasbord from which they can pick and choose which parts they accept and which parts no longer align with popular culture and therefore are ignored or thrown away. Read more

Play skillfully

All that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, do should be done as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). So, whether we are cleaning toilets, sewing buttons on a homeless man’s coat or performing in an Easter cantata we need to learn and practice that skill, so we do the job well: “Play skillfully…” Read more

Order from Disorder

All of these Scriptures testify to God’s intent to keep all things in a fitting and orderly way. Read more

Context

Knowing the context of any conversation or book is immensely important.  The Guardian ran an article in May 2013 with the subheading, “Sri Lanka has the hotels, the food, the climate and the charm to offer the perfect holiday… It’s just a pity about the increasingly despotic government.”  A highly edited version of this piece was immediately posted on the official Sri Lankan news portal under the heading “Sri Lanka has everything to offer for a perfect holiday.” Likewise, too often we allow ourselves to take phrases of Scripture out of context, leaving behind the parts we don’t want to hear. A great example of an … Read more

Scriptures

Am I like the kid that didn’t hear the bell for recess? Everyone else knew it was recess time except THAT kid. I guess I’m that kid. I’m sitting in my classroom, clueless, while everyone else is down in the schoolyard, playing. I knew some of this, but not all. After reading the information on the “Sacred Texts” website, I feel the need to be more reverent toward God’s Word. From the Sacred Texts website, I learned the following:…Insofar as Jewish texts reflect the revealed will of God, Jews have treated the texts themselves, like the stone tablets of the … Read more

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