Idolatry In The Old Testament Prophets

The Old Testament prophets have much to say to us today.  In their time they were speaking the words of Yahweh to a people who were utterly lost and trying to find their own way.  The way had rescued them from slavery in Egypt and led them to the promised land.  Time and again the... Continue Reading →

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Christianity

Dr. John Bergsma recently joined me to discuss the dead sea scrolls and their influence on Early Christianity. What did the Qumran community the Messiah? Who was the Teacher of Righteousness? What was the significance of ritual bathing? What was so important about the way they prepared for meals and the position of the presider?... Continue Reading →

Death And Judgment In Ecclesiastes 3

When one reads the words of Qohelet (please note that Qohelet and Ecclesiastes are referring to the same work) the skepticism that is experienced is real.  On the surface it seems much different that other books of the Old Testament.  Perhaps new ideas were emerging regarding a postmortem judgment during the postexilic period.  When the... Continue Reading →

Having Some Alone Time Is Okay

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far... Continue Reading →

The Demand For A Sign

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights... Continue Reading →

Who Is Qohelet In Ecclesiastes?

Qohelet is the Hebrew name for the book of Ecclesiastes.  The more popular rendering of Ecclesiastes is the Greek rendering that was found in the Greek Old Testament Septuagint.  Just who Qohelet is has been a matter of debate for several centuries.  One clue to the identity of the writer is in Ecclesiastes 1:1 which... Continue Reading →

Amos And A Heart Of Faith

The book of the prophet Amos was written in approximately the 8th century B.C. and is the oldest of what has come to be known as the minor prophets. There is not much that is known about the prophet from a personal standpoint, but we do know that he was a sheepherder from the town of... Continue Reading →

The Son Of Man Is Lord Over The Sabbath

"At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read... Continue Reading →

Praying And Forgiving: An Everyday Reminder

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven,    hallowed be your name.10     Your kingdom... Continue Reading →

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